Hi’ dears, today we’ll talk about GARMIN forerunner watch wear, and we’ll start our review from the design, and hardware. And then get into the other technical details.
The forerunner 35 watch wear is pretty sleek, but it kind of reminds me of the pebble time Smartwatch, or a Game Boy product large bezels, and a huge brand logo at any rate though has a new high-resolution display, but really the screen is nothing special it’s just black, and white.
It’s easy to view in direct sunlight, which I was a little worried about, it’s also back-lite in case you’re somewhere dark, it will collect some scratches over time, but nothing out of the ordinary. It’s not a touchscreen which I actually prefer, when it comes to running watches. I’d much rather have physical buttons to cycle through the various data screens. I have trouble with touch screens when I’m moving quickly, so the four buttons, two on each side of the display, are definitely convenient and user-friendly.
Moving on the band of this watch wear, is extremely comfortable compared to some of the other fitness trackers, and running watches, we’ve reviewed lately. It’s a watch style locking system, extremely lightweight soft, it’s easy on, and off, and it doesn’t grab your arm hair at all. You’ve got GPS no GLONASS, but the signal is pretty good, and it connects fairly quickly, even though it’s best suited for running. Since the watch does up GPS, you can use it for cycling to get your speed distance, heart rate timing info, and route there’s the optical heart rate sensor on the underside.
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Basically the same one we’ve seen in the other four runners. Of course it’s not on par with the chest heart rate monitor for strength workouts, and anything that’s really dynamic, but for running, it’s pretty good, and any fall is really just a function of the technology not Garmin.
You can connect it with an external ANT+ heartrate monitor, though if you want regardless the sensor is running all day, and night and during your workout, to give you a more complete picture of your daily metrics. other things to keep in mind, it is waterproof down to 50 meters, so there’s no issue here for showering, hopping in the pool.
The battery life of forerunner 35 watch wear:
So Garmin says, up to 13 hours while in trading mode that’s GPS and heart rate running, and up to nine days in regular old watch mode.
You’re probably looking at about six to seven days of battery life, for the average user. That’s someone who is running a few times a week, but really everything depends on how much you’re working out overall. Though you’re looking at pretty decent battery life.
Also the forerunner watch wear syncs via USB and Bluetooth to the Garmin Connect app, but unfortunately it charges via a proprietary clip cable, which kind of sucks. I wish it was just micro-USB.
The functional stuff for your workouts it has a few different basic sport profiles. Running indoor running cycling, and cardio. none of these are really advanced. though on this watch wear, you won’t get the hardcore features you see in the Garmin two, 3 235 etc. you’re just going to get the essentials, so distance pay speed route timing info cadence, and of course heart rate.
there’s a lot of customized options for you to choose from, though compared to some of the previous, and low rank Garmin models, a couple different run modes you can try out run walk mode, where you can run for say 30 seconds, then walk for 30 seconds virtual pacer, to keep you on track during your run and intervals, so you can run for a predetermined distance, then rest for a predetermined time.
There are vibration alerts, and you can customize these, so time distance calories, and heart rate alerts interestingly. Though they did not add pace alerts you can also customize the data fields displayed as well, and lastly there is also auto pause in case you have to stop, and talk to someone during your workout in terms of activity tracking you’re just going to get the essentials shown here on the screen.
Garment is pretty good at tracking. This stuff you do have auto goal, which we like and is determined by your previous day’s statistics, so it’s just not a static goal helping to keep you motivated. There is also a move bar displayed on the bottom of the home screen, as well as inactivity reminders.
Smartphone notifications on this watch wear:
That forerunner 35, will relay the basic notifications, so text calls emails calendar, alerts as well as other third-party apps. That is if you are within Bluetooth range which is about 33 feet you’re also going to have music controls, and now both streamed and store music can be controlled on both iOS, and Android devices.
Another new thing, is that live tracking, so if you bring your phone with you on a run your friends, or your overprotective, mom can watch how you’re doing in real time, and that’s really it that’s the forerunner 35 overall. I think it’s going to be fairly popular. It’s really for the average runner, and if you can get over that price tag, I think it’s going to be that watch that a lot of people have been asking for.