9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It depends on how you use it!
, November 5, 2009
I have read the reviews here, and was really unsure about this garmin. But then I had an opportunity to pick one up barely used with HRM (on craigslist) for $200, I couldn't pass it up. As a disclaimer, I wouldn't spend $350 on a GPS, no matter how awesome it was- just too much. But thats me.
That being said, if you are looking for a GPS device that is comfortable (WAY more so than my old 205), elegant, has more features and works just as well this is a great device. But I should qualify this a bit, as I feel there are some people who would like this, and some who wouldn't:
People who would like it:
1. People like me, who sweat but not buckets and buckets. After doing six or seven miles, I'm pretty sloppy, but mostly -under- the watch, I don't sweat ON the bezel. My fingers are not dripping so the GPS is quite responsive to taps... which leads me to the next point.
2. People who are not twiddling with their GPS their entire run. I only use a small subset of features on any GPS. I want to know my pace, my distance, my time (which are all on the same screen), and with the HRM I want to see my heart rate. Heart rate is just one tap away from the main screen. No scrolling required. I start my run, I push 'Start'. I tap to check my heart rate a couple times, my run is over I push 'Stop'. Thats it.
3. People who forget to upload their data. Like me. I was always forgetting to upload my data, because mostly its inconvenient. The ANT technology is very, very cool (more on this).
People who would not like it:
1. People who sweat A LOT...
2. People who twiddle with their GPS a lot during the run. If you sweat, even moderately like me, I think you will indeed have a problem if you need to do more than tap the bezel. If you need to scroll for example, meaning you have to slide your finger on the bezel- forget it. If that thing is wet and you try to scroll, it beeps and chirps and does things you don't want it to do.
3. People who are not tech savvy. I really have to stress this one. If you cant figure out technology stay away from this thing. There is a learning curve. As a technophile, I happen to love that. I like to spend time to figure out how it works; the optimal way to tap, swipe and operate the thing under different conditions. If you don't dig this kind of stuff, I imagine you will feel frustrated and probably unhappy with the device. It is a complicated little thing with a huge amount of features packed into a simple interface- this means you have to learn to use it right.
So on the ANT technology. This is just simply great. Much much better than I was expecting. I walk into my house after my run, and my data has been downloaded to my computer (UPSTAIRS! the distance over which it will transfer data is amazing) before I have time to take off the watch. So all the old 205/305 process, where you gotta remember to plug it in, find the base to clip into, go to the site, wait for the upload, etc, etc- this is all over. I run, take off my watch wherever I want and forget about it. Next time I'm online, I go to garmin connect and the data is there. Super cool.
One little note on battery life too- the guy I bought this from said the battery life sucked, and that he had heard something about doing something with the GPS for better battery life, but the battery sucked, etc. Yes, you do indeed need to do something with the GPS when you are not using it, you have to turn it OFF. The battery life is better (as far as I can tell) than the 205, even using it correctly (meaning I shut the 205 down after a run). Charging is simple anyways, use any wall socket.
So all in all, I am very happy with this device! I don't believe it is for everyone, but others it is just perfect.