Garmin Forerunner 55 Specifications – Features – Pros – Cons and Prices

$164.34

  • Release date:: June, 2021
  • Display:: 1.04 inches, Transflective (MIP) LCD
  • Body:: Silicone, Fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Battery Life:: 14 days
  • Compatibility:: Android 6.0+ and iOS 13.0+

EDITOR’S RATING

Design:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Battery:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Fitness tracking:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Features:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Last updated on December 2, 2021 1:06 pm
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Description

Garmin Forerunner 55 Specifications, Features, Pros, and Cons – The Forerunner 55 is a mid-range GPS running smartwatch from Garmin. It is a successor to the Forerunner 45/45S. It’s compact and very lightweight – attributes that make it a decent and comfortable fitness smartwatch. It is also very well equipped with lots of activity tracking features, as well as the ability to manage notifications from your phone, while you can get up to two weeks long battery life. It comes with more activity tracking features and has a longer battery life than its predecessor.

Garmin Forerunner 55 Design

Garmin Forerunner 55 – Aqua color
The Garmin Forerunner 55 is a very lightweight smartwatch that weighs only 37 grams, thanks to the fiber-polymer case. The straps are made of silicone and can be changed with 20mm compatible straps. The display is powered by transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) which powers most of Garmin’s smartwatches. It is rated 5ATM which makes it waterproof up to 50 meters. Available colors include black, white, and aqua.

Garmin Forerunner 55 Activity Tracking


As per fitness tracking, the Forerunner 55 boasts a lot of activity tracking features. It comes with a heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and inbuilt GPS that enable a host of features. Some of the basics include tracking your sleep, heart rate, calories, steps, heart rate plus alerts for abnormal heart rate. With inbuilt GPS, this device is equipped to track outdoor activities like your location and routes.

Some of Garmin’s advanced features are also present like the PacePro that helps you plan your race. There is also Racepredictor that takes into account your fitness level and training history to help you work toward your race goal. You also get menstrual cycle tracking for women, recovery time, and loads of preset workout modes.

Garmin Forerunner 55 Notifications


Garmin Forerunner 55 is also equipped to help you manage notifications you recieve on your phone. You will need to enable this from the Garmin Connect app. This app is compatible with both Android and iOS. You also get the “find my phone” and “find my watch” features.

Garmin Forerunner 55 Battery Life

The battery life of the Forerunner 55 is longer than that of its predecessor. It has about two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and about 20 hours with continuous GPS tracking.

Garmin Forerunner 55 Features

  • It comes with a 1.04 inches transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display that is bright and easy to read outdoors.
  • Features lots of preset sport modes to choose from.
  • Clock features include time/date, GPS time sync, auto daylight saving, alarm, timer and stopwatch.
  • Download watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
  • Find my phone, find my watch and control music on smartphone.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important updates.
  • It is rated 5ATM which represents 50 meters waterproof rating (swim-proof).
  • 20mm interchangeable straps with quick release feature.
  • You can download custom watch faces, add data fields, and get apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store.
  • Compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Check if your device is compartible
  • Sync and upload data from watch to the Garmin Connect community – a thriving community of fitness enthusiasts where you can connect and share.
Garmin Forerunner 55 Activity Tracking Features
  1. Health Monitoring features include
  2. Heart rate monitoring with abnormal heart rate alerts. A battery energy monitor gives you insight into your fitness level to help you know the best time to train. Also, fitness age shows if your body is older or younger than your age. Others include sleep tracking, menstrual cycle tracking for women, hydration tracking, stress monitoring, and sedentary reminders.

  3. Safety and Tracking Features include
  4. LiveTrack lets you invite others to join in your training goals and group LiveTrack lets you invite more people to join in your training activities.

    Features Incidental fall detection and assistant that let you seek help when a fall has occurred. Holding the light button down until you feel the watch vibrate 3 times will automatically send your location to preset emergency contacts when an incidental fall or a problem has happened (phone must be connected to the watch to enable this feature).
    Also available is live event sharing that lets you share your training activities with members of the Garmin Connect community.

  5. Activity Tracking Features include
  6. Steps counter, sleep monitoring, calories, distance traveled, intensity minutes, TRUEUP and MOVE IQ.

