Garmin Forerunner 235
Buying a watch nowadays is not as easy as it used to be, nor is it the watch what it used to be. The concept of time hasn’t changed, but the way we measure time and the devices that measure time have been drastically modified, making the watches a complete package of a technologically developed unit that measuring the time is just one more function among the other advanced features. And this is where Garmin Forerunner 235 steps in.
One of the companies that heralded the new era of wristwatches was Garmin, one of the largest companies that bring breakthrough innovations and wearable technology to the sports, outdoor, aviation, marine and automotive markets. Garmin watches integrate a wide range of technologies that work together to deliver the most useful functions of a wearable device, so calling them ‘watches’ would be an understatement as they are much more than ‘time tellers’.
Garmin watches have been on the market for quite some time, and with every new release, you get something new. From measuring your steps and calories burned, to heart rate monitoring, health stats, to extending the functions relevant to different specific sports. Most of them include GPS tracking and integrate smart functions which, when connected with your phone, take up the functions of your smartphone.
Garmin has always been ahead of time by integrating futuristic functions into their products and that can be seen from the present point of you into the design of their older models. Garmin Forerunner 235 is such a model, released about five years ago, it is still a popular buy among athletes today. Its very advanced mechanism and technology that is integrated into its construction, enable it to compete with some of the latest releases of many other companies. The versatility it is characterized with is seen in its multipurpose in a wide range of sports, and this variety is mostly the feature that makes it attractive among buyers.
Elevate heart rate wrist technology provides 24/7 heart rate tracking
It counts distance, steps, calories, and monitors your sleep
It synchronizes with the smartphone via Bluetooth for smart notification
It allows automatic uploads to Garmin Connect and live social media sharing
VO2 Max calculates the total volume of oxygen available during an activity
It works in four different sports modes
It doesn't feature many golf-related options
It is an older model
One of the modern features which are characteristic for watches of today is the large display design and this is exactly what Garmin Forerunner boasts. The crisp, bright color screen and the silicone strap make it one of the most lightweight watches out there and you will hardly notice that you are wearing it. This is one of the most required features among athletes because it does come annoying when the watch you are wearing makes its presence known. Plus, silicone straps are perfect for doing sports as sweating doesn’t make them feel wet and uncomfortable. There are three color combinations golfers can choose from: black and red, black and grey, and black and frost blue with a unisex design.
The rounded classic face with 1.23” diameter is well-organized and easy to read even when exposed to the brightest light and it has two customizable screens which display up to four stats. There are five buttons that navigate the watch, three on the left side and two on the right and it is fairly easy to navigate through the menu. This might come as a disappointment for touch-screen lovers, as this option is void from this model.
Optical Heart Rate Sensor
Many users claim that the continuous heart rate tracking that performs 24/7 is one of the most accurate that you’ll find on the market and that is actually valid for all Garmin watches that feature the proprietary Elevate heart rate technology which actually provides the opportunity to measure your heart rate without a strap. The readings are measured and displayed in real-time with impeccable accuracy.
The Resting Heart Rate (RHR) tracking delivers extremely useful tips for overall health and fitness. It is one of the best in alarming users of incoming colds, potential over-training or physical incapability to perform certain training. Plus, it is very easy to navigate as it works with the click of the button.
Another health-related beneficial feature is the VO2 Max reading which is powered by the optical heart rate sensor. This means that golfers get a very detailed indication of their current health state, progress and fitness level by measuring the maximum volume of oxygen that they can use which is calculated in milliliters per kilo of mass body weight in a minute. These tests are usually carried out in labs, so having them delivered on the display on your wristwatch is a huge advancement in assisting athletes to reach their full potential.
Tracking and Metrics
When it comes to outdoor sports such as running or cycling the tracking is provided by the integrated GPS which gets fast fixes and gets very easily connected to the device. There’s an onboard accelerometer that tracks the indoor runs while GLONASS adds on the precision of the GPS. Perhaps Forerunner 235 is not the most accurate Garmin watch but it is totally reliable with small deviations which are often considered to be insignificant. Besides the speed and the distance, you get consistent information regarding your pace, tempo, calories, cadence and heart rate zone. The audio and vibration alerts are customizable and they are very helpful in guiding athletes on target pace and appropriate heart rate.
The watch also has memory for storing 200 activity hours which can be compared with your current performance data, even though you can connect the watch to Garmin Connect via Bluetooth.
Another interesting feature is also worth mentioning, and that is sleep rate monitor which assesses the quality of your sleep. However, this feature still has many things to wish for and it isn’t at its best. Yet, this feature on its own can’t really be a deal-breaker, as the overall performance it offers is still very trustworthy.
In addition to Garmin Connect synchronization, your training sessions can also be synchronized with Strava and there is the option to compete and outperform other Garmin or Strava users since you can have direct access to the local leaderboards.
However, when it comes to the smart functions, the Bluetooth synchronization is a very useful feature so that you immediately transfer and save all your data so that you can further compare. The app platform Garmin Connect IQ allows users to download widgets, apps, data fields and watch faces and customize it in accordance with your needs. One feature that is particularly useful for golfers is the possibility to download golf courses through the app and track your performance through the corresponding app.
- Elevate heart rate wrist technology provides 24/7 heart rate tracking
- It counts distance, steps, calories, and monitors your sleep
- It synchronizes with the smartphone via Bluetooth for smart notification
- It allows automatic uploads to Garmin Connect and live social media sharing
- VO2 Max calculates the total volume of oxygen available during an activity
- It works in four different sports modes