Summary: There are a lot of great things I like about this watch. It's easy to use, easy to read, easy to customize. In hindsight I wish I bought the 910 so I could swim with it, but that's my error. Unfortunately, I'm kicking myself for not listening to every single review that warned me about the dreaded "reverse charging" issue. Not only on Amazon, but on the Garmin forum itself.
Summary: when it works, it does its job well. This is my second one. The first one had charging issues still even with the firmware updates. The second one won't even charge! Time to look for another one, but not the 610.
Pros: Accurate, Compact Design, Easy To Use, Gives A Quick Reading, Versatile
Summary: I bought the 610 to support both my cycling and running and some of the training features appealed to me. I have been using heart rate monitors and cycling power meters for more than 15 years. The 610 has been a disappointment and the second one (replaced by Garmin) failed after 6 months of use. The first problem is Garmin support. The email support takes days to get a response.
Summary: I own 305 Forerunner...6 years old. Thought I would upgrade. The GPS was 10 times as fast and located within 10 seconds and I live in a congested city block. That was great. Running my first three miles it stated I burned 20 calories each mile, I was running a fast pace. So that was completely unreliable. Over the next 9 miles it logged in half the calories I normally burn for 6'2" 225lb man running 7-8mph. It stated I ran at speeds of over 90mph.
Summary: I purchased this Garmin FR610 watch to replace my old FR305 that I somehow lost, even though a new 305 could be had for only a third of the price of a new FR610 at the time. There's a lot of things to like about this watch. When turned on, it takes anywhere from a few seconds to a couple minutes to find its location but it reliably does (if you are outdoors). The touchscreen works well and its interface is well thought out.
Good Watch. HORRIBLY Manufactured and screen keeps on chipping.
1 October 2011
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS WATCH! Don't get me wrong its a very good watch and does all its desired functions very well (and looks cool), but there are major design flaws. Im currently on my 3rd one of these because the other 2's screen chipped. I bought my first one about 3 weeks ago and after 3 days i notice some dirt or something at the top and went to get it out (gently i may add) and a huge chuck of the screen came out.
Summary: GPS signal acquisition times are no better than my old Forerunner (200 series). I was surprised at that. no one wants to wait for 5 minutes to start their hike while waiting for the signal to come in. secondly, signal maintenance when hiking on trails in North Carolina is not that good and not as good as my older Forerunner. Third the battery life also seems less than my older model.
Summary: As other reviews have pointed out. The watch can be sitting on the charger and discharge. There appears to be little rhyme or reason to why and when it happens, and Garmin support are no help. This means that you'll never know if that watch will be usable when you want it. A software update may address this issue, but Garmin don't have not rushed out a fix (that current software release is 2 months old), said when a new release will be available, or whether it will solve...