Garmin Forerunner 235, GPS Running Watch, Black/Gray
|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
|Display Size||1.23 Inches|
|Display||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display|
About this item
- GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate and display type is sunlight visible, transflective memory in pixel (MIP)
- Customize your watch and your training, larger screen a 44 percentage larger screen than the 225 but the same physical size
- Audio Prompts: Receive Audio Prompts from Your Connected Smartphone That Include Laps and Lap Times. Smartwatch Mode: Up to 9 days. GPS mode: Up to 11 hours
- Smart notifications: See incoming email, text messages, call alerts, calendar reminders and more from your compatible smartphone. Display size: 1.23 inch diameter
- Battery life 11 hours training, 9 days watch, activity tracking, notifications + heart rate. Refer user manual below
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Black and Gray
Elevate Wrist Heart Rate Technology
Forerunner 235 with Elevate heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist 24/7, giving you the option to run without a strap. Its colorful gauge identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time. Stay in the zone and race to your personal best with Elevate wrist heart rate technology.
GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate
Stay on pace for your next personal record with Forerunner 235, the GPS running watch with Elevate wrist heart rate technology and smart features. Includes activity tracking and connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, smart notifications and audio prompts, as well as customizable widgets, applications and watch faces from the Connect IQ store.
- Tracks distance, pace, time, heart rate and more
- Connected features: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, audio prompts, 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
Connect IQ is also home to custom watch faces, widgets, apps and data fields you can download for free.
Displays email, call, text, social media and other alerts.
VO2 Max Estimate
Estimates the maximum volume of oxygen you can use during activity.
You can also use the app’s wireless connectivity links to receive current weather conditions and forecasts.
Counts steps, calories and distance throughout the day, and the move bar with vibration alert motivates you to move when you’ve been sitting too long.
|VO2 max estimate||✓||✓||✓|
|Wrist-based heart rate||✓|
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|Sold By||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Fall Rollbacks||Firemall LLC||Tech & Beyond|
|Are batteries included?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are batteries required?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display Type||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display||128 x 128 pixels, Digital Display||LCD||LCD||215 x 180, Color display|
|Item Dimensions||0.50 x 1.80 x 1.80 inches||1.40 x 0.50 x 1.60 inches||1.65 x 1.65 x 0.45 inches||1.70 x 1.70 x 0.50 inches||0.47 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches|
|Item Weight||1.60 ounces||1.60 ounces||—||1.34 ounces||1.60 ounces|
|Style||Watch Only||Watch Only||GPS Watch||Music||Watch Only|
Stay on pace for your next personal record with Forerunner 235, the wrist based heart rate GPS and Glonass running watch with smart features1. It’s built in activity tracker2 keeps
recording steps, even when you’re not running. Pair your watch with a compatible phone for connected features1 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. Measures heart rate at the wrist giving you the option to run without a
strap. For more challenging runs, download advanced workouts and training plans to your watch from Garmin Connect.
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I've been using Garmin Forerunners for 6-7 years, working my way from the 205 to the 305 to the 310XT. I was excited to get the 235, not so much for the no-chest-strap HRM, but simply for the form factor. I was giddy to contemplate finally having a Forerunner that didn't feel like a brick on my wrist. Was also excited at the prospect of having a device that didn't take as long as a minute and a half to pick up satellites at the start of a run.
I'm certainly pleased with the form factor--- compared with my 310XT, the 235 is wonderfully light and unobtrusive. And it does indeed pick up satellites very quickly. Beyond that.... I am not pleased. My biggest gripe (about which I'm surprised to have seen so little complaining in various online forums) is the "current pace" function. It's positively godawful in the 235--- appallingly inaccurate and slow to adjust! I had no reason to expect it would be this bad, based on my experience with earlier Forerunners, all of which seemed to have this function down cold.Why has Garmin gone BACKWARD in this capability?
As a dedicated runner who runs a lot of half-marathons with the occasional full marathon tossed in now and again, I require a pretty basic set of functions from my running GPS: Time, distance, current pace, average pace, and lap capabilities. That's all I ask--- but these functions need to work perfectly. To me, it feels as though Garmin has compromised the most critical functions of the Forerunner for the sake of cramming all kinds of ridiculous useless bells and whistles into the 235 (and other high-end models). They need to go back to basics and come up with a model targeting serious runners. Screw the bluetooth pairing, the step-counting, the calories-burned, the "your phone is ringing!" notifications, etc. etc. I need a running tool, not a PDA!
Current pace is absolutely critical for any serious runner attempting to hit a particular time goal in a race. You need to be able to set and hold a fairly steady pace in order to nail your desired finish time, and adjust that pace as circumstances dictate. I'm finding the 235 unreliable for this purpose. It displays a pace that I know to be inaccurate, and takes far too long to adjust. It's also pre-programmed only to display pace in 5-second increments, and seems to insist upon "hitting" each and every one of those increments in the course of adjusting the displayed pace. For instance, if I suddenly increase my pace from, say, 8:30 per mile to 8:00 per mile, it won't adjust the pace display directly from "8:30" to "8:00"... it will stodgily work its way from 8:30 to 8:25 to 8:20 to 8:15 to 8:10 to 8:05 before FINALLY, after 25 seconds of running, hitting 8:00. USELESS!
Aside from this, while mildly entertaining, the wrist-based HRM is also unreliable. I didn't have false expectations about the accuracy of this relatively new technology, and figured that really didn't matter, as long as it was ballpark-accurate. However, when the HRM just decides to stop working at all, as it did for a run this past weekend, how useful is that? It seemed completely arbitrary when the HRM subsequently decided to work again for the very next run. But if you cannot count on the thing, what's the point?
Another annoyance: It's apparently not possible to have a view of current data when pausing an activity; you're stuck with a display that asks if you want to "Resume" or "Save" the activity. If I'm stuck at a traffic light during a run, I'd like to be able to pause the device and then study the current data. Not an option here. Irritating!
Overall, the 235 has just made me grumpy. I am now seriously considering replacing it with a new-old stock 910XT, now that those have gotten cheaper. Sure, I'll be going backward in the clunkiness department, and I'll also completely lose the convenience of the wrist-based HRM, but neither of those things matters to me half as much as an accurate current pace feature.
Garmin, please come up with a model that dispenses with the silly tech-head bells and whistles and focuses on doing the basics perfectly for runners.
This watch gives you so much data and you can do so much with it. If you are an avide runner this watch would be great for you (continue reading my review to see both sides of the watch). All the apps and watch faces you can download really help to make it your own. When I bought the forerunner the Apple Watch was new and not really up to what I wanted it to be. The looks of this watch is not bad , but not suited for all occasions. So I decided to go ahead and get the forerunner.
For the price the watch, I do not like the materials it is made of, all plastic. When I first got it I was willing to look past it, but now I see it was just the honeymoon phase. After a year of daily wearing I've got crunch marks from hitting the sides. I have had small glitches throughout my use but all were something a could live with or restart it to fix. First thing that went out was the find my phone feature. Not a big deal and I could easily live without. Then I could no longer use the run profile to track runs. When I would have the run activity selected and go to start a run the watch would freeze. The only way to recover the watch was to force shut down. I contacted Garmin and they had me remove all watch faces, data fields, and apps. As well as all activities logged. After doing all that it still had the problem. They said I would have to exchange it or get it repaired. I am two months out of my warranty so it would cost $110 to get it fixed. This is very frustrating for such an expensive watch.
Overall, if you are just using it for a running watch pull the trigger and get it. If you are wanting this to be your daily watch, really understand what you are wanting out of it. I thought I would tell my story for to help see the long term use and its effects. Hope I help someone with their choice and that maybe mine experience is isolated.
Why to Pick the Forerunner 235:
- The Forerunner 235 latches onto GPS signal immediately, while I've had to wait several minutes with the Vivoactive 3, especially if I've changed geographical location (like one country/state to another). After that initial GPS signal search, the Vivoactive 3 still takes 30ish seconds to find signal.
Why to Pick the Vivoactive 3:
- Watch feels more "modern," probably due to the touchscreen and sleeker design (Forerunner 235 feels very plastic-y and bulky). The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music was released in 2018, while the Forerunner 235 is from 2015, so the Vivoactive 3 is newer technology for about the same price.
- The heart rate monitor of the Forerunner 235 actually juts out a little, and it sticks into your wrist, which is uncomfortable if you're wearing the watch for an extended period of time. The Vivoactive 3 HR sensor doesn't jut out, so it's much easier to wear.
- The Vivoactive 3 can track more activities; I was particularly interested in the swimming stats (pace per 100m, average number of strokes, etc). Note that in swimming mode, HR is disabled. Also, the swimming function is currently pretty inaccurate. Despite changing pool distance settings, I've gotten total distance numbers more than twice as long as I've actually swum! In a 25m pool, numbers were spot on, however. Hopefully this function improves with updates though.
The Bottom Line:
If you're a hardcore runner who wants fast GPS signal and doesn't care to wear the watch for extended periods of time as a fitness tracker, I recommend the Forerunner 235. If you do other sports too and want a comfortable watch to wear all day, go with the Vivoactive 3.
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Weight: Almost nothing (*****)
Battery Backup: 7 days with connected mode to your phone with notification alerts. (*****)
Running Tracking Performance: It has inbuilt GPS so no need to carry your phone. (*****)
User Friendly: It doesn't has touch screen display even after it allows you to use it very easily. (*****)