Summary: I wish I could say that I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with Garmin products, but this has not been the case. I have a Forerunner 405 which worked well when it worked but had to be replaced 3 times in just over a year. My wife has a different brand which she got for less but which has longer battery life and is solid as a rock. I have had 4 Garmin devices over the same period of time.
Summary: I compare TIMEX GLOBAL TRAINER, GARMIN FORERUNNER 305 and GARMIN FORERUNNER 405CX. TIMEX GLOBAL TRAINER GOOD: 1. It is good for triathlon (the other two watches are not because they are not water resistant so that you can swim with them. The other 2 watches are water resistant up to 1 meter and only for a short time (less than 30 minutes)) because it is water resistant and can work in the water too. BAD: 1.
Summary: I've had this GPS watch since it was a Gold Box offer in early June. When it works, it does what it promises. Unfortunately, far too frequently it doesn't do what I expect and I wind up frustrated yet again that I spent so much money on it. The primary problem. as other reviews have noted, is that the watch's user interface is simply dreadful.
For a HRM to count calories, get a Polar. If you want GPS, get Garmin.
7 June 2011
Summary: Few things I'm disappointed about. 1. the heart rate monitor is NOT compatible with the cardio equipment at my gym. We have Lifestyle treadmills and bikes, Cybex ArcTrainers, and Procor ellipticals. Pretty basic and none of these machines read heart rate. 2. AND THIS IS MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT! The calorie calculation is WAY off. Prior to owning this HRM, I've used a Polar F11 for about 4+ years. It was so beat up, it was time for a replacement.
Summary: I bought this to replace my old Garmin Forerunner 305. I thought it would be a lot better, but it is actually mainly worse. First, it does not do multi-sport like the 305 can. What this means is that you will not have accurate data for a triathlon. The watch will always think you are running. The 305 can be set on "bicycle" or "other." Not a deal-breaker ... yet.
Summary: I replaced a 305 that served me reliably for four years, then mysteriously just quit. At the time I considered simply buying a replacement 305, but I figured Garmin must have something much better out by now, so I bought a 405CX. The good news is the 405CX is no where near as clunky looking as the 305, it picks up the GPS satellites much quicker, the battery lasts a whole lot longer, and the chest strap seems to fit a little more comfortably although it looks the same as...
Summary: First, the positive: I am quite pleased with the GPS performance of this watch and with and the computer interface (the ANT+ stick and agent). The watch reliably connects with my computer when it's within range, downloads the data to the computer, and the software automatically uploads the data to Garmin Connect. Now the negative: I purchased this watch in February 2010. By April, the rubber strap broke and the buckle came off.