Updated 16 Mar 2018

Garmin

Forerunner 235

Snapshot: The Garmin Forerunner 235 is swimproof, with GPS and a heart rate monitor. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Forerunner 235
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$500

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Test results

Overall score
71
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10
Active heart rate accuracy
?/10

Good points

  • Good for fitness functions.
  • Good for smart functions.
  • OK to use.
  • Good battery.
  • OK features.
  • Is water resistant.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.
  • Has an accurate heart rate monitor.
  • Has sleep tracker.

But

  • Just OK for apps.

Review

Looks like a real watch and has a round colour screen. In fact, it’s got a few “smart-watch-ish” features, like the ability to download watch faces and widgets. It can track GPS and allows for route tracking with the Connect IQ app. Setting up Connect IQ can be annoying as the default is imperial units.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sensor accuracy, sleep tracking, and assessments of fitness apps.
Heart rate accuracy is included as part of the fitness functions score and assessed against medical equipment.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$500

More test results (/10)

Apps
4.5
Features
6.9

Specifications

Type
Fitness watch
Weight (g)
42.0
Battery life (tested, hours)
396
Time to full charge from 0% (mins)
210

Features

Water resistant
Swimproof
Bluetooth
NFC
×
GPS
Works with iOS
Works with Android
Screen (touch)
yes (no)
Clock display
Text message notification/Read/Reply
yes / no / no
Make and receive calls
×
Control music playlist and playback
Navigation
×
Control phone camera
×
Heart-rate monitor
Sleep tracker

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