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‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Is NOW Selling Refurbished ‘Garmin Forerunner 235s’ (With GPS) For $79!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘HRM USA’ offer.


My post from 4-months ago.


At $120, in June (for Father’s Day), it was a GOOD deal. Even more compelling now.

The Garmin Forerunner 235 (GPS) is a nice, capable, competent watch. I have had it. It is kind of cute. Very light.

This is a GREAT deal. Honest. Check it out.

Yes, HRM USA is reacting & responding to Amazon’s “Prime Day” — which in reality, especially this year, is like a ‘Prime Month’. SMILE. As an Amazon shareholder (of longstanding) I am, however, not complaining. SMILE. HRM USA does sell on (& via) Amazon.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Is Selling Refurbished ‘Garmin Forerunner 235s’ (With GPS) For $120.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the HRM USA Website … where you can buy this Forerunner.


Father’s Day Specials.

Quite the deal.

Refurbished from HRM USA is pretty much like NEW.

They take great care with their refurbishing — & their Customer Service is the BEST in the Universe.

Check them out.

As many of you know, I only get my watches from HRM USA. They rock & their Customer Service is rock solid.


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by Anura Guruge

Amazon Permitting Vendors To RECYCLE ‘Product Numbers’ To Retain Reviews From OLDER Products.

Here is the issue.

The favorable reviews you may be reading on Amazon might NOT be for the current model you are looking at. Appears that Amazon permits vendors to recycle Amazon product numbers (referred to as ASINS) so that they can RETAIN reviews that relate to older products.

So, for example, the reviews you may be reading for the NEW Garmin Forerunner 245 may not be for the 245. They could be reviews for the older Forerunner 235.

But, Amazon nor the vendor give you any indication of this. So, you are reading FAKE REVIEWS — intentionally recycled to deceive you!


A friend of mine, a fellow Garmin enthusiast like I, noticed it last week with a Garmin Forerunner 245 Bundle being sold by ‘EZ Electronics‘. It had 8 very positive reviews giving it a 4.3 (out of 5) stars. My friend had previously looked at the ‘Amazon’ listing for this bundle. He remembered that the rating wasn’t as high on that page. He went back and checked. That is when he got curious. Then he saw the dead giveaway. EZ Electronics was claiming that the Forerunner 245 had been available as of June 2018. NOT SO. The Forerunner 245 was only announced in April 2019. That is when he worked out that EZ Electronics, by recycling the ASINS, was using OLD (invalid) reviews from the older Forerunner 235.

So, here are some screenshots to explain what is happening:

Click to ENLARGE and read. Garmin’s announcement of the Forerunner 245 in APRIL 2019. So, anything that is dated before is for the older FR235, and NOT the FR245.


Click to ENLARGE. See … June 2018. Can’t be the Forerunner 245.


Click to ENLARGE. Screenshot captured by my friend.


Click to ENLARGE. The actual reviews.


So, the issue here is that of duplicitous reviews — recycled reviews from OLDER products that have no bearing on the product that they claim to represent.

So, be careful. Check the ‘Date First Available’ field. Make sure that it looks reasonable.

So, Amazon BUYER be AWARE.



Amazon has SINCE taken down this product listing.

This issue was brought to Amazon’s attention late last week.

They have responded by taking down the product listing.

So, that was good.

But, there could be other instances on Amazon.

Just keep an eye.

Better to be safe than sorry.



Garmin’s NEW Forerunner 645 — Ruggedized Vivoactive 3 Without Touch-Screen?

by Anura Guruge


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The Garmin Forerunner 645 announced on January 8, 2018. It is still NOT available and the Garmin Website is saying 5 – 8 weeks — which would realistically mean April 2018.

Yes, everybody else other than I is going ga-ga about its music capability. That interests me NOT.

What gets me REAL excited is that it is a Vivoactive 3+ — the only thing missing being a touch-screen.

Other than touch, it has WAY MORE features including a gyroscope. Plus nice size.

