Running. You either get the bug, or you don’t. Garmin has been at the centre of the wearables market for runners and athletes for some time, with devices that track steps and calories burned on the market since before the iPhone was launched in 2007. Indeed, Garmin’s Vívoactive HR (launched last year) is a fantastic GPS and heart-rate wristband, with the ability to run standalone applications without the need for a smartphone.
One thing that makes all of Garmin’s fitness devices different is this: Even if they have a smartwatch aesthetic which the Vívoactive HR has, they shun Android Wear because quite simply Garmin believes that they make better fitness-orientated software.
And so, this is the case with Garmin’s latest device, the Garmin Forerunner 935, which has similar features to the fēnix 5 but a fresh new design and additional functionality.
Forerunner 935 Features
The Garmin Forerunner 935 for what it’s worth is a smartwatch, since it can sync with a smartphone and receive notifications on the wrist. However, it goes way beyond regular smartwatches from a fitness standpoint. For example, it has GPS/GLONASS location tracking and Wi-Fi, Garmin’s state-of-the-art Elevate heart rate monitoring system (which can track BPM in real-time) and an ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass) sensor. Add all this together, and what you have are the ingredients for a very serious accessory.
In addition to having the ability to track your movement down to a tee, including the time you are seated, standing, walking, jogging and running, the Garmin Forerunner 935 automatically recognises when you switch activities (for example, when you stop walking and jump on a bicycle) and then tracks that too. It does all this seamlessly, without interruption, for unparalleled accuracy. You can view your activity progress on the display, which is a 240 × 240 pixel 1.2-inch transflective unit, or on the companion smartphone app.
Garmin has thought of the long-term too - the Training Status, Training Load and Training Effects modes are designed to provide useful data to the user, so that they can make any needed adjustments to their training to improve their performance. The preinstalled ‘TrainingPeaks’ application adds further functionality, allowing the user to download new training programs to their Forerunner to get more out of each workout.
Forerunner 935 Pricing and Availability
If all that sounds interesting to you, bear in mind the Forerunner 935 is Garmin’s top-of-the-range wearable, and as such, it has a top-of-the-range price. You’re looking at $500 of smartwatch here, or $650 if you go for a ‘tri-bundle’ which nets you additional yellow and black straps and a quick-release kit, which lets you quickly change the straps out. Overall, we must say that isn’t a bad price for such a capable wearable.