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Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch (Black-Red) by Review Summary ,  Sep 25, 2015

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Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch (Black/Red)
Report Date: 09/25/2015
Based on 1657 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 2.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Fun5.0   average
Fit4.9   above average
Weight4.9   average
Tracking4.8   above average
Accurate4.7   above average
Connect4.7   above average
Display4.7   average
Track4.7   average
Website4.6   above average
Running4.5   above average
Run4.3   above average
Button4.1   above average
Charging4.1   average
Connection4.1   above average
Computer4.0   average
Software3.8   above average
Sync3.8   average
Battery3.5   average
Workout3.5   below average
Monitoring3.2   below average
Strap1.5   mediocre


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Accurate

Accurate:
"It's not perfect, but most of the time it's accurate."
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"I had begun running with my iPhone for GPS tracking and this little watch is reliably more accurate and gives better pace information - and I was having problems with sweat and moisture with my phone."
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"Dead on accurate and very easy to use."
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"Sure, I wish it showed lap pace, and the fact that the website shows a couple of minutes of non-moving time for each run means that the watch isn't perfectly accurate."
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"Pace and distance info seem to be accurate, and the display is generally easy to read."
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"Is very accurate and comfortable to wear as well."
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"He found it to be accurate and easy to use."
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"The Forerunner 10 is a simple, reliable, accurate GPS running watch at a great cost."
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"Love it, so simple to use but still gives all the accurate information that I want from a run! "
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Battery

Battery:
"The only downside is the battery but that is expected."
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"It cost $130 new, and then to have to spend $80 because Garmin did not choose a customer friendly means to change the battery, doesn't make me happy."
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"The only problem I have noticed so far is the battery doesn't last too long (not a big deal for me as I only do 3 miles or less at a time), and it takes a little while to find satellite."
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"GPS locater could be a little quicker and the battery life longer, but with that being the only drawbacks great watch over all! "
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"It is fine for short runs, 13 miles or under, but the battery dies after about 16 miles, not good when you are training for a marathon."
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"I have had this for about a year and the battery life is terrible."
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"It's worked great, the battery lasts quit long for my uses."
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"The battery life is great."
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"Good product but the battery does not last, and item only worked for a five months."
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"i love this Garmin it is my first one it is the perfect size for mei have use it almost every day and it is not hard to operatethe battery lasts a very long time almost a week i would definitelybuy this if you are wanting a Garmin and have never had one beforeand it makes me want to run more just so i can use it =)"
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"The battery life is about the 4 hours the description states, so it's good for at least a couple activities before charging, but you can still use the watch face of it for several days without really draining the battery much."
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Button

Button:
"The Garmin will show pace, but only after hitting a button - not a good thing to have to do while running."
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"The pink is very nice for her, looks-wise and the buttons are easy enough to press while not being too easy that you might bump them while running, etc."
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"It was completely unresponsive and all I could do was hold the upper left button down until it rebooted."
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"That gets you four pieces of data with the push of a button, so those complaining about only having two data fields might've not found this feature yet."
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"Figuring out how to use all of the buttons and options were a little bit confusing at first, but after having it for a few months I have learned how to use it."
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"Perhaps the only downside is that you have to press the dedicated light button before you can press the other buttons so that you can scroll down and press another button to see your mileage, calories, pace etc."
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"The Forerunner 10 seems to acquire satellites a lot quicker than my older watch, and is easier to use to boot (yay tactile buttons, good riddance touch bezel! )"
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"Pros: smaller size than most GPS watches I've seen so that I don't feel like I'm wearing a man's watch; easy to use buttons to keep up with pace, distance, and time while running; picks up and maintains satellite signal well."
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"It would be nice to see a button or some form of way to light it up without much thought."
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"Easy to use buttons while running."
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"The numbers are easy to read and the buttons easy to push."
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Charging

