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Garmin FORERUNNER 10

Garmin FORERUNNER 10 GPS Receiver


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Garmin FORERUNNER 10
Golf Buddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Nuvi 52
Garmin Nuvi 42/44
Garmin Nuvi 50
Garmin FORERUNNER 10 GPS Receiver
GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Nuvi 52 - 5.1 in. Car GPS Receiver
Garmin Nuvi 42/44 - 4.3 in Car GPS Receiver
Garmin Nuvi 50 - 5.1 in. Car GPS Receiver
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Release Date
Aug 2012
May 2012
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Aug 2011
Designation
Running
Outdoor, Golf
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Form Factor
Watch
Handheld
Portable
Fixed, Mountable
Fixed
Input Method
Buttons
Buttons
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command
User interface
Buttons
Buttons
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command

  • The Garmin Forerunner 610 is the best sport watch we have reviewed to date. This versatile, responsive, accurate and well-designed watch is aimed at the high end of the market and has a price tag to match. We would love to see a faster charge time and a waterproof casing but, put simply, this is the best GPS sport watch on the market today.


  • Overall, I found the Forerunner 10 to be well-suited to its target market of casual runners and for run/walk workouts. If there's one feature that even a casual runner might miss, it is a wireless heart rate monitor option. I like the trend toward more compact GPS sport watches, such as the Forerunner 10, and hope that Garmin and other makers continue to shrink watch profiles while keeping easily viewable displays.


  • Garmin's Forerunner 10 is a good option if you're after a GPS watch that's simple to use and accurate in calculating running distance and pace. It's also pretty good value at $149. Make a note of the colours though, which are an indication of the wrist sizes that the watch will fit (pink and green being for small wrists).


  • For golfing enthusiasts, the GolfBuddy Voice is a nifty little GPS rangefinder that incorporates audio readouts. It has a very large number of course and hole information from all over the world built into it, with no additional costs, and it even managed to find the little public course that we tested it on.

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    The GolfBuddy Voice GPS dazzled us at the PGA Merchandise Show just a few months ago and continued to through our testing. It works as advertised and delivers accurate measurements with the touch of a button. It is also a great conversation piece when not playing with your regular group as not a single person that we encountered played without asking about it. This new gadget hits stores this month for a price around $180.

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    If you're looking for small and convenient, and you're happy with GPS yardages, GolfBuddy is a great choice. My home course, Treesdale Golf & Country Club, has carts that come equipped with GPS systems, and the yardages I got from those matched GolfBuddy Voice's almost identically. I didn't test it against Sky Caddie, a GPS rangefinder that's based on actual ground-walked measurements, but my use of Sky Caddie has convinced me it is extremely accurate.

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    Highly recommended. The only trouble I had with my test unit was that it wouldn't connect to the computer once. But after I used it in the car, I was able to bring it in and connect it with no problem. This is a basic navigator but it has all the features most people will need. An improved mounting system and faster processor mark the most significant updates since the nuvi 50LM.

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    Highly recommended. The only trouble I had testing the Essential series was that it wouldn't connect to the computer once. But after I used it in the car, I was able to bring it in and connect it with no problem. This is a basic navigator but it has all the features most people will need. An improved mounting system and faster processor mark the most significant updates since the nuvi 40.


  • Garmin's formula for entry-level GPS devices doesn't change much with the new Nuvi 50, but small tweaks, a lower price, and a massive screen enhance value.

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    This is without a doubt the best entry level navigator Garmin has ever released. It has an ultra-wide 5" screen along with features previously restricted to mid-range units. You can't hardly go wrong with this one.


  • With the nuvi 50, Garmin has met the budget competition from the likes of Mio's Spirit 685 full-on. There's nothing exceptional about it, apart from the price. But Garmin has managed to deliver its core navigational features alongside a 5in screen for a cost that's equal to or less than the competition. If you're after basic UK navigation in a dependable big-screen format, the Garmin nuvi 50 is great value.