Which should I go for any recommendations (not too bothered about price unless the difference in them is so minimal its not worth it) I do want to be able to easily read the screen when running though. At the mo I just have my nike + on my i-pod but the rate and distance is so small I cant see it to alter my pace without either stopping or falling over reading it
Would think the 305 would be easier to read - it's quite chunky and screen size definitely bigger than watchface size of 405. You can alter the display screen setup as well so gives you the info you actually want clearly displayed. Never used the 405 but think I might prefer the push button technology of 305 to touch screen type inputs that could perhaps be altered inadvertently.
I really don't like the chunkiness of the 305 but it's probably personal taste. the 405 is excellent though. the touch bezel is pretty nifty, and you can lock it so that you don't press anything by mistake. i can easily read it - it displays 3 things during a workout - 2 of these are small and the other large, i think you can change which is the largest. i have the timer as largest and pace and distance smaller. it also has a virtual partner so you can directly race against yourself on previously done courses. the bezel makes it easy to flick between the data and heart rate, and i think you can set it to auto scroll if you have the bezel locked.
all being said, i never had the 305, i really don't like the look of it, so i'm biased towards the 405.
The 405 is clearly an evolution of the 305 not a revolution. Fundamentals are the same/very similar and in many ways you could argue (as many have on here) that there's no point spending the extra for the differences.
I prefer the 405 - much neater unit, wireless connection is very good, aesthetics better, seems to pick up satellites quicker. Is this enough to justify the extra cost ? That's up to the individual. I'm very happy with it.
We've got a 205 and by the time it locks on to the satellites, Paula Radcliffe's won and is having lunch! That's progress for you - the other two are bound to better!
Interesting discussion, I am currently deciding on weather to spend £133.95 on a 305 (with HRM), or £219.99 on a 405 (with HRM)
I can't make my mind up!!!
I just ordered one, sod it!!!
As I understand it, from reading the manual, you only use the "twizzly edge thing" to increase or decrease things, like virtual partner pacing etc.
The rest of the time, you are just pressing the required spot on the bezel.
I am hoping it is pretty straight forward to use, there are some videos here showing how the bezel works >http://www8.garmin.com/learningcenter/training/forerunner405/
Why is it that the virtual partner never gasps for breath or needs a wee at an inopportune moment?
I hate him
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