Garmin’s range of fitness watches has always been the favorite of fitness freaks. This year Garmin has launched three new GPS enabled watches. They are Forerunner 230, 235 and 630. Amongst the three, Forerunner 235 has emerged as the hot favorite of the consumers owing to its awesome features as well as affordable price. This model looks like its predecessor, Forerunner 225 but it comes with many more features in comparison to its predecessor. Here is a detailed discussion about the various features of Garmin Forerunner 235 that will help you to make a wise choice while choosing a fitness tracker.
Looks Does Matter
Looks does matter and Garmin Forerunner 235 scores quite high in this quotient. Its body is made up of plastic, so it weighs only about 42g. However, the quality of plastic is quite superior giving the watch a sporty look and at the same time a strong built. Just like its predecessor it also comes with five buttons on the sides, but this time buttons are made with different materials which makes it a lot stronger but softer.
In comparison to its predecessor, the screen size of Forerunner 235 is quite big. This watch comes with a 1.23 inch LCD screen. The screen resolution of the LCD is very good (215x180pixels) that allows wearer to check out the watch even in broad daylight. The band of the watch is also made up of plastic and it comes with loads of holes so that you easily adjust the watch on your wrist. Just in case you do not like the strap, you get it replaced by bands made by third party manufacturers.
Add On Features
Garmin Forerunner 235 is equipped with all the sensors that are present in any of the flagship fitness trackers. Along with that we can also find Elevate wrist HR technology included in the latest version which keeps tracking your heart rate not only during doing exercise, but all the time.
How it works?
Garmin Forerunner has been equipped with the ability to track three kinds of workout sessions, like running (indoor and outdoor), cycling as well as when you are engaged in normal work. Users have to press the power button to choose the mode. Once you click on the mode, the device gets connected to the GPS and immediately starts tracking your workout session.
A wonderful addition that makes Garmin Forerunner 235 more humane is its ability to set customized alerts. These alerts will keep reminding you to turn around, take rest, go back home or drink water from time to time. Auto Pause is also a new feature of this watch whereby the watch will automatically stop working when you have stopped at a signal or drinking water or taking rest.
An absolutely new feature in this watch that fitness freaks would enjoy using is Finish Time. This allows the users to set a goal and keeps reminding them how long they have to work to meet up with their goal by calculating their speed. This watch gives users two options for keeping a track on your location, they are GPS and GLONASS. GLONASS is a Russian satellite that helps in tracking location at a much faster pace, but at the same time it drains the battery of the gadget at a faster speed.
Sync with iOS or Android Platform
Get updates from your smartphone to your watch directly has become a standard feature of all smartwatch and Garmin 235 is no exception to that. You will get all notifications directly on your watch once the watch is synced.
Get rid of chest strap
Forerunner 235 is equipped with HR Sensor and thus there is no need for those uncomfortable chest straps that were used in the previous version of Garmin watches for tracking your heart rate. However, the HR sensors are not that accurate, specially if you stop your workout for a while. That being said we can guarantee the fact that still this watch is a very good option for amateurs like us, who wants to live a healthy life.
You can’t be lazy with Forerunner 235
This watch not only tracks your workout sessions, but it keeps a close eye on each and every activity of our life. And the best part is if you are not engaged in any kind of activity for a span of 2 hours, the watch is going to give you inactivity alert and asking you take a stroll around your workplace.
For maintaining the record of your daily workout, users have two options either the Mobile app or Express, the software that can be used in your PC. The mobile app is not that attractive, but Express is a versatile software that not only maintain records, but at the same help you design workout according to your goals, set up routes and do a lot more things.
Battery Life and Price
This watch has a battery life of about 9 to 11 days. However, if the HR sensor is switched on, then the battery life is going to reduce. This is one of the shortcomings of this watch. The manufacturers are aware of this issue and always promising to resolve it with the help of software update, but we didn’t get to see any such updates still now.
Forerunner 235 comes with a price tag of 329$
which is not less. But if we consider the kind of features and specifications it has, then we must remind you that it is definitely worth the price.
This is definitely one of the best GPS fitness trackers that you can buy right now. Battery is a problem with this watch, but we are hopeful that the manufacturers are going to resolve this issue pretty soon with the next OS update. This is one of the fitness trackers that will always motivate you to take care of your healthy amidst the busy schedules and strict deadlines. So I think it is worth investing on this watch, if your health is precious to you.