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Garmin Forerunner 230 - Black/White
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|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
|Display Size||1.23 Inches|
|Display||180 x 180 pixels, Color display|
About this item
- 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.
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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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|VO2 max estimate||✓||✓|
|Wrist-based heart rate||✓|
|Advanced running dynamics||✓|
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|Display Type||180 x 180 pixels, Color display||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display||128 x 128 pixels, Digital Display||sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)||LCD||—|
|Item Dimensions||0.50 x 1.80 x 1.80 inches||0.50 x 1.80 x 1.80 inches||1.40 x 0.50 x 1.60 inches||1.70 x 0.50 x 1.70 inches||1.70 x 1.70 x 0.50 inches||7.00 x 4.00 x 3.00 inches|
|Item Weight||1.44 ounces||1.60 ounces||1.60 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.34 ounces||1.44 ounces|
|Style||Without Heart Rate Monitor||Watch Only||Watch Only||Standard||Music||—|
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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I ended up having to buy a new watch (Garmin Tactical) after the 230's backlight stopped working after about 3 years, but this was probably due to the absolute beating this watch had taken on various military training exercises and physical training. A watch face protective cover was a wise investment. In comparison, the 230 locks on to GPS crazy fast and was extremely accurate.
I probably would have bought it again if I wasn't looking to upgrade, but don't underestimate this older model - completely capable of hanging with the other smartwatches even in 2020. Just be aware it doesn't have the heart rate sensor built in.
I like Garmin products. Lots of compliments on the watch so far.
The smart notifications are very useful. I can sort through my calendar events, and the text and other notifications are helpful as I don't need to pull my phone out of my pocket to check notifications. Using the watch I can quickly see what the notification is and whether it is something I need to respond to right away or if I can wait. This helps lower the time I spend on my cell phone and be more present with my family.
The watch does a great job tracking my steps and sleep hours and sleep quality. The face of the watch clearly shows the time in a big and bold display, and also displays sunrise/sunset times, altitude, date, and number of steps/distance. The GPS function is very good and it finds satellites quickly and the connection is always very good even in wooded/mountain areas. It is a great tool to help me manage my overall health on a day to day basis. It has Bluetooth and it syncs seamlessly with the garmin connect app on my phone.
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!
Top reviews from other countries
The Garmin Connect app works flawlessly with this watch. It syncs without any delay and I felt the syncing speed of Garmin is better than Fitbit. The app is not like the Fitbit app which makes the workouts more game like and fun. Garmin Connect is more inclined towards presenting all possible data procured by the watch after the run.
I've been using the watch for a month now and I've only charged it twice! I haven't had any problems with the watch. It is easy to maintain as it is waterproof. I rinse it with water after each run. Overall this watch is a must buy for avid runners. It offers everything that a runner requires and the price of Rs.15,999 is hard to beat.