After a few weeks with the FR235 I decided it wasn't the watch for me. The functionality was great except for the inbuilt HRM with which I had a few issues:
- I had to have it uncomfortably tight for it to work
- I must have big wrists (never thought I did) because to put the watch an inch above the wrist bone meant I was on the last couple of notches
- after the last run I have two skin 'burns' where the watch strap has rubbed me raw and the skin that the oHRM rests on is really quite shrivelled - yuck (see photos taken today, watch was removed yesterday)
- I was never convinced it was actually accurate - it seemed _really_ high - 170bpm for a 42 min 5K for example. Calories and a whole bunch of other metrics are based on the HR so if that is off then the whole watch becomes a bit silly
- typing on a laptop was awkward because of where you have to wear the FR235 (higher up the wrist)
So I decided to return it and get the FR230 with a chest strap. Except I didn't, I decided to go for the FR630 instead simply because of the touchscreen, the extra data readings and I am really just a big kid inside (and some extra birthday money appeared).
So far, loving it - my first run with it will be either tonight or tomorrow mid-day. Can't wait to try on the chest strap - I know I said I didn't want a chest strap but actually now it is here I am quite excited :-).
Ultimately, I decided that the FR235 was brilliant....if the oHRM worked. If the oHRM doesn't work then the FR230 is significantly cheaper and comes with a much more accurate chest strap. The FR630 is a watch that will last me for years I hope.
To be fair, I will repeat - IF the FR235 oHRM works for you then it is a fantastic watch, if not, the FR230 is the exact same watch without the oHRM. The FR630 is the same watch plus touchscreen and a few new measurements.
And yes, I do think me having an FR630 is a little bit like a toddler getting an F1 car - you know what, I don't care - vroom Vroom VROOM :-).