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on June 5, 2010
I'm a novice swimmer and hope this will make me get better faster. I've had two 900 yard swims with it so far and will try to follow up with future reviews as I get more accustomed to this device.
Basic facts of note as of 2 swims:
1) It counts 1 pool length as a lap. It got 34 of 36 laps correct, including all of my second swim; I believe this is because I "glided" further after coming off the wall the second session.
2) It works for both "flip" and basic turn-around-and-go-the-other-way turns like I do.
3) It will set up as yard or meters (earlier versions did not).
4) It does NOT download to any type of computer program including the one advertised on the website. You have to manually enter the data.
5) You cannot look at the lap counter while swimming. Not only is the readout a little small, but when you stop your stroke it may cause the computer to think you've changed stroke or done another lap. You could check between laps (while "gliding"), but you would probably have to stop.
6) It figures out the type of stroke automatically, but changing mid-lap will cause it to miss a lap or have invalid data.
7) When you finish a set or a split, you hit the "start" button. Thus, the lap time worked perfectly even if the lap count was off.
8) The pause function is great. It counts your rest, hit start, and your off on your next set. This function was absent from most of the counters I researched, so you had to reset the counter and lose data or count your rest time in your overall time.
In summary, if you mainly want to keep track of laps, go for something more basic. If tracking all the data keeps you motivated (like me) this device seems good so far, but you have to manually transfer the data or use it within the watch itself which is clunky.