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Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235

MPNs: 010-03717-48, 010-03717-54 and 010-03717-70
4.0 from 84 reviews · View Statistics
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Pros

User-friendly interface
Precisely tracks GPS
Durable

Reviews

  • Value for Money
    3.7 (7)
  • Build Quality
    3.7 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (7)
  • Battery Life
    3.7 (6)
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Carls
Carls
  • 10 reviews
  • 3 likes

Sturdy watch, good fit on my small wrist.

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I originally got the Garmin Fenix Rose Gold and got a lot of comments on how nice it looked, however it felt a bit bulky (heavy) to wear for everyday use, so I swapped to the Forerunner. I have it in white and like how it looks when I’m wearing activewear.

Pros are a longer battery life, I can leave it uncharged for a few days in a row with no issues. It also feels sturdy, is easy to use and switch up face designs. It also connects to gps relatively quickly compared to other Garmin models I’ve had.

Cons were the initial price I paid (over $500) felt expensive as the watch didn’t really offer many improved features than my previous Garmin, except being a sleeker design.

Purchased in at The Running Company for $580.

Value for Money
3/5
Build Quality
5/5
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Anthony
AnthonyGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

Spend the extra money and get a better product

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Within weeks of buying the forerunner 235 the plastic dial cover cracked. From then on it has been downhill, and now it will not recharge or operate. This product isn't as robust as other on the market

Purchased in for $300.

Value for Money
1/5
Build Quality
1/5
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beth
bethPerth, WA
  • 3 reviews
  • Verified

Very good watch

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This watch was very reliable and easy to use. I had this watch for a year and a half and then it started to glitch. I believe it was cased by water/steam getting into the battery. If i knew this I wouldnt have worn it every where eg.showering. other than that very good watch.

Purchased in at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $299.

Value for Money
4/5
Build Quality
4/5
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smfzi
smfziSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 55 reviews
  • 16 likes

Solid watch lacking some important features

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This is a good basic Garmin and has most of what you'd need to go out and run. My only gripe is that it doesn't support many of the apps, notably Virtual Runner, one of the main reasons for upgrading to a 735XT. Still this model has a good build quality and is reasonably easy to use.

Purchased in at Rebel Sport for $299.

Value for Money
4/5
Build Quality
4/5
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Soa T
Soa TSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 2 reviews

It gives me the runs

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This watch makes me run! From the daily steps goal to the weekly step challenge. Link it up with the Garmin Connect App to find your best times and unlock badges.

Purchased in at Rebel Sport for $200.

Value for Money
5/5
Build Quality
4/5
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Eamonn M.
Eamonn M.
  • 2 reviews

Good price and reliable

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Less expensive than many other GPS watches and if you are just using it for running I don't know how other watches could be better. Very accurate measurements (confirmed by an athletics track).

Value for Money
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
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Helen
HelenNorth-West & West coast, TAS
  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Great fitness watch

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Great fitness watch for running, as it has wrist based heart rate monitor, so no need for a chest strap, and built in GPS.
It has buttons instead of touch screen which makes it reliable on the go.
It has Bluetooth connectivity so you can view your messages, however this can drop out at times and needs to be refreshed.
Battery life is good.
I would recommend this watch.

Purchased in at JB Hi-Fi for $200.

Value for Money
4/5
Build Quality
4/5
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Unreliable

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The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a disaster. I have one for two years now. It’s very unreliable. The hart rate registration sometimes blocks. It shows f.i. a continuous hart rate of 100 during a 15k run. Today I ran an epic round around Marina Bay in Singapore. I finished it and found out that my watch stopped on its own after 2k. This watch makes me mad.

Purchased in for $350.

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Sarah
SarahWest Arnhem, NT

has problems

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Purchased in at amazon.

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Bahar
Bahar
  • 6 reviews

its okey

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I used to have this gariman forerunner 235 for my gym because I had heard about it a lot, but it was not working very well as I expected, I had to gift it someone else.

Purchased in at Sydney Wide Chiropractic for $30.

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Brisbane Consumer
Brisbane ConsumerSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 38 reviews
  • 4 likes

Highly recommended

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Purchased in .

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Salty
SaltySydney, NSW
  • 7 reviews
  • 9 likes

Compared to Fitbit Entry Level Ionic, this entry level model is left behind

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Erin
ErinMOORABBIN
  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Love the photo upload function

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I am no where near a professional runner but it is something I want to get better at and this was a great help. Easy to use, sync and charge were on top of my priorities and this Garmin has been great. I found the image of the face function great! I've loaded an image to inspire me. I've used this watch to walk, hike and run in all climates and it hasn't let me down.

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Sage Mike
Sage MikeSydney Surrounds, NSW
  • 5 reviews
  • 1 like

Very Useful Training Tool

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Bec J
Bec JWide Bay-Burnett, QLD
  • 7 reviews
  • 2 likes
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Fantastic fitness watch!

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Absolutely love the Garmin 235. It is so accurate using GPS while I run, but works great on the treadmill also once calibrated. The wrist heart rate is simple to use and the transfer to the phone is done within 30 seconds. The charging cord is more reliable than my partners watch. The cord of the 235 stays on, even if bumped. Definitely recommend the 235 for running and fitness.

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Questions & Answers

Paul
Paulasked

I have a Garmin forerunner 235. Can I use to track where I walk and run on map displays? I would to see where I have walked or where I’m about to walk on a map. Can it be done? Everything else is fine.
Paul

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Tyler c
Tyler c

Yes it can

Stephen
Stephen

Yes, you just need to install the app and ensure the GPS is on your smartphone. When you Sync it, you will be able to see your recent activity maps. Instructions with the Garmin are pretty concise.

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Details

Features:

  • The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a running watch that tracks your distance, pace, time, heart rate, and more health and fitness metrics, so you can easily see your progress and make the most of your exercise.
  • You can customise your exercise by downloading advanced workouts and training plans from Garmin Connect, helping you reach your fitness goals.
  • Smart notifications and weather conditions and forecasts let you stay in the know so you’re prepared for anything.
  • This watch boasts easy-to-read-and-understand charts, graphs, maps and more, so you can track your progress towards any goals you’ve set, and share data with the Garmin Connect network.
  • The Garmin Connect network lets you compete with friends and compare headway in real time using the LiveTrack function.

Points of praise:

  • Most reviewers found that the Garmin Forerunner 235 was easy to use and navigate through - they appreciated how simple it was to see their health and fitness metrics.
  • They also found that it gave them accurate measurements (such as step counts) and GPS coordinates.
  • Reviewers also appreciated the durability of the watch, saying that it held up through regular exercise over a long period of time.
CategorySmart Watches / Fitness Trackers
Price (RRP) $469.00
Screen Size 1.23"
ConnectivityBluetooth and GPS
Voice AssistantNone
SensorsAccelerometer and Heart Rate Sensor
InterfaceBezel (Physical)
LoudspeakerNo
WaterproofingSwim-proof
Battery Life9 days
Weight42 g
Manufacturer Warranty1 year(s)
Construction MaterialGlass and Plastic
Colour / FinishFrost Blue Silicone, Black and Gray Silicone, Marsala Silicone
ManualDownload manual
  • MPN: 010-03717-48, 010-03717-54 and 010-03717-70
  • GTIN13: 0753759153571, 0753759159245 and 4260448840262
  • GTIN12: 753759148829

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