Yes, I know I returned a Forerunner 235 within 4 hours. But, the 235, for I, had a FATAL omission. No barometric altimeter to count stairs climbed. The 645 has that and much more.

Yes, VO2 Max.

Yes, alas, there is another negative. It does NOT come in black! YIKES. I might actually try and paint it BLACK. That is how desperate I am.

April availability is perfect. But, I will wait till early June for the 1st batch of watches to get sold.


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I Returned The Garmin Forerunner 235 After Just 4-Hours On My Wrist!

by Anura Guruge




Yes, WOW!

It arrived around 2:30pm yesterday, November 6, 2017, via USPS. I plugged it in to be charged and registered it via Garmin Express.

I did NOT get around to putting it on my wrist, with it turned ON (and working), till around 8pm.

It is a NICE WATCH. Extremely light. Noticeably so. That was nice.

So, why am I returning it and why did I go ahead, at midnight, 4-hours into wearing it, PRINTING the Amazon UPS label to return it.

First and foremost the backlight was beyond finicky and annoying. I turned OFF sleep mode and even with it turned OFF, I could NOT keep the damn light on for more than 10 seconds — even with the TIMEOUT set for: 30-seconds, 1 minute and ALWAYS ON! That drove me nuts.

It also took me 40 minutes, yes 40 minutes, to pair it with my 10″ ASUS Tablet running Android 7. I had to uninstall and REINSTALL Garmin Connect before I eventually succeeded. That my old Vivoactive HR was in the house appears to have been an issue. Garmin Connect and the ASUS wanted, so badly, to connect with THAT rather than the FR235. So, I was not happy.

Then, I discovered, to my intense chagrin (and embarrassment) that it does NOT measure STAIRS CLIMBED (because, I found out, it does not have a barometric altimeter)! Yikes. Climbing stairs is one of my favorite exercises and per my old Vivoactive HR I average 30 stairs climbs a day. I did NOT want a tracker that couldn’t track stairs.

Not being touchscreen was MORE of an issue than I had hoped!

Amazon, as ever, was cool. Plus, I hadn’t even had it for 12-hours and everything including the box are in pristine condition.

I am JUST going to wait for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 in Slate


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I Am Getting A Garmin Forerunner 235 For Now.

by Anura Guruge





I relinquished my Vivoactive HR, which I owned (and wore daily, 24×7) for 117-days, on October 9, 2017, i.e., 26-days ago.

I was hoping to get a Vivoactive 3, in Slate, within 2 weeks. Well Garmin seems to have issues with the Slate version. Amazon, as of yesterday, no longer lists it! I had a pre-order at Amazon, BUT I cancelled it.

I thought about getting a Huawei or Samsung BUT decided that that would be shortsighted. I have too much ‘invested’ in Garmin.

I started doing some serious research and STUMBLED upon the Forerunner 235.

The Forerunner 235 will meet my needs — for NOW. {Smile}

When I got the Vivoactive HR in June 2017 I was brand new to activity trackers — and there is, IF you are serious (as I became) a v. steep learning curve.

Yes, the Forerunner 235 is slightly older technology than the Vivoactive HR and the Vivoactive 3. That is a concern.

But, the FR235 is very much a runner’s watch — and that is what I am.

It doesn’t have a Swim or Walk mode, BUT it is Winter now and I can do without. It also does not have a touch screen.

But, being round and black it has the look of a dress watch IF you use an appropriate watch face. That was one of the BIG things I did NOT like about the HR. It looked ugly. I like nice watches (as you would expect from one who wore a diamond-studded, limited-edition Rolex for nearly 30-years).

So, …. That is the story.

I will get a Vivoactive 3 down the road … unless something else comes along. I most likely will keep the FR235 for my runs and the other for the rest of the day. As Winter sets in my running watch will take a BEATING.

Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.V02

P.S., The FR235 has VO2 Max estimation. That should be interesting. At my age, and my level of UNFITNESS, that might be scary. Might tell me that I am indeed the walking dead.


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