2. Garmin Forerunner 25
Battery Life in GPS Mode: 8-10 hours | Water Resistance: 165 feet | Bluetooth: Yes | Smartphone Notifications: No | Heart Rate Monitor: No
If you don’t need extra bells and whistles, the Garmin Forerunner 25 is the best sports watch for those on a budget. It’s an inexpensive, yet accurate, GPS watch that tracks distance, speed and pace, and it notifies you at every mile you run.
With nearly 10 weeks of battery life in watch mode (and about 10 when actively using GPS), the Forerunner 25 can also be your everyday timepiece, and will still work when you need it for those impromptu jogs. However, it lacks a heart rate monitor, which may be a deal-killer for many.
You’ll want to look elsewhere if you demand a lot of features from your GPS watch, but this is the best choice for someone who just wants an easy-to-use device from a trusted brad.