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Stay on pace for your next personal record with Garmin Forerunner 235, the Elevate wrist heart rate GPS and GLONASS running watch with smart features. Includes activity tracking and connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, smart notifications, audio prompts and customisable widgets, apps and watch faces from Connect IQ. With a battery life up to 9 days in watch mode; up to 11 hours in GPS mode with HRM.

An optical sensor measures heart rate 24/7 at the wrist, giving you the option to run without a chest strap. Its colourful gauge identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time.

Forerunner 235 estimates VO2 max, recovery time and predicts your race times for several distances when used with heart rate. Forerunner 235 is compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites to locate your position quickly and precisely.

Forerunner 235 also doubles as an activity tracker. Count steps, calories, distance throughout the day and monitor your sleep. The move bar with vibration alert motivates you to move when you've been sitting too long.

Connectivity

  • Proprietary operating system.
  • Bluetooth 4 connection.
  • USB 2 connection.

Display information
  • 31.1mm Memory-in-pixel (MIP) screen.

Battery

  • 185mAh battery capacity.
  • Typical usage time of up to 9 days.
  • Low usage time of up to 9 days.
  • 2 hour charge.

Physical specification
  • Size: one size.
  • Watch size H45, W45, D11.7mm.
  • Strap size L253, W22, T2mm.
  • Strap can be removed and replaced.
  • Weight 37.3g.

Features
  • Water resistant.
  • Swimproof.
  • Dust resistant.
  • Scratch resistant.
  • Read texts.
  • Receive social network notifications.
  • Displays weather.
  • Heart rate monitor.
  • Pedometer.
  • Distance.
  • Accelerometer.
  • GPS.
  • Calories.
  • Accessories included: Charging/Data Cable, including charger.
  • Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.

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Worth looking at the Vivoactive 3 as a newer comparison but no two ways about it, sub-£100 for the 235 is outstanding value. Below that price mark for a Garmin with optical HR is a gamechanging deal for the sector as a whole.

I know a lot of experienced runners who use this watch - at my local Parkrun I reckon 100+ at each use the 235.

I’ve seen discussions of sketchy HR readings at times, but I’ve always treated that function as a pointer of relative effort, and an indicator of whether I’m anywhere around various zones rather than anything to get unduly bogged down in.

The bottom lines are this: if you’re using your phone to track your runs this will absolutely transform things for you. If you have a GPS watch without a HR sensor, this is highly likely to be a step up.
Smoking hot deal for a brilliant GPS watch. I find myself wearing this all the time now. 7 day battery life if you don't use the GPS.
Edited by: "pdug175" 21st Mar
DanQ77721/03/2020 01:06

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/11/garmin-fr230-fr235-review.html


That has got to be the most in-depth review I have ever tried to read.
doppel_dage21/03/2020 06:55

Nice. What’s the main difference to this one? Just taken up casual running …Nice. What’s the main difference to this one? Just taken up casual running and didn’t want to carry the phone with me. https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8655134


Vivomove HR is a fitness tracker not a GPS watch mostly. Vivoactive 3 is a closer watch.

WitnessTheFitness21/03/2020 07:15

Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? …Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? Reviews are very mixed



All optical HR is rubbish, even on the Fenix 6, MARQ range and other brands. Pair a chest strap if you want the best accuracy and data.
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Smoking hot deal for a brilliant GPS watch. I find myself wearing this all the time now. 7 day battery life if you don't use the GPS.
Edited by: "pdug175" 21st Mar
£199 via that link
Cracking deal. Reserved one for collection
Reserved one but the watch came out in 2015,a long time in tech terms
Spykii21/03/2020 00:49

Changes at checkout


Cheers, my bad, didn’t read the post properly
"Reduced" by £90 rather than £100 ?
Great price, I believe
Nice. What’s the main difference to this one? Just taken up casual running and didn’t want to carry the phone with me.

argos.co.uk/pro…134
Ordered thanka
Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? Reviews are very mixed
WitnessTheFitness21/03/2020 07:15

Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? …Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? Reviews are very mixed


No - mine works fine.....
doppel_dage21/03/2020 06:55

Nice. What’s the main difference to this one? Just taken up casual running …Nice. What’s the main difference to this one? Just taken up casual running and didn’t want to carry the phone with me. https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8655134


Vivomove HR is a fitness tracker not a GPS watch mostly. Vivoactive 3 is a closer watch.

