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What is the Garmin Forerunner 235? Well, it’s the Garmin Forerunner 230 that we all know and love… re-imagined! Quite simply, if you got on well enough with the 230 you’re probably going to get along just fine with the 235. They are essentially the exact same model, with one important difference: Elevate.

 

Garmin Elevate Technology

Garmin Elevate is Garmin’s contribution to improving the ease and accessibility of heart rate monitoring, moving away from the accurate yet awkward chest monitors to the slightly-less-accurate yet comfortable wrist monitors. So just how is the accuracy? Well, it really depends on what it is that you’re looking for.

At a casual level (you know, walking up the hill to take the kids to school) it’s great. Sure, it’s not the most accurate, but it will succeed in giving you an acceptable ballpark figure to set you off on your way. If we’re talking semi-professional sporting here, or an interest in fitness that goes above and beyond the interest of the Average Joe, then you may be a little disappointed. That’s not a disappointment that’s exclusive to Elevate, however. This is a disappointment that will undoubtedly span all wrist monitors.

Right now, we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We need to be making decisions about whether we want simplicity and slight inaccuracy, or effort and precise detail. So ask yourself: what do YOU want?

 

Features & Functions

Steps, calories, distance, speed, GPS… you name it, the Garmin Forerunner 235 has it. Honestly, unless you’re really picky, or you’re looking for something that’s so niche it only exists in fantasy, you’ll find the Garmin Forerunner 235 to be fine. It’s pretty much the perfect all-rounder. Actually, that’s unfair. This is more than an all-rounder, standing out for its additional features that are hard to find anywhere else.

The ‘Auto Goal’ feature is a prime example, ensuring wearers are constantly challenging themselves rather than remaining stagnant. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pain in the bum when you want to sit down and put your feet up at the end of a tiring day, but it’s also a pretty motivating kick up the backside!

Considering this thing is jam packed with features, battery life is remarkably decent, although you’ll certainly know about it once you turn that GPS on! Again, this isn’t an issue with Garmin exclusively, but rather an issue across the board. Whether you have a Garmin, Fitbit, or anything else, GPS = death!

 

Get Connected

The Garmin Forerunner 235 uses Garmin Connect, which is the same app that all other Garmin wearables connect to. As far as activity tracker apps go, this is fine with no obvious problems or issues. How often you use the app depends on your interest in your own personal data, but I will say that understanding your stats is way easier through the app than it is relying wholly on the built-in screen.

To give credit where credit’s due, the Garmin Forerunner 235’s screen is good, especially with the addition of colour which was missing from many earlier models. However, it’s never going to rival the larger smartphone or computer screens in terms of quality and readability, especially when this tracker weighs a mere 42 grams. I mean, Garmin have done their best in terms of screen quality while simultaneously creating a comfortable-to-wear, lightweight device. Well done, Garmin. Bravo.

 

Negatives?

Oh, there’s a few. As much as I wholeheartedly believe the Garmin Forerunner 235 to be one of the better activity trackers out there, it’s not perfect. It definitely has its flaws. For one, there’s no waterproofing, but the counter argument to this is that it helps to keep the cost down! Two… there’s no auto recognition for even the most basic of activities. Now this flaw is certainly harder to justify!

 

Final Thoughts

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is arguably the sort of activity tracker that you could say was a jack of all trades, master of none. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. There are, of course, going to be people who are looking for a specific feature or function, or something quite specialist or niche, which they won’t find with the Forerunner 235. OK, that’s fine, this certainly isn’t the most advanced option out there. But for the average consumer looking to track their activity and monitor their health? Well, there’s probably not a better model out there, especially in this price band. This model combines all the standard features of activity tracking into a single, compact, wearable device. Honestly, what more could you want?

What’s in the Box

Garmin Forerunner 235
Design90%
Usability74%
Battery Life79%
Features81%
81%Overall Score
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