So you’re debating whether to get the Garmin or Apple Watch? I literally went through this struggle for about 4 months and then finally pulled the trigger on the Garmin Forerunner 230 once Chicago Marathon training officially started. And while I love it so much, I’m not here to tell you to get it, just lay out what got me to that purchase and maybe throw in some things you hadn’t originally thought about.
Prior to owning a fitness watch, I had used MapMyRun for tracking everything. I wasn’t super serious about my times and just wanted something easy to track mileage. However, this year I got a lot more into it and knew it was time to make the purchase.
I should also mention that for the past 3 years, I have been an avid Jawbone user. I know steps don’t mean anything but it’s that tiny sense of accomplishment when I would hit my goal each day that kept me hooked. Last year I purchased the UP3 in Sand Twist thinking it would be the perfect compliment to the nice watches I wore to work but also be functional for workouts.
Then the whole Garmin vs. Apple Watch debate started happening – should I get the Apple Watch and wear it everyday (because once it goes on, it’s not going to come off – I’m so competitive with myself that I’d need to meet those fitness goals everyday) or get the Garmin and only use it for my runs, continuing to wear my UP band and be able to wear my nice watches I loved so much to work? In the end, I think that’s what drove me to purchase the Garmin. I didn’t want to give up my favorite work watches and enjoy getting the opportunity to switch it up based on my outfit. I know there are a ton of bands out there for the Apple Watch but there wasn’t one that made me really want it.
Another thing that drove me away from the Apple Watch was the fact that there isn’t a Spotify app – I am a loyal Spotify listener and make all of my running playlists on the platform, so not being able to access those would not be okay with me.
Lastly, I really appreciated that the Garmin is made for physical activity. The Apple Watch keeps you connected to EVERYTHING and when I run, I’m trying to get away from it all. While the Garmin does have the option of smart notifications, it’s easily disabled so running has 100% of your focus and that is something I really appreciated.
Although I love my Garmin and am extremely happy with my purchase (plus the 8 other color bands so it always matches my outfit) who knows, I may end up with an Apple Watch in the future. Every time a friend gets one, I have an internal debate if I made the right choice. First world problems, am I right?
What are your thoughts? Do you have either a Garmin or the Apple Watch? I’d love to hear your opinions!