Garmin Forerunner 230 - Black/White
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- AUDIO PROMPTS - Receive audio prompts from your connected smartphone that include laps and lap times.
- LARGER SCREEN - A 44% larger screen than the 220 but the same physical size.
- BATTERY LIFE - Longer battery life than the 220, 16 hours in training mode and up to 5 weeks in watch mode6.
- SMART NOTIFICATIONS - See incoming email, text messages, call alerts, calendar reminders and more from your compatible smartphone.
- ACTIVITY TRACKING - Forerunner 230 doubles as a watch and activity tracker. Count steps, calories and distance throughout the day. The move bar with vibration alert motivates you to move when you've been sitting too long. NOTE - This product does not include heart rate monitor(Sold separately)
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From the manufacturer
Stay on pace for your next personal record with Forerunner 230, the GPS and GLONASS running watch with smart features. Its built-in activity tracker keeps recording steps, even when you’re not running. Pair your watch with a compatible smartphone for connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, smart notifications, audio prompts and live tracking. You can also download customizable watch faces and applications from the Connect IQ store. HR data such as heart rate, heart rate zone and VO2 max estimate allows you to train more effectively. For more challenging runs, download advanced workouts and training plans to your watch from Garmin Connect.
GPS running watch with smart features.
- Tracks distance, pace, time, heart rate and VO2 Max
- Connected features: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing
- Activity tracking counts daily steps, distance, calories and sleep
- Download data fields, watch faces, widgets and applications from Connect IQ
Customize Your Watch and Your Training
No two runners are the same, and neither are their goals. Set yourself up to reach yours by downloading advanced workouts and training plans to your watch from Garmin Connect. You can even customize your data fields, and download watch faces, widgets and applications all for free at Connect IQ.
On and Off the Road Running
A built-in accelerometer captures distance and pace data when you’re running on an indoor track or treadmill, with no need for a separate foot pod accessory. Once you’re done running, it doubles as an activity tracker, counting your steps and calories throughout the day.
It's Simple. Period.
Concise, easy-to-understand charts, graphs, maps and more let you view your activities, track progress toward goals and wirelessly upload and share relevant data directly with the online Garmin Connect network. So, you can compete with friends or family members on weekly step or running challenges — and compare your results in real time, using the LiveTrack feature.
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Stay on pace for your next personal record with Forerunner 230, the GPS and GLONASS running watch with smart features1. Its built-in activity tracker2 keeps recording steps, even when you're not running. Pair your watch with a compatible phone1 for connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, smart notifications, audio prompts and live tracking. You can also download customizable watch faces and applications from Connect IQ. HR data such as heart rate, heart rate zone and VO2 max estimate allows you to train more effectively2. For more challenging runs, download advanced workouts and training plans to your watch from Garmin Connect.
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Watch is still working strong! No noticeable issues or decrease in GPS sensitivity. I've ran with this watch at least 3 times a week since I got it and I don't regret it at all. Battery life is still amazing, screen and backlight still works, no tears on the bands. The apps and info screens on the Garmin store are getting much better, including a race screen with all types of info you could possibly want with race finish time predictor (and you can tell it to round up/down with race mile markers in the cases where the course is slightly longer).
Over the past year I've used it for:
4 half-marathons and a ton of 5k-10ks
relay road race
a 8.5 hr hike (there's an app that can make a map on the watch)
lap swimming in a pool
Great addition to a runner's arsenal! And a month later...
After much deliberation, I decided to go in and buy one of these watches (FR 230, Purple) since started training for my first half marathon. I decided to ignore people's complaints about the terrible screen and poor battery (two comments I highly disagree with), and I'm really happy I did. And then I decided to write a review due to the lack of reviews and photos on small-wristed women, and the fact that as of Feburary 2016 I couldn't find one store that stocked these watches to try it on. You can see in my picture, the size comparison to a Fitbit Charge.
- Screen. THIS IS NOT A SMARTWATCH. Many people who hate the screen are expecting everything out of this watch, but honestly I love it. It's like an eInk screen akin to that of a kindle, but with color. Works GREAT is any normal daylight/working light conditions. I rarely need to use the backlight and I've never had issues ever seeing anything on the screen, even in bright sun. Sure, the colors don't look as vibrant as on a phone or apple/galaxy/moto smartwatch, but what you lose in color vibrancy, you earn in battery life.
- Battery. This thing can hold it's own. A weekend of wearing it through two separate GPS-tracked runs (2.5hr total), and keeping it constantly connected via Bluetooth to my phone left the battery at 80%. I tracked my whole half marathon with it, set on smart recording with bluetooth connection, and the battery was only 20% less. I've noticed that the total percentage when fully charged has decreased (now it's maxed out at 97%), but I'm not sure if this is actually because the battery capacity is decreasing.
- Weight. The watch does look big (the same size as the FR220/5 so if you can find one , but it's really quite light! About the same weight as a Fitbit charge, but quite a deal bulkier. I have mixed feelings about using this as an everyday watch, since my Charge really sits on my wrist without me noticing it as much.
- GPS. It found GPS satellites almost instantly while I was sitting in my living room of my house. Have never had issues finding GPS, even when my phone took minutes to lock on.
- Activity Tracker. Honestly this was pretty low on my Pros list because the step count system seems to be exactly the same as that of the fitbit. The only bad mark I'd give it is that on the Garmin app, you can't just set your walking or running stride length like you can on the Fitbit dash, but you have to fill out the amount of steps you can walk to get to a certain distance. Kind of counter intuitive because that math is super simple to just do yourself.
- Notifications. Seem to work just fine. On my S6+, I don't seem to need to have the app open or running, I just need to approve the app to intercept my notifications, and it sends it right over. Whenever I have my bluetooth on both the watch and the phone, they pair instantly (except in one instance it locked up and I had to restart the watch).
- Wireless sync. After I set up my MapMyRun and Runkeeper accounts to my garmin account, the second I'm done with the run, all the info is automatically uploaded. No hassle.
A couple bugs with the phone connecting sometimes, but this usually only happens when the app on the phone crashed. Sometimes the "Find my Phone" feature also bugs out and doesn't stop chiming and flashing until the bluetooth connection is ended or the phone restarted.
The watch itself is much lighter than I expected for a GPS watch so I barely notice it's there and it looks great. I really like the color screen and even though the pictures do make it seem a lot brighter than it actually is, the watch face is NOT hard to read unless you're in low lighting (in which case quit complaining and hit the light button). There are tons of customizable watch faces, apps and widgets (check out The Punisher watch face in the picture). The GPS itself connects super quick (thanks to the GLONASS) and on average it usually takes about 3 seconds to find satellites after hitting the start button. The controls are pretty easy to use and after tinkering with it for a day or two I had it figured out. I haven't let it run the battery all the way down to 0 but from a full charge to around 30% usually takes 2 weeks (this was with utilizing the GPS during my runs 5 times a week varying from 4 to 10 miles) and it usually takes me about an hour to charge back to 100%. Keep in mind, the more you're using the GPS, the quicker your charge will drop.
Connectivity to the phone is great, even with Android (I have an LG G3). Since I don't use iTunes I was a little worried about the music controls but they still work great, even with Spotify! There was a little delay when I first synced everything up but it's worked like a charm since. Additionally, as far as smart notifications go, I really was only concerned with texts and phone calls and they work very well.
The big bonus with this watch, as you may have seen on other reviews, is the Garmin Connect website/software. You can customize your own workouts, track your mileage, add gear/shoes to track how many more miles you've got on them! I can't go into everything it does, but it really is impressive and I give Garmin props for putting together such a great product!