Improve your fitness and help get in shape with the Garmin Forerunner 610: Review

Improve your fitness and help get in shape with the Garmin Forerunner 610: Review

Summary: Garmin's Forerunner 610 is their premier GPS watch, and after testing it for a couple of weeks, I agree it is one of the best. As summer approaches, you may want to consider the 610 and hit the road.

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    Garmin Forerunner 610 retail box

    The Garmin Forerunner 610 has been one of the leading GPS fitness watches for a couple of years, but I just recently had the chance to try one out. It is really the device that sets the bar for running, but we should see new devices like the TomTom sport watches offer up some serious competition soon.

    My preferred device is the Motorola Motoactv, and after using the Garmin Forerunner 610 for a couple of weeks, I have to say that the Motoactv remains my preferred fitness device. It's pretty amazing to me that a company focused on phones can make one of the best fitness devices, but I will explain why I think it is in the text below.

    I am surprised that Garmin and other fitness-focused companies haven't yet released GPS watches with MP3 playing capability like the Motoactv, since I see most people out on the road with headphones in and being motivated to compete with music. I was hopeful that the new TomTom devices would include MP3 capability, but that doesn't look to be the case, so the Motoactv should remain the primary choice for those looking for a device that does it all.

    If MP3 functionality is not important to you, then the Garmin Forerunner 610 is an excellent choice. I was especially pleased with the long battery life and accurate tracking. I put together a list of pros and cons summarizing my experiences at the end of this post.

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    Garmin 610 retail package contents

    I was sent the full Garmin Forerunner 610 package, which includes the Forerunner 610, heart rate monitor strap, special USB charging cable, USB A/C adapter, ANT USB dongle, and instruction manual. The charger piece has a magnet in it, and works through two contacts that touch the bottom of the Forerunner 610. I found the reported battery life of at least a week of running (45-minute runs each day) to be accurate.

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  • Echo... Echo... Echo

    I find it interesting that there are no comments on this story. either the geeks (and we all are on this site) never exercise or they just don't give a damn about fitness products. lol
    rmillersbs
  • Running with MP3s?

    Not my cup of tea. If you're running on streets or multi use trails, I hope you keep the volume low and use open-air earbuds.
    dwoodeson
  • whats wrong with the iphone?

    What wrong with running with your phone? oh well I started google a bit I found it rather interesting with all the functions these running watches has. just take a look at this one. http://my-gps-online.com/nike-inc/nike-sportwatch-gps-powered-by-tomtom-voltblack/
    pitbull4