Garmin Forerunner 735XT Best Review in 2017
Garmin Forerunner 735XT is a watch with a straightforward and standard design. Rather it has focused on its function that the structure of it. It has garish rubber strap as well as chunky physical buttons on the side of it.
Garmin Forerunner is the combination of a smartwatch, running watch, a fitness tracker as well as a watch for the triathletes. It is a hardcore fitness tracker designed for the triathlete. This watch is for them who looks forward to taking the tough challenge. This watch aims to take the software of the larger FR920XT triathlon watch and compress it down into a smaller package.
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Garmin Forerunner 735XT Design
It is the world of gadgets and what we all are wanting is a product that has a lot of feature in it. We are all running behind making the life an easy task. And Garmin Forerunner 735XT does this to a great extent. This watch is far from the fashionable criteria because of the physical combination of it.
You are provided with two color option either Midnight Blue/Frost Blue or Black/Grey finishes. The thickness of this fitness tracker is 11.7 mm. interestingly the screen of this watch is not touched enable rather it is controlled by the physical buttons. The Garmin 735XT has a 5 ATM rating, which means it can survive depths of up to 50m. This fitness tracker is light as well as thin that makes it comfortable and convenient to use.
Your routine is anything but routine. The Forerunner 735XT has a 5 ATM water rating, and according to this, you can use this watch while you are swimming and showering. You can stop worrying about your watch while it is raining out and wear it to your training sessions. The watch’s optical heart rate monitor won’t work if you’re swimming, but you can wear a compatible chest strap HRM to collect that data during your swim..
Garmin Forerunner Display:
- The Garmin Forernunner 735XT has a big watch face that is 215 X 180 pixels. Like the other Forerunner series, this watch even has a screen that is flat at the bottom as well as the top whereas it is rounded on the sides. The display provides a lot of information before and after your workout. Interestingly the display is easy to read, even though it is sunny bright. It is not a touch screen watch, but it has a complete sense as it is designed to be worn even while you are swimming.
- The button at the sides of the watch is the label for the purpose of better usage. Hit the Down button on the watch to cycle through the watch’s various screens, which include heart rate, a summary of daily activity and a summary of your last saved workout. Another interesting feature that you figure out in this watch is the Garmin Connect App; with this app, you can get access to the calendar events, weather and any notification from the phone. You just have to enable Forerunner 735XT on the app.
It can be called as a semi-smart watch with an addition to a fitness watch. The Gamin 735XT provides you with the up to date info on your social media messages, texts, and calendar events. So on that, you receive on your phone while you set up to receive notification. Notifications were easy to set up. There are two problems related to it – one, dismissing a notification on the watch also dismisses that notification on your phone. Second, for the sync function to work on the device, your phone’s location must be enabled at all times.
This fitness tracker watch is highly beneficial for the serious athlete rather than commoners. As like other Garmin devices, the Forerunner 735XT has a red bar in its display that reminds you that you have not registered any step for the last 2 hours. While this red bar disappears after a short walk. This is a device that aims for fitness in all aspects. It has the feature of multitasking.
Today, I started my walk with waiting for the GPS signal as I was in a hurry. The watch has recorded the distance as well as pace I was covering, and on the other hand, it was even searching for the GPS signal. Later I find a notification that it had found the signal and I was with the up to date information. This is an excellent feature of Gamin Forerunner 735XT. This watch is so convenient in use that it thinks of your comfort level even in the case of the display. It changes the color of the display as well as text. For instance, the display switches from white text on a black background to black text on a white background.
To attain the right result of accuracy, it is essential that you wear the watch 5 minutes before your workout. When I had used this watch for the first time, the forerunner projected my heart rate about 30 beats per minute which are a bit higher than the normal. But after an hour of use, I realize that it is now recording the heart rate as normal. So wear it in advance for better results. If you compare this watch with Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch, definitely you will some crucial differences.
Overall, the Garmin Forerunner 735XT’s HRM is somewhat accurate. On a 6-mile run, it measured a peak heart rate of 187 beats per minute and an average HR of 157. Compared to a peak of 165 and an average of 142 on a Polar chest strap heart rate monitor. Things were better on a second run when the watch measured a peak HR of 190 and an average of 160 for 10 miles, compared to a peak of 184 and an average of 166 for the Polar device.
The Gamin Forerunner 735XT provides you with the data of workouts; calories burned elevation as well as run cadence. While you record the information of your recent workout, the forerunner will tell you that if you have set out your record. There’s also a Training Effect number, which uses your heart rate to measure the intensity of the exercise. It will indicate if you are simply maintaining your fitness level or improving it.
There’s a lot of information to view on the Forerunner 735XT itself, and it can be overwhelming. To view it all, I found the mobile version of Connect easier to navigate than the browser version. The browser crams several modules on the screen at a time, while the mobile app allows you to swipe from one module to another.
Final Words for The Garmin 735XT
The Forerunner 735XT is a serious triathlete’s watch. The watch includes the features you would expect in a smart watch, from a step tracker to Smartphone notifications. Everything you get with the Garmin forerunner 735xt can be a bit much. That said it’s easy to use the Garmin Connect app to customize your experience, and the performance and accuracy are hard to beat.