Garmin Forerunner 230 – Black/White Review

Garmin Forerunner 230 - Black/White Review
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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  • Design
    Editor: 83%
  • Durability
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for Money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

A good running watch good for runners who don't care much about heart rate monitoring.

The Garmin Forerunner 230 is a solid GPS running watch that should make an appeal to any kind of runners out there. It is said to be much better than its predecessor, the Forerunner, when it comes to functionality, performance and features. But is it really worth upgrading to Forerunner 230 from its predecessor? Let’s find out.

First we’ll talk about the design and build of this new watch. Comparing the two watches side by side, the Forerunner 230 is definitely smaller than its predecessor. It is also not as thick as the predecessor. However, the display has shrunk a bit this time around. I really have no issues about the build of this watch because it seems to me as a promising compact watch.

Even though the display has shrunk it has been upgraded and has a much better resolution than the predecessor thanks to the addition of more pixels. The display is now easier to see and read your vital stats especially when you are running. The display also has a nice feature that allows you to show up four different screens at one time for optimal use.

The Forerunner 230 also have better battery life which can last for up to 16 hours in training mode and can even last for up to 5 weeks in watch mode in just one full charge.

The watch has solid activity tracking which can count your daily steps, distance covered, calories burned, and sleep patterns for a whole day. This makes the watch more useful as it encourages you to be more active every day. You can also connect the watch to your smartphone if you want to receive smart notifications. The watch provides audio prompts that will notify you if you receive a text message, an email, a call, a reminder or if you have just reach your daily goal.

There’s a whole lot of going on here with this watch and I find all of them very useful and handy. And even though it doesn’t feature optical heart rate tracking which is available on the Forerunner 235, it’s features should be enough to appease both serious and casual runners out there.

Key Features

  • Color display
  • Customizable workouts
  • VO2 Max Estimate
  • Recovery Adviser
  • Audio prompts
  • Vibration alerts
  • Smart notifications
  • Activity tracking
  • Time, Distance, and Speed/Pace counter


  • Excellent battery life
  • Compact watch with a good display.
  • Its new features are good across the board.


  • The watch is only meant for runners.
  • No built in heart rate monitor.


The Garmin Forerunner 230 is definitely a worthy upgrade from its predecessor. Thanks to its longer battery life, a better display, and new set of features the updates, upgrading from the Forerunner 220 to the Forerunner 230 is a good thing to do.

A good running watch good for runners who don't care much about heart rate monitoring.

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