One day only: Amazon's sale on this luxe Garmin smartwatch saves you nearly 50 percent

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Save up to 49 percent on Garmin Forerunner 645 Music and GPS Watches, today only. (Photo: Garmin)

A fitness tracker can be super motivating and help bring your workout to a new level. But most trackers have to be paired with a smartphone to do their thing, which means lugging around extra tech while you’re trying to move. It’s a bummer.

Who wants to worry about dropping their phone while doing squats or worse, while running? No one. That’s why there’s the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music (30.4mm), an all-in-one fitness smartwatch that tracks heart rate and calories burned, plays music, counts steps and mileage, and offers GPS. No phone required. It’s the lightest, easiest way to crank up the inspiration while you’re upping your perspiration.

Normally this baby sells for $450. But at this moment Amazon is offering up the Garmin Forerunner for just $230. That’s up to 49 percent off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen on this fitness tracker yet. Grab it before it’s gone—and remember, this deal is only in effect till midnight.

Bring your music without your phone

Waterproof and sweat-proof, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music can store 500 songs via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and other services. It wirelessly connects to your headphones, so you don’t have to struggle with a tangle of cords from wrist to ear.

Said one delighted five-star reviewer: “This watch is exactly what I’ve been waiting for, I’ve had it for almost three weeks and it’s perfect for my needs. I typically run 20-25 miles per week and was sick of carrying my phone to listen to music. Within 10 minutes of opening it, I had it loaded with my running playlist and was out the door.”

Come Mr. DJ, song pon de replay. (Photo: Garmin)

Buh-bye Apple Watch

This Garmin Forerunner 645 Music beats out the Apple Watch on many points, whether you’re an Android or iPhone user. The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music offers a lot more than an Apple Watch at a much better price—including GPS, double the music storage, and a longer battery life. This is no small difference. The Garmin’s battery lasts up to seven days on a charge (that’s days not hours, people); Apple Watch’s battery life is 18 hours max. And the Apple Watch, like most fitness trackers, needs a phone to do its best tricks. Like we said, lugging around your phone is the last thing you want while exercising.

“I had an Apple watch for some time, but when I needed a new smart watch I decided to give Garmin a try,” said another satisfied shopper. “I would say the best thing about this watch is the ease of use, ability to pair earbuds and listen to music, and how quickly it charges....GPS is built in so no need to take my phone when hiking or biking. Very durable but also attractive.”

If you’re concerned about leaving home without Apple Pay, don’t worry. Garmin features Garmin Pay, a seamless, contactless way to use your credit or debit cards. Just tap or hover the smartwatch on top of a credit card terminal, and you’re set. No need to bring cash for that post-run iced coffee.

Run, don’t walk, to grab this tracker

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a steal at just $230 today only at Amazon—it’s a versatile, sleek, waterproof fitness tracker that’s packed with features for a great workout, from music and maps, to step-and heart-rate tracking.

It comes in cool color options, which is great if multiple people in your household need one. There’s black, rose gold, cerise and slate. Choose your favorite and make your purchase fast. This excellent workout tool at an unbeatable price won’t last long.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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