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Garmin Forerunner 205 Wrist Worn GPS Personal Training Device £92.50 del at Amazon
Garmin Forerunner 205 Wrist Worn GPS Personal Training Device  £92.50 del at Amazon

Garmin Forerunner 205 Wrist Worn GPS Personal Training Device £92.50 del at Amazon

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Wrist worn GPS watch for joggers. Reviews seem pretty good and the price is very good. Might just get one...hmmm

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why the hell would you need GPS for going out JOGGING?
You're not exactly going very far, are you?

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Point is it maps routes, gives accurate distances run, accurate times, speeds etc. The GPS side of it is for accuracy. Its not really there in case you get lost..
Edited by: "groomoid" 19th Oct 2010

fazzy-bhoy

why the hell would you need GPS for going out JOGGING? You're not exactly … why the hell would you need GPS for going out JOGGING? You're not exactly going very far, are you?



Why not, where in the definition of jogging does it refer to short distances?

Anyway, there is nothing in this device which limits it's use to joggers, it is a good training aid for serious runners and useful for cyclists too.

I think there's too much competiton in the form of the new apps for Android and Iphones which also double up as walkmans.

Good price compared to what it was but I like to map my run from my mobile.

ah right, that does make sense groomoid.
I've got the Adidas MiiCoach on my iPhone for that kind of thing. Never really thought about a watch doing the job.

I have been using the 305 for about 3 years now and it is an excellent training aid for any kind of exercise. I would suggest it is worth the extra for the heart rate monitor.

Edited by: "Plum" 19th Oct 2010

I've been considering getting one of these for a while now. The one thing that puts me off is that it looks massive in the pics on Amazon. Anyone care to comment on how big or heavy it actually is? Thanks.

This is an excellent multisport device. I take my 305 whenever cycling, kayaking or jogging. It gives precise trip distance, can guide you back home and you can later on see the stats and google map image of your exercise. It sits comfortably on your wrist and not in your pocket like the mobile.
Edited by: "mikax7x" 19th Oct 2010

kjn

I've been considering getting one of these for a while now. The one thing … I've been considering getting one of these for a while now. The one thing that puts me off is that it looks massive in the pics on Amazon. Anyone care to comment on how big or heavy it actually is? Thanks.



It is not heavy but is bigger than an average watch, however the body wraps around your wrist and I find it very comfortable to wear. It does come with an alternative strap for sizing. Weighs 77g, which is only 20g more than my very light G-shock wr200m. The newer 405 is normal watch size, but I was put of this by the price and the fact some reviews said the dial was hard to read.

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There's a free gps fitness app which tracks your movement

That's a great phone for a bargain price but I've been running with my Desire and find that it is a little big and inconvenient for running with so still use my Garmin 305.

robot1000

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/orange-san-francisco-android-2-1-wv/763425There's a free gps fitness app which tracks your movement

Plum

It is not heavy but is bigger than an average watch, however the body … It is not heavy but is bigger than an average watch, however the body wraps around your wrist and I find it very comfortable to wear. It does come with an alternative strap for sizing. Weighs 77g, which is only 20g more than my very light G-shock wr200m. The newer 405 is normal watch size, but I was put of this by the price and the fact some reviews said the dial was hard to read.



Thanks Plum. I bought my wife the Forerunner 50 last year and the battery has been nothing but trouble (low life span and difficult to replace). Has put me off Garmin a bit but I can't see any similar issues raised with this one.

kjn

Thanks Plum. I bought my wife the Forerunner 50 last year and the battery … Thanks Plum. I bought my wife the Forerunner 50 last year and the battery has been nothing but trouble (low life span and difficult to replace). Has put me off Garmin a bit but I can't see any similar issues raised with this one.



Not sure about replacement, but I have had no battery problems. I do however only use it less than an hour at a time normally. for longer use when out walking for the day I have had it going for 4 or 5 hours no problem. I do remember when I was looking into it that some athletes complained it did not go over 8 hours for some endurance events, but as I am not in that league it did not worry me. It also seems to keep the charge very well on those occasions my training has gone off track for a few weeks or even months. Some reviews also complained about the exposed connections for the charger becoming dirty, I simply wipe mine off (usually on my sweatshirt) when finished and have had no problem with these either.

Great piece of kit although I have the 305 with the heart rate monitor (which I dont use). I would never go running with my phone. I use the watch to work out when I need to speed up or slow down when on a training run, or to check I am on target in a race for my target time - I wouldn't want to keep pulling out my phone and try to use it to work out my current pace, average pace and distance. Plus if I am wearing gloves the capacitive screen does not work and I would probably end up dropping it.

This watch fulfills a purpose which a phone is not good enough for. The phone might be fine for the casual running who only does a couple of runs a week and never races.
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