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Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Watch - Multicolor by Review Summary ,  Sep 25, 2015

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Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Watch - Multicolor
Report Date: 09/25/2015
Based on 615 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 5.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Display5.0   above average
Fit4.6   average
Tracking4.6   above average
Track4.3   average
Running4.2   average
Website4.1   above average
Run4.0   above average
Vibration4.0   average
Accurate3.8   below average
Monitoring3.8   below average
Quality3.5   below average
Connection3.4   average
Workout3.3   below average
Battery3.0   below average
Software2.9   below average
Button2.7   average
Strap2.7   below average
Charging2.3   mediocre


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Accurate

Accurate:
"It is accurate once it does register it but it can be frustrating waiting for it."
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"The GPS locates in my house and is dead accurate on the distance."
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"I don't use the heart rate monitor much but the few times that I have used it, it seems to be fairly accurate; the only problem I had was that I didn't tighten it enough so it fell down to my waist during the run."
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"Those faults aside, this device seems very accurate when it comes to the GPS tracking of the run."
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"I just wanted to post this in this thread so others who are researching don't get too discouraged... i definitely believe that there a a bunch of people with problems, but for me, the GPS is amazingly accurate."
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"Positives are it looks a little more elegant and in my so far limited use it does indeed function when covered in sweat in a manner that would send the 405 into lock up .But I'm afraid there are (at least) two huge drawbacks with this model:-1. the GPS just isnt accurate."
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"Great watch, very accurate and very easy to use."
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"It's a good watch, the GPS is fairly accurate, and the functionality is all you need."
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"Pros:--Good GPS capabilities - no matter where I've been, it's worked well, and as far as I can tell, it's accurate."
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"If you are looking for an accurate, durable, reliable and great looking Sportswatch, then look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 610."
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"Seems to be pretty accurate on a treadmill (with the foot pod) or out on the trails."
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Battery

Battery:
"For example, I put it on the charger, it says charging on the screen, when I come back later the battery is dead."
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"Both heart rate monitors failed after a year (yes, I replaced the batteries and followed cleaning instructions), and I ended up replacing them with Timex monitors that have lasted longer."
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"If we're lucky to get it to charge, the battery life in-between charges is terrible."
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"**********Update********So basically a year later minus three months where there was too much snow to run, I used it once in the spring, it acted funny then was dead, like dead-dead, decided the battery was dead, turns out the warranty is only 1 year, so you have to send it back to garmin so the can SOLDER!"
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"If you want to hear some reviews, read the 125 reviews in Garmin Forum that specifically complain about the issue of the charger draining the battery instead of charging it."
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"The battery icon on the screen isn't very accurate."
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"Overall, a nice watch has great features a great battery life, I really like the wireless connection to the laptop, but I personally would have preferred a watch that registers my location faster."
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"Excellent battery life, easy to use, not as clunky as my old Forerunner 201 and 205"
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"The battery life is fantastic."
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"Battery seems to hold a charge for a reasonable amount of time."
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"I love all the features and the battery lasts long enough for me to finish a 7hr marathon! "
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Button

Button:
"Negatives:-Only 3 buttons, why not have a bottom left button?"
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"My concern is hitting the wrong button since I inevitably hit the wrong one during a work out."
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"After only 3 runs a button broke on the watch and I had to exchange the entire unit."
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"I had another sports watch and it was always a hassle to get to the stop watch buttons, this one has dedicated buttons which makes my life so much easier at the start of the run!"
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"Give me some good ol' fashioned buttons."
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"We love all the features this watch has, the touchscreen makes it much easier than the old buttons to toggle through the screens etc, and it's small enough to wear as a daily watch."
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"When you press the Start Stop or Lap buttons or use the auto-lap feature, it vibrates in addition to making the conventional beeping sound, which I found useful and reassuring to quickly know that my press of the button did register and therefore did not missed a lap."
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"I had another sports watch and it was always a hassle to get to the stop watch buttons, this one has dedicated buttons which makes my life so much easier at the start of the run!"
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"Oh, and the dedicated light button is amazing with the light on off function, so you can take a quick glance and either let the light go out on it's own about 10 seconds later, or turn the light off right then to conserve your battery life."
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Charging

