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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    Front of the 610 with charger in place

    The top-left button activates the backlight, while also turning the device on and off. The upper-right button is used just to start and stop the timer. The bottom-right button marks new laps and resets the timer. I find it odd that you press and hold the bottom right button to reset the device, which acts to save the previous workout.

    The touch-sensitive area on the bottom activates the menu options. The left touch-sensitive area is used to go back.

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    Heart rate monitor

    The included heart rate monitor strap is adjustable, and fit me well. The sensor snaps on to the front with two detection panels in the strap.

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    Back of the 610

    I am not a fan of having to use the Garmin ANT USB dongle to sync data from the Forerunner 610, and much prefer the wi-fi connectivity of my Motoactv. I keep finding that the Garmin takes about 5 minutes to connect and download a single run. I also don't like that I have to use a PC to sync a workout.

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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