There's only one way to decide...FIGHT!!!
I've been tracking my runs with Runkeeper on my Android phone, and have been really happy with it, though I recognise there could be improvements. However, I have found a what appears to be a good deal on a Garmin Forerunner 110 (£75) and I am wondering if it is time to swtich. As I see it the pros and cons of the two are as follows:
Runkeeper / Smartphone: Pros
- I already own it, so no extra cost
- I like the social networking aspects
- I can also use it to listen to music while I run, so I may end up running with it, even if I bought the Garmin
- Seems to be a little slow at connecting to GPS satellite
- Can be a bit flaky at times
- (well these are perceptions) people appear to love them
- not a phone or a music player, both of which can be useful
Thoughts, people? It is my birthday in a couple of weeks, so I could justify the expenditure!
Does the Garmin do other things though, like monitor heart rate?
I've been using Map my run on the iPhone but have just ordered a Garmin. Looking forward to trying it out; I thought it may be more comfortable to wear something on the wrist.
My wife bought me the FR110 for Xmas and I love it.
I was using Endomondo via my blackberry and the only slight negative with this Garmin is having to upload the data via a weird four pronged clip rather than wirelessly.
That said, it is a very slight negative really. For £75 I think it's well worth it.
I will be looking to get the HR monitor at a later date also.
Yes that's a valid point Andy_H.
I have my data saved in Garmin Connect and also in Endomondo so there was no loss of data and you still get the social networking side as well.
I switched from a garmin to runkeeper. I had 3 garmins 305 and two 210 . the 210 started getting condensation inside and broke. I wanted to get a 610 for christmas but the reviews from other users was not exactly inspiring me with confidence. also it was a lot of money. I am now waiting for the dongle and hrm for runkeeper to see how that works. The good thing with runkeeper it automatically loads info, can listen to music, and gives regular updates on distance covered, and speed.The garmin 210 didnt have a pause function which i found very frustrating.
I purchase a £3 water proof cover for my iphone. Which still allows access to all function, carried in a tune belt with a pair of bluetooth headphones and I well set up for my runs1
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