  7. Gym and Fitness Equipment include
  8. Cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, HIIT, pilates and yoga

  9. Heart Rate Tracking Features include
  10. HR zones, HR alerts, HR calories, and HR broadcast data to the paired device. Also available, are recovery time that measures how well you’ve recovered from previous training, helping you train at the best time.

  11. Training, Planning, and Analysis Features include
  12. Downloadable training plans, VO2 max, activity history on watch, GPS speed and distance, create custom activity profiles, advanced workouts, and more.

    In addition, recovery time lets you see an estimate of when you will be fit for the next training. This can help you plan and train more effectively.

  13. Running Features include
  14. GPS-based distance, time and pace, run workouts, foot pod capable, Racepredictor and PacePro.
    Available run profiles include running, treadmill running, track running, indoor track running, and virtual running. Other running features include cadence and run workouts.

  15. Outdoor Recreational Features include
  16. Area calculation (yes, via connect iq™), hunt/fish calendar (yes, via connect iq™), sun and moon information (yes, via connect iq™).

  17. Cycling Features include
  18. Alerts trigger an alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate, or calories. Also features speed and cadence sensor support. Available cycling profiles include biking and indoor biking.

  19. Swim Tracking Features include
  20. Pool swim metrics include lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (swolf), and calories.
    Stroke type detection include freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly (pool swim only).
    Other features include drill logging (pool swim only), basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only), “repeat on” rest timer (pool swim only), auto rest (pool swim only), time and distance alerts and countdown start (pool swim only).

    Also features underwater heart rate tracking. Available swim profiles include pool swimming.

    Pros

    • Lightweight and compact design.
    • Comprehensive activity tracker.
    • Swim-proof.
    • 2 weeks long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
    • Lacks music storage.
    • Lacks blood oxygen measurement.
    • Lacks atimeter that enables floor climbing.
    • Lacks Garmin Pay.

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Additional information

ABOUT DEVICE

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name

Garmin Forerunner 55

Device type

Gender

Release date

June, 2021

Predecessor

Garmin Forerunner 45

Successor

Versions

BODY

BODY

Dimension

42 x 42 x 11.6 mm

Weight

37 grams

Shape

Circular

Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap material

Silicone

Bezel material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap size

20 mm

Screen protection

Water resistance

Durability test

Swim-proof

Color

Black, White

DISPLAY

DISPLAY

Display size

1.04 inches

Display type

LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective

Display resolution

208 x 208 pixels

Pixel density

282.8 PPI

Always on

Custom watch face

Yes

Input type

(not touchscreen), 5 Physical buttons

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth

ANT+, Bluetooth

Bluetooth calling

No

GPS

Galileo, GLONASS, GPS

NFC

Wi-Fi

No

MEMORY

MEMORY

RAM

ROM

Memory card slot

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Technology

None

SIM type

Band

NOTIFICATIONS

NOTIFICATIONS

SMS alert

Calls alert

Email alert

Event reminder

Third-party apps alert

MEDIA

MEDIA

Audio

Bluetooth music

Loudspeaker

Microphone

Camera

Radio

SENSORS

SENSORS

Accelerometer

Altimeter

No

Ambient light

Barometer

Compass

ECG

Gyroscope

HRM

Pulse oximeter (SpO2)

No

Thermometer

No

Other sensors

ACTIVITY TRACKING

ACTIVITY TRACKING

Blood oxygen

Blood Pressure

Calories

Distance

ECG tracking

Heart rate monitoring

Sleep tracking

Steps

Stress

Yes

Incidental fall detection

Menstrual cycle

Floors climbed

VO2 Max

Swim-tracking

Underwater heart rate tracking

Yes

On-screen workout

Sport modes

Yes

BATTERY

BATTERY

Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS mode: Up to 20 hours, Smartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging time

1-2 hours

Solar power

PLATFORM

PLATFORM

Chipset

N/A

CPU

N/A

GPU

N/A

Operating system

Proprietary OS

MISC

MISC

Companion app

Garmin Connect

Compatibility

Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+

Payment system

Interchangeable strap

,

Voice command

Find my phone

Box content

Charger, Garmin Forerunner 55, Manual, Straps

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