Summary: The watch does everything I wanted it do and does it well. Current pace is very helpful, total time and minutes per mile, just what I wanted. Now the reason for the 3 stars: I read one review that said she would download the software and update her running information in 5 minutes, yea, and I can run a mile in one minute. This software isn't bad, it's JUNK! I can't believe how bad it is. Updates take forever and syncing the watch is a real pain.
Love it, but Garmin is still way too proprietary for general iOS apps
18 March 2014
Summary: The watch is comfortable and great to use. The GPS feature is very accurate and way better than what my iPhone 5S logs for my workouts. However the Garmin hardware is quite proprietary and does not work well with other applications. If you want to sync directly to your iPhone, you cannot with this watch.
Summary: Bought this watch in Aug 2012. In the beginning it was a great help keeping track of my runs, distance, speed, and splits. Always connected to my computer after each outdoor run and uploaded the information. Then, I purchased an apple laptop and found the Garmin connect software wouldn't load to my new computer. Ok fine, I'll continue to use my old HP computer. Then occasionally the connection to my watch took a long while to register and find my watch.
Summary: There are lots of reviews here so I'll just do a comparison for those deciding between the budget garmin 10 and this one. For the Garmin 210 1. Obviously if you want a HRM then go for the 210 2. See 3 data fields on one page and not 2. 3. Pace is more accurate as it tracks pace to the nearest 0.01 instead of 0.05. So say you run at 6.52 minutes a mile the garmin 10 will show 6.50 and the Garmin 210 will show 6.52. 4. Simple intervals can be programmed on the watch.
Works great most of the time, but don't let water or sweat get on it.
Wendi Turner, Amazon
23 August 2013
Summary: I bought this for my son to train for X-Country, but have used it off and on myself. It worked great for about 2 months, although twice the location was way off (by about a mile), and once the altitude indicated a 35,000 foot climb. Could be due to the satellite locations on those days, or cloud cover or something, I suppose. Anyway, the majority of the time it works great and tracks location within a few feet.
Summary: A friend who works in running stores told me that she generally recommended the FR210 when people wanted to buy their first Garmin. It's relatively inexpensive, especially if you buy it without either the heart-rate monitor chestband or the footpod. It has all the basic features--GPS, website upload, pace tracking. I think the recommendation is pretty sound. However, on the downside: * This watch takes a looong time to lock onto a satellite.
Summary: Overall I like the watch, just be prepared if you are a daily wearer the band cannot be replaced. Which is pretty ridiculous for a $200+ watch. Which is where I am today. I run 6 days/week about 40-50 miles/week and that watch is small enough for me to wear it unobtrusivley at work. So be prepared, the watch band has limited the lifespan of the usability of this watch in my case. I've swam with this and never had an issue.