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Garmin - Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch - Marsala-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 606 reviews

93%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best running watch for your money

    Posted
    Domiku
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    If you're looking for a general fitness band, you're better off with a Fitbit or Apple Watch. But if you're serious about running or biking, this is the watch to get. The battery life is phenomenal, the GPS is more accurate than that of my iPhone 7, and you can use the watch even with sweaty hands (because it is not a touchscreen). You can even link your Garmin account with Strava if you prefer to have your data there. My one recommendation is to get a screen protector, as I think the screen is plastic. I found a good tempered glass one on Amazon for around $15.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good not Great

    Posted
    duckwoc
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    I've had my Garmin for almost a year now and its been reliable. GPS is very accurate and the watch itself is very sturdy. I'm pretty clumsy and I've smacked my watch into many hard surfaces and its only got one scratch so far! I do wish it had some other features I've seen on other Garmins such as stair flight counter, for example. Notifications work alright and sync pretty well to my phone. Sometimes it disconnects and reconnects quickly for no apparent reason but its never been a huge problem. Overall I really like the watch but I would love a few other features/apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

    Posted
    Runner
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    Upgraded from the forerunner 15. Love everything about the watch. Only negative would be sleep tracking. You can set the watch for your usual bedtime but if you're still up and you lie still on the couch, it will think you're sleeping. If you wake up the night and get up, go back to bed but don't fall asleep for a while, it will think you're asleep. It also doesn't track any daytime naps. I didn't get the watch to track my sleep so it's not a big deal but for the price of the watch and it's heart tracking feature, you'd think it would do a better job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High quality but big face

    Posted
    BootcampRunner
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    Great heart rate monitor and gps watch. I wore for a week and the functionality was fantastic, easy to read, etc. I wound up returning it, though, because the face was so big and though it was appropriately feminine for athletic purposes, it did not work to wear throughout the day with regular casual clothing. I replaced it with an Apple Watch that was smaller and had more athletic functions than run, bike, and other. I loved it and if this was just for running I would have kept!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall tracker. Bluetooth connectivity -

    Posted
    FT1000
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    Tracker essentially does all things well. Issues for me were 1) the size of the watch sat oddly on the bony processes of wrist. 2) Bluetooth intermittently went through a disconnect/reconnect cycle resulting in frequent unexpected vibrations ( which kept waking me up at night). Changed Bluetooth settings without any luck. Was able to swap out watch faces fairly easily, which was a nice feature. 3) The other thing I didn't like was the plastic feel along with the quirky notification sound that makes it sound like a cheap toy (for how expensive it is).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    My barely used forerunner 235 won't hold charge

    Posted
    Runner

    I purchased this watch around Thanksgiving time (Nov. 2016) and had few minor problems since then but most recently my watch wouldn't hold the charge. After reading through the troubleshooting instructions and exhaustive search for their phone number, I contacted Garmin and they send me instructions to delete some files from the Garmin folder on my computer which hasn't helped. Now I can't even reach them through the tel # That is why I am giving this product a one star and recommending others not to buy it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hi Runner, Thanks for the Forerunner 235 review. We are sorry to see that your device is not holding a charge. This is something that we would like to take a look at further. We would recommend the following troubleshooting FAQ link (which you may have already tried): https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/pVTReaJt0Q5FfLf9AjxGY7. If still having trouble please send and email directly to social@garmin.com and provide as much information as possible. This will allow us to assist you further with your Forerunner 235. Thanks again for the reveiw. -JFH Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it for running

    Posted
    RunnerDave
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    Best purchase besides my shoes.. This thing is awesome I was previously using a smartwatch but it didn't do all the stuff I needed for marathon training. I love the fact that I can get about 10 days on a single charge and it keeps pretty good info on sleep habits as well. Easy to use and the app works very well with mu other fitness apps (MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, and Google fit)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Mid-Level GPS Watch

    Posted
    DrXenonBloom
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    Does everything I need. Connects to GPS quickly, keeps my records, suggests recovery time, keeps track of VO2 max, and has anticipated race times for various distances based on your runs. Oh and not to mention the daily tracking of steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, and floors climbed. I'm not sure how accurate the day-to-day heart rate monitoring is, but It's definitely good for showing your progress over time. There's certainly other watches with more frills, but this one does the job, even for advanced runners.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for runners

    Posted
    Robo

    If you run this is the watch for you. I looked at the Apple Watch,but in the end I thought I would go with the company that has been doing this forever. The battery lasts for days, and I don’t have to wear a heart strap to monitor my heart rate. It’s easy to read, and monitors your pace, miles run and time. The only issue is the band that caused a rash. I was wearing it 24/7, but took I it off at night and the rash has seemed to get better. Garmin is sending me new band also.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent runner companion

