Summary: Great little GPS unit, I purchased mine because I race r/c boats and the unit is perfect for timing the lap and speed of a boat. It is completly water proof and will be placed inside the boat that is being raced after being wrapped in bubble wrap which cushions it in the event of shock and keeps it afloat if there is a problem with the boat. Being a water proof unit is another nice feature.
Easy to use and very accurate. A must for runners & bikers.
2 March 2012
Summary: A very good unit, I own this one and a Garmmin 301 which is an upgraded model. The PC interface and ease of charging is much better on the slightly pricier 301. Other than that the 201 is every bit as accurate as the 301. Both are great for biking and jogging/walking for accurate measurements. The PC interface is through the serial port not USB on the 201.
Pros: Totally reliable. The battery is still like new, and doesn't drain when I put it in storage for a few months. The display and buttons are a little bit bigger than most. Screen can be illuminated. Good handlebar mount.
Cons: Much bigger than most others, so better suited to cycling than running. GPS altitude readings are consistent, but generally accurate to 25 feet (On one stretch of my ride by the ocean it always tells me I'm 12-15 feet below sea level).
Summary: The Garmin 201 is a really fun addition to my running routine. When I get back from a run, I can look at my mile splits, get an idea of my pace, and know pretty much exactly how far I've gone. The battery works great, it lasts the whole week before I have to charge it. One weakness is that it has a serial interface which pretty much no computer has anymore. I found a Keyspan serial to USB adapter and it works just fine.
Summary: The 201 is a great GPS training system. Since I bought this one the 301 has come out and it has a heart rate monitor that the 201 does NOT have. If I was going to purchase one-GET the GARMIN Forerunner 301 or the latest model out. My husband loves this GPS device. He can run and not have to calculate his distance. As he is running it will tell you exactly how many miles you have gone.
Summary: I have been using the Garmin Forerunner 201 for 2 months and it was helped me a lot with my training. I run most of the time on the streets and even in the areas that have a lot of tree coverage the 201 may get a weak signal but is able to track my run without a problem. Software from Garmin is OK but I prefer using SportsTracks, a downloadable shareware program. From what I understand some the newer models are more accurate.