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Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch with Heart-Rate Monitor (Blue) by Review Summary ,  Sep 25, 2015

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Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch with Heart-Rate Monitor (Blue)
Report Date: 09/25/2015
Based on 274 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.2
Returned or considering to return: 9.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Track4.7   average
Display4.2   below average
Connection3.8   above average
Workout3.8   average
Accurate3.6   below average
Fitness3.5   below average
Running3.5   below average
Monitoring3.3   below average
Strap3.2   average
Run2.6   mediocre
Battery1.6   mediocre
Button1.3   mediocre


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Accurate

Accurate:
"Very disappointed that I can't get an accurate result on calorie burn or heart rate data."
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"I called Garmin and if their phone support really does have accurate information they claim this problem is unknown and not being worked, as with other bad reviews of the product they told me to do a master reset which doesn't solve the problem."
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"I also tried a suunto HRM, but it was not good with the basic function of giving an accurate heart rate, may have been defective, I don't know."
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"If you want accurate data, a great online interface and community, this is for you."
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"You can calibrate the footpod to increase accuracy (more accurate than GPS watches).I've owned an FR60 since 2011."
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"It seems to get pretty accurate HR readings without the occasional impossibly high readings I sometimes get on my Edge."
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"Easy to use, easy to read, very accurate."
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"I also bought a foot pod for running, which was only as accurate as how well you calibrated it."
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Battery

Battery:
"I changed the battery and now has an error message that no one at Garmin can figure out."
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"I tried replacing the battery which was a challenge."
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"Terrible, only lasted a few days and then battery goes out."
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"After looking over reviews, I see that this happens quite a lot when replacing the battery, and we are just disappointed that this happened less than a month after our warranty ended."
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"The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating is because right after the 1 year warranty, he had to place the battery and is now only getting an ERROR signal."
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"Tried replacing the battery and received an error code."
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"I am looking forward to replacing the battery as well."
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"The replacement battery can be bought at most store's or online, where I found my best price."
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"accurate, long battery life."
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"It's easy enough to replace the battery, but just seems like pretty quick turnover."
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"It's fairly accurate, but gives you no warning when the battery is about to go."
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Button

Button:
"Great watch buttons a tiny hard to push"
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"Not user friendly, the buttons are not easy to press, its not worth the money, I should have stuck with polar."
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"It hard to press some of the buttons...it's the that simple to figure out the functions..."
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"Its ok but the buttons are very hard to push"
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"Buttons were hard to push and didn't seem to work for me."
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"The buttons can be hard to push but otherwise I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase."
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"Great watch buttons a tiny hard to push"
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"The buttons can be hard to push but otherwise I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase."
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"As it works, easy to pair & pretty light but the mode button simply doesn't work."
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"The watch is great, links great, measures everything accurately, weights nothing and looks durable...BUT the buttons are just so wrongly designed, poor touch, really hard to press them, while running almost impossible."
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"It will start my work out and press start and everything is going good (if I can even get the buttons to work) and then I will look down at my watch and my work out will have stopped and the watch will not be reading my heart rate anymore."
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Connection

Connection:
"I'd give it 4.5 if I could but as much as I like Garmin Connect I'm a bit of a data presentation snob and a user experience purist and Garmin Connect is not as good as it could be."
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"I have had mine for a few weeks and like the heart rate and calorie with the ability to download data to Garmin connect but frustrated with the mode button."
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"Worked properly when initially set up then failed to connect ever again."
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"Great easy connectivity with Garmin Connect"
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"I enjoy the link to Garmin Connect very much but when the update is not installed it can interfere."
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"It's nice that it synchs with Garmin Connect to keep my indoor cycling and outdoor (off my Garmin Edge) in the same place."
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"Other than that, it is easy to read while running, the sensor is comfortable to wear while running, lifting, biking, and all other activities I have done while wearing it, and syncing with Garmin Connect is easy and beneficial."
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Display

