Summary: Comments about Garmin Forerunner 205: It might be good for finding the way along a trail, but for tracking distance and calories it's ridiculous. The device works well, and may be fine for walking, but you're much better off on a soft treadmill than running around on a hard trail. Your knees will thank you.
L. Lyter "Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a ..., Amazon
4 August 2006
Summary: This is my first Garmin, although I've used bigger Magellans for hiking. Advantages: *tracks total ascent and descent of your run or hike on the training partner. This is a great training feature. *You can set any distance as a lap and compare your rate on the training Center. I also set it to beep at the mile mark (my lap). *Rarely loses signal. Dense tree cover doesn't phase it. I only lose signal beside a steep bank or hill for a long time (1/2 mile or so).
Summary: It does a few more tasks than the 201, however: Wrist strap is not as comfortable or as easy to use. Internal battery does not last as long. It does not lock on satellites any faster. The readout is not as readable, particularly the details such as the last run statistics.