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3.0 out of 5 stars Be aware of potential battery issues, 1 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Electronics)
The functions on this watch are fantastic and have helped improve my running no end. I'll leave the detail to other reviews. I have no qualms with what this watch does.

The only point I would make, and the reason that this is a three rather than five star review, is that it seems that buying these watches is a little bit of a gamble. From the majority of reviews it would seem that most work perfectly, unfortunately I ended up with a dud.

My problem was the power. It's generally accepted that it's best to have these devices fully charged before you go out, whatever the distance you are aiming for. However when fully charged you would expect that energy to take you a decent distance. My watch was perfect for 6 months and even took me round my first Marathon.

Unfortunately beyond this period the battery began to fail in holding the power and from fully charged at the outset began sending out `Battery Low' warnings after 1hr 15mins and failing 15 mins later.

I was lucky that this happened within the warranty period and that I'd bought it through Amazon who operate a simple and fair returns policy.

So in summary feel comfortable that this watch delivers fantastic functions but keep a careful eye on its power retention.

What would be ideal is a review from an owner who has had this watch for in excess of a year without battery issues. Anyone?
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