Charging:
"I have seen the problem with the charging cradle connection, but it's not so bad."
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"I was worried about the reverse charging issue that others claimed but luckily mine doesn't do it."
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"Only bad things, if I have to find something:Charging docking a bit weird."
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"The charger does'nt work very well from the beggining; I have serious problem to charge my Garmin."
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"I have been extremely frustrated with the unreliable charging."
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"Well, as you've read from all other reviews, this is indeed a major problem with this watch... charging issue !"
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"Othee than the charging mechanism this is a great watch!"
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"The GPS picks up quickly, seems as accurate as the Run Trainer and it holds a charge a lot longer."
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"Battery seems to hold a charge for a reasonable amount of time."
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"The charger does'nt work very well from the beggining; I have serious problem to charge my Garmin."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Easy to use and so comfortable to wear!"
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"I love the heart rate monitor, I thought it might be too obtrusive or uncomfortable to wear very often, but honestly once I put it on I don't even remember it is there, and I find it much easier to maintain a comfortable pace by glancing at my heart rate on the watch rather than focusing on time or distance, provides a much more relaxing running experience."
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"The good:This watch is easy to use, has a responsive touchscreen, and is comfortable to wear while running."
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"This watch is a nice size and quite comfortable."
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"I then picked up the (rather expensive) wrist strap replacement, which is a nice velcro band that is much more comfortable than the default strap."
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Connection

Connection:
"I have seen the problem with the charging cradle connection, but it's not so bad."
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"I have come to hate all things Garmin because of the God-awful Garmin Connect and will never buy another Garmin product."
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"The worst part of the whole package is Garmin Connect and trying to get the watch to sync data with it."
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"Today, I logged into Garmin Connect and the last six weeks of my runs are missing and I have no way to recover them."
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"Their interface, connections, software, website, and many bugs are just terrible."
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"The charging cradle does not connect well to the watch many times never charging or stopping its charging before it is charged -- the work around is to use a rubber band or cloths pin to keep the connection tight, but for the price, why shouldn't this just work."
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"Recorded all my runs and activities, easy to upload to Garmin Connect into my account."
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"To put it another way, if you have some loyalty to Garmin products, like maybe you have an account on Garmin Connect, and you want an accurate GPS watch, you must get the FR 610 before they are all gone."
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"As for accuracy, I think the 610 is a bit more accurate than my old 305 but it does, on occasion lose the satellite connection during a run."
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"The data you can download onto Garmin Connect is great for a data running geek like me."
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"The watch will successfully connect and upload its data to the Ant agent, which is an easy and wireless process, but then the data never shows up on Garmin Connect."
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Display

Display:
"I love that it has a time display for when it goes into power save mode and disconnects from satellites."
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"I love that I can have 4 screens instead of 3 on display at the same time."
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"I did love the versatility of display and function."
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"Nice display, useful information, the HRM works perfectly."
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"This is a big improvement over my older Garmin 205.Ease of use: The watch is small yet the displays are well laid out and easy to read, even for my older eyes."
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Fit

Fit:
"It is a great watch, it is light, it fits my wrist comfortably, but my only complaint is that it takes some time for it to register my location and my pace."
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"It is a great watch, it is light, it fits my wrist comfortably, but my only complaint is that it takes some time for it to register my location and my pace."
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"fit really good and even you can use it as your daily watch (i use it even in the office)."
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"I guess I'll start with the pro's of this watch:Fits on your wrist - great for running so it's not too bulky (compared to the 200 and 300 series).And that's where the pro's end, time for the cons:Wristband breaks - the pin that holds the band in place keeps sliding out causing one piece of the band to fall off, annoying to have to fix after carrying it in a bag."
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"Great to run, a lot of features, extremely accurate, perfect fit and most important... fair price! "
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"The strap does not fit for my wrist, it is not a problem when I use it as daily watch."
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Monitoring

