Forerunner 35by Garmin

  • Forerunner 35
  • Forerunner 35
  • Forerunner 35
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Forerunner 35 is the cheapest Garmin watch to include an optical heart rate sensor.
  • It includes GPS for tracking runs or bike rides,
  • Its battery life is impressive, lasting nine days when used as a watch and fitness tracker, and 13 hours when using GPS.

CONS

  • At almost $200, the Forerunner is more expensive than most budget fitness watches.
  • The screen is low-resolution, and the overall design is boxy and bland.
  • The device is waterproof, but it lacks a swim tracking mode.
Garmin’s Forerunner 35 is billed as an entry-level fitness watch, but it packs in plenty of features found on higher-end devices. Key on that feature list is Garmin Elevate, an optical heart rate sensor built into the watch. It also includes GPS to track distance, pace and speed while running and biking, and it is waterproof so it can be worn while swimming. The Forerunner 35 also has the fitness tracking basics covered, counting steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep, and it connects to an Android or iPhone to deliver smartphone notifications on your wrist.
NameForerunner 35Forerunner 235Spark Cardio + MusicVivoactive HRSurge
ManufacturerGarminGarminTomTomGarminFitbit
Techwalla Score
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List Price$200$330$250$250$250
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If you're looking for built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring, however, it's one of the best values you'll find. It allows you to track bike …

If you're looking for built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring, however, it's one of the best values you'll find. It allows you to track bike rides, walks, and runs, and view your resting and continuous heart rate, as well as your heart rate zones.

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70%

At $199.99 though, it's an entry level running watch that's crept up in price and costs the same as the Vivosmart HR+ fitness tracker, which…

At $199.99 though, it's an entry level running watch that's crept up in price and costs the same as the Vivosmart HR+ fitness tracker, which offers many of the same features in a much sleeker design.

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So the FR35 is an interesting duck when it comes to price. On one hand it’s a significant jump in price from the usual $129-$139 range, which is odd to me. Overpriced even. But on the other hand, it’s including optical HR.

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As for the hardware, it isn’t half bad. The Forerunner 35’s display is a high-contrast model that’s resistant to bumps and scratches, and th…

As for the hardware, it isn’t half bad. The Forerunner 35’s display is a high-contrast model that’s resistant to bumps and scratches, and the power pack is capable of lasting up to nine days with all but the pedometer disabled or up to 13 hours with most of the components (including GPS and the heart rate monitor) switched on.

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