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You'll get exactly what you pay for (not much)
on September 27, 2014
This watch is cheap, and it shows. Turns out there, may be a reason quality GPS watches range from $150 - $500. I've tracked a few activities with this (including worn on the same wrist as another GPS watch from a reputable and well-known manufacturer), and here is what I have learned:
1) The amount of GPS track "wander" is unacceptable. There appears to be no algorithm that prunes points when you are stopped, meaning that by the end of a run / hike it can record up to 25% further than actual distance traveled depending on the wander/stop time. (Uploading both tracks (from this watch, and from my old standby) to a popular sports tracking site, and it didn't even recognize they were the same track.)
2) The buttons are cheap and don't press cleanly meaning it takes some mashing to get what you want selected
3) The watch back has an aggressive bend to it that makes it very uncomfortable to wear on large wrists
4) Activities can not be downloaded via USB mass storage, but you must use the proprietary software (see below)
5) The proprietary software (GPS Master) is clunky, ugly and Windows/Mac only. BUT since the manufacturer decided to use a proprietary .tkl binary format, you must use the software to some extent to at-the-very-least convert to the universal GPX format.
In short - this is a cheap watch, and you get what you pay for. I would strongly suggest spending the extra $45 for a reputable brand of GPS watch that will give you accurate results, be more simple to use, have more features, and plays nice with other software (including universal web-based upload / data crunching).
In short - DON'T waste your time on this watch.