Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Unisex Sport Watch (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- GPS-enabled trainer watch accurately records your distance, time and pace
- High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked on satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover
- Rechargeable battery provides 8 hours life in training mode, 3 weeks in power save mode
- Upload data to Garmin Connect site to view workout summaries, create goals and more
- Add ANT+ heart rate monitor for heart rate-based calorie computation,Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
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Forerunner 110 is the easiest way to track your training. Its GPS-enabled so it knows how far and how fast with no extra bells and whistles. Theres virtually no setup required, so you can just press start and run or walk with it. Wt: 1.8 oz.
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I have used a Garmin 405 to track my weekend long runs for about 1.5 years. Previously I owned the Garmin 305. I'm using the 110 with with my 405 chest strap (saved me $50).
The 110 does everything I do with my 405 in a significantly smaller, lighter form factor with a superior GPS chip (in theory, to be proven).
REASONS WHY I LIKE MY NEW 110 BETTER THAN MY OLD 405:
* It's smaller and less bulky than the 405, looks and feels like a regular watch, and wraps snugly around my smallish wrist.
* I don't have to fiddle around with the temperamental 405 touch-(in)sensitive bezel.
* The displayed numbers for distance/hr/time/pace are bigger on the 110 than the 405, so easier for me to read on the run.
* There are fewer menus to navigate.
* Like the 405, GPS locking and accuracy works just fine, even under trees (more below).
* Like the 405, I can set the auto-lap to increment every 1 mile (other distances available).
* The 110 displays everything I want to track during and after my run.
- Elapsed distance (for run), Elapsed time (for run), Current HR, Average pace (for current lap), Last lap pace (displayed automatically for a few seconds after each lap), Average HR (for run), Average pace (for run). Average HR and pace for the entire run are show under "History" at the end of my run.
* To make this tangible, I can glance at the watch to see that so far I've run 2.1 miles in 21 minutes, my current HR is 160, my pace for the current mile (mile 3) is 9:56 and my pace for the last lap (mile 2) was 10:01. At the end of my run, I click through to "History" and see that my average HR for the entire run was 162bpm and my average pace was 9:54 minute miles. For me, currently, all I care about is keeping my HR in the 160-170bpm range (your range will probably be different) while trying to keep my pace under 10:00. In general, I suspect most runners will have the same requirements: Track your current HR to keep it within a target range while attempting to meet or beat a per-mile pace goal.
* The 110 has a longer battery life
* I never used the other 405 features like courses, virtual partner, etc. Ironically, I "customized" the 405 screens to pretty much do what the 110 displays by default (but cannot be changes).
WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT "CURRENT PACE"?
I guess some runners want to know the pace they are running RIGHT NOW. Think of it as their instantaneous pace - kinda like what a car speedometer gives you. Some folks call it "current pace" but that can be confusing when you also have average pace for the current mile, so let's call current pace the "right-now" pace. Unlike the 405, the 110 does not give you your right-now pace. Instead you get your average pace for the current lap. If your auto-lap is set to 1 mile (the default setting) then you'll see your average pace for the current mile. I for one don't need right-now pace. Since I'm trying to hit per-mile pace goals I want to see my average pace for the current mile. If I'm trying to hit a 10:00 pace for the current mile, and I start out too slow, the 110 will tell me my average pace for the current mile is slower, let's say 11:00, and I know I need to run the rest of the mile faster to bring my average pace for the current mile down from 11:00 to my target pace of 10:00. As I speed up, my average pace for the current mile will slowly drop from 11:00 to 10:00. Bottom line: Right-now pace doesn't help me hit per-mile pace goals so I could care less if it's "missing" from the 110. If all you are doing is trying to hit per-mile pace goals (eg run a 10:00 miles) then you'll be just fine with the 110.
ANY GPS ISSUES?
Not for me. Check out connect dot garmin dot com slash activity slash 44862992 and you'll see my test walk/run. Click to view the map in "Satellite" mode and notice that most of my test walk was under thick tree cover.
I am very surprised at all the high ratings for this watch. Great watch…when it works. Syncing into satellites can take a while and is very inconsistent. Uploading to the computer is near impossible. It used to work every 3rd time now it never works.
This morning I saw that the battery life was at 2 bars (out of 3). I plugged it into the charger for 20 minutes to give it some extra juice before a long run…boy was that a mistake. Came back and the thing is dead. How does the charger kill the watch? Tried plugging it back in and get no response. This watch just an expensive piece of rubber and plastic wasting space in my apartment. I bought this watch in August, do all the updates and have never had it in the shower/underwater/etc. So disappointed in the product it just irks me thinking about it.
