Wearable technology - Fitbit vs Garmin ForeRunner 235.

Wearable technology - Fitbit vs Garmin ForeRunner 235. 

Hey everyone, and welcome back to my computer and electronics blog.  After months of trying to decide between purchasing a Fitbit Charge 2 and the Garmin Forerunner 235 I finally made the leap and bought myself the Fitbit Charge 2.  I found it online for a really affordable price and if you’re interested in buying a wearable I’d highly recommend it! 

 wearable technology

Why buy a wearable? 

Wearables are great not only for people who are interested in their fitness.  They’re great for anyone who is worried about their health, and wants to keep track of their health and it’s changes.  With simple wearables able to track steps taken each day, calories burnt, sleep patterns and meals eaten they work well for keeping track of information which in the past would have been estimated. 

In 2014 19.2 million people were expected to own a wearable, and in 2018 this figure is set to rise to 111.9 million.   

There’s so many different gadgets available in 2016, that you can easily spend money on a gadget you would never use, which is why I’ve gone into depth to tell you the difference between 2 of the most popular wearables of 2016.

Garmin Forerunner 235. 

The Garmin Forerunner 235 was released at the beginning of this year to rave reviews.  Garmin are well known in both the fitness worlds and the technology worlds, and are particularly recommended for their ‘innovative GPS technology’. 


The Garmin Forerunner is a visually appealing watch, with a simple teal, red or black strap and a large round black face.  Weighing only 42g, it’s a lightweight watch which is comfortably wearable 24/7.  It has a battery life of 9 days, although many have reported this is closer to 7.  Inside the box it comes with a User Guide, Sensor, USB Charger and a wristband.   

With 4 sports modes the Garmin Forerunner is great for many different athletes.  There is the outdoor running mode which tracks your GPS, the indoor running mode which is the same without the GPS tracking, a cycling mode and a catch-all free tracking setting.  With the running tracking mode you get pace, distance, time, calories, average heart rate, max heart rate, cadence and Training Effect which is a calculated effectiveness out of 5 on the session.  Other features the Garmin Forerunner 235 tracks include sleep quality and sleep time, goal setting, smartphone integration and notifications, goal setting and you have access to an online portal to track everything.

One of the only downsides to the Garmin Forerunner 235, is that unlike other high end sports watches, such as the TomTom Spark, it doesn’t have any built in memory so can’t add music, which means if you’re like me and have to listen to music whilst running you’ll have to bring your smartphone or old school iPod along with you.

Fitbit Charge 2.

The Fitbit Charge 2 was only released a couple of months ago but has already become incredibly popular.  It is nearly half the price of the aforementioned Garmin Forerunner 235, so is much more affordable.


Another visually appealing watch, although with a more simplistic futuristic design featuring a rectangular face.  The fitbit charge 2 comes in 4 colours as standard, black, midnight blue, blue and violet, and a silver face, although it currently has 2 special edition versions with a all black version and a lilac and rose gold version .  It has a lower battery life of only 5 days. 

The Fitbit has multi sports modes, and can auto recognise certain exercise activities, such as walking, running, outdoor biking, elliptical, sports and aerobics workouts.  It can also be personalised so that you can choose which exercises it should be tracking, and can used to set timed exercise goals.  A great example of how this can be used is that it can be set to ignore a walk which would count as part of your daily commute to and from work, but to record down a lunchtime power walk, or exercise session.

Similarly to the Garmin Forerunner 235 the Fitbit charge 2 tracks your heart rate, calories burned, distance, time, sleep quality, sleep time, steps and GPS, but also can track elevation and stairs.  

Why I chose the Fitbit Charge 2 

As someone who is interested in fitness, but prefers running indoors and gym work, I found  the Fitbit Charge 2  to be more well rounded,  If I was a competitive runner then I would spring for the Garmin Forerunner 235, but the price being double it doesn’t make sense for someone who isn’t a serious athlete to pay the extra cost for.  


In other news I can’t stop playing The Forest, which we discussed last week here; http://www.theiphonereviews.com/steam-games, and it definitely has increased my heart rate at times! Until next time guys, keep safe.