Exactly what I was looking for
Before this watch came on to the market, I had looked at other GPS watches from time to time, but they generally seemed too big/bulky and expensive. This is the first moderately priced GPS watch with the features I was looking for. I have been using it for 1 week and am happy to say that it operates as advertised. It is lightweight, not too bulky, and starts/stops with the push of one button.
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.
Low-Priced but Well-Made
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.
Easy to use, Light weight
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).
Inexpensive, cheapest GPS watch Garmin's made
Overall I think the FR10 makes for a solid GPS watch for someone wanting to spend around $100. At that price point you'll sacrifice functionality (even over cell phone apps), but you will gain durability and waterproofing. The Garmin Connect software suite is adequate for most beginner to intermediate runners, or advanced runners that don't care about the analytics side as much.
Accuracy...Ease of use
So as you can see, even the Bushnell Lasers are only accurate to +/- 1 yd. For the extra $250 they want for it, I decided to buy the watch and spend the extra $250 on a new driver. The watch appears to be more accurate the longer the distance. I found it very easy to use and won't miss having to put the laser up to my eye, hold it very steady to make any more measurements. I am not a good enough golfer that 1 or 2 yds is going to make a big difference in my score.
Pretty terrific, especially for version "1.0"
I would strongly recommend the GS for any swimmers who want info about their workouts and the motivation of "workout reports" for each swim. The GS is easy to use, times your swimming and rest intervals, and does lots more. I hope that if Garmin comes up with fixes for the issues mentioned above, they will provide them free of charge to those of us who believed from the get-go and pre-ordered the cool Garmin Swim!
Nearly automatic operation - just press start and swim
Costing a little under £130, the Garmin Swim still isn't a no-brainer purchase, but it is cheaper than most of the Forerunner range, and takes almost all the hassle out of keeping track of your aquatic exercise regime. It's not perfect, and getting the most accurate results does require keeping your swimming fairly uniform, without stops in the middle of lengths to adjust goggles or to change your.
Reasonably priced Plus, No batteries to charge
Live Trac EZ is a wireless GPS tracking device that installs in seconds into your vehicle's On Board Diagnostic Port, better known as the OBD-II port -- don't worry, if your vehicle was made after 1996, it has one. The GPS tracker gets power from your vehicle, so there's never any batteries to charge, or a risk that the battery will be dead when you need to locate your car.
Non-phone device for tracking their runs or bikes
This watches target audience is those who don't want to spend a ton of cash, but still want a dedicated non-phone device for tracking their runs or bikes. Within that category, it's a great little watch. It keeps track of pace, distance and time easily.
Best in class GPS accuracy with fast satellite acquisition
The Timex Marathon GPS is a great introductory GPS running watch. It's affordable, extremely accurate and simple to use. For the price, the Marathon is the best watch currently on the market, lacking only the heart-rate monitor functions and advanced workout management settings of higher-end watches.
Much better than the Global Trainer, but would like to see some changes
I think Timex has come a long way in terms of GPS watches, and this would be a really good option in my opinion over some other GPS's. Each has their own positives and negatives, and I would say this is probably my second favorite GPS watch.
New menu system is much cleaner/easier to use
I wouldn't have any problems recommending this unit for the majority of runners out there. No, it doesn't have the advanced workout or course features of some of the $300+ units on the market, but it does have roughly the same functionality as those units in the ~$200 range (+/- $25-30US), which is the price range the unit is in ($225).
Would not buy this
The rangefinder takes way more than 10 minutes to log on. Usually, we are 5 or 6 holes into the round before it starts to function.
The battery life does not give the 2 rounds that was predicted. With 60% of claimed battery life, there was a low battery warning that would not stop until the unit was turned off. If I still had the receipt, I would return it.
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