Display:
"It said it was scanning, then none of the modes worked, then the display showed crappy noise."
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"Some of the lines on the display stopped working, and while I opened the watch and let it air dry for a few days afterwards, to this day a few horizontal lines around the middle of the display are completely dead."
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"Also, I really liked he displays."
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"The displays were easy to read and interpret, and set my heart rate zones was actually pretty intuitive."
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"Easy to sync, nice display and it really has motivated me to get out there on the trails and pavement."
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"The menus are easy to navigate, and the large display is a definite plus."
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"Nice display fully configurable screens - good entry level device, connection to cadence meter when the watch is on the handle bars is not stable, while smartphone reading is stable (in the back pack)"
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Fitness

Fitness:
"In their defense, I understand a lot of these uploadable fitness websites have similar problem."
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"My problem is that I need the watch for a college fitness class, so I have a problem in class if I mail back my watch, or I have a problem with the Garmin guarantee if I delay, not that the watch is usable in class anyway since it does not accurately track HR."
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"Fitness monitor works great but it does have the main drawback everyone else complains about and that is the buttons are very hard to press."
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"As for the fitness monitor, it works very well - I use it every week with the heart monitor and foot pod and the measurements are accurate."
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"Fitness watch works well enough but Garmin needs to get the website fixed."
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"Overall, this really is a nice little fitness watch."
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"This Garmin is perfect to fitness, is easy yo use and light."
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"I purchased the Garmin FR70 for an aerobic fitness course and I absolutely love it's ease of use."
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Monitoring

Monitoring:
"So I basically paid $100 to get a broken heart heart monitor which defeats the whole purpose of the watch since I was trying to use it as a heart rate calorie work out monitor."
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"My purchase didnt come with the heart hate monitor !"
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"Buttons hard to push; watch is slow to respond button pushes; recording drops out at low heart rates making this unit useless for holter monitor type measurements; haven't been able to import data into Excel 2010 on a Win7 machine; chest strap is a pain to use because it hooks in two places making it easy for one fastener to release before the other one is engaged."
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"The heart rate monitor had a dead battery which had to be replaced."
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"I would save the frustration and invest in a monitor that is going to do what it says."
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"Fitness monitor works great but it does have the main drawback everyone else complains about and that is the buttons are very hard to press."
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"Great Heart Rate monitor."
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"As for the fitness monitor, it works very well - I use it every week with the heart monitor and foot pod and the measurements are accurate."
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"I liked the functionality of this watch with the heart rate monitor."
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"It seems to work well as a heart rate monitor but distance and speed is another story."
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Run

Run:
"Not good if you need to run and control your pace."
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"my watch just totally failed while I was on a run."
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"If you are absent minded and always forget to charge your GPS watch, it won't do you any good on a run."
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"The buttons are extremely hard to press, you're not going to be messing about with them during a run bike workout, I can promise you that."
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"This watch may look cute but it lasted less than a year and was damaged after wearing it on one humid run."
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"I got so frustrated with it during a run with all the crazy data it was spitting out that I took it off, and it then said my heart rate was 171.Garmin makes some decent navigation and mapping products, but I will never buy another fitness product from them."
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"Once you calibrate this watch on a known distance track (I would at least go 1 mile), it will be accurate within 2-3% during your runs."
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"I will run in the rain, and so far all the equipment has done well."
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"Utilizing the heart-rate strap I was able to walk run in my target heart rate, and received an alert when I needed to pull back a little."
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"Both have advantages and disadvantages over the FR70.I have been frustrated with the Garmin 305 due to: - GPS lock-on delay and inaccuracy (particularly on overcast days) - Battery life unsuitable for all-day activities - Useless indoorsI've been frustrated with the iPhone 4s solution due to: - Bulkiness and discomfort, particularly on long runs - GPS accuracy better than FR305, but still poor on overcast days (overestimates distance by 10%+) - Fear of wrecking iPhone on bike or destroying with rain or sweat on a run - Battery life unsuitable for all-day activities - Useless indoorsIdeally I wanted a solution for biking, running and spinning that solved all these problems."
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"I've started doing different types of running workouts (long runs, tempos, intervals, repeats), so being able to see different data fields on different kinds of runs is very useful, and it helps me train more efficiently."
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Running

