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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 624 reviews

93%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced?

    Posted
    HektorHdz
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    Got this for my wife because she badly wanted it, but I don't like it though. Screen light too dim, looks very old design, the only Good thing might be the weigth.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not user friendly

    Posted
    Lindsey
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    Within a month of using the watch I woke up one day and notice the screen had cracked. I have no clue how this could have happened. I work a desk job and did not do any activity that would be rough on the watch. After trying unsuccessfully to submit a claim online (site is not user friendly) I finally called garmin. They said it is not covered under warrenty and offered to fix it for a $50 fee. The features of the watch are great but the low quality of the screen, lack of battery life (2-3 days) and non user friendly software and support it is not worth the price of the watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So happy I bought this!

    Posted
    Mandy
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    I was nervous about buying this version over the upgraded one, but i'm so happy I got this one because it does everything I need, I wear it everyday and I always get compliments on it. One of the complaints I saw was that the screen is too dark, but I live in South Florida and really don't have much of an issue with it. So durable great for in and out of the ocean!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth $199

    Posted
    Kevin
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    This watch is great. Battery life is about two weeks without using gps. Face of the watch is a little big , display not bright enough

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Old tech

    Posted
    Alley
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    With today's smartwatches the price on this watch needs to be lowered. Its laggy and the screen resolution is horrible. Feels cheap

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing issues with your Forerunner 235. Please go to support.garmin.com for FAQ's and video's concerning the set up and use of the watch. You may also reach out directly to our product support team from that page.

      Debbie with Garmin Garmin

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First fitness watch

    Posted
    Maxc
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    This is my first fitness watch and its what I expected. Nice light watch that has good battery life compared to my gear s3. Screen is really dim but that probably extend the battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Just Bad

    Posted
    YardofBricks

    The HR built sensor was essentially worthless - it was highly inaccurate. Additionally, the screen is hard to see. Sticking with my older, bulkier one that works.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product

    Posted
    Thomas
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    Gps is fast to react. Screen could be brighter. Hr is accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not at all sturdy!

    Posted
    RebeccaRuns
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Avid runner; occasional horseback riding. Screen cracked with no dropping or other cause inside of one month. HR monitor quit shortly thereafter. HR monitor inaccurate when doing activities like riding - bases itself on the pace of the horse!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Posted
    Workout
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    I did not like this watch. The pictures are not true to what the screen actually looks like. The screen is very dark and hard to see. I felt it was a big price tag for something that was not worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not easy to navigate

    Posted
    JRob
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have had several Garmin wearables and I loved them. I couldn't get into this one though. The process to get to settings and screens was too troublesome, not easy to navigate. The display quality is great though. I returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    LadyNavy
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love my Garmin. I researched for a year before buying it. It picks up my HR for everything I do for exercise, including lifting weights. The display is wonderful and visible in all conditions. Be mindful that it isn't a true smart watch, so it isn't a bright vibrant display.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A little Glitchy, but Great Watch/Fitness Tracker

    Posted
    jrno
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    I originally bought the apple watch as I am a fitness enthusiast who wanted something to help me get more insight into my overall health. But as I progressed through my fitness routine and used the watch, I found that I would go for runs and be unable to stop my workout because sweat would render the Apple Watch's screen unresponsive. Garmin focuses on fitness and health with this watch, it is a great tool for seeing how your health is progressing and getting the most from your workouts, but it doesn't have all the features that other smart watches offer. The important question you need to ask yourself is if you want a smart watch or a fitness tracker. If you answered fitness tracker to that question - then the garmin is for you.

    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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fitness / GPS Watch for Running

    Posted
    TexRunner
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I purchased the Garmin Forerunner 235 to track my running workouts. While no item is perfect, I've 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'ven't 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'ven'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