Top GPS sport watch review

Garmin forerunner 210

Nowadays digital sport watches are so advanced that they support features more than simply telling time. Sport watches that include chronograph for timing splits, heart-rate and calorie monitoring are basic features. GPS watches are more and more popular as they can provide additional information like distance and speed. These information are useful for outdoor activities like jogging, cycling, hiking, etc.

What is GPS watch?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a space based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information. Watch that is specially designed to support GPS called GPS watch. GPS watch can tell you the travel distance and speed as a result.

Who need GPS watch?

When you are choosing sport watch, you need to keep in mind which kind of sport you are playing and which kind of feature you looking for. If you require a watch that can monitor time elapse only, a simple digital watch can serve your propose well. Who need GPS
watch? For those who needs to know the distance or the speed during the sport activity can consider buying a GPS watch. GPS watch is not for sports that don’t need to monitor distance or speed, for example, soccer, basketball, baseball, badminton, tennis. GPS signal is from the sky, GPS watch is not suitable for indoor sports.

Buying Guide

  • Watch size. Some GPS watches are too big, some of you many not be comfortable of wearing a big watch.
  • Water Resistant. GPS watches are complex electronic device, the case should be water resistant that avoid potential damage to the watch. Some of the watches allow water resistant up to certain depth. Read the user manual carefully before using it for swimming.
  • Simple User Interface. The design of the user interface should be simple and clear. Users do no need to go through complex menus for different functions.
  • Easy to Read Display. The display should be large and clear so that users can read the information with quick glance. Some models allow customizable displays.
  • Heart-rate Monitor. With heart beat monitor function, user can easily monitor the strength of the exercise as well as calorie consumption. This allows you to monitor your workout progress.
  • Data storage. Watches should be able to store historical records. Some advanced models can upload the data to the computer for analysis.

Comparison

For this view, we picked up some popular models among the markets for the review. Our GPS watches for comparison are


Garmin Forerunner 110

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Garmin Forerunner 210

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Garmin Forerunner 410

Garmin Forerunner 410Check Price
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Model# 010-00863-00 010-00863-30 010-00658-41
Case (WxHxD) 1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ 1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ 1.88″ x 2.78″ x 0.65″
Water resistance IPX7 IPX7 IPX7
* Heart beat Monitor Optional Optional Optional
* Calorie consumption Optional Optional Optional
Touchscreen No No No
Upload to Computer USB USB Wireless
Movement Digital Digital Digital
Swimming No No No
GPS signal Good Good Good
* Foot pod Optional Optional Optional
Pace / Speed Average Current / Average Current / Average
Customizable Screen No No Yes
Pros Small and compact; Easy to use Easy to use; Quick GPS response Quick GPS response; Wireless data transfer; Workout alert
Cons No current speed/pace information Not for swimming Not for swimming
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Garmin Forerunner 610

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Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered

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Timex T5K549 Ironman Trainer

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Model# 010-00947-00 WM0069-002 T5K549F5
Case (WxHxD) 1.80″ x 2.50″ x 0.56″ 1.4″ x 2.3″ x 0.6″ 1.97″ x 3.3″ x 0.98″
Water resistance 30 m 50 m 50 m
Heart beat Monitor Optional Optional Optional
Calorie consumption Optional Optional Optional
Touchscreen Yes
Upload to Computer Wireless USB USB
Movement Digital Digital Digital
Swimming Yes Yes Yes
GPS signal Good Average Average
Foot pod Optional Optional Optional
Pace / Speed Current / Average Current / Average Current / Average
Customizable Screen Yes Yes Yes
Pros Customizable touch screen; Vibration alerts; Quick GPS response Stylist design; User friendly software Customizable UI; Cheap
Cons Not for swimming Large and Bulky; Slow GPS response Large and Bulky; Slow GPS response
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* They are available for some of the models or supported by additional accessories

 

Recommendation

Garmin GPS watches rule the market, they provide high quality GPS enabled watch with quick GPS response with accurate distance and speed information compare to Nike+ sportwatch and Timex T5K549 Ironman Trainer. We recommended Garmin Forerunner 210 because of its light weight and easy to use interface. We recommend Garmin Forerunner 210 over Garmin Forerunner 110 as Garmin Forerunner 210 provides current and average speed & pace information while Garmin Forerunner 110 offers current speed & pace only. Indeed, most of our review watches offer both current and average speed & pace, it it strange that Garmin Forerunner 110 offer average speed & pace only. Battery life for Garmin Forerunner 210 is good, it can last for about one week if you use it for one workout everyday.

Garmin forerunner 610

Garmin forerunner 610

If money doesn’t matter, we recommend Garmin Forerunner 610 over Garmin Forerunner 210. Garmin Forerunner 610 offers many nice features like customizable touch screen, custom workouts, auto lap, interval training, vibration alerts and wireless data transfer. It can also support storing up to 100 waypoints while this feature is not supported by Garmin Forerunner 210.