James Austin 2
Reviewed: 03 March 2011
If this product did what it claims to be able to do it would be fine, the problem is it doesn't.
I've experienced major problems with battery life and GPS accuracy in the few months I've had the misfortune to own it.
Stated battery life whilst in use is circa 8 hours. Within barely 3 months of use my watch developed a glitch which has halved battery life to 4 hours. I have raised this with Garmin who say they can replace it under warranty. However it would be replaced not with a new non-faulty watch but with another one that someone else has had to return. Not really what you'd expect a few months into ownership of an expensive piece of kit.
Be aware that Garmin's turnaround for returns is up to 10 working days. If you're in the middle of a 16 week marathon training schedule (the very thing for which I bought this watch) then being without it for that long so soon after purchase is rather galling, some might say unacceptable.
I've stood around in the cold for over 10 minutes on numerous occasions waiting for this to get a GPS lock. When it does finally lock on the GPS is eccentric if I'm being kind. Trees flummox it, going round corners bemuses it. Within an individual mile of running it can claim my pace varies from under 6min/mile to over 11min/mile. Strange as I thought I was going pretty steady. Review of progress Garmin Connect map can be revealing – instead of sticking to roads and trails it often tells me I've been floating through houses somewhere else entirely.
If you're thinking of getting this watch think long and hard