Charging:
"It comes off the charger and within an hour, its dead."
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"It does not consistently hold a charge (I can charge it the night before a race and it's dead in the am, other times, it holds a charge for days)."
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"Garmin said charge it and if continues to exhibit the same problems, call us back."
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"It broke after 2 weeks of using and now won't charge."
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"It's easy to read, easy to charge, and easy to use."
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"The battery life is about the 4 hours the description states, so it's good for at least a couple activities before charging, but you can still use the watch face of it for several days without really draining the battery much."
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"Easy to use but doesn't hold a charge for long."
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"Holds a charge forever and gives you great accountability! "
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"This watch holds charge well and is sufficient for marathon distance and beyond."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Is very accurate and comfortable to wear as well."
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"It seems to be extremely accurate (at least for the price), water resistant enough for my sweat and the shower, and is physically pretty durable and comfortable."
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"Takes a minute or two for the satellite to locate the watch before a run, but comfortable with a great battery life."
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"Comfortable to wear and easy to operate."
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"It is so user friendly, comfortable, functional and helps me pace my runs, which is new to my running."
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Computer

Computer:
"I really like this watch the only thing I have to complain about is that if you don't sync it to the app on your computer the GPS is off."
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"I've had this watch for exactly a week, and it has been able to sync with the computer 3 out of 5 attempts."
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"The only drawback is that the computer adapter is a different size so we have to keep track of both adapters."
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"Plugging it back into the computer seemed to fix whatever problem has happening."
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"It gives you a heads up if you are not running on pace (optional feature, I didn't use it) and it's fun to see where you ran when you hook it up to the computer."
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"I like that it gives me information without overloading me and can easily be plugged into the computer."
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"It's easily to set up and install on your computer."
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"He uploads his runs to the computer and is able to track them with all kinds of graphs and maps."
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"Really nice computer program to accompany it."
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"My son loves the watch, very easy to use and the computer component is just as easy to use as well!"
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"Easy to connect to my computer."
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Connect

Connect:
")The only issue I've had with my watch after two months of use has been the wrist band which broke where it connects to the watch face; however, I can't blame that on the watch because because it broke during intense military training."
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"Simple, easy to use, and connects easily and quickly to garmin connect and my fitness pal."
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"It will give you time, pace and miles and connects with a nice dashboard in garminconnect."
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"Love using the 'garmin connect' feature as it keeps all my activity in one place."
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"It connects within a minute most the time and is easy to use."
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"Connects quickly and keeps a good pace."
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Connection

Connection:
"Sometimes takes long to connect to gps (5 minutes) and problems uploading info to gamin connect"
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"Using Gramin Connect easy upload of runs, but I have not been able to download to the watch a manual programmed training."
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"Negatives: 1) No blue tooth connectivity so uploading info requires a wire and computer."
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"Very inconvenient.2) Delay in connecting to satellites."
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"It easily clips to the charger, and I don't have any concern that the connection will be a problem."
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"I use it a lot, and the Garmin Connect website has some great features."
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"Other than that, it is a great value if you aren't worried about heart rate or blue tooth connectivity."
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"I especially love the Garmin Connect feature."
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"Garmin Connect website is great for tracking runs."
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"Simple, easy to use, and connects easily and quickly to garmin connect and my fitness pal."
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Display

Display:
"My only complaint, like others, is that you can't display 3 data fields on the screen at a time."
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"I can't easily find the memory to display all runs walks rides calories."
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"First, the missing lap pace and average pace display."
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"Pace and distance info seem to be accurate, and the display is generally easy to read."
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"Item is simple to use and has a very simple display which works great for me! "
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"Easy to read display."
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"display is a good size, and battery lasts long enough for my 5 runs a week."
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"It's interface is extremely easy to navigate as well making it easy to switch the display while running."
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Fit

Fit:
"It's great looking down and being able to look down and see my pace distance time calories etc...The face is big and easy to read, but it fits great and isn't bulky at all which has been one of my problems in the past."
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"The Soleus Fit just was not easy enough for her.."
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"Fits well."
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"The quality of the watch is great and it fits well for my skinnier than average wrist."
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"--Comfort durability ease of use--I chose the 2.1cm screen over the 2.5 (both fit comfortably but I preferred the smaller screen)."
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"I love the sleek fit!"
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"The watch is great and if it will fit your wrist, then it's worth purchasing if you're a man or a woman."
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Fun