My second unit lasted about 30 days before total failure. That unit now displays a blank screen and does not appear to power on. I suspect the problem is the unit has very poor water resistance, and inevitable as a runner you will sweat or take this out in the rain. Perhaps enclosing the unit it a plastic zipper bag will increase the lifespan of the unit, but that just seems silly.
This product almost certainly should never have been released to the general public.
I don't mind having to use a physical cable to connect the watch to my desktop computer, or to charge it. I didn't want to spend several hundred more dollars to get a Forerunner model that would upload wirelessly.
But the product-unique connection cable is an irretrievably flawed design: To make the connection, one must VERY, VERY carefully position four tiny contact pins in the alligator-clip at one end of the cable so that they'll make contact with four tiny, almost-smooth spots on the back of the watch case. It's almost impossible to tell when those four contact-points are correctly seated -- no audible or tactile click. It's been a matter of guesswork every single time I've used it, which is to say, daily.
Once connected, one must then VERY, VERY carefully set the watch down so that none of the four connection points are accidentally dislodged. A tiny slip of the insecurely fastened clip -- a movement measured in MILLIMETERS, almost too small to be perceptible -- will break the connection, without giving any clear warning that's happened.
Consequently, several times I thought I'd left the watch to recharge overnight, it didn't recharge at all -- meaning I had an inadequate charge to last through my next day's workout. Yes, there is a small icon on the watch's face to indicate that the watch is charging. But checking that closely, typically with the watch face in an inconvenient position as the watch is laid down on its side (to keep from dislodging the contact points), is another part of the careful daily routine that one must follow simply to use this product for its intended purpose.
Moreover, one must carefully follow the exact sequence Garmin prescribes, which is to first connect the clip to the watch, and ONLY THEN to plug the other end of the cable into a computer USB port. Otherwise Windows won't recognize the device properly (meaning the watch can't upload data or even recharge itself). Since my only free USB port is on the back of my desktop computer, this means I have to do an acrobatics routine, working by feel, on the back panel of my computer every single day.
These unfixable design flaws alone would cause me not to recommend this model. But there are other flaws.
The software is buggy -- fit, maybe, for beta testing, but not adequate for a watch that I paid $155 for. Garmin's software updates are infrequent enough, even on my very-much-more expensive Edge 810 cycling computer/GPS. But the Forerunner 110 seems to be an orphaned product. Garmin's only had one software update to it in the four months I've owned mine.
Satellite acquisition is maddeningly slow, even when outside and away from trees or other obstructions. Frequently -- but seemingly at random -- after I "wake up" the watch from its power-saving mode and press the button that signals it to try to get a satellite fix, the watch will stop trying to get a fix. Instead it asks me if I want to use it indoors. Well, sometimes I do use it for indoor workouts, and on those occasions I don't need the GPS function. But several times I've been miles into an outdoor walk before realizing that the darned thing has never completed the satellite acquisition process, and therefore never even started keeping a record of my data.
Unlike the cheap (but no GPS, no website-connectivity) Timex heart monitor watch I used before, the Forerunner 110 won't automatically track one- or two-minute heart recovery rates (the rate at which one's heartbeat drops during the one- or two-minute period after stopping a workout). That's a fairly key measure of cardio health, but the Forerunner won't even let me manually calculate that: As soon as I stop recording data, the watch becomes incapable of displaying my heart-rate. This is the kind of basic feature that could, and should, have been added by a software upgrade. I've made that suggestion, and many other suggestions, via the Garmin website. If they give a flying hoot about consumer input, though, I've yet to see any evidence of that.
When I'm very, very careful, and somewhat lucky, the watch works as intended. For that, and for the very modest but slow improvements to the Garmin Connect website in the last four months, I'll give this product two stars.
But I'm sorry I bought it.
UPDATE November 16, 2014: I've used this watch almost daily for a year. Almost every damn day it makes me angry, even on the days when it's not run to flat battery by the awful, awful charging system.
Today I couldn't take it any more. I smashed the watch to 1000 smithereens. That gave me more pleasure than anything else this watch has ever done for me, and I only wish I'd ceremonially burned and pulverized it on video that I could post here and send to Garmin.
DON'T BUY THIS WATCH.