Garmin Forerunner 201

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Early rising runner
Reviewed: 24 November 2010

Simple tough and effective.

Easy to set up and use. Easy to read. Reliable. Very sturdy - mines been knocked about over the years and still goes well. Garmin support is brilliant.
Could be smaller.
A really good device, reliable and easy to use.
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Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
5.0

Early rising runner would recommend this product
Maria Fernanda Cartaya
Reviewed: 21 March 2010

couldn't be happier!

reads GPS signals everywhere...have used it in Africa, Europe, North and South America! So easy to use!
A bit big, but no big deal!
excellent!
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Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
5.0

Maria Fernanda Cartaya would recommend this product
Philip Porter
Reviewed: 21 March 2010

SKEPTICAL AT FIRST, BUT I WAS WRONG!!!

Easy to use, very comfortable when worn on upper arm, ability to superimpose maps onto Google Earth images is great!
Accuracy isnt great when running alongside trees and in overcast weather - combine the two and things can get decidedly off track!
First time I tried this i was a disaster and I wondered if I had wasted £56 on it (though this was a bargain eBay price) - ran along a reasonably open track behind houses in my local area and signal vanished completely and didnt come back until 20 minutes later - hopeless! (or so I thought!)

However, I read a review elsewhere that recommended updating the software. After doing this (version 3.70 - from the Garmin site) I ran the same route and it tracked it all with no problems (aside from the odd wobble in and around thick tree cover). Never missed a beat since then and its pretty accurate too - put it on my car dashboard and drove to work - 0.1 mile difference between the Garmin and the car odometer. Similar accuracy when I repeat runs over the same route.

One tip I have found useful - switch it on outside and walk for a couple of minutes until it has picked up a signal (good warm up routine in any case) - then start running. Once its locked on it seems to stay locked on. Previously I had switched on and started running immediately without waiting for a lock and this seems to result in much lower accuracy all round - not sure why this should be the case, but thats my experience.

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Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
5.0

Philip Porter would recommend this product
Caroline Warrington
Reviewed: 27 February 2008

GOOD TRAINING TOOL

1. Accuracy.
2. Virtual training partner feature.
3. Pace alerts.
1. Time taken to pick up a signal.
I have been using the 201 for the past 2.5 years. I have always been quite good at estimating distances and speed so the 201 hasn't really told me anything I didn't already know however it has been useful in confirming training run distances and measuring my pace mid-run. The competitive streak in me loves the virtual training partner feature and I have found myself sprinting the last part of a run just to beat the stick figure on my screen! My only niggle is that it sometimes takes several minutes to pick up a signal even if I'm using it from my usual location, not so much of a problem in summer but not ideal when I'm standing in the cold waiting to run.
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
4.0
Value:
3.0

Alison Rivers 2
Reviewed: 27 October 2007

GREAT STARTING POINT

easy to use functions/buttons
GPS is useless in built up areas. Calorie calculation doesn't take account of weight etc. Can't later add a HRM.
A good start to getting more information about your runs but you'll probably want to move on after a year or so.
Score breakdown



Performance:
2.0
Ease of use:
3.0
Value:
3.0

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