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Mostly everything I expected...UPDATE.
on July 31, 2014
I will agree with some of the posters that the face is dark, but it's still readable & when it's no longer readable, I just hit the back light.
I like most everything about it. It has all the features I was looking for: time & date on the face, compass, stopwatch, timer, & alarms. The compass seems to be pretty accurate once it's calibrated & it has a digital "needle" that is always pointing north while the display shows your heading.
The one dislike is that it is very large. It's about 1.5x larger than my current Ironman. I also don't know how long the band will last. It is thick but still a little flimsy. I tent to break watchbands, so we'll have to see how this one holds up.
UPDATE...Just under 3 years old & the band has broken. I'm surprised it didn't fall off my arm. I found it just before it broke all the way through. Looked all over & can't find a replacement band. The watch itself works just fine. The band is a huge disappointment. Removing 2 stars.