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Garmin Forerunner 110: In-Depth Review

Updated on October 26, 2012

Forerunner 110

The Garmin Forerunner 110 is a GPS based watch that tracks your runs. It is one of the first of its type that does not look like a computer mounted on your wrist, but how does this decrease in size compare with it's functionality?

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When you first get the box, inside it you will find: The watch (with a handy tag to remind you to charge it before you use it), manuals, an charging and sync cable, a heart rate strap and a wall charger with an adaptor for your local country.

The charger is a 5 pinned clip that is exclusive to the Garmin 110. It is important to ensure that all 5 pins are in position or, as found out the hard way, your watch will not charge. The charging cable can be used either through a computer or it can be connected to the wall charger (which in my experience charges the watch faster).

One of the major advantages of the 110 is that it looks like a normal watch. Indeed, it is even smaller than some of its successors such as the 305 and 310XT, and looks like something you could pick up anywhere.

Once the watch has been charged, and you've turned it on, you will be presented with a setup screen. This starts by asking you what language you speak and moves on to your age and weight (for calorie calculations) and whether you want to use metric or imperial units. Then, let it get satallite reception, and it'll work out both the time and your location. Once that's done, the time should be displayed and then you're ready to roll.

Now that the watch is set up, you can take it outside. Press the Page/Menu button and the GPS will activate and your about ready to start running. From then on, press the Start/Stop button to initiate the run. Now the watch displays your distance travelled, lap pace and if you have a heart rate strap, your current heart rate. Note that the 110 only displays lap speed, which is your average speed over an entire lap rather than your current speed.

The auto lap feature is a useful feature that this watch possesses. It allows you to do the equivalent of pressing the lap button at specific distance between 0.25 and 2 miles.

Another useful thing about the 110 is that it can come with a heart rate strap. The HR strap is easy to pair with the device, and once paired, the heart rate will appear on the display screen. In recording mode, the heart rate will be actively recorded and can be reviewed on Garmin Connect.

The watch can also be used indoors by selecting indoor mode, but this will not track distance and speed, and can only be used for heart rate features.

The backlight on the 110 is very effective and very bright. However it only stays on for 8 seconds and this is no adjustable.

The feature to view history on the watch its self is reasonable. You can gain far more information by uploading it to Garmin Connect, but on the watch itself, you are given a brief description of activities you have performed.

The watch can also be used for cycling. In order to do this, it is necessary to purchase a Forerunner Mount for your bike, and then the watch works just as it does when running.

One of the main flaws with this watch is that it will break if you put it in water, and while it can survive the odd splash and rain, it will not survive being in a pool for twenty minutes as that will break your watch and most likely you will need to get it repaired.

One of the main questions asked about this watch is: Is it accurate? And the answer to that is yes. It is usaually somewhere between 1% and 2% out, but in comparison with other watches on the market, this is perfectly acceptable.

The battery life on the watch is pretty good. In power save mode it can last up to 3 weeks, and when in recording mode, it can last up to 8 hours.

The watch can also be used with many other sports that involve outdoor movement such as traditional ball games, flying and even skydiving (though it would be pretty pointless).

Overall, this watch has great functionality for those people who only need basic features and is a great technical marvel in itself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice review, thanks