Fun:
"PROS:- easy to set up- easy to read- fun colors- good Garmin support online- extremely accurateCONS- can be slow to find location- only two things displayed at once (i. e. time and distance pace and distance)- a bit bulky, but aren't they all?"
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"So easy and fun to use."
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"It was fun to finally start monitoring my runs and so this is a great started gps watch! "
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"She likes the aesthetics of the watch, the size is good for a woman's wrist and she likes the fun color."
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"I really love how cute this watch is - it's fun, lightweight and easy to use."
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Monitoring

Monitoring:
"I have the 15 and I love mine - he didn't care for the heart rate monitor option - finds the straps to be uncomfortable (of course as a female its just another band around my ribs ... LOL) ... we'll take out of the box and set up later!"
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"With the release of the Forerunner 15, not sure if I would opt for this watch again but if HR and activity monitoring are not that important to you - great buy! "
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"This really allows you to monitor your pace which is quite hard to do manually."
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"Functionality isn't quite as robust, however, I'm just looking for something to help me monitor short runs for military physical fitness tests."
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"Only negative is that is doesn't have a heart rate monitor option."
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"In order to ensure I'm maintaining my pace during a race, I either have to do time distance math in my head (not good on mile 20), or would have to continually monitor my instantaneous pace."
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"I had several options to choose from but since I was operating on a very tight budget (<120 dollars) I was drawn to two models from Garmin, the Forerunner 10 and 15.The only difference between the FR10 and FR15 is that the FR15 adds heart rate monitoring and activity tracking functionalities as well as 3 hours additional battery power (i. e. 8 hours versus 5 hours in the FR10)."
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"Summary:Pros: (1) Light weight, (2) small size form factor (makes it unobtrusive during your runs and thus leading you to focus on running rather than on your watch), (3) accurate and speedy GPS locking (4) accurate pace, distance and time monitoring (5) virtual pace function is really helpful."
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"Please note: I did not opt for the HR monitor, I find this version of the Garmin Forerunner adequate for my training goals."
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"I would highly recommend if you want to monitor your pace and distance while you are running or walking! "
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"It was fun to finally start monitoring my runs and so this is a great started gps watch! "
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm confident that Garmin makes quality products but the one I got happened to be faulty one."
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"Even though the watch is great as a starter GPS watch, I cannot recommend purchasing based on the poor quality of the band."
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"The quality of the watch is great and it fits well for my skinnier than average wrist."
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"I'm confident that Garmin makes quality products but the one I got happened to be faulty one."
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"Great quality, very happy with it."
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"Works great m, excellent quality!"
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"This was easy to operate and is a quality product"
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Run

Run:
"Using Gramin Connect easy upload of runs, but I have not been able to download to the watch a manual programmed training."
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"It takes 5-10mins to get a GPS signal when I'm ready to start my run, very frustrating."
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"Works fine for my training runs with only one complaint: I wish I could increase the volume on the beep that signals laps; the mile split times."
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"The reviews scared me a little but I have been using this on my runs now and have only good things to say."
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"Good options, easy to use, but weak battery life; I went on a 20 mile run with a full charge and it ran out of juice about 2 3 of the way."
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"I had been using my phone for runs but getting frustrated with having to constantly open the app which would close or turn my head since it was on an arm band."
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"Third, while you can set the displayed pace for current, lap, or total pace, it is a true or as there's no way to configure the display to show, say, your current pace and the total pace for your run (or current lap).All in all, a good value, basic GPS running watch."
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"I live in a rural area and I'm even able to use this in our state forest for trail runs in an area that has very spotty cell phone service."
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"It also features a timeline of the elevation and pace as a visual guide as well as the local weather at the time of the run."
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"works perfect for runs outdoors.."
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"Much more accurate than map my run which is what I had previously used."
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Running

