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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fitness / GPS Watch for Running

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    TexRunner
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    I purchased the Garmin Forerunner 235 to track my running workouts. While no item is perfect, I have been very happy with this one. Previously, I was using an iPhone app and carrying my phone when running. That served its purpose for a while, but this has been a huge improvement. The watch is very comfortable and doesn't bother my wrist at all, not even on long runs. The watch band has a lot of holes, which makes it really easy to get a good fit. I also wear it for tracking my sleep as well as for my alarm, and I hardly notice that it's there. With each workout segment, you can set your desired intensity target based on pace, speed, cadence, or HR zone (including custom HR zones). And when you establish a target, the watch will give you alerts when you are outside of this range. Now that I know what the alerts sound like, I find myself not looking at the watch nearly as much during runs. When I was researching different options, I had a hard time determining if you could use third party ANT+ heart rate monitors with the 235. But I was happy to see that this can be done. I didn't have any trouble pairing this with the Scosche Rhythm+. You can disable the wrist HR monitor and only use the external device or you can download a data field from the Garmin IQ store that allows you to use both simultaneously. There are a few things about this item that I believe could be better. First, I have not been able to find any available data screen that will give you an interval countdown. The existing timer options start at 0:00 and count up, not the other way around. Not a deal breaker by any means, but this is one improvement I think that could easily be made. Second, I wish there were more variables that could be configured with certain specific workouts. For example, I use GPS+GLONASS when running at the track, as this seems to provide for more accurate location readings. However, it drains the batteries more quickly and doesn't seem to make a discernible difference on street and trail runs, so I haven't been using it for these. So it would be nice to be able to have certain workouts default to a particular GPS setting. But again, not a deal breaker. Another issue is the accuracy of the wrist HR monitor. I've seen this mentioned and even witnessed it myself on one of my earlier runs. It was a really cold day. I was doing an easy (zone 1) warmup, when it started indicating that my heart rate was close to 190. Once I broke a sweat, it settled into a more accurate heart rate reading. To remedy this problem, I've been using a drop of HR monitor gel before each run. This allows it to maintain better contact with the skin, which seems to result in more consistently accurate readings. In fact, I recorded both the Garmin FR 235 and the Scosche Rhythm+ HR readings this morning. As you can see in the picture, other than a minor peak difference early on, the two were very close. The other thing I wasn't particularly thrilled about was the brightness of the screen. Or I should say lack of brightness. But I soon realized the lighting is basically the opposite of my phone or something like the Apple Watch. When there's no light shining on the screen, it's pretty dim and can be difficult to see. But as long as there's good light, it's very easy to see. So outside during the daytime, there's no issue at all. At night or early in the morning, I've just started wearing a head lamp, which I probably should have been doing anyway. With this on, I can see the screen perfectly well. I'm sure it was done this way to preserve batteries. I should add that the wrist HR monitor isn't the best for tracking weight workouts. Neither is the Scosche Rhythm+. I'm not sure why, but the readings are just way off at times. I'll be out of breath, and it will show my HR to be in the 80's or so. For now, I've pretty well just determined not to worry about tracking my HR on these types of workouts. But for running, the 235 is excellent. I'm not sure about the scientific accuracy of the race predictors, recovery advisor, or VO2 max readings, but changes in these areas at least seem to correspond with improvements in conditioning. Anyway, that's about it for now. While not perfect, I've been very happy with the Garmin Forerunner 235. I look forward to using this for years to come and would definitely recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent GPS watch with lots of other features

