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on April 30, 2015
The main thing I get out of the 220 that I don't get from the free Android apps I already have, is the pace alarm and the ability to look at it (instead of pulling out a phone) for instantaneous pace. When it works. Form-factor wise, it's nice as long as it's on my left arm. I kept the watch, but also bought a Fitbit HR so that I can get accurate step count.
The things that drive me crazy about this watch:
1. You can't enter the menu to tell it that you need to set the time manually or turn the GPS off, unless it gets a GPS fix. Getting a GPS fix after the battery runs low or you get off a plane can take a while. In an outdoor run last week, it took a half-hour. Given that one of the selling points of the new version of this watch is that you can use it on a treadmill, it's frustrating to me that I can't use it on a treadmill unless I go outside first.
2. The Garmin Connected app crashes often. When it crashes, or loses Bluetooth, or loses a mobile wireless connection, it stops tracking you and won't start automatically. My wife was using it to follow me during a marathon - until Mile 4, when it died.
3. The treadmill tracking has significant errors - +/-50% in my opinion, and doesn't provide a way to override its results. Which means, if you've connected Garmin Connect with other apps (EveryMove or Facebook), that you're transmitting garbage.
4. The pace alarm is based on instantaneous pace, as measured by a GPS. Run under a bridge? You'll probably start vibrating from low pace. Come out of a tunnel? It'll update, and you'll be at high pace. If I have to think about whether or not the alert is real, it's a pain. What I would have liked: A Kalman filtered position using the built in accelerometer along with some history.
5. If something bumps a button during a pre-programmed interval workout, there's no way to back up once it decided you're done with an interval. Would like to be able to lock the device out while running.
6. It has an accelerometer, but doesn't do step counting. Why?