Monitoring:
"I must say though that I've had some problem with the heart rate monitor but then I contacted Amazon Customer Service and they gave me a partial refund."
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"The monitor is not that easy to use, but it's just a matther to get use to it."
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"I complained through Twitter and they send me a competely new one, including heart rate monitor, and that seems to fixed this problem."
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"I love the heart rate monitor, I thought it might be too obtrusive or uncomfortable to wear very often, but honestly once I put it on I don't even remember it is there, and I find it much easier to maintain a comfortable pace by glancing at my heart rate on the watch rather than focusing on time or distance, provides a much more relaxing running experience."
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"More importantly, as others have noted and as with complaint 1., this is also an unacceptable design fault on a watch monitor of this price."
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"At this point I definitely would not recommend this device especially not with the HR monitor."
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"The HR monitor is very comfortable even if I put it under my bra."
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"The heart rate monitor strap is very comfortable."
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"I got it with the heart rate monitor and the heart rate monitor is nice to have but I've realized that I don't really use it for runs."
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"The Watch is great but the HR monitor was defective."
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Quality

Quality:
"I expect that when I spend that much on a watch it will last longer and I am very disappointed in the quality of Garmin products."
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"I will not purchase another Garmin product however unless they address their quality problems."
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"This is not the only Garmin product I own that has failed, the company seems to have a quality problem."
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"Sometimes the most expensive product is not the best, save your money for something better and of more quality that justifies its price tag."
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"secondly the watch strap is now broken as the rubber quality is poor rendering it unusable."
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"Unfortunately, my big surprise was the extremely bad quality of the watch."
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"Everything is OK. Good quality product as described in the announcement."
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"Easy to read screen with quality touch screen controls."
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"Great product, excellent quality."
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"Thanks a lot it was a perfect gift, the quality is perfect and I recommend this product, very good, by"
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"Two years ago I really liked them, now it seems like their quality has gone down a lot, they seem to have planned obsolescence for just past the warranty and leave you in the cold."
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Run

Run:
"Today, I logged into Garmin Connect and the last six weeks of my runs are missing and I have no way to recover them."
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"That is VERY frustrating because I like to share my runs with others for motivation and bragging rights, honestly."
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"**********Update********So basically a year later minus three months where there was too much snow to run, I used it once in the spring, it acted funny then was dead, like dead-dead, decided the battery was dead, turns out the warranty is only 1 year, so you have to send it back to garmin so the can SOLDER!"
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"The Forerunner 610 has a touchscreen which is annoying for me because on several runs false touches have caused the watch to lose part of my run."
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"It's quite frustrating to delay the start of my run waiting for the watch to boot up."
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"The gps on mobile devices are not very reliable and the apps sometimes hangs during the run, what is really annoying."
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"I got it with the heart rate monitor and the heart rate monitor is nice to have but I've realized that I don't really use it for runs."
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"I knew there was no auto-multisport, still switching between bike to run is not terribly fast."
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"The watch is amazing, it is very easy to use and the software runs pretty fast."
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"Recorded all my runs and activities, easy to upload to Garmin Connect into my account."
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"Overall it's a good watch to track the runs."
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Running

Running:
"It was gigantic and hard to wear on my small wrists when running."
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"I used to HATE running, but now I can see my pace, track my course and distance, and can customize workouts."
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"If you really want to track your running and have a cell phone, I highly recommend saving the money and hassle of this watch and using a free running app."
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"It vibrates on the splits, so I have it set up to display constantly %HR and time - I can see 2 fields but my eyesight is not good enough to see 3 fields while running with shades."
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"I'll keep using this watch for other rowing running duty until it fails."
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"However, I found it hard to navigate the touch screen while running."
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"Once running it works well and records a lot of information which can sync with computer"
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"a very nice running watch but i am surprised that garmin has not addressed the issue of non-charging batteries, which has been reported years ago."
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"I have much more fun running since I got this watch."
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"It's supposed to be easily used when running, without being overly sensitive when in power save."
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"Great first running watch."
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Software