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    TPAL
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    I've had this watch for about 3 months and I absolutely love it. I actually started off with the Vivoactive HR, but I have a small wrist and found it uncomfortable. The Forerunner 235 is much more comfortable and I wear it all the time except on the rare occasion I am going to a semi-formal or formal function when the watch is just too sporty. I'm a runner who doesn't run quite as much as I used to, but I love all the statistics regardless. Giving up some of the activity tracking functions the Vivo offered was no big deal (I don't golf or paddleboard) and I'm definitely happier having the additional running functions of the 235. I upgraded from an older model (forerunner 410) and I'm really enjoying all the extra features. I love the activity tracking, although I do find that sometimes the step count can be off by as much 25%. I have a good idea how many steps I cover when I walk and find this watch sometimes (not always) varies significantly. I also use an iPhone and find that to be more consistent and accurate. Having said that, I still give this watch 5 stars because the step count is not the primary reason I got it. Syncing with phone app can be slower than I would like, but again, not a deal breaker for me. Aside from those two minor (for me) glitches, everything else works great. The GPS loads lightening-fast - no more waiting and waiting as I had to previously do on occasion with my older Garmin. The display is great and very customizable. There are so many features, I haven't even figured them all out yet. The smart notifications are really cool, too. I was at a meeting for work where we all had to turn in our phones. No worries for me; I was wearing my Garmin and got my notifications. I didn't need to worry the possibility of a rare emergency, like my kids' school calling because one of them became sick (highly unlikely, but in that rare instance when the phone is taken away, that's when I just know I'm going to get such a call). Or if I'm out with friends, if I get a text, I can quickly glance at my wrist without being one of those people who's looking at their phone so much, it seems like they'd rather be somewhere else. I love the heart rate monitor, too, as I never could deal with the chest strap. I owned one with the old watch and never once used it. Big waste of $$ because I liked the idea but could never be bothered. I can finally now do heart-rate training without any fuss using the wrist-based heart rate. Another feature that's new to me that I like a lot is the recovery time which automatically pops up every time I finish a run. I don't always follow it, but it's nice to have it, since I tend to overdo it sometimes and push myself too much. VO2 max is another great feature. Battery life is good and charging is fast. Having used a Garmin GPS watch for the past 5+ years as well as owning a Garmin car GPS, I am big fan of Garmin. Their customer service is fantastic, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Device, Wrong Cutomer

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    BRad
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    I traded in my Apple Watch Series 1 to purchase this item. I had exclusively used my AW as my fitness tracker for two years. I was pleasantly surprised with its fitness functionality and durability. After the first year I began running in OCRs and in no way felt comfortable wearing my AW for such demanding events. In turn I began searching for a more durable replacement. After hours of research as well as a recommendation from a fellow OCR racer (and coworker) I settled on the Forerunner 235. At first glance the 235 is nothing fancy. It reminds me of my first digital wrist watch I had in the 90s. Once you put the 235 on its apparently that this is a durable device. The 235 requires you download an app to sync to your smart device. I have an iPhone. The software was easy to find and downloaded quickly. Setting up a Garmin account was simple and so was synching and configuring the watch/device. I wore the watch to work every day as well as multiple workouts. The 235 is very comfortable to workout with weather it is while running or lifting weights (both activities were tried multiple times). My only complaint was I did not like was maneuvering amongst workouts and other settings within the watch. It was not difficult but it required a number of button clicks to get there. After a while I began to realize that I missed my AW and its smart features more than I appreciated having a rugged fitness tracker I really only needed 5 to 10 times a year. For that reason I returned the 235. Being a bit of a techy, had I not previously had a smart watch, I probably would not have second guessed this purchase at all. I highly recommend the 235, or any other Garmin product for that matter. I would encourage anyone considering this to really weight the options on how frequently you will being using the 235 to its highest ability and frankly most people don’t go anywhere without their phone anyone so a dedicated GPS is not necessary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Forerummer 235

