Garmin Forerunner 265 Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

$369.99

  • Release date:: March, 2023
  • Display:: 1.3 inches, Transflective (MIP) LCD
  • Body:: Silicone, Fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Battery Life:: 13 days
  • Storage:: 8GB ROM
  • Compatibility:: Android 7.0+ and iOS 15.0+

EDITOR’S RATING

Design:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Last updated on July 18, 2024 11:05 pm
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Description

Garmin Forerunner 265 Specifications and Features – The Forerunner 265 is a lightweight multi-sport GPS smartwatch that’s well-equipped to track your daily activities and helps keep you connected to all that matters to you. It succeeds the Forerunner 255, and it comes with a more colorful display plus a long list of health tracking features. Unlike its predecessor, the Forerunner 265 has an AMOLED display as well as a higher 8GB for onboard music storage and boasts up to 13 days of battery life.

The Forerunner 265 is available in two sizes; 42 and 46mm sizes, these two have the same design, features and price but differ in display size and available colors. While the 42mm has a 1.1 inches display, the 46mm unit has a 1.3 inches display. Both have the same AMOLED display and are equipped with 5 physical buttons and a touch-sensitive screen that makes interaction very easy.

The Forerunner 265 is also sturdily built, the frame is the regular fibre-polymer material used for most Garmin watches while the straps come in silicone material and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display. The strap is swappable, while the 42mm supports an 18mm wide strap, the 46mm unit supports 22mm straps.

Garmin Forerunner 265 full specifications and features
The Forerunner 265 is available in 3 colors

In terms of available colors, the 46mm unit is available in black, whitestone and aqua colors.

In the media section, the Forerunner 265 is equipped with an 8GB storage capacity that will allow you to load your personal music onto the watch. You can also download music from supported music streaming services such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Deezer.

The Forerunner 265 will also enable you to manage notifications effortlessly. When notifications are enabled for select apps, the watch will alert you when there is a new message. Moreover, you also have the option to reply to messages (android-only).

And when it comes to tracking all the way you move, the Forerunner 265 is also heavily equipped in that regard. First, it joins the growing list of smartwatches that utilize multi-band GPS to improve location tracking. The Forerunner 265 can also track your steps, calories, stress, blood oxygen, skin temperature, sleep and heart rate. Moreover, it features a long list of sports modes.

Beyond the awesome design and loads of health-tracking features, the Forerunner 265 has a long battery life that lets you go for days from a single charge. The 46mm unit has up to 13 days of battery life while the 42mm unit has up to 2 weeks of battery life.

Garmin Forerunner 265 Features

  • It has a 1.3 inches transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display that is bright and easy to read outdoors.
  • Clock features include time/date, GPS time sync, auto daylight saving, alarm, timer and stopwatch.
  • You can download watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you so you never get to miss important updates. The watch will alert you every time you receive a message, and you have the option to reply with preset texts (Android only).
  • Features Find my phone, Find my watch, and remote music control music apps.
  • The Forerunner 265 is rated 5ATM (swim-proof), and it’s safe to wear to the pool or the shower.
  • It has a 22mm interchangeable strap with a quick-release feature.
  • The Forerunner 265 will work with phones running on Android 7.0+ or iOS 15.0+ devices.
  • d data from your watch to the Garmin Connect community – a thriving community of fitness enthusiasts where you can connect and share.

  • Equipped with 8GB onboard music storage capacity with support for streaming platforms such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer.
  • Garmin Connect app is onboard the Forerunner 265 which will allow you to easily download apps to the watch directly from your wrist.
  • Forerunner 265 also boasts a long battery life of up to 13 days.

Garmin Forerunner 265 Activity Tracking Features

  • Health monitoring features
  • Health monitoring features include heart rate monitoring with abnormal heart rate alerts. There is a body battery energy monitor that gives you insight into your fitness level to help you know the best time to train. You also get fitness age which estimates how fit you are compared to your age, while Pulse Ox. monitors blood oxygen saturation levels to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation. Other health-tracking features include sleep tracking, menstrual cycle tracking for women, hydration tracking, sleep coaching, nap detection, relaxation reminders, meditation, stress monitoring, and sedentary reminders.

    Also available is the Health Snapshot feature that will allow you to record key stats, including heart rate, heart rate variability, Pulse Ox, respiration, and stress. You can then generate a report with those stats via the Garmin Connect app on your compatible smartphone to share.

  • Activity profiles
  • Activity profiles include gym activity profiles such as strength, HIIT, cardio, elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing and indoor rowing. Other spot profiles include triathlon, walking, Pilate, yoga, treadmill running and many more.

  • Safety and tracking features
  • Safety and tracking features include incidental fall detection, Assistance, Live event sharing and LiveTrack.

