Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Introduces Forerunner 35


Recently, Garmin International unveiled yet another GPS-enabled running watch for its lineup. The new Forerunner 35 is said to be easy-to-use and multi-functional—designed for runs, basic activity tracking, and staying connected.

The Forerunner 35 battery lasts up to 9 days in watch mode, 13 hours in training mode, and sports a 5 ATM water rating. It can store up to 7 recent activities, automatically transfers data to your computer, and comes with a high resolution screen that can be seen both indoors and out.

The newest and most exciting feature for the Forerunner 35, though, is the Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology. This allows anyone using the device to monitor their heart rate, at all times, without a chest strap. While it is designed for runners, the Forerunner 35 has a few other sport profiles, like cycling, and also functions as an all-day activity tracker. The device can count steps, decide on sleep or intensity minutes, and use that to calculate calories burned.

The Forerunner 35 is not only designed to track your activity, it’s also there to motivate you. The Forerunner 35 gets to know your activity levels, which helps the device give you a daily goal or know when to remind you to get active. It features a virtual pacer that compares your current pace to the target pace, and an accelerometer so it can calculate the distance of your workout without the addition of a foot pod.

The Forerunner 35 automatically syncs up with Garmin Connect, which makes it simple to save statistics, share workouts, and set/track goals. It can also sync up with your smartphone to allow music controls, notify you when you when you have an event scheduled, or vibrate when you receive a call, text, or email.

Although the date for release hasn’t quite been set yet, it is expected to be available by the end of the month. The device is currently listed at $199.99, and available in four different colors; black, limelight, frost blue, and white. You can view the Forerunner 35 on Garmin’s website.

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