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    Joanne
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    I spent a lot of time reviewing multiple fitness trackers. I have been using Fitbit for the last two-and-a-half years, and up until recently, have enjoyed it. However, when I started having sync issues and GPS issues with my Blaze, I knew I needed a change. I have been doing more runs and races, and wanted something that would track and give me all the data I wanted for my runs. The Garmin Forerunner 235 gives me more information then I thought I would ever need, but I love it. I enjoy looking at the historical data on the watch itself, as well as the other running data it collects and displays in the app, such as steps, cadence, pace, heart rate, calories burned, etc. What I really love is that I don't need my phone with me, because it has built-in GPS. I was used to logging calories right in the Fitbit dashboard, which the Garmin dashboard doesn't have. However, all I had to do was install MyFitnessPal, and it integrates beautifully with the Garmin dashboard. It's surprisingly lightweight, almost feels like my son's toy watch, which is great because it's not big and clunky. The face may look big, but I am petite and feel the watch fits perfectly on my wrist without being or looking too big. It's waterproof, so I can jump right in the shower after my run and rinse it off while tracking my recovery heart rate. I also enjoy the sleep tracking, as well as continuous heart rate monitoring which gives me my resting heart rate. Besides tracking running, indoor running, elliptical, it does have an "Other" option. You can customize the other activity tracking option within the app. Initially it tried to track using GPS, so distance and pace would be included in the data collected. However I turned off GPS, and can still get the duration of my workout, as well as my heart rate and calories burned, which is really all the data I'm looking for with workouts such as weight training or interval training. I am more than happy with my Garmin Forerunner 235, and I am continuously excited whenever I use it. I definitely recommend it, and it's worth the price tag. I would say it's more beneficial for those who want something to track running, instead of other types of workouts. If you want something that is just going to count steps, calories, and other workouts, you're probably better off with a different activity tracker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Watch for Runners

    Posted
    Run4Fun
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    If you are an avid runner and want a watch that can help you track your miles and pace, the Garmin Forerunner 235 might be just what you need. The Forerunner 235 serves its purpose perfectly. It accurately tracks the time, distance, and pace of your run or bike ride. This watch is also nice if you want to be accountable for increasing your daily activity. It records your steps, heart rate, and personal records. The watch also has a mode that will buzz when you’ve been inactive for over an hour or two. One thing to be aware of with the Forerunner 235 is that the GPS sometimes takes a while before it connects. An easy way to avoid this issue is to press the activity button with ample time before you begin your run or bike ride. The Forerunner 235 has a comfortable band that can adjust to any wrist size. The band has many holes throughout that not only help the watch to fit just right, but also make it breathable during a sweaty workout. This watch also holds a charge a long time and charges quickly. When the Bluetooth isn’t turned on, the Forerunner 235 can go about a week without being charged. Once plugged in, it is fully charged in under an hour. When the Bluetooth is on, the Forerunner can go about two days before it needs to be charged, since Bluetooth allows the watch to receive notifications from your phone. This watch is reliable, durable, and easy to use. Overall, the Garmin Forerunner 235 is a 5-star product recommended for any runner or anyone who wants to track their physical activity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great running watch

    Posted
    Peter
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    I was a former owner of an Apple Watch Sport. I liked the watched, but it had too many features that I did not use nor need (e.g. receiving notifications, all the apps...). I wanted to downsize to something that included GPS, would track my workouts with maps, count steps, and provide me with detailed feedback on my runs. I read reviews of several watches and found that this Garmin watch would meet my needs the best. PROS: - The battery life is amazing. I charge it once every 8 or 9 days. I do 3-4 runs a week and the battery has yet to run out in under a week. Today I charged it after 10 days and it was still at ~20% capacity. That's amazing! - It's waterproof. I don't have to take it off when I take a shower. - It counts steps accurately. - It finds GPS signal quickly. - The Garmin Connect app is great. It was easy to sync with and it updates my data between the watch and the app often. It shows tons of data (heart rate, weight, runs, calories, steps, sleep...) and you can customize what data you want to see. - It tracks your sleep and HR. - When running you can change the screen on your watch to show you data about your current run, data about your current lap (I love this!), your HR, your HR zone, or you can make a custom screen with several data points on it. - You can join challenges with other people. - You can sync with MyFitnessPal - It can receive notifications from your phone. It would let me know when I received a text or call. I disabled this feature cause I didn't need it. - It has a move alert: if you've been inactive for too long, it'll buzz/beep at you to get moving. There is so much I love about this watch. I rarely take it off and it's been so much more motivating to me to improve my running.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you're mostly a runner, this one's for you

