With the Forerunner 630 serving up advanced running metrics at the top end of the Garmin GPS running watch family, the Forerunner 35 (natural successor to the Forerunner 25), sits firmly at the bottom.
But there’s enough on board to keep even the most serious runners satisfied. Along with built-in GPS, there’s Garmin’s Elevate optical heart rate monitor for 24/7 tracking and measuring the intensity of your workouts. You’ll get smart notification support as well and all day activity and sleep tracking.
Where you do have to make compromises is on the basic running data it records (pace, distance and time), lack of Connect IQ support and some missing sport modes that’s wrapped up in a not so pretty design.
It looks a lot like last year’s Vivoactive with the similarly square bezel winning the battle for space with a 0.93-inch 128 x 128 screen. It’s not particularly high res, and is a haven for fingerprint smudges so you’ll need to regularly give it a wipe down.
Surrounding the display are a set of four physical buttons, and the most interesting addition here is the inclusion of a dedicated music control button. Unsurprisingly, there’s no storage to stream music from the watch, but you can control music playback from your phone.
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