Software:
"I have been through numerous versions of the connect express ant software and it really is one of the most frustrating applications I have ever used."
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"Not to mention their synching software is horrible."
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"Their interface, connections, software, website, and many bugs are just terrible."
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"My problem is that there seems to be a software bug which has led to me losing 2-3 runs out of about the 10 uses I've made of the unit so far."
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"From the watch strap pins working themselves out, causing the strap to fall off mid-run, to all kinds of software problems."
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"The software problems include, reverse charging, blank screens, odd patterns coming up on the screen, etc."
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"The watch is amazing, it is very easy to use and the software runs pretty fast."
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"You really need to focus on better software development that is easier to use and more reliable."
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"The new charging magnetic cord is smaller and far more convenient than the old model, the touch screen is a huge improvement, it isn't perfect, but pretty close, the wireless is great, I never used the software before b c plugging in, singing in etc was too much for me to consistently do for my level of running, this does it for me."
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"The Garmin Connect software has improved a lot since I last used it years ago, and it is actually much more feature-rich and much more enjoyable to use than the Nike+ software."
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"At the price of this device, I expect their software to be thoroughly tested and to actually work."
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Strap

Strap:
"The wrist straps fail (a known issue)."
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"Furthermore, Garmin is no longer supported their customers by providing free replacement straps to cover this obvious failure of their product, so they're charging $40+ for replacement straps (which probably cost them about $0.50 to make).Needless to say, from a brand like Garmin, I am deeply disappointed and do not recommend this product or any Garmin produces."
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"I can write a lot about that, but don't take my word for it, take the word of all the other users with problems: search on 'Garmin forerunner 610' and include some of these terms: reverse charging, charging problems, soft strap spikes or dropouts, forerunner wristband defective."
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"These indicate the problems I have had with it: first, the heart rate strap that come with it, began malfunctioning, giving spikes in the heartrate or not reading it at all or not correctly."
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"Very poor form for a $400 product (that was the price then).To start with, the poorly designed watch strap broke at one of its hinges within three of months of normal use."
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"The heart rate monitor strap is very comfortable."
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"(Charging cable does not transfer data)New chest strap is much more comfortable."
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"This is awesome, it acquires much quicker, the mile alarm is great, the battery save feature is great, being able to wash the HRM strap is a HUGE improvement, the light is great, the feature that gets you back to the start is awesome for outdoor running and adventure."
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"The strap does not fit for my wrist, it is not a problem when I use it as daily watch."
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"I then picked up the (rather expensive) wrist strap replacement, which is a nice velcro band that is much more comfortable than the default strap."
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Track

Track:
"I used to HATE running, but now I can see my pace, track my course and distance, and can customize workouts."
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"the only problem i had came during a track workout where t started to rain halfway through the workout."
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"Hard to operate and synchronize if you track data; struggle to find the right software and Garmin is less than helpful."
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"Overall it's a good watch to track the runs."
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"He is able to track his daily runs, log it on his computer for time trials and marathon training."
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"It is worth the extra money if you want to be able to track your pace and laps etc."
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"Seems to track total distance pretty well."
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"If you really want to track your running and have a cell phone, I highly recommend saving the money and hassle of this watch and using a free running app."
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Tracking

Tracking:
"The other complaints addressed the slow recognition of tracking satellites for the GPS system."
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"Accurate on tracking the path even in high density metropolitan area! "
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"Love this watch it works well and is great for tracking workouts and races."
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"It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but is good for tracking pace, HR, distance."
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"The FR 610 has more accurate GPS tracking than the newer model, the FR 620."
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"Excellent tracking and easy transfer of data to online website."
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Vibration

