Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS Receiver and Sports Watch (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High-sensitivity, watch-like GPS receiver that provides exceptional signal reception
- One-piece training assistant that provides athletes with precise speed, distance, and pace data
- Includes training center software, which allows users to download workout data for a detailed analysis
- Used for multiple sports, such as cycling, cross- country skiing, and windsurfing
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|Are Batteries Required||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Display Type||—||Digital||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display||—|
|Item Dimensions||5.6 x 5.4 x 5.2 in||2.1 x 0.8 x 2.2 in||0.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 in||1.9 x 1.9 x 0.63 in|
|Item Weight||1.1 lbs||2.5 ounces||1.6 ounces||—|
|Sport Type||windsurfing, skiing, cycling||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon||running, golf, hiking, cycling|
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Just when you thought Garmin had cornered the market on powerful, affordable, and effective wrist-mounted GPS devices, here comes the Forerunner 205. The release of this device is a major achievement from a design and technology perspective. This isn't just marketing-speak; the Forerunner 205 is the most accurate, most reliable wrist-mounted performance and GPS tracking tool we've ever tested. Yes, it's that good. While no device this compact can do everything (yet), the 205 pushes the boundaries of what is possible from something strapped around your wrist. While the 205 doesn't offer heart rate monitoring, or connectivity with Garmin's wireless speed and cadence sensor -- for that, you'll need to step up to the Forerunner 305 -- but it's a great way to get basic GPS location and performance data.
View Garmin's Forerunner demonstration video.
Choose from 12 data fields to display on the 305's screen. View larger.
The design cleverly integrates the GPS antenna and aims it towards the sky when you're running or walking. View larger.
The Virtual Partner function makes your workouts more competitive. View larger.
Choose from three workout modes that help you target your training goals. View larger.
The 305 features rudimentary mapping and location marking functions. View larger.
The 205's design is a radical departure from Garmin's previous generation of wrist mounted GPS devices, which reached a pinnacle with the Garmin Forerunner 301. While the 301 delivered accurate heart rate monitoring, good performance tracking, and decent GPS reception, it didn't quite deliver in the design department. The form factor was bulky and wearing it wasn't much different than duct taping a full-sized GPS device to your wrist.
Not so with the 205. Garmin's engineers obviously burned the midnight oil and have come up with a waterproof design that, while certainly not as small as a sports watch, feels just as comfortable. The curved casing allows the unit's antenna to face the sky when you're running, while the widescreen display is perfectly positioned for viewing when you need it. And the display certainly deserves a few kudos. While it's smaller than the display found on previous Forerunners, its resolution is far higher, offering incredible clarity and crispness.
Garmin has smartly given the 205 a simple button layout and the buttons have a nice tactile feel with good pressure response. The right side houses the menu selection and enter buttons, while the left houses a power/backlight button and a mode button. This simple and elegant solution is a big improvement over the sometimes confusing button functionality of previous Forerunners. View button layout.
The underside of the 205 is pretty nondescript, except for a row of contacts that interface with the included charging and data cradle. The cradle is small and unobtrusive and its single mini-USB port connects to either an included AC adapter, or a USB cable that connects to your PC. In addition to data transfer with the USB cable, you can also charge the 205's embedded lithium-ion battery via a powered USB connection from your computer.
The big news about the Forerunner 205 is that it features an integrated, high-sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS receiver. What does this mean? It means that the 205's ability to both track, and maintain a lock on, your position is better than anything before it. After an intial battery charge, our product tester had the 205 on his wrist and was tracking speed and distance with GPS satellites within 3 minutes. The next time we used the 205, satellite acquisition was nearly instantaneous. A run through dense trees didn't faze the unit either; tracking remained true and steady. Performance on a bike was equally impressive. Whatever witchcraft has been cooked up by the designers of the SiRF technology, we like it!
The simple docking cradle makes charging and data connectivity a snap (Forerunner 305 model shown).
The 205 is first and foremost a training tool, and its ability to organize a ton of data types into a user experience that is intuitive and simple is no small feat. Whiz-bang technology aside, if you can't use it and make it a natural part of your exercise routine, it's worthless. When it comes to these factors -- and here's the take home message on the 205 -- this device is successful where many other devices fail.
The heart and soul of the 205 can be found on the data screens, which give you real-time information about all aspects of your workout. In fact, the 305 can display a dizzying array of data, such as calories burned, distance, elevation, grade, and heading, as well as multiple lap and pace modes.
Thankfully, the device makes it easy to define how much or how little data you want to view during a workout. You can arrange the data that's most important to you and then make that data appear front and center on the device. Indeed, within a few minutes of skimming the manual and fiddling with the device setup, you'll have your most important data displaying just the way you like it.
Garmin's Virtual Partner function was cool feature of previous Forerunners and they've decided to keep a good thing going with the 205. If you're the type that performs best when you've got a competitor egging you on, you'll love this function, as it allows you to set up virtual running or biking companions that compete against you.
If you're looking for an complicated workout with a variety of intervals and intensity levels, or just a quick three-mile jog against your best time last week, the 205 has you covered. Navigating to the Workouts menu on the device yields three options: Quick Workouts, Interval, and Advanced Workout. A quick workout is just that; set the distance and time, distance and pace, or time and pace of your planned workout and off you go. Interval workouts are just the same, but they allow you to add repetitions and rest between them. When you really want to get fancy with your exercise, you can step up to advanced workouts, which include goals for each workout step, as well as varied distances, times, and rest periods. You can use the Garmin Training Center software to set up these workouts and then upload them to the device.
