For many years, I have been using a Garmin Forerunner 305.
This device is a GPS receiver which enables me to track my walks (and occasional runs). The configurable interface displays lots of useful information about one’s workout, typically I display…
- Distance Traveled
- Time Taken
- Average Pace
You can also display Lap Time, Lap Pace, Moving Time, Speed etc. etc.
Yesterday, Garmin released some new GPS watches. One in particular caught my eye, the Forerunner 230.
This does everything that my ageing 305 does but so much more…
- Tracks distance, pace, time, (and with optional Heart Rate Monitor – heart rate and VO2 Max)
- Connected features: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, live tracking, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing
- Activity tracking counts daily steps, distance, calories and sleep
- Download data fields, watch faces, widgets and applications from Connect IQ™
Being a smartwatch, I can receive email, SMS and facebook notifications from my phone straight to my wrist without having to whip my phone out. I can control the music playing on my phone and I can even see who’s phoning me.
The battery performance is pretty impressive giving 5 WEEKS as a smartwatch with activity tracking and up to 16 hours with the GPS running. My old 305 just managed the 12 hour Rowbothans Round Rotherham with Battery Low flashing at me!
Anyway, my good lady wife has bought me one for my Birthday, next week. I’ll have to act all surprised when she hands it over!
I’ll be doing a full review after playing with it – Watch This Space!