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on 12 July 2009
I have the older version of this item and found the size and shape was cumbersome and painful to wear on my wrist (which is small), so I was tempted by the sleeker design of this one. I haven't found it any more comfortable to wear, despite the shape change, but the really important thing, is, is it user friendly? I have to say it most definitely is not. I'm no techno wizard, but i managed to navigate myself round the controls of the older model successfully without too much hassle but this one is an absolute nightmare. It is hyper sensitive and flits from one mode to the next at the merest of touches. I can't see any rhyme or reason to the sequence of controls on it and every time I need to use it, i waste several minutes randomly touching and pressing it, trying to get back to chronological mode. Admittedly, i haven't looked at the CD that comes with it but the quick instruction booklet is completely useless, and i mean completely useless. Usually, with a new product, you phaff around for the first few uses, learning how the thing works but after several weeks of regular use, i am no further forward whatsoever in understanding how it works. Moreover, whilst charging one time, all the buttons/touch pads froze and nothing would work at all. i contacted garmin believing i had a faulty model (and even wondered if this was the reason it had previously changed screen so randomly)but after a few days of leaving it and trying buttons again, it started to work again for no obvious reason. In the meantime, garmin took ages to get back to me and suggested holding down both buttons until the watch reset itself. I wavered between 2 and 3 stars in this review as the controls really are dire but once it is in chronological mode and working ok, it's really useful and does the job. Ideally i would just like a product that is a stop watch with GPS, so that i can work out time on the run, pace, and miles covered. This is all i use this item for, but i really don't think it's because i want a simple product that I find this one so awkward. It's definitely rubbish when it comes to user friendliness, but like me, you'll probably buy it anyway, cos garmin has a good name and there aren't that many alternatives on the market.
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on 17 November 2010
The first one I ordered would not charge beyond 3% though Amazon had no problems replacing it quickly.

It takes a looonnnnnggggg time to pick up a satellite signal - I have known it take 8-9 minutes. Sometimes I just give up and start running anyway, and 12 minutes later it beeps and says the first lap (1km) run in 12 minutes...er, I don't think so.

It has an annoying bug where the satellite progress bar crawls slowly up to 100%...then drops back again to 80% and slowly creeps up...then drops back again...and again...and again...If you look at the screen which shows which satellites are active, it can show five or six with a solid dark bar but still it doesn't seem to be happy.

Once it actually picks up the satellites it works fine except for an irritating tendency to switch views, and sometimes it is impossible to switch back with the bevel unresponsive (and NOT locked).

These are serious flaws for a product priced at over £260.
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on 16 April 2009
Pros
Map of where you've run on Garmin website
Distance calculations are pretty accurate (More so than Nike+ accelerometer)
Customisable displays - pace, distance and a neat virtual training partner showing time ahead/behind

Cons
Erratic satelite connection
Current pace varies from 3 min/mile to 12 min/mile
Buttons/Bezel unresponsive/over responsive
Had trouble downloading software initially and have lost data during transfers.
Elevation figures seem to be way off.
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