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Excellent running watch
on 21 February 2015
I upgraded from my trusty forerunner 610, which was inadvertently left through a washing machine cycle from which it never recovered.
Like that watch, I did have to think twice about spending such an amount on a running watch, but I'm pleased to report I've very happy with my purchase.
First of all, GPS reception - I had been quite happy with the 610, which was picking up satellites in about 30-60 seconds. The 620 is much faster - without pre-caching, it's probably about 30 seconds, but the key thing is pre-caching - when you sync it, it loads a weeks worth of satellite positions, and if you've done this, I usually get satellite pickup in less than 5 seconds - fantastic.
Battery is good too - I've managed several long runs on the same charge - certainly get a couple more hours on top of the 610.
The UI and control has been tweaked and improved from the 610 as well - I found the menus better to navigate, though very similar structure to the 610.
I've not had any issues with rain/sweat affecting the connection between your finger at the screen either.
Other notable features -
- Bluetooth Sync - for the 610, I used the ANT+ in my home computer. The 610 has Wifi or Bluetooth. I've setup the bluetooth sync, which is excellent. Automatically connects to my phone, and uploads my run data to Garmin. This happens immediately after my run - so if I go for a run at work or some other location where I wouldn't have wifi access on my phone, there is no waiting to get home - it'll be immediately uploaded.
- Virtual Racer. This has changed from the 610. For some bizarre reason, Virtual Racer has been removed from the 620. This is quite annoying, as it was a feature I used heavily, and there is no reason it should have been removed after being on the 610 and other Garmin watches. Virtual Pacer is still there though.
- Easy changing of data fields during activity. You don't even have to preconfigure the screens - holding a data field will change the information available on that field.
- New useful metrics VO2 Max, race predictor, and cool down heart rate. These are new metrics I've enjoyed - based on your heart rate, you get a VO2 max measurement, which you can try and improve. Similarly, a prediction of your race time can be provided based on your run/heart rate. Finally, a minute after you've finished, you get a cool down heart rate - what your heart rate is, and how much it dropped from the end of the activity. This is a nice goal to have, as I've definitely noticed a difference in this, the more I train.
- New, geeky, but less useful metrics. With the advanced HRM-Run heart rate strap, there are additional mertrics - Ground Contact Time, Vertical Oscilliation, and Cadence. You get an idea of where your personal metric falls in a band of 5, but there is little you can do to change it. However, I did think that Cadence can be useful, trying to focus on turning legs over rather than stride length when you're trying to run faster.
In summary - a superb running watch. The main downside is that it is a pretty steep price, but if you're doing a lot of miles, this great bit of kit is definitely worth the money. I would have given it 5 stars, but dropping it to 4 for the inexcusable decision to remove features from a more expensive watch, and to completely ignore the clamour from customers to do something about it.