WitnessTheFitness21/03/2020 07:15

Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? …Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? Reviews are very mixed



All optical HR is rubbish, even on the Fenix 6, MARQ range and other brands. Pair a chest strap if you want the best accuracy and data.
Paid £180 on offer when it first came out back in 2015. Been using a screen protector since and still looks good. For £99 it is a bargain, for the launch price of more than £200 I am not sure it was worth the buy. Looks plasticky for the lack of a better word and cheap, but I like that so far it has never let me down. Does the job, start and stop function isn't perfect and contrary to the comments above I found the HR monitor accurate (+/- 3% when compared to the chest band and holding the handle of the treadmill in the gym).
I don't wear it at nigh, so can't comment on the sleep function. Hot for me
DanQ77721/03/2020 01:06

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/11/garmin-fr230-fr235-review.html


That has got to be the most in-depth review I have ever tried to read.
I had a 230, the non optical HR version of this, for a number of years. It was a great watch for anyone getting into running. Yes, tech has moved on since it was launched. However it still is an accurate GPS tracker with solid metrics.
Does anyone know if the 2 year guarantee is manufactuers warranty or is an Argos guarantee
what is the difference between this & VivoActive 4?
coolhandan21/03/2020 07:54

That has got to be the most in-depth review I have ever tried to read.


coolhandan21/03/2020 07:54

That has got to be the most in-depth review I have ever tried to read.



You should check out his more recent reviews, the detail is awesome. And because he doesn’t have advertising/paid anything he is very unbiased
G_Bhagat21/03/2020 08:15

Does anyone know if the 2 year guarantee is manufactuers warranty or is an …Does anyone know if the 2 year guarantee is manufactuers warranty or is an Argos guarantee


Listing on Argos says Manufacturers 2 year.
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plewis0021/03/2020 07:33

Vivomove HR is a fitness tracker not a GPS watch mostly. Vivoactive 3 is a …Vivomove HR is a fitness tracker not a GPS watch mostly. Vivoactive 3 is a closer watch.All optical HR is rubbish, even on the Fenix 6, MARQ range and other brands. Pair a chest strap if you want the best accuracy and data.


Cheers both. I can get the forerunner 45 for £127 through vitality member zone, or this for £99? Decisions...
jhsmith8721/03/2020 08:23

You should check out his more recent reviews, the detail is awesome. And …You should check out his more recent reviews, the detail is awesome. And because he doesn’t have advertising/paid anything he is very unbiased


Yes, I will look him up again
doppel_dage21/03/2020 08:31

Cheers both. I can get the forerunner 45 for £127 through vitality member …Cheers both. I can get the forerunner 45 for £127 through vitality member zone, or this for £99? Decisions...


235 is very competent still. Depends what you need? But they are pretty close in key features and focussed on running more than the higher cost ones that do multi sport and other activities.
Reserved, thanks!
plewis0021/03/2020 08:37

235 is very competent still. Depends what you need? But they are pretty …235 is very competent still. Depends what you need? But they are pretty close in key features and focussed on running more than the higher cost ones that do multi sport and other activities.


Just done couch to 5k and want to keep it up so nothing majorly complex. Always on feature of the 45 appeals, does the 235 screen come on easily enough when running?
doppel_dage21/03/2020 08:46

Just done couch to 5k and want to keep it up so nothing majorly complex. …Just done couch to 5k and want to keep it up so nothing majorly complex. Always on feature of the 45 appeals, does the 235 screen come on easily enough when running?