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    SCPacer
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    I was a Nike+ TomTom GPS user for years, then a TomTom Spark+Cardio user for a brief minute, then I decided to switch things over to Garmin since now you can share your data with a Strava account. This is a very light GPS watch, and despite its over-sized appearance, it really didn't end up looking that big on my wrist, and I have what I consider to be thin or barely medium sized wrists. I like to run looking at only my cadence per mile and heart rate - it's much easier for me to gauge my workout intensity, but the watch display for your metrics can be customized between one or two screens, with varying numbers of metrics per screen, such as pace, distance, heart rate, time duration, etc. - but I'll tell you, Garmins are notorious for their dim displays while indoors or under low light conditions. For me, I got used to it, and the wrist motion activated backlight is a very nice feature with its constant-on time display. Sure, the integrated Bluetooth smartphone notifications are nice, but it's not really what I need from this sports watch. There's just one thing that really bothers me about this Garmin - the battery life. Although it's an easy clip on charger, I certainly expected to have the battery life last beyond a couple days with just one or two 45 minute GPS runs. Even after the firmware update, it just seems... short lived. I turned off the phone notifications and reduced the backlight on-time, but still to no avail. Still though, not a bad runner's watch and the large display is very, very easy to read in the daylight. You "can" track other cardio activities, and I found the heart rate tracking to closely mimick my TICKR X chest strap by Wahoo. So if running is close to 85-95% of your workouts for the week, the Garmin 235 is definitely a solid choice among the various GPS trackers out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Intermediate/Advanced Runners

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    MrPresident
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    Before purchasing the FR235, I had a FR15 as my starting out GPS watch. It worked well for what I wanted it to do (track distance). The downside for the FR15 was that the distance wasn't always accurate (I ran a marathon recently and it said I did 26.6 miles), GPS took forever to sync, and it didn't track HR. To supplement the HR I had bought a HR monitor online, but lost it within 3-4 months (I tend to lose things once in a while). After getting the FR235, it was a major, major improvement. The GPS synced within seconds, distance was near accurate (~ +/- .02mi, which is great, 1-2x have gotten a slip up where it cuts a big corner), and it had built in HR. Added perks were bluetooth syncing, watch interfaces (Back to the Future is the best one!), continuous HR, HR zones timing (how long you've been in which zone, and phone notifications (i.e. calls [can answer from watch], texts, emails, etc), I could even find my phone if I'm within range, and it has a great battery life (including several runs, it can last at least a week or two!). The only downsides to the watch are: HR takes some time to catch up at the beginning of a run, hard to find a good positioning on wrist for the HR to check properly (I have mine tight for runs to get better accuracy), and watch will randomly dis/connect from phone even when phone is 10-20 feet away (beeping can be annoying especially during work). I understand that HR won't always be accurate so it isn't a complete letdown; it's still a good estimation of heart rate. Haven't tried wearing it to sleep as it feels uncomfortable to wear and makes it harder to fall asleep for me. And don't know how I feel about it swimming (heard it is a possibility). Again this is a great watch if you're at least an intermediate runner and want to look at more statistics for running and need more accuracy from GPS tracking. If not interested in lots of statistics, then I would recommend a less expensive watch with less features (like Vivosmart HR).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    My Brain is Better

    Posted
    IMLP1406
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    Two days into this new watch and I am pretty sure I am bringing it back. The 235 is an upgrade from my FR610, which worked flawlessly. I did plenty of research before I bought this and my biggest concern was the optical sensor, which seems to be validated. I finally had a chance to take it for a test run today, and it FAILED. I am in very good shape and can usually guess my HR within 3-5 beats, but the 235 was off the reservation. I started running and it zoomed to 160+ bpm, and I knew I was no where near the 160s. I stopped and timed my pulse 3x on my phone and it was between 115-120, which is where I thought it would be. This thing wasn’t even close. I called Garmin customer service and was told that maybe the device hadn’t “locked on” to my heart beat. Ok, whatever. Then I was asked if it was tight around my wrist, and was told that sweat/tattoos/hair can cause faulty readings. Seriously?? SWEAT? This is a HRM, Garmin. Hair can cause faulty readings? Ridiculous. I also notice that even when I am walking my HR can jump from, say, 80>115>90 without much difficulty. Cheers to all the people giving it 4 and 5 stars because I don’t see it. The optical sensor seems incredibly inaccurate. Wait - I can always spend MORE money and by a chest strap that will make it work the way it should. Garmin - stick to athletes and make products for us vs trying to cater to mall walkers and people who want to know how many steps they take per day.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Running watch and more!

