Garmin Forerunner 235 smartwatch review

Shahriar Siam

Nowadays we anticipate that running watches should be more than separation and pace trackers. Progressively, we need them to mentor us as well, with bits of knowledge on the best way to improve structure and train more brilliant.

It's the reason the most recent gadgets offer always point by point running elements, pulse investigation and preparing input. It's likewise for what reason you'd feel that a watch propelled over two years back may battle to keep up.

In any case, on account of some future-evidence tech at dispatch and ensuing updates the Garmin Forerunner 235 does only that. Regardless of its age it's as yet a suitable decision for sprinters with a sharp eye for execution and a deal.

How about we be straight, there are more component rich watches out there, the Garmin Forerunner 645 for a beginning, which implies the 235 isn't even the best Garmin watch cash can purchase, however before you click away in an attack of early adopter flurry, it merits giving the Forerunner 235 cautious thought, since this is an incredible lower-end watch with a great deal taking the plunge, not least its cost.


Product Dimensions 0.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Item model number 010-03717-48
Batteries 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
Operating System Android, Ios
Included Components Forerunner 235^Charging/data cradle^Manuals
Manufacturer Garmin

Garmin Forerunner 235 price and availability

As a result of the Forerunner 235's age you can get it a lot less expensive than its unique £299.99/$329.99/AU$469 RRP. It came out the world over close to the furthest limit of 2015, so it's quite a while old at this point.

We've seen it drop an entire hundred pounds underneath its unique cost in the UK, and in the event that you search around you'll likely discover comparable limits in different nations, so in case you're searching for loads of run-following capacity however on a tight spending plan, that should make it an extremely appealing choice.

On the off chance that you see it for under £160 in the UK, gobble it up immediately, in light of the fact that that is an extremely extraordinary arrangement for something that is still not been truly supplanted by Garmin and works superbly.

Design, comfort and usability

Game watches are once in a while sharp and however the Forerunner 235 is still obviously a Garmin, it's among the better-looking run trackers you can purchase. It comes in three shading mixes: dark and ice blue, dark and red and dark and dim, and there's some savvy nuance to the last two.

There's an exemplary round-confronted, 1.23-inch measurement shading screen that is fresh and simple to peruse in generally light, with enough land to show up to four details on two adaptable screens.

In the event that you're a devotee of touchscreens, at that point the absence of one here may disillusion, rather you get five side catches to explore your way through Garmin's moderately straightforward menus.

The punctured delicate silicone tie makes for an increasingly agreeable, less damp with sweat run, especially valuable over longer separations and considering you'll have to wear this somewhat more tight on the wrist to get the best exactness from the implicit optical pulse sensor.

All things considered, comfort is undermined some place on account of the reality the Forerunner 235's sensor distends more than you'll discover on any semblance of the Polar M430 and it can dive in a little on longer runs.

The catches are responsive and simple enough to use moving however and the entire thing tips the scales at simply 42g, which makes it one of the lighter watches you can lash on, however a few people probably won't care for the general plastic feel that is obviously helped shave off certain grams.

Heart rate

The Garmin Forerunner 235 tracks pulse (HR) from the wrist, however you can likewise combine ANT+ chest ties on the off chance that you lean toward the precision this brings.

It was one of the previous gadgets to shun the Mio optical pulse sensors for Garmin Elevate sensor innovation.

We put the 235 under a magnifying glass facing the Polar M430 over a scope of meetings, including a long distance race separation.

As should be obvious from the chart, the gadgets performed decently reliably. Garmin (base chart) timed the normal HR at 154bpm and Max HR at 179bpm while the Polar M430 enlisted a 154bpm normal yet a Max HR of 172bpm. Narratively during the run the Polar appeared to run at 3-4bpm lower than the Garmin.

The two gadgets offer resting pulse (RHR) following and when we came to think about them, both gave indistinguishable readings yet the way Garmin features this enormously helpful benchmark for wellbeing and wellness is greatly improved.

Indeed, the nonstop day in and day out pulse following on the Forerunner 235 is a standout amongst other we've seen for checking your improvement and spotting things like potential over-preparing and approaching colds.

With the bit of a catch you get a read out of your present pulse, highs and lows, your normal RHR and a visual indicating the most recent 4 hours. You would then be able to tap for a diagram of your RHR throughout the most recent 7 days.

Resting pulse high that morning? That is a sign you should skirt an instructional course or simplicity off the power, and the Forerunner 235 settles on that an a lot simpler choice.

The Forerunner 235's optical pulse sensor additionally controls a VO2 Max perusing, or the most extreme volume of oxygen you can utilize, estimated in milliliters per kilogram of body weight every moment (ml/kg/min). It's another extraordinary pointer of your present wellness levels and progress.

Normally done in a lab test, watches, for example, the Forerunner 235, progressively gloat assessed VO2 Max scores. Without venturing into a lab it's difficult to evaluate the precision yet when we contrasted the Polar M430's score and the Forerunner 235, plainly somebody has it wrong.

Polar evaluated our VO2 Max at 69, only one point short of what Runner's World could arrange as a tip top outcome. Garmin, conversely, has us at 51 which is somewhere close to stationary 35-year-old and normal 35-year-old. That is an unmistakable difference and in all actuality we're most likely some place in the middle.

Many running watches we've tried haven't been on target with this measurement, yet as long as it's reliable you can utilize it as a sign that you're getting fitter - which is unmistakably increasingly critical to many.

Run tracking and running metrics

There are four game modes: Run, Run Indoor, Cycle and Other, and it's extremely helpful that you can alter two information screens with up to four fields to make your own favored showcases for each of these.

Indoor runs are followed by the on-board accelerometer while GLONASS and GPS give the typical open air pace, separation and speed measurements. In our treadmill test the Garmin was inside 5% on complete separation, however obviously the pacing once in a while coordinated the treadmill's.

Outside we reliably got a quick GPS fix, however when it came to precision there were some question marks. For instance, on our long distance race test, running a formally estimated course, the Forerunner 235 timed our separation at 41.96km, shy of the 42.195km.

That is not out of sight we would say running watches will in general come up longer as opposed to shorter over a long distance race once they've considered a touch of weaving.

Notwithstanding separation, time, pace and calories, during your run you can likewise observe rhythm, pulse and pulse zone and there are adaptable sound and vibrating cautions to help control you on track pace and pulse.

You can put away to 200 hours of action on the watch itself giving you a lot of degree should you wish to burrow for bits of knowledge from your past runs from the wrist, however with moment refreshes by means of your cell phone's Bluetooth to Garmin Connect you probably won't need that.


Pros Cons
Elevate - Wrist-based heart rate technology Heart rate might not be accurate for some interval workouts
GPS and GLONASS based position locator Garmin Connect app is not intuitive
Advanced workouts and laps
Connect IQ - Store of watch faces, apps and widgets


The Garmin Forerunner 235 despite everything figures out how to stick out, in spite of its age. A lower value helps, however the profundity and expansiveness of its following aptitudes and preparing bits of knowledge guarantee it can in any case contend with more up to date running watches.