Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch review

Shahriar Siam

The Garmin Forerunner 35 is a sub-$200 GPS running watch, making it an essentially less expensive alternative than very good quality Garmin running watches like the Forerunner 630 and the Forerunner 235.

Yet, don't let that value make you believe you're getting bamboozled here. This is as yet a running buddy that is packed with highlights, including an optical pulse sensor, shrewd notice support, movement following and a lot of battery life for sure


Product Dimensions 1.4 x 0.5 x 1.6 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Item model number 010-01689-00
Batteries 1 CR123A batteries required. (included)
Operating System Android, Ios
Included Components Forerunner 35, Charging/data clip, Manual
Manufacturer Garmin


In the event that anything shouts financial plan on the Forerunner 35, it's the structure. Garmin has appeared with our Fitness Tracker of the Year, the Vivosmart HR Plus, and its Fenix 3 assortment that it is equipped for making a gorgeous wearable. Tragically, that is not something you can truly say about the 35.

It's the odd one out of the Forerunner family, and verifiably a games watch with its little, square plastic case and thick dark bezel encompassing a not really super-sharp 128 x 128 goals monochrome screen. There's no touchscreen here, in spite of the fact that it's as yet a shelter for unique mark smircesh. On the off chance that you recollect what the original Garmin Vivoactive resembles, that is basically what you have here.

Garmin attempts to include a touch of shading, offering a decision of dark, blue, green or white watch lashes. Our blue tie was light and agreeable to wear and didn't press too firmly against the skin as some game groups can; it's the sort of tie we're acquainted with seeing on Garmin watches.

Beside our undeniable aversion for the 35's look, it is at any rate exceptionally simple to work. There are four physical catches altogether encompassing the watch face. The one in the upper left corner is devoted to a backdrop illumination, which can be redone with the goal that it'll turn on for certain following modes. Holding it down will likewise kill the watch to help ration battery life. Underneath that is the back catch, which explores you out of menus yet in addition prompts a screen where you can see following history and achievements, alter settings and set up alerts.

The upper right catch is your course to the various following modes. Here you'll discover devoted modes for cardio, strolling, open air running, indoor running and cycling. Finishing the arrangement is the route button that takes you through extra menu screens where you can monitor resting pulse, notices, step checks, calorie consume, dynamic minutes, last exercise information and the climate. This catch likewise serves as a way to control music playback, a first for Garmin watches. That implies you can skip tracks and play/stop music without going after your telephone.

Around the back is the place you'll locate Garmin's restrictive Elevate optical pulse sensor, conveying nonstop readings for the duration of the day and night just as during instructional courses. It's additionally been hit with a 5ATM affirmed waterproofing rating, which implies you can take it for a plunge in the pool up to 50 meters. It just won't track swimming meetings like the Fenix 3 or the Vivoactive HR.

Running features

While the Forerunner 35 can follow cycling (you can combine with footpad and rhythm sensors) and cardio meetings, it's equipped towards running and that is the thing that we concentrated our testing on.

There is obviously worked in GPS, despite the fact that it comes up short on the GLONASS bolster remembered for better quality Forerunner watches. That may be incompletely why we didn't appreciate the sort of excessively fast sign pick-ups in both open and developed running environmental factors that we delighted in on something like the Forerunner 630.

While you're passing up the propelled running measurements as of late acquainted with the Forerunner run (stride length, vertical proportion, vertical wavering), there's still bounty on board to keep most sprinters fulfilled. In running mode, there are two information screens you can switch between, alongside monitoring the real time. Split into three portions you can see separation, time and pace on the primary screen while the subsequent screen shows pulse zone, current pulse and calories consumed.

Prior to bouncing into following mode, there's a choice menu where you can alter run modes to present virtual pacer or span preparing into your meeting. You can likewise set up cautions based around hitting certain separations or pulse zones, alter the manner in which information fields are shown and trade in pace or speed measurements. When your run is finished and you've spared the meeting, there's a decent breakdown of your run remembering subtleties for pulse zone, rhythm, steps, and normal pace per laps. On a great deal of running watches you'd have to go to the friend application to see such an exhaustive breakdown of a meeting.

Most definitely, we were content with what the Forerunner 35 served up the extent that GPS separation following goes, despite the fact that as referenced it did now and again take in excess of a few minutes to bolt onto a sign. The screen captures above show how it fared against the TomTom Spark 3 GPS running watch in a 10 mile race.

For indoor following, the Forerunner 35 depends on the implicit accelerometer to quantify separation. It's not even close as solid as GPS and, much as we've found with other running watches that depend on this technique, it tends to be hit and miss with regards to precision.

HR accuracy

Optical heart observing is something that Garmin has tossed in with the general mish-mash as of late, with the Forerunner 235 and Vivosmart HR+ among the initial two gadgets to profit by the organization's restrictive Elevate pulse sensor innovation.

Its uses are twofold on the Forerunner 35. The first is to transfer data about your normal resting pulse and continuous bpm readings. From the watch, a chart will show readings from the most current four hours. This feeds into your movement following information to give you an increasingly extensive perspective on your every day wellbeing.

It likewise shapes some portion of the run following, where you can see pulse normal and the pulse zones you've invested the most energy in during a meeting. We didn't have the best experience appling the innovation on the Forerunner 235 and the Vivosmart HR Plus and it's a comparative story with the 35 when you dive into high power preparing an area.

In our 10 mile race (above), where our pace was consistent and steady, there was a 1-2 bpm contrast between normal pulse readings and most extreme pulse readings recorded in contrast with the TomTom Spark 3, a wrist-based optical pulse sensor we've come to depend on for exactness.

At the point when we put things under serious scrutiny on a treadmill with the Polar H7 chest lash and presented some span running, the Forerunner 35 at first records very sporadic readings before it settles down and turns out to be increasingly steady. While HR normal appears to be reliable, there's an incredible difference with most extreme HR. It's something we've found with other optical pulse screens where such a significant number of variables can affect on conveying solid readings.

Activity tracking

On the off chance that you've perused any of our latest Garmin audits, at that point you'll know we're large fanatics of the organization's way to deal with action following. It's about what you can follow, yet how the following information is utilized to keep you propelled to remain dynamic.

You despite everything get the Vivosmart and Vivofit-propelled highlights like the Move Bar, which develops on the primary watch screen and will streak up a message to get going when you've been inert for extensive stretches. The base right physical catch lets you look to an extra screen where you can see step check and the balanced objective advance tally. You likewise get a similar programmed rest following, which presents the sort of information that is not very not at all like that found on a Fitbit.

Dragging it through hellfire nearby the Fitbit Flex 2 and the TomTom Spark 3, we were more than happy with the information. It's the propelling highlights that truly win it for us however.

Battery life

We've generally been entirely satisfied by the sort of battery life Garmin's running watches convey and it's a comparable story with the Forerunner 35.

Garmin claims you ought to get nine days of battery life in non-GPS mode and 13 hours of followed running. The Forerunner 235 offers 11 hours of followed preparing and nine days when utilizing the entirety of the highlights as far as possible, to place that into viewpoint. In our testing, we were more than content with the 35's fortitude.

Almost certainly the choice to decide on an essential monochrome showcase has its impact, however even without totally killing the watch it can easily endure those nine days.

GPS battery execution is on target too. It will be sufficient for seven days of strong running. On the off chance that you decrease highlights like warnings and persistent pulse checking, you can expect non-GPS mode to push more like a little while.


Pros Cons
Built-in GPS and heart rate monitor. No access to Connect IQ app store.
Always-on display. Can't track swimming.
Long battery life.
Controls music playback on phone.


The Garmin Forerunner 35 offers worked in GPS and pulse checking in a waterproof plan, long battery life, pop-up messages, and the alternative to control music from your telephone. For $200 it's not modest, however it's $50 not exactly the Fitbit Surge, which additionally offers pulse and GPS. So in the event that you need GPS to follow your bicycle rides and runs, the Forerunner 35 is an amazing decision at the cost. On the off chance that you couldn't care less about a GPS, investigate the Fitbit Charge 2. It can in any case catch running courses and ascertain lap parts, utilizing the GPS highlight of your cell phone. Also, it offers the best equalization of solace and usefulness you'll discover for under $200, which settles on it our Editors' Choice.