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    runningiowagirl
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    I love this watch! The best part is not having to wear a chest strap to track my heart rate. I run 3+ times a week and cross train 3 times a week and use my watch to track all of my workouts. You can set it up for interval training and it also has settings for running indoors, biking outdoors and indoors. I use the other setting for cross training. It's very comfortable. I thought it would seem big at first but I have no problem wearing it. It's very light. The gps syncs up really fast and as long as it is tracking your heart rate before you start your workout it is pretty accurate. If you start your workout without your heart rate recognized, it normally won't pick it up. The only issue I've had is that occasionally when I interval train it doesn't track my heart rate accurately. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. I don't know if I'm moving too much but I'll be totally out of breath and it says my heart rate is 80 or 90 bpm. It will eventually find it, but for a while I know it isn't right.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Functions well and takes a beating

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    OCRSSJ
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    The strap fits great and is comfortable. The presets are convenient for cycling and running. The fact that it turns off GPS for indoor settings without me having to do it manually each time is great. I only have to choose the type of workout and everything is set for indoor or outdoor. The recovery advisor and VO2Max are features that made this watch a worthy buy. The HR monitor seems pretty accurate and shows 4hrs of HR data on the watch. Battery life is better than I expect. With all the data being tracked and the syncing to the GarminConnect app on my phone (my old watch only synced 2 times a day), I expected a much shorter battery life. but, it last longer that my 225. Upgrading from the Forerunner 225, which has simple and easy navigation, the navigation on the 235 was a bit awkward. Not the smoothest navigation in my opinion, but I am comparing it to the 225. Overall, great watch. I dont use most of the advanced features yet (downloads, watch faces, and IQ apps) but my favorite features are the Race predictor, recovery advisor, HR accuracy, calendar on the watch, and VO2Max.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for running

    Posted
    bsmithlfd
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    This watch is pretty sweet. PROS: ease of use, great for running, ability to personalize, constant HR monitor, app is light years ahead of the competition, when connected to my phone it would show all my texts and alerts, EXTREMELY Comfortable. This is hands down the most comfortable watch in the history of the world CONS: no MP3 storage - must be connected to blu-tooth for music, bad for PT - during workouts the buttons would automatically press up against my wrist and switch the timer or turn off the timer entirely- this is no good when trying to maintain certain time requirements This is a great watch for a tech savy person and also a runner. As far as an "all around" fitness watch I believe it to be below the competition. It feels very delicate and that it could break at any minute. I loved this watch but needed something a little more durable. If you are a runner GET THIS WATCH! If you are a crossfitter or spartan racer or whatever the TomTom might be a better route.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall good watch

    Posted
    JoeR
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    I had a FitBit for a couple years and didn't like out it felt wearing it and the smaller screen. I am a new runner and wanted something that tracked running a little better and was easier to read. I felt this would be a good choice for the price. However, I think it's a little overpriced. I feel that a $249 would be a better price range for this watch. With that said, I do not regret paying the $299 for it. Very happy with it. Easy to setup and use, no problems at all with it and you can download apps and different watch faces for it using the Garmin connect app. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is not as bright as I would like. Don't let the online pictures fool you, it is not as bright and vivid colors as it looks in the pictures. I wish it had an option to adjust the brightness. I personally just like a bright screen. However, you can still see it just fine and easy to see in daylight. The back light works fine for night time. Overall I am happy I upgraded to this watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for a runner. beginner or expert

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    towatowa
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    I was looking for a serious update to my Garmin 35 and it was a toss up between the Garmin 235 and the Garmin Vivoactive 3. I settled on the 235 because of the extensive running metrics and GPS with GLONASS. You do not want to be at the start of a marathon on a cloudy day and cannot connect to GPS. Distance, sleep and activity tracking, comfortable design, advanced running metrics, Garmin IQ app support, iOS/Android, waterproof and the ability to pair with a dress suit, made the 235 more appealing than the Vivoactive 3. The $60 difference in prices between the two did not make enough of a difference. After all you were paying for the ability to be connected to GPS/GLONASS as soon as you start running, no matter the weather. Pros: very bright screen, quick connect GPS, accurate steps, sleep, heart rate, and distance along with great battery life and good looks. The 235 is always race ready. Cons: learning curve