Running:
"I think if I were using it for running it would be a problem."
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"The watch is great, links great, measures everything accurately, weights nothing and looks durable...BUT the buttons are just so wrongly designed, poor touch, really hard to press them, while running almost impossible."
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"Huge pregnant ladies in the gym and running down the road get all kinds of weird looks and concerned comments."
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"If i had to complain, i would say that when the battery starts running low I wish it would just state that the battery is low."
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"I had the same watch but one previous model, and this one is good has the same exercise features what I was looking for, but the keys are very hard to press while you are running, the rest is ok. Good watch."
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"Both have advantages and disadvantages over the FR70.I have been frustrated with the Garmin 305 due to: - GPS lock-on delay and inaccuracy (particularly on overcast days) - Battery life unsuitable for all-day activities - Useless indoorsI've been frustrated with the iPhone 4s solution due to: - Bulkiness and discomfort, particularly on long runs - GPS accuracy better than FR305, but still poor on overcast days (overestimates distance by 10%+) - Fear of wrecking iPhone on bike or destroying with rain or sweat on a run - Battery life unsuitable for all-day activities - Useless indoorsIdeally I wanted a solution for biking, running and spinning that solved all these problems."
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"I loved that I could easily read the heart rate while running."
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"Great running watch at a great price and super fast shipping."
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"Good running and cycling watch and it doesn't use GPS."
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"Other than that, it is easy to read while running, the sensor is comfortable to wear while running, lifting, biking, and all other activities I have done while wearing it, and syncing with Garmin Connect is easy and beneficial."
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Strap

Strap:
"Chest strap very uncomfortable."
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"Broke the strap clip when unbuckling it (hard strap) and when I changed the battery the watch stopped working."
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"The chest strap is a hard plastic, not a soft strap like the Polar, and it's very uncomfortable."
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"But the chest strap could never get a decent and reliable reading, saying my heart rate was 160 standing still."
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"My only complaint now is that the strap doesn't always stay under the pink holder, but I tie it down extra with a hairtie for swim so it doesn't end up on the bottom of the pool."
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"I'm a fitness instructor and pregnant so would like to have my HR read without the uncomfortable strap."
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"It works best if the strap has some saline or other salty water on it."
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"Super easy to use, the strap that comes with it is not uncomfortable (I bought a soft strap but returned it.)"
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"The good: it gets a reliable heart rate signal from the chest strap."
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Track

Track:
"The lap button was ridiculously hard to press, so if I was doing a track workout, I could almost never record my splits accurately, since it always took at least 3 pushes to get it to work."
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"Once you calibrate this watch on a known distance track (I would at least go 1 mile), it will be accurate within 2-3% during your runs."
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"I recommend this for anyone needing to stay on track with their exercise program."
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"I love that it keeps track of my workouts, and my calories."
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"Its perfect for daily use or to even keep track of your running times."
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"It works great for my needs, which is to keep track of my heart rate and calorie burns during activity."
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Workout

Workout:
"I wanted to see how many calories I burned during my workouts and it's never accurate."
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"Buttons are really hard to depress during a workout."
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"The lap button was ridiculously hard to press, so if I was doing a track workout, I could almost never record my splits accurately, since it always took at least 3 pushes to get it to work."
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"The only minor downside is that you have to upload and view your workout data on the Garmin Connect web site but once the software is installed it works very seamlessly."
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"I really liked wearing this during my workouts; however, you have got to be careful about what buttons you push."
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"I love that it keeps track of my workouts, and my calories."
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"This watch had some excellent features to help you stay motivated during workouts, but only three out of the five buttons worked."
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"I had a Suunto that was clear and simple- gave me my workout summary info, current heart rate, time of exercise etc..."
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"This Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch with Heart-Rate Monitor (Blue) met my needs and has improved my workouts to a great degree."
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