Apple Watch VS Garmin: The Ugly Truth. I am a Garmin girl through and through. However, recently I got the Apple Watch Series 2 and I learned something that I feel I need to share. Originally when the Apple Watch came out I was very skeptical. There were people telling me "oh you need to try this for your runs."
Garmin Forerunner 235 vs. Garmin Forerunner 735XT: Side by side comparison of features and functionalities. To make it easier for you to see which Garmin device has which function, here is a comparison table detailing the similarities and differences between these two.
Why get the Apple Watch Series vs Garmin fenix 5? LTE connectivity. Depending on which Apple Watch you get, you will have access to your data plan, phone-free. That means you can leave your phone behind and still take and make calls as well as access various apps, including WeChat, Maps, and others.
I own both the Garmin Forerunner 225 and the Apple Watch. For accuracy, the Garmin cannot be beat. If you don't care about that, the the Apple Watch is just OK for running. My biggest beef with the Apple Watch was having to use force touch to pause/stop a run. This is solved in Watch OS 3.
And they run them just as well if they had a Garmin. The Garmin -- or any watch for that matter -- isn't a requirement for training (at least one of the runners in Nike's Breaking 2 project had never worn a running watch at all, yet had been an elite runner for years). But the Garmin is nice. For the casual runner, the Apple Watch is good to great.
FWIW, I just ditched my FitBit Charge 2 for a Garmin Forerunner 235. I am very pleased by far. The learning curve was a bit rough but within a day I was completely used to it. I did not consider the Apple Watch 2 (I don't do Apple) or the FitBit Blaze because one of the main reasons for me to ditch the Charge 2 was the app itself.
Yes, I think that my original plan would still work for most (buy the Apple Watch Series 2 and a cheap Garmin Forerunner 620 for serious running) but I really did not like having to switch watches depending on the type of run I was doing. Having one device for everything just works better.