If you're on the look out for a running watch that's solid option for beginners, Amazon has got a pretty sweet deal on the Forerunner 35 right now.
You can pick up the cut-price Forerunner 35 for $119.99 as part of Amazon's 12 Days of Deals . That's down from $199.99, so it's a pretty sizeable $80 saving. This deal is for the version with the black strap. But if you want one with one of the brighter bands, that pushes the price up to $140.
Wareable verdict : Garmin Forerunner 35 review
Garmin Forerunner 35 Christmas deal
If you need a reminder of the key features, it does of course pack built-in GPS and has been slapped with 5ATM water rating. So you can take it for a dip and wear it in the shower. There's also an on-board heart rate monitor, notification support to read messages from your phone on the watch display and it can control music playback.
The main things you're missing out here that you'll find on high end Garmin running watches are advanced running metrics and Connect IQ support to add apps, custom data fields and widgets to better customise your training experience. But if you can live without those and few other smaller things, it's still a great watch even if it is a couple of years old.
When we reviewed it back in 2016, we praised the affordable, feature-packed watch for being easy to use, comfortable to wear and great value for money. The HR monitor wasn't the best performing for high intensity training, so that is something to be aware of if you're planning on using it for a lot of heart rate based training.
Virtual Reality Is For Phones, Too. One of the biggest misconceptions with virtual reality is that you need to buy expensive viewing gear in order to participate. That is not true at all. In fact, the latest cell phones allow you to use it as a device for virtual reality. You might need to make or buy an additional piece to use it for that, but it is usually at a low cost. Google, for example, offers a 3D cardboard kit for your phone for less than $10.
Other than that, there's not a lot to knock it for and this is definitely one of the best Garmin deals we've seen leading up to Christmas.