Garmin Forerunner 235 Smartwatch Review

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What’s up guys I’m Jeff Rizzo and this is my review of the Garmin Forerunner 235 and the 230 because they’re pretty much verbatim the same watch other than the fact that the 235 year has a built-in optical heart rate sensor in the 230 does not so if you’re interested in the 230 this entire video is still going to be relevant to you even though I’m only going to mention the 235 I also mean the 230 and spoiler alert I think these devices are real winners I absolutely love the 235 and I think the 230 is going to be a really great product as well but I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself so before we get into the review I need you to do a couple of things if you haven’t already number one subscribe to rizz knows I know you’re gonna love the stuff I have planned for you guys including a comparison video some Garmin products coming up and then number two follow me on Instagram and Twitter and snapchat and Facebook there’s a lot of cool stuff that I can’t get on YouTube but I want to share it with you guys so definitely follow me on those social sites and lastly anything that happens to these devices subsequent to this video I’ll post about in the description of this video you know below that like button so I don’t know when you’re watching this video could be six months from now so definitely check out everything in the description if you want to check updated pricing I’ll have the links down there as well you can go over to Amazon or to my really good friends.


Garmin Forerunner 235 Best GPS Running Watch

at clever training comm if you go that way it supports me just you know the 230 is 250 right now at retail and the 235 is 330 dollars out retail got it all all right now let’s get into the review right so when I first saw the new foreigners my initial thought was Garmin had to update the 220 it was getting pretty old but I thought the new 230 would still only appeal to runners and therefore I wouldn’t be able to recommend it broadly speaking same thing with the new 235 luckily though for you me and everyone else in the market for a new GPS watch the two 30 and the 235 do more than running and I think that you’re really going to like them but I don’t want to overlook the fact that they’re great runners watches as well so we will talk about pretty much everything that you can do with them but first let’s chat about the design of these new watches the 235 is super lightweight like you’d hardly even notice it’s on your wrist I really like the watch overall it’s really comfortable the straps are very soft on your skin it has the same overall footprint as prior for runners the Garmin massively increased the size of the screen and it is now a super high-resolution display that is just brilliant its crisp clear full color has a backlight as great viewing angles in all conditions it’s just the business really like that the watch also just looks really good I think Garmin did a great job of making the 235 look cool and presentable and like we saw with the prior 4runner models it’s the perfect size for male and female wrists you’ve got three buttons on the left and two on the right and the software aboard the 235 is really good it’s easy to use it’s intuitive to work with I think the whole system of interacting with the device is good on the underside of the watch is the elevate heart rate sensor which is proprietary to Garmin as we saw with the vivosmart HR it’s reliable for running walking hiking cycling that sort of stuff day to day use if you have anything that involves a lot of flexion in your arm like weightlifting and cross-training that optical sensor is not all that accurate you will want to pair an external chess based heart rate sensor to your forerunner luckily Gorman allows you to do this so you just need any ANT+ heart rate monitor and you compare it to that watch no big deal at all now that optical sensor is running 24/7 so it will track your heart rate obviously during your workouts but it’s going to cattle your heart rate throughout your day and put that information within Garmin Connect which I really do like and it seems like a lot of consumers are excited about moving on the watch is water-resistant down to 50 meters and you can certainly swim with it but it won’t track any of your swimming metrics and it does not support triathlons it is supposedly shock resistant and I encountered zero issues like at all with its durability but it is plastic so it’s not quite as Hardy as my Phoenix 3 it has Bluetooth smart for syncing with your Android or iOS device and it also syncs via USB for all of you smartphone haters out there like that guy Carl that keeps emailing me anyways if you want to learn more about garmin connect you know the mobile app where all of your information is stored i have a separate video on that and i’ll have the link to that video in the description below now I know the next big thing you’ll be asking me about is battery life so here’s the deal with the 235 battery life is not nearly as good as Garmin says it will be mostly because that heart rate sensor is running 24/7 depending on how much I worked out the battery life was between three and four days which is disappointing luckily though I’ve been told Garmin is releasing a firmware upgrade that should help with the battery life so I don’t think that it will be nearly as bad for you guys with the 230 I’ve been told the battery life is pretty awesome like lasting upwards of a week on a single charge alright so I think that’s most of the design stuff you’ll need them all over in terms of what the 235 can do well it’s actually really cool so it does three things mostly number one it is your activity and sleep tracker it logs your all-day steps calories burned distance traveled and your sleep and your heart rate in the case of the 235 it has Auto goal which we all know and love from Garmin has move alerts and a move bar and yes you have multiple alarms that you can set up on the watch both vibration and audible ones Garmin is getting really good with the activity tracker stuff and it’s putting a big emphasis on it and the 235 230 is pretty awesome in terms of being an activity tracker number two it is your sport watch it tracks all of your running workouts both indoors and out and it will therefore of course map your route and give you all of your running metrics like pace speed distance heart rate etc it also estimates you’re running cadence because it has a built-in accelerometer it gives you a vo2 Max estimate and your distance in pace while you’re running indoors or without a GPS signal and that stuff it’s pretty awesome I know a lot of runners will be excited to hear about all of that there are a bunch of other little features that you should know and I’m gonna post all of those in the description below so I can make this video quicker you’ll be thankful to learn though that the new four runners have GLONASS in addition to GPS so you’re double covered in the mapping arena it doesn’t have ultra track like the 630 does but I’m not sure a lot of people are using that anyways the addition of GLONASS is really nice though now alongside all of that stuff the 235 has the ability to track your cycling workouts as well when I first got that if I said also had the ability to track your indoor cycling workouts but that has since been taken away but still I love that it has a dedicated app for cycling and yes you can pair with it a speed and cadence sensor it also has another sport profile called other and that’s basically for anything under the Sun so you can do weightlifting yoga plyometrics whatever you want with the watch and it will track that as well now you can’t create your own sport profiles but I do love having that other option to me that was like the mega kicker with these devices it was like getting double chicken at Chipotle but only paying the normal price it just made them more appealing to more people and it brought a smile to my face but it was short-lived because I have to talk about the last thing these watches are and that is smartwatches which is pretty darn awesome they relay all of your phone notifications so you don’t need to consult your phone to see who’s calling or to see what that last message was about it all shows up right on your wrist you get a notifications hub and a weather app and a bunch of other cool smart features you also have access to Garmin Connect IQ for custom apps widgets and watch faces the whole SmartWatch stuff started off pretty limited with Garmin but now the company has made it all super useful and helpful and I love that we’re getting it on all of their latest devices so that is the Garmin Forerunner – 30 and the 235 definitely really cool GPS watches here you know I don’t think they’re perfect but they’re really really good and if you’re in the market for a new GPS watch or activity tracker you should definitely give them a look and like.

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