    Posted
    mcjag
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    Battery life id really good. Very quick charge time considering you can easily get 5 days between charges. Very light and comfortable especially since you wear it 24 x 7. Can install different watch faces to make it more 'work appropriate.' Love that it's waterproof but I haven't tested this. Plus - Garmin Connect had all of my run history from my old school 305. I had the Microsoft Band 2 which worked great, but had poor battery. This is the exact opposite. You just get notifications - not full emails which is fine by me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

    Posted
    pnivens
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    I'm still in the beginner stages of running but love the Forerunner 235 and use it as a tool to monitor my distance and pace. I also use the daily step tracking to get myself up and moving frequently throughout the day and enjoy pushing to reach the daily step count goal. I had the Forerunner 225 prior but wanted the 235's ability to download additional screens and apps. I did scratch the screen shortly after purchase though, not certain how, so I would recommend a protector. Other than the soft face I really enjoy this watch/unit every day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect sports watch

    Posted
    jb400mar
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    Had an Apple series I sport watch but sold that to get the Apple series 2. After weighing everything, I decided to get this Garmin 235 and am very happy I did. Got this watch on Black Friday weekend so it was discounted and as we all know, new Apple products may be great and exciting but there is always a length of time before they go on sale. This Garmin watch is great for running and it can be simple or if you want to use all the bells and whistles it can track everything involved with your running.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Worth the money

    Posted
    Jennifer

    I loved this watch... For the most part. Has worked great for the past 11 months, I hit 1 year and the battery started to drain quicker. Now the back button does not work, it has incorrect pace, and it is randomly beeping as if it were locked. Screen even comes up saying "Hold key up to unlock" when I did not push any bottons! Should have stuck with my cheaper version Garmin!!! When you spend this kind of money on a watch it should not have issues after a year, should not be a disposable product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for taking time to review the Forerunner 235. We are sorry to see that you are having trouble with your watch, and what you describe is unusual and something that we would like to take a look at. Please send an email to social@garmin.com and provide as much information as possible about your device. We would love an opportunity to assist you. Thanks again for your review. -JFH Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fitness watch

    Posted
    Slavko
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    I've been a runner for about 5 years now. I always track my runs, miles and miles on my shoes. Especially on the nike plus app. Simple because numbers don't lie. This watch does everything and more than what I need. Love the wrist heart rate monitor. I do a lot of treadmill running. And it tracks that too. It's about a tenth of a mile off. But so was my shoe pod. So it's comparable. I haven't used it outside yet but I'm sure because it's a garmin it won't have any issues. This is my favorite watch I've ever owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great running and fitness watch

    Posted
    dna0405
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    Overall love this watch. Running metrics are extensive enough for my half marathon planning, and it has enough extras, like ability to view phone messages, synch with weather, etc, to be functional as a daily device. Only negative for me is the large face. For small wrists, it's a pretty sizable watch. Doesnt look great to wear around as an everyday accessory

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin Forerunner 235

    Posted
    Dave
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    This is my third Garmin Forerunner and really thought this time I would purchase a Fit Bit or Apple I Watch. Nope, after reading reviews and really deciding on what I want out of a watch (runner), I went with the Forerunner 235. I really like the fact that I don't have to wear a heart monitor strap; heart monitor is monitored via my wrist. I really like the large round dial which allows me to see my time and distance, heart rate, etc. without having to put on my glasses! Thanks Garmin, you have come a long way!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    seasoned runner

    Posted
    angelbaby
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    I was a fitbit chick for years, wanted to try something different. Went back and forth between garmin and the new fitbit ionic. Very pleased that I chose the garmin, ease of use, love the stats on the connect app. The only thing I miss about the fitbit is the option to just choose a workout, yoga, weights etc and just do it. Seems like I have to create a workout on the app and it goes to the watch. I have not tried that yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You don't have to be a runner to enjoy the Garmin

    Posted
    bestbuyguy
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    Great product. I use it to track all of my workouts, from my cardio workouts, to my weight training workouts and everything in between. Also, the fact that do not need to wear a chest strap to track your heart rate is a plus. The Garmin Connect site also lets you sync your Garmin device. The Garmin - Forerunner 235 has many more features, too many to try to list in this review. If your in the market for a activity/fitness tracker, then check out the Garmin - Forerunner 235 before you buy any other brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love it

    Posted
    chichi
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    Garmin does great job making fitness watch that is geared toward people who are into sports, I think. I have heard that wrist based HR monitor may not be as accurate as chest band version, but the one on forerunner 235 seems to be accurate (I did compare the chest HR monitor on elliptical machine and the one on FR235 and their values were ver ver similar. I also like the fact that garmin fitness trackers's watch face can be modified to your own preference too. I definitely recommend this to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly Perfect

    Posted
    Anonymous1
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    I purchased this when there was a major sale at $140 and it is easily worth half again as much. Easy to program, customize faces, and use. I run 4-5x and averag more than 20 miles a week, and it does everything I need. The only glitch is that sometimes the HRM seems to match cadence even when effort varies. Pairs easily with chest strap HRM. Battery life is excellent. GPS very accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend