I have a 305 and both EndoMondo and iMapMyRun apps for my Android phone.
The phone apps are both OK, in fact functionally they're better than the 305, but I still prefer running with a watch on my wrist than holding a phone.
I would go for the Garmin also. I used to use Runkeeper but got fed up with the inconsistant GPS on the iphone which is actually Assisted with 3G and not proper GPS like the garmin. I currently use a 405.
I've used both and I can say that I find the 305 far better. My Runkeeper went a bit weird after one update and didn't record my run, on the same route that I'd done several times before. It then did this a few times, which was a bit annoying.
I picked up my Garmin for £76 on fleabay. There may be a fair few knocking about post-VLM. Try and get one that is reasonably new. Mine was used for 1 marathon, so not over-used at all.
Although, if cash is a concern then Runkeeper will do a perfectly good job! Just be prepared for the odd glitch. (haven't used it for 6 months though so may be much better now)
So, both will do the job. But the Garmin is better IMO.
Have a Garmin 210 and runkeeper.. use My runkeeper more than my garmin because I love the fact it uploads straight away to facebook, which can serve as your online training diary. Downside no pause function so every time you stop it keeps going, which can be annoying.
In hindsight, would not purchased the garmin because it is more fiddly to upload.
I have my runkeeper set with the mile times which i find really useful .another problem is finding a suitable container to carry your smart phone .
Try runkeeper for free and see if does what you want it to do before buying a garmin.
Which iPhone have you got? I think that is an importand question. The GPS in the older models is pretty poor whereas in the iPhone 4 it is much better and a lot more accurate than even the 3GS.
I have an iPhone 4 and personally no longer use it for Runkeeper - excpet for specific things.
The Garmin will give you a lot more information. I use it with the HRM and Footpod (footpod primarilly for when on a treadmill).
With runkeeper, if I am doing Intervals, I will use the app to give me my timings. I wear headphones so wouldn't hear the watch beeping at me to change anything.
Try runkeeper first and see what you think. If you like it, stick with it. If you want more following that, get the Garmin.
I love my 305 and would be unlikely to go back to runkeeper full time (although I do still upload all my runs to the site).
I am a gadget freak, and I run with three(!) devices. I have an iPod on one arm to listen to music and use Nike+, a smartphone on the other arm running Endomondo (better than Runkeeper IMO) and a Garmin 305. The 305 is the most accurate, and far more configurable - I went for the 305 for the option of workouts and heart rate monitoring. As an example of accuracy, here are the distances given on my last run:
iPod Touch with NikeGPS app: 7.79 miles
Smartphone with Endomondo app: 7.55 miles
Garmin 305: 7.36 miles
If you don't need the extra accuracy, HRM or option to programme workouts then go the smartphone option.
zeephyyr wrote (see)
I've only used the Garmin Forerunner 305 for a couple of times (25 miles) and don't own an iPhone, but I've been running with an iPod touch for the last 4 months and I've found a huge difference. iPod touch (which can be extended to any iPhone) aren't very suitable for running long distances. I've been wearing it in an neoprene arm band (Incase) and the inside usually ends up building moisture, sometimes starts to malfunctioning, the Voice Control feature pops up, tracks are played at faster rate, the player leaps randomly between tracks... what it can become very annoying.
Can't say I've had this problem with my iPhone - which usues GPS which isn't present in the iPod Touch. I ran a Half Marathon using my iPhone + Runkeeper as well as my Garmin 305 simultaneously. Both recorded very similar results.
zeephyyr wrote (see)
The last extra feature that iPhone doesn't have is the heart rate monitor,
Hate to say it, but yup, the iPhone does have a HRMhttp://runkeeper.com/heart-rate-monitoring
Finally, you can to convert your Garmin workouts to Nike+ with a free online application (http://awsmithson.com/tcx2nikeplus/), that way you can see the page that has been created to depict routes for the new Nike Sportwatch GPS in the Nike+ site (compared to the Garmin site it looks crappy) and how slow is loaded.
You can upload the GPX/TCX file generated to a number of different sites.I personally upload to Runkeeper as well as the Gamin site and I also use SportTracks - all uploaded direct from the watch without the need of converting anything - just needs the Garmin Plugin.
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