Saturday, May 22, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 110 - Quicker GPS Fix?

A big downside to the Garmin 405 for me was the length of time it took to find and lock to a GPS signal.  Often minutes before a run would be needed.  I guess I should use the time to warm up  but I use my run to warm up slowly to start with. There are  plenty of studies that find warm ups for runners make no difference to if you will pick up an injury or not..  similarly people who go to the dentist every 6 months still need fillings now and again!

Good news is Garmin have fixed the problem with the 110 -- provided you start up in the same area you finished your last run in.  Obviously it stores the last known lock and attempts these again first I guess.  Locks on with 10 seconds here.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 110 v 405

The Forerunner 110 is billed as a entry level GPS Sports Watch - loosing some of the features of the 405.  

The lack of wireless connectivity turns out to be a plus for me.  On the 405 you had to find the USB stick to put into your laptop, startup the garmin software, then find your cable to charge the watch back up.  On the 110 its all done with the one cable.  If I had a desktop where the 405's USB stick was always connected I guess it would be better but you still need a cable to charge it.

Another feature dropped is the touch bezel.  I used to find I had to lock that off anyway on the 405.  In the winter long sleeve tops seems to randomly make the watch think I was changing options, and in the summer, sweaty fingers made hard work of actually trying to use it.  On the 110 its back to good tactile buttons.

Lastly, the physical size is again smaller and lighter and the wrist strap much lighter and subtle than the 405.

So the intended base model is now my favourite of the Garmin forerunners.  My 405 will be on ebay very soon!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 110 - New Charging Clip

Just got hold of the new Forerunner 110.  Gone for the grey unisex model as it'll have more market appeal if I go on to sell it in the future.  First difference is the charging clip has 4 connections - not the 2 found on the existing Forerunner 405 models.

The existing 2 pin connectors can be used to charge, but the 4 pin one is needed to sync the data - The Forerunner 110 doesnt use the Ant wireless stick.

First run with it this weekend so will compare the new model to the 405 soon..