PC Connectivity and Software
Garmin has been outfitting their devices with USB connectivity for some time now -- a welcome move for those who struggled with serial port connections in the days of yore. Thanks to USB, the 205 integrates seamlessly with the Training Center software and we quickly had workout history uploaded and stored on the PC.
In a first for the Forerunner series, the Training Center software also lets you define courses on your PC that you can upload to the device. When course information is combined with uploaded workout information, the Forerunner becomes a complete guide, telling you where to go, when to make a turn, and what kind of workout to do when you're on the road or path. Back on the PC, the software's ability to overlay workout data on maps of the course makes it easy to see where the course offers up the tough hills and the easy recovery spots. Plus, the ability to track historical performance on a given course is a great way to measure your improvement.
The 205 is also fully compatible with Garmin's MotionBased service, which takes your training to another level by connecting your data with the Internet. While we weren't able to use the service, the promise of sharing courses, maps, workouts, and performance data with other users is intriguing. And if you're a serious endurance athlete, you'll be glad to know that the 205 is also compatible with TrainingPeaks.com, an easy-to-use web based training system designed to help athletes train for any event.
- Radically new design is better in every way
- Amazing accuracy and fast satellite acquisition time
- So simple to set up and use, you will actually use it
- Okay, it's bigger than a sport's watch -- but so much more powerful
Forerunner 205, Garmin Training Center CD-ROM, docking cradle, expander strap, A/C charger, USB cable, owner's manual, quick start guide.
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It is indeed a little big and I tend to have small wrists but I still needed to put the longer band on. The smaller band only gave me about two holes to play with. The longer band about six holes.
Seems to be fairly accurate. I ride the same trail without a lot of variation. There seems to be about a .07 variation which is not bad for a 13+ mile trek. I have three bikes and all have computers, wireless and wired. The computers and the Garmin seem to all agree on time, speed and distance traveled. I upload to both Humanafit and Garmin Connect. Connect seems to be a better program than the default program with Garmin. Humana fudges if you input your data, but uploading seems to be more accurate for the true figures of your workout.
So far everything is working great. Cradle is good and am having no problems with connection or charging. There have been a few reviewers who have complained about slow start-up and finding the satellite, have not had the problem. I hit the power button when I get to the starting point of my ride. By the time I get my shoes on and my bike unloaded it is primed and ready to start the ride. Just push the start button and you are up and running. I think the Greeneway in North Augusta, SC is about 85 to 90% in the shade/tree lined and I have not noticed any problems with loosing the satellite.
Oct 2012 - Still a great buy. I took it to Europe for 30 days of cruising. The only place I had satellite issues was in the bowels of the ship or a building. I would turn it on on the dock and let it run for all my excursions and it tracked all my exploits. Great way to keep up with where you went on vacation. Still no issues for my rides back home.
It took forever to get out of the warehouse and I was sure it would be late, but it was actually a day early.
After about 3 months the Forerunner 205 would not lock into the charging cradle. For awhile I got by with using the strap to keep it locked onto the charging cradle and charging. Then the strap broke and I replaced the strap and couldn't get it locked onto the charging cradle with the new strap, so I got a heavy duty rubber band and used that to lock it to the charging cradle. This is a real pain, I spend a lot of time with the rubber band trying to get the Forerunner 205 to show it's charging and adjusting the rubber band. When I get everything right and it indicates it's charging I try and set it down on the desk and it quits or goes active. I'm really getting frustrated trying to get this charging. Once it must have quit charging and gone active and ran the battery down while it was in the charging cradle and I thought it had quit working and I bought a Garmin 305. Several weeks later I put the 205 in the charging cradle with the rubber band - no indication it was charging and eventually it got enough of a charge to come back to life. So far (2 months) the Garmin 305 charges in it's cradle. This is a major design flaw in the Garmin 205.
Update on my review. I found out I could get the Garmin 205 to charge simply by laying it on top of it's charger. However, the battery is now only holding a charge that let's it operate for less than 2 hours and you can't replace the battery.
So why the 205 vs. 305 or 405.
-The 205 is a basic GPS receiver that I could get into for under a $125.00 to see if I even liked it.
-It has all the features of the 305 minus the heart rate monitor. Truth is I don't know how to train with a heart rate monitor and didn't want the extra expense. The cool thing about the 205 is if I want to add the heart rate monitor later I can for a small price.
-The features include distance, minor mapping, setting check points, calorie count, time, lap time feature, etc.
-The best thing in terms of traveling with it; you can turn it off and make the 10 hour battery life last longer between charges which is important to me since I travel for work and don't want to drag extra stuff with me on the road.
-Push buttons to scroll through features.
-To sync the device you have to use a USB cord and the docking station that it comes with.
-Same as the 205 just a different color and with a heart rate monitor strap.
-Is smaller with a touch scroll bezel ring that you use to change feature screen. I have a friend with one and she said that it is difficult to work when you run.
-You can't turn it off between runs so you can't save the battery life.
-You can sync the device via bluetooth with the USB chip that comes with the unit.
-All the units come with the same basic software that will work in a PC or Mac. The software itself is basic and will keep track of your runs or bike rides and has basic mapping.
-All the devices however can sync to the Garmin website that has very cool features. You can see a map of your run and change from a map view to Satellite.
-The Garmin site will let you analyze your run by playing back the run with elevation and time changes.
-You can embed your run map into a website or share it on Facebook. So it's very interactive and fun to use.
All in all it's worth the purchase and I hope to have many good days ahead. Honestly, I don't have any complaints at this point but if something changes I will update the review.
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It is possible to return but it costs $68 and that is more than I paid for it. so I will throw the watch away.
still works very well and worth it for the money