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for a runner

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    Shay0228
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    This was my first gps watch ever. I honestly didn't know if I'd wear it often or only during activity. Let's just say the only time I don't wear it is when I'm sleeping. Love this watch! It tracks all my runs, records, data, provides me with incoming texts and calls and allows you to control your phones music by fw, re, and volume options. You aren't able to reply to texts via the watch but if you have a wireless headset, it's easy to answer incoming calls that are displayed on the watch. It tracks bicycling and treadmill along with outdoor runs. It's not a watch for this that want to track much more than running.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value; Easy to Setup

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    andyj
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    This is my fourth Garmin running GPS device over the course of 12 years. This appears to be the best yet. I haven't spent a whole lot of time with it as it is still cold out in the Midwest. However, the few times I have used it the satellites/GPS calibrates almost instantly. My last device from 7 years ago could take several minutes to find a signal. This one has a heart rate monitor which used your wrist instead of a chest strap. It works pretty well. A strap would be better. It's easy to sync to your Garmin online profile. I haven't tested any of the cell phone features as I have no plans to carry my cell phone with me while running. Best Buy did a price match so I got it at a very good price. It's primarily focused on running so if you want something for biking, swimming, etc. you might want to look at the higher end models. This is a great size and is nice and lightweight. I like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I wanted

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    Lovemywatch
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    I spent several months reading research on activity trackers and gps running watches. I asked friends that had smart watches what they liked about their watch. The Choice came down to the Apple Watch, Garmin vivoactive, and the Garmin forerunner 235. The forerunner seemed to have the best accuracy and connected to gps quickest. It’s lightweight, easy to use, easy to setup, and feels/fits great on wrist for daily use. I did purchase the 2 year warranty just to be safe and so I could wear it through any activities without worrying. I also purchased a screen protector to keep the watch face free from scratches. I leave it connected to Bluetooth at all times to sync and get all phone alerts. Very very happy with this watch and love how the app is set up. Easy to customize the style and functions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sadly it was returned

    Posted
    Dokuda

    I had high hopes that I finally would have a good tracker for my running. The GPS was great!! But the dimness of the screen was awful. I had to use my phone at times to light up the watchface to read it. It’s very deceptive from marking, they show a bright colorful screen, it is not!! The heart rate monitor was all over the place too. I was running almost full steam and it never went over 111 but my Fitbit and Apple Watch both said 165. I’ve heard there are more expensive models that are better but this one just didn’t cut it for me. I gave it 3 stars because it was comfortable, and the GPS worked great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch

    Posted
    Runnur
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    I have been running consistently for awhile and was at the point where I needed a more advanced watch for training. People I run with have the Garmin 235 or 9"" and they swear by it. I was looking at the Polar M430. On the Polar there are 6 sensor for the heart rate & you can't change bands, but polar is known for accuracy. A chest strap is the most accurate way to get heart rate so I went with the Garmin and its 3 sensors figuring I would get the chest strap as I get more serious. I like that you can change the bands, I like the interface on the computer (their metrics are great). I do get a little frustrated because it is not as intuitive to use as I would hope and I do notice others struggling with the same thing. That is the reason it is 4 instead of 5 stars...and the three sensors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great multifunctional Garmin watch

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    Marissa
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    I did a lot of research prior to buying this watch and decided that for what I am doing (running, swimming, marathons, etc) this watch was a step up to what I had before (Fitbit). It’s super easy to configure, syncs with my Iphone perfectly, tracks my pace in laps and miles, waterproof to swim with, comfortable to wear and tracks my activity/routes with GPS. I’m still learning with this watch because there is so many features to it. I also love the band color!! I had to wait a little longer to receive it but it is a minty color and exactly what the picture looks like. Also, ladies if you’re worried about the face of the watch being too big on your wrist don’t be! It’s athletic looking and fits perfectly around my wrist. Doesn’t get in the way or anything! Great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend