Garmin Forerunner 235

  • Product: GPS Watch

  • Brand: Garmin

  • Model: Forerunner 235

  • Cost: £149.99

  • Reviewed by: Simon Linklater

  • Summary: I love my new watch. A great battery life (up to 11 hours in GPS mode). Upload races quickly and easily. So many great features including my favourite, smart notifications.

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Review Score 4.9

Full Review

I’m struggling. 20k down, 10 to go. The rain has left me soaked through, the wind has ruined my perfectly combed side parting, I’m hungry, I’m thirsty and my calves are burning. I’m not happy.

But then something magical happens. My new Garmin Forerunner 235 vibrates on my wrist. “That’s odd” I think to myself “I only just finished the last km”. But this update is not running related, far from it. My Garmin is notifying me of a new Tinder Match. Yipee. My mood changes instantly. Who could it be? How old is she? Does she run? My mind is occupied and my pace picks up. Now I’m happy.

App notifications are one of the great additional features that the Garmin Forerunner 235 offers. If you’ve got your phone on you, 4G connected, then your watch can offer the same notifications, but all you need to do is turn your wrist slightly.

No longer do I need to wait until I’m at home to upload my runs. My watch and phone sync almost instantly. It vibrates again. Sadly not another Tinder match. Dave B gave you Kudos for morning run. Bloody hell I only stopped running 20 seconds ago. Thanks Dave mate.

I’ve had my new Garmin for several weeks now. Safe to say I love it. The battery life is a massive improvement on my previous model, up to 11 hours in GPS mode. I rarely need to charge it and when I do, a couple of hours seems plenty. There’s room for 4 display fields whilst running. Distance, Time, Pace and Cadene are my current selections.

Heart Rate Monitor

To reassure yourself that you are actually still alive and breathing

Smart Notifications

Keep up to date with your Tinder matches and see who can give you Strava Kudos before you get back in your car.

Battery Life

11 hours in GPS mode and the battery only takes 2 hours to fully recharge.

It’s got a heart rate monitor, although from what others have said, I’m not sure how accurate these are. The Race Predictor function is certainly well off. No way am I running a 5K that fast, but thanks for believing in me Garmin.

The Recovery Time which flashes up after a session is another feature I ignore. But it makes me chuckle when it tells me I need 3 days to recover. I’m running 10 miles tomorrow whether you like it or not watch..

The design is slick and lightweight. The strap certainly feels more robust than my previous watch, which was starting to rip in places. I’m sure there are one or two functions I’ve still to discover, but overall I love this watch. £150 may seem like a lot of money, but for anyone keen to improve and track their runs, I think it’s an excellent investment. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Oh and my Tinder match never replied. But I’m still happy thanks to my new Garmin.

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