Running:
"It takes at least five minutes to pick up my location and sometimes out of pure frustration I just start running because I'm over standing in my driveway holding my arm in the air praying it picks up something."
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"The Garmin will show pace, but only after hitting a button - not a good thing to have to do while running."
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"The pink is very nice for her, looks-wise and the buttons are easy enough to press while not being too easy that you might bump them while running, etc."
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"Not completely accurate, usually it I am actually running farther than it says, but not more than a few tenths of a mile."
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"This watch is the absolute worst device I've used for running."
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"The available software is nice but if you use the watch for anything but running, it does not work well."
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"Third, while you can set the displayed pace for current, lap, or total pace, it is a true or as there's no way to configure the display to show, say, your current pace and the total pace for your run (or current lap).All in all, a good value, basic GPS running watch."
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"It is the perfect watch for those who are not too serious about running but still like to know their miles, pace, and time."
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"Perfect entry-to-mid level running watch."
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"Super simple to use and easy to see while I am running."
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"- GREAT PRICEOverall, this is a fabulous starting running watch."
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Software

Software:
"What I didn't anticipate was how great Garmin's software is."
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"Maybe they can fix that problem with the next software update."
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"I keep trying...I go to download the software from Garmin website... We are not able to locate the product for which you are looking for software."
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"Works great, and the online tracking of runs is what sets this apart from the other brands that have weak to useless software."
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"the negative:The software does not work with Google Chrome on my mac."
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"It works great and the software is easy to use."
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"Accompanying software fun to use (yes I said fun!"
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"The computer software is really fun."
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"I liked the Garmin computer software, and I believe it is one of the best systems out there."
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"Not a huge shortcoming, but the people who created the watch though through the GPS and mapping really well, and though though how the device and software would be used not so much."
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Strap

Strap:
"No chest strap so I'm not sure how accurate the calorie count is."
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"A couple of weeks ago after a run, as I was taking off the watch, one side of the strap broke."
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"I have the 15 and I love mine - he didn't care for the heart rate monitor option - finds the straps to be uncomfortable (of course as a female its just another band around my ribs ... LOL) ... we'll take out of the box and set up later!"
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"He put his hand in his pocket and when he pulled it out the watch strap broke off."
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"My strap had broken, so I hadn't used it in months."
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"My only concern is all the negative comments regarding the strap... hopefully I will not have to edit this soon of it breaks"
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"They love that they don't have to use a chest strap."
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"I didn't realize it didn't have a heart rate strap to get your accurate heart rate."
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"Additionally, I got the orange one and the strap gets dirty very easily, so I would advice to get the black one."
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"It is the perfect watch to just strap on and go for a run and great price too."
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"When I run, I really only care about pace distance and I'm sick of carrying my phone with me and I HATE running wearing the HRM chest strap so this watch was perfect for my needs."
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Sync

Sync:
"It takes me 10-20 seconds to sync most of the time (that was my problem before)."
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"I am sad that 2 days before a race I am going to have to go buy another product and I will not be able to sync it with my Garmin Connect (holds all the data from years of running) but I refuse to purchase another Garmin after this experience because they will not stand by their product and semi-regular hour long customer service calls are unacceptable."
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"I really like this watch the only thing I have to complain about is that if you don't sync it to the app on your computer the GPS is off."
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"I've had this watch for exactly a week, and it has been able to sync with the computer 3 out of 5 attempts."
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"The first attempt out of the box, GPS finally synced 1 2 mile into my run."
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"The second attempt, never synced at all."
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"This watch is simple, syncs to satellite promptly, and works amazing for the price."
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"The watch does not have any wireless bluetooth syncing capabilities, but for the price I can't complain."
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"Easily syncs to garmin connect to track miles, speed, etc and set goals"
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"Very easy to sync"
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"I love the extra capabilities it has online and the apps that it can sync with."
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Track

Track:
"I literally just got this to track my distance and time and it's so frustrating when I stand around for 5 minutes while the GPS tries to find my location on a clear day with no wind!"
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"I've already used it to track my 2 miles it was dead on."
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"I used it several times on sunny days and the Garmin was unable to track my location for about 5-10 minutes, despite exclusively being used in a small urban city (not