Vibration:
"I love the vibration alert feature since I have a hearing problem."
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"Without the reliability of the vibrating function, the alerts are hard to hear if I am wearing a hat or if there is ANY noise in the environment."
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"The interval time and vibration works very well, as long as it's strapped on tight - if you leave it too loose, you won't feel the vibration."
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"I love the vibration alert feature since I have a hearing problem."
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"The vibration alerts is very convenient, the touching bezel is fantastic, gps accurate, and after a proper set up of my hear zones the time effect readings are perfect."
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"The vibration alerts work very well."
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"Data transfer to the computer was surprisingly easy and features such as vibration alerts are a nice touch."
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Website

Website:
"There have been complaints about Garmin's website but I have not experienced issues here either."
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"Their interface, connections, software, website, and many bugs are just terrible."
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"Initially it was a bit of a challenge to get the data up to the Garmin website, but now I've got the routine down and it's pretty much automatic upload when I pull the site from my favorites tab."
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"I love Garmins's website where I can check my trainings and other sport-related things."
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"Excellent tracking and easy transfer of data to online website."
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"The data transfer to the website is pretty easy as well."
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"Garmin thought up this wonderful watch, with amazing features, a great interface, a decent website, a wonderful look... and then skimped on material when they actually built it."
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"Uploaded my activities seamlessly to Garmin website and able trace my run walks."
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Workout

Workout:
"I am not able to transfer more than three workouts to the device--it must be a memory storage issue?"
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"the only problem i had came during a track workout where t started to rain halfway through the workout."
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"Rechargeable battery on watchWater resistantUser replaceable batteries on the HRMThe bad:Programming workouts on the watch is an exercise in frustration... Use my garmin."
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"This is particularly annoying when you've posted a long workout, and then it is lost on the device (this has happened to me 3 times in the one year that i've owned the device - I use it 3-4 times week).On occasion, it will loose GPS lock during an activity for no apparent reason (this doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's really annoying)HR reading gets a little unstable at times when working really hard, and I'll get erratic readings with HR of over 210 when i'm at my upper range (over 180).High price"
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"The case back does tend to get dirty from sweat and dirt during workouts but all it requires is periodic cleaning, something like once a week, to get it back into shape."
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"Does not eat a lot of battery life.+ Wireless automatic data transfer and upload to Garmin Connect, also supports Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion+ Watch can buzz each mile kilometer or during customised workouts, great for keeping track of pace and heart rate when running with IPodCON- Have to keep the contacts of both charger and watch clean before charging to avoid the battery depleting instead of charging (annoying)- Pins that attach wrist bands to the watch may occasionally come out (happened once to me)- Not waterproof enough for swimming- No smooth transition between running and cycling (and potentially transition), have to keep pressing reset button first to save e. g. first leg of a duathlon and then again to switch sports- Heart rate monitor sometimes reports erratic data during first few minutes of workout (with strap contact points made wet)- No possibility to erase erratic data (e. g. 100mph or 250bpm heart rate first seconds of a run) in Garmin Connect, which squashes the graph to included the outlier data pointCONCLUSIONThe 'reverse charging' issue is somewhat annoying but imho not a dealbreaker, keep the contacts clean and it charges fine."
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"Love this watch it works well and is great for tracking workouts and races."
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"The ability to customize workout screens is really nice and allows you to see every stat line at once or however many you want."
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"I like having the heart rate, distance, workout timer, and total time on the screen and I was able to customize it to that."
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"Everything else (charging, uploading to Garmin Connect, touch screen, interval workouts, HR readings etc) worked beautifully for the first 6 to 8 months."
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"Some workouts (the longest and best usually) just DROP off, and when you sync it doesnt show up on Garmin Connect."
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