  • Activity tracking features
  • Activity tracking features include step counting, push tracker, sleep monitoring, calories burned, floors climbed, distance travelled, intensity minutes, TRUEUP and MOVE IQ.

  • Gym and fitness equipment
  • Gym and fitness equipment include onscreen workout muscle maps, cardio workouts, yoga workouts, strength workouts, HIIT workouts, pilates workouts, and automatic rep counting. Also features on-screen workout muscle maps – a detailed activity profile that shows what muscle groups you worked.

  • Heart rate tracking features
  • Heart rate tracking features include HR zones, HR alerts, recovery time, HR calories, % HR max, and HR broadcast data to the paired device. Also features respiration rate during exercise.

  • Training, planning, and analysis features
  • Training, planning, and analysis features include interval training, customizable activity profiles, advanced workouts, VO2 max, GPS speed and distance, auto lap, and manual lap, Physio Trueup and shows activity history on watch.

  • Running features
  • Running features include GPS-based distance, time and pace, cadence (provides real-time steps per minute), run workouts and foot pod capable. Available run profiles include running, indoor track running, and treadmill running.

  • Golfing features
  • Golfing features include yardage to layups, measures shot distance, and stat tracking. Others include Garmin auto shot, pinpointer, hazards and course targets, digital scorecard, and round timer.

  • Outdoor recreational features
  • Outdoor recreational features include back to start, area calculation, sun and moon information and fish forecast.

  • Cycling features
  • Cycling features include alerts that trigger alarms when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories. Also compatible with Varia Lights and Varia radar.

  • Swim tracking features
  • Swim tracking features include Pool swim metrics which include lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), and calories. Also tracks open water swim metrics like lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, SWOLF and calories. Stroke type detection includes freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly (pool swim only). Other features include a basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only), auto rest (pool swim only), time and distance alerts and underwater heart rate tracking. Available swim profiles include pool swimming and open water swimming.

    Pros

    • Lightweight and sturdily built.
    • A comprehensive multisport GPS smartwatch.
    • Up to 6GB available for onboard music storage.
    • Up to 13 days long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.

Additional information

ABOUT DEVICE

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name

Garmin Forerunner 265

Device type

Gender

Release date

March, 2023

Predecessor

Garmin Forerunner 255

Successor

Versions

Forerunner 265, Forerunner 265s

BODY

BODY

Dimension

46.1 x 46.1 x 12.9 mm

Weight

47 grams

Shape

Circular

Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap material

Silicone

Bezel material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap size

22 mm

Screen protection

Water resistance

Durability test

Swim-proof

Yes, recommended

Color

Aqua, Black, Whitestone

DISPLAY

DISPLAY

Display size

1.3 inches

Display type

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

Display resolution

416 x 416 pixels

Pixel density

452.5 PPI

Always on

Yes

Custom watch face

Yes

Input type

5 Physical buttons, Touchscreen

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth

ANT+, Bluetooth

Bluetooth calling

No

GPS

Galileo, GLONASS, GPS

NFC

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

MEMORY

MEMORY

RAM

ROM

8GB

Memory card slot

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Technology

None

SIM type

Band

NOTIFICATIONS

NOTIFICATIONS

SMS alert

Yes

Calls alert

Yes

Email alert

Yes

Event reminder

Yes

Third-party apps alert

Yes

MEDIA

MEDIA

Audio

Bluetooth music

Loudspeaker

Microphone

Camera

No

Radio

No

SENSORS

SENSORS

Sensor(s)

Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometric altimeter, Compass, Garmin Elevate v4 HR sensor, Gyroscope, Multi-band GPS sensor, Thermometer

ACTIVITY TRACKING

ACTIVITY TRACKING

Blood oxygen

Blood Pressure

Calories

Yes

Distance

Yes

ECG tracking

Heart rate monitoring

Yes

Sleep tracking

Yes

Steps

Yes

Floors climbed

Stress

Yes

Fall detection

Menstrual cycle

VO2 Max

Yes

Swim-tracking

Yes

Underwater heart rate tracking

Yes

On-screen workout

Yes

Sport modes

Yes

BATTERY

BATTERY

Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS mode: Up to 14 hours, Smartwatch mode: Up to 13 days

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging time

1-2 hours

Solar charging

No

PLATFORM

PLATFORM

Chipset

CPU

GPU

Operating system

Proprietary OS

MISC

MISC

Companion app

Garmin Connect

Compatibility

Android 7.0+, iOS 15.0+

Payment system

Garmin Pay

Interchangeable strap

,

Voice command

Find my phone

Yes

Box content

Charger, Manual, Straps, Garmin Forerunner 265

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