Garmin is one of the major players in the smartwatch and fitness wearables business, with the company having released devices such as the Forerunner 735XT, Forerunner 235, Vivosmart HR, the Vivosmart HR+ that adds the GPS the Vivosmart HR missed, as well as a luxury fitness tracking smartwatch called the Garmin Vivomove. Garmin can be thought of in the wearables market in the same way that Samsung is considered in the smartphone market: Samsung provides smartphones for the low-end, mid-end, and high-end buyer, and Garmin does the same with its smartwatches and fitness trackers. The company is now back with another GPS-enabled, activity-tracking smartwatch that comes with an affordable price tag that won't break the bank. The latest is called the Garmin Forerunner 35.
The Garmin Forerunner 35 shaves off some of the "sportiness" of the Forerunner 25, along with providing a lighter feel on the wrist (which can't be said about all Garmin smartwatches). You can use the Garmin Forerunner 35 for music control/playback, notifications, monitor your heart rate via the device's built-in Elevate wrist-based optical heart rate sensor that proves as accurate as a heart rate chest strap, and track your runs and walks with its in-built GPS as well as its walking, cycling, and cardio workouts. As usual, buyers can connect their smartwatch to their smartphone by way of the Garmin Mobile Connect app.
The Garmin Forerunner 35 provides 9 days of battery life on a single charge and 13 hours in training mode -- so you have more than enough juice to complete a daily run without trouble. It will arrive this quarter in four colors (frost blue, limelight, white, and black) for the low price of $199.99 in the US and 169.99 in the UK.
The Garmin Forerunner 35 photo gallery can be found below.