It’s always on display - unlike Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch, etc. Very readable in sunlight. I got an early Forerunner back in 2006 and it was the best device I ever got for training. People said it was a waste of money, exact opposite. Newer Garmins are good enough to wear 24/7 with battery to match. Recommend a look at the Vivoactive 3/4 too as they are great watches at good prices too, including Music edition if you like that stuff.
That’s a cracking deal unsure on the strap size or I’m blind
plewis0021/03/2020 07:33

Vivomove HR is a fitness tracker not a GPS watch mostly. Vivoactive 3 is a …Vivomove HR is a fitness tracker not a GPS watch mostly. Vivoactive 3 is a closer watch.All optical HR is rubbish, even on the Fenix 6, MARQ range and other brands. Pair a chest strap if you want the best accuracy and data.


disagree, did extensive research into this and the forerunner alongside the polar m430 (the one i got) are very accurate, and indeed comparable to the chest straps. even have a mate who wore a strap and it was within 5m of the distance covered.

ther are plenty of studies comparing and contrasting on multiple runs across multiple terrains to suggest, if you find the right watch, optical is fine and accurate. i have had mine 2 years now and its fantastic
I've read that the latest firmware update messed up a few of these older watches with innacuracy. Can anyone with this watch Confirm that their Watch was Ok after the update?

The 45 is 4 years newer.
Comparison between the two with full reviews of each at the bottom.
dcrainmaker.com/pro…315
Terrible, not round screen, cut off at top and bottom, how bad is this watch ??
WitnessTheFitness21/03/2020 07:15

Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? …Has anybody struggled with the accuracy on these when running of hr? Reviews are very mixed


Worth a read.

fellrnr.com/wik…acy
This or Fitbit versa 2? I already have charge 2
cache21/03/2020 08:51

disagree, did extensive research into this and the forerunner alongside …disagree, did extensive research into this and the forerunner alongside the polar m430 (the one i got) are very accurate, and indeed comparable to the chest straps. even have a mate who wore a strap and it was within 5m of the distance covered.ther are plenty of studies comparing and contrasting on multiple runs across multiple terrains to suggest, if you find the right watch, optical is fine and accurate. i have had mine 2 years now and its fantastic


What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the heart rate? Wrist based heart rate monitors are not as accurate as chest based ones. They give you an idea but chest is best.
Worth looking at the Vivoactive 3 as a newer comparison but no two ways about it, sub-£100 for the 235 is outstanding value. Below that price mark for a Garmin with optical HR is a gamechanging deal for the sector as a whole.

I know a lot of experienced runners who use this watch - at my local Parkrun I reckon 100+ at each use the 235.

I’ve seen discussions of sketchy HR readings at times, but I’ve always treated that function as a pointer of relative effort, and an indicator of whether I’m anywhere around various zones rather than anything to get unduly bogged down in.

The bottom lines are this: if you’re using your phone to track your runs this will absolutely transform things for you. If you have a GPS watch without a HR sensor, this is highly likely to be a step up.
Are there any ladies using this watch. In terms of watch size and strap?
I'm a casual runner (c25k level) and 95% run on the treadmill at home,with the weekly walk outside. I've just bought myself a chest strap to pair with my phone. Is this watch a big improvement on my current setup? I also use a miband.
vornstar1321/03/2020 09:34

What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the …What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the heart rate? Wrist based heart rate monitors are not as accurate as chest based ones. They give you an idea but chest is best.


I think he’s referring to an arm based optical sensor. But they are just not as good or accurate as electrical impulse sensors. Wrist opticals (especially) can lock onto run cadence and bounce around, plus no good for strength or weights - also affected by skin colour etc. so it can be good for some but not all whereas chest straps typically fit everyone and work well. I only use mine for 24/7 tracking, never running or cycling, always a chest strap for that reason. Had chest straps before optical was even a thing and don’t mind them.

You also get additional metrics if you have a suitable strap like HRV and Run Dynamics.
Edited by: "plewis00" 21st Mar
vornstar1321/03/2020 09:34

What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the …What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the heart rate? Wrist based heart rate monitors are not as accurate as chest based ones. They give you an idea but chest is best.



vornstar1321/03/2020 09:34

What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the …What's the chest strap got to do with distance. They were referring to the heart rate? Wrist based heart rate monitors are not as accurate as chest based ones. They give you an idea but chest is best.


sorry it was early in the day, i am referring to the heart rate being as accurate also.
pdug17521/03/2020 00:44

Smoking hot deal for a brilliant GPS watch. I find myself wearing this all …Smoking hot deal for a brilliant GPS watch. I find myself wearing this all the time now. 7 day battery life if you don't use the GPS.


This is quite a funny comment. Heat added.
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