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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 595 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but......

    Posted
    Matt
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    So I bought this watch and the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro. I then went for a run and they were both the same on the distance, with the Gear Fit 2 Pro having a better looking screen and better features in my opinion. However this watch is so easy to read in the sun. In my opinion it is a nice watch but there are other options that are just as good with glass screens and nicer looking displays.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for running with GPS and HRM

    Posted
    ScottyJ
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    My old refurbished Garmin finally bit the dust for good so I needed a replacement for running. After doing some research, I decided on a big upgrade and opted for the Forerunner 235. This is a great tool for tracking distance and heart rate, and even steps if that's what you want. You can sync it with your smart phone too so you can get text messages and email notifications and previews. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect All Around Running Watch

    Posted
    Semaj1023
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    I am a 30-40 mile per week runner training for my 2nd Marathon and I was looking for a Running Watch with GPS, Heart Rate monitor, and great battery life. This watch is perfect for me! It provides all the basic functions you expect with decent battery life. I don't utilize the phone notifications much, but it is nice to know who is texting you while running. I would highly recommend this watch to any runner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied customer

    Posted
    MS150
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've had the forerunner 235 since Jan 2016, and has been very pleased with it. I mostly use it for cycling and cardio...user friendly, accessible function keys, easily syncs with my garmin edge when cycling. HR sensor is a few seconds delayed, but is reliable when using it for trends. Overall, satisfied with it compared to the Fitbit charge.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible for USB sync on win10

    Posted
    decaffeinated

    Sorry I bought this device. I cannot reliably initiate a USB sync using the Garmin Express app on Windows 10. Apparently, the device must be turned off before USB sync can be initiated...but even then, there's no guarantee that Garmin Express can find the device when it's plugged in via a USB port. If you want to use a fitness tracker and sync via USB on Win10, look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hello Decaffeinated,

      Thanks for posting a review of the Forerunner 235. Your experience with syncing the device with a Windows 10 computer is unexpected and something that we would want to look at further. Please sens an email to social@garmin.com for direct assistance and so that we can investigate this further. Thanks again for posting your review. -JFH Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin-Forerunner 235 is GREAT

    Posted
    Tabsid
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    I have been using the Garmin Forerunner for many years and have always loved them. I had to upgrade to the 235 this year since the 230 is no longer available. I love the added heart rate feature. I really like the frost blue color but I would have loved to get my purple color back (from the 230). Many features to use with runs! Easy to access GPS!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great running watch

    Posted
    LolaJoyce
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    I love that you have your pace,distance and heart rate after each run. You can see your pace each mile so you know if you have to move faster in the next mile. You can set goals and it keeps track and lets you know if you are on track. I love using it during a marathon,it keeps you on pace.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gps

    Posted
    DJEM
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    I love this watch! Wish the face was a little smaller, but otherwise great. I know it can be linked to cell phones, but have not done this yet. I feel that it is pretty accurate for tracking running distance. I've been really happy with it. I'm also a night shift nurse, so I like that it shows the date and day of week. Since I work nights, I'm usually confused as to what day of the week it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for distance running

    Posted
    Loui
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    I run Cross Country and I was always looking for a watch that provided everything I needed for my running. This watch is perfect because it tells you your pace,registers your route, and keeps track of your personal records. The best thing is its batterie life it last longer than other watches. Only bad thing is that it does not have a touch screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Purchased as a gift

    Posted
    Johnnytheking
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    I have a Fenix 3 myself, but this watch is very capable in it's own right. Only complaint is that when it was worn in a pool and got slightly wet (it was not submerged for any period of time more than a few seconds) it started faulting for about 2 weeks before the issue cleared up. It's supposed to be wearable for light water activities according to Garmin's website

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great watch until the super fragile screen cracks

    Posted
    Jeremichi96
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    Great watch until the screen cracked during normal use. Still don't even know how or when it cracked but they want $110 to replace it. My fit bit and polar screens never had a problem. Seems there are quite a few threads about garmin screens cracking. Before you buy be prepared to spend extra on screen protectors or spend half the price of the watch getting it repaired.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch & Activity Monitor

    Posted
    DanD
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    Easy to use as a heart rate / activity monitor without any manual reading. Battery life can be 7 days with the GPS on & Bluetooth off. Use after-market accessories like a tempered glass cover & silicon bezel cover to keep the watch like new. Syncing & using the great web tools has a learning curve.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worked great unti Geeks “helped”

    Posted
    Runningguy
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    Loved my Xmas gift! Asa non tech guy I managed to get this complex device working. Took advantage of the “free” geek consultation” and my world turned to dust.Geek had no idea what this device did, randomly pushed buttons and gave up, stating, “why didn’t you get an I Watch? He gladly refunded my money and I sadly walked away .without a Christmas toy!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hello Runningguy, We are sorry to see that you had a poor experience when trying to set up your Forerunner 235. We offer many great FAQ and videos to help set up the device. For more information, use the following Garmin Support Center link: https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?productID=529988&topicTag=region_gettingstarted. There is also information for contacting our Product Support teams directly. We would love to help. Thanks for posting a review. -JFH Garmin

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for running

    Posted
    Kecab
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    I love my watch. Everything is nice and clear and easy to see while running. I like being able to add work outs through the app and then downloading them to the watch. The only reason I give it 4/5 is because I find that the band is a little itchy. But that could just be me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      If you're experiencing an issue with the band we would like to speak to you concerning this. Please go to support.garmin.com and reach out to our product support team for assistance.

      Debbie with Garmin Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great motivator

    Posted
    Barefootsteve
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This is one of the best things I have ever bought for running and helping with fitness goals. The options are amazing, easy to use with the phone and computer. My brother has another model and he also has great things to say about Garmin. This is one of the things that define me, who I am and what I do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this running watch

    Posted
    Randini
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    I have had the 305, 220 and now the FR 235. This is the best one yet. I love all the stats it gives me while I am running and after my run specifically which zone I am in and my current heart rate. I am not a big step counter, but this does help keep me motivated. The only issue I have is I cannot seem to get call alerts to work. Watch is also very comfortable and light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great gift for runners

    Posted
    BBTechy
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    Bought this as a gift for my granddaughter who runs competitive races. She finds it extremely useful especially in training. But be careful of the bezel. It can scratch or crack relatively easily. You might want to purchase a screen protector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful running watch

    Posted
    Stray
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    This running watch can also double as a daily activity tracker. The GPS is fast on the uptake, and unlike some other trackers, does not require me to carry my phone when using it. Also, the GPS is more accurate than many models I've tried, and super-fast in locating satellites for positioning. You can get heart-rate readings without a chest strap, too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great with a flaw

    Posted
    RunForestRun
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    Bought this watch for my wife and she really likes it. The only problem she has with it is the optical heart rate sensor. She feels like it isn’t accurate enough so we got her a chest monitor that pairs with the watch. Other than that the fit and usablity is perfect. The app is great as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch, but..

    Posted
    Jaya
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    This running watch is a great performer as one can expect Garmin watches to be. But the optical heart rate tracking was a hit and miss for me. The heart rate data is too jumpy (I was wearing another watch with chest heart rate strap to compare with). But some of my friends have said it works fine for them. So I am confused.

    I would recommend this to a friend