Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch (Black/Gray)

Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch (Black/Gray)
Amazon
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Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch
(Black/Gray, 010-03717-54) on sale for
$ 139.99
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Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch
(Black/Gray, 010-03717-54) on sale for
$ 139.99
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  • 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% 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
  • Battery Life 11 Hours Training, 9 Days Watch, Activity Tracking, Notifications + Heart Rate. Refer user manual below

First things first, this thing is a GARBAGE smart watch. If you are buying it on those merits, turn back now while you can.

However, as a fitness running watch, this thing is absolutely awesome. I switched to start using this from an Apple watch namely bc I realized the real value that I personally wanted was for running and fitness. Here are the three key strengths that made me switch from Apple watch:

1. Always on screen with always current data – raising your wrist and waiting for screen to turn on and load data fields while running is not fun. The garmin is always ready for me to glance at my current pace or any data field. Changed the precision and intensity of my training.

2. Battery life with GPS and built in Heart Rate- I run about 18-25 miles and cycle about 6 hours per week. I can do all of that 1-2 charges of my Garmin watch. Insane. By comparison, my apple watch would not be able to handle any runs longer than 10 miles, and had to be charged daily or twice daily depending on my fitness activities.

3. Data Export – Apple watch’s native fitness app is the most performant and quick to use, but the data is locked away. I use strava, so it was really important to me that this device could directly share to my various fitness apps and it does this in stride. Everything syncs up great and I have no complaints.

So what about those “smart watch features” that this Garmin has?
Like I said above, as a smart watch, the Garmin loses miserably to the competition. However, it has just enough functionality where you don’t feel the need to switch watches to a more robust smartwatch during the day. I thought that I would use my Apple watch during normal day, and switch to Garmin for sports, but the ability to view push notifications, calls, and texts on my Garmin is just barely enough to not need to do that.

So that’s my review. If you can relate and this helped your decision, great!

[Deal Review]:

Also live on Best Buy, black/grey only:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/garm…Id=4686204

Great price. Too bad the frost color isn’t this price.

does this have smart notifications for text etc?

old technology, old pulse sensor tech, no barometer so no altitude, no compass so no direction awareness without gps

 

not a bad activity watch but would be better value if maybe 0

 

compare to the newer tech vivoactive 3

 

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/c…uct=571520

 

kicking myself for not nabbing the ionic when it was 0 around black-friday

Are you able to afford one? Even with the newest technology? No?….. I didnt think so….
Yes, it does.
All technology becomes old or year after it comes out. With that mentality you just keep waiting until the new were model comes out you will never buy one. We wait for the new model to come down to a better price then that becomes all technology. And on and on we go. To me this is a solid price for the 235

I can’t stand the band on this watch. It has broken quite a few times and the garmin replacements are expensive. Also the knockoff replacements are crappy. May not be an issue for others though.

Great gift for a High School Cross country kid!

Good watch, good price. True, no baro, but that’s not a big deal if you’re not fussy about elevation gain precision – the GPS will give some elevation gain/loss. Also, if you want a more accurate HR monitor, you can pair it with the chest strap. I’m a Garmin fan, and I would get this if I only did running/walking. I have my eyes on the Garmin Instinct since I also like to hike and go off the beaten path. Anyway, this is a good watch for runners!

Perhaps it’s you and not the band. I’ve had my 235 for almost 2yrs now. I’ve put a few hundred miles on it with my runs and never had an issue with the band.
The VA3 really isn’t a very good training watch. Look around at any race and you will see half the people wearing this (or a 230). They work very well. Especially for running. I admit, I now have a Fenix 5S (because of Triathalon training), but my GF has the 235, and is super happy with it.

Love this watch. Bought it less than a year ago for 0. Very accurate. Picks up GPS fast. After a few outdoor runs, the treadmill accurate is surprisingly good … nearly exact if running at your average outdoor speed, and up to 7% off if you fluctuate your speed (based on my usage). Comfortable, long lasting battery, Bluetooth syncing works well (sometimes have to off/on Bluetooth to get it syncing again). Very happy with it, and would buy again at this price!

EDIT: Should mention, heart rate is accurate for running, but complete garbage for weight lifting and other activities that use arms. Sleep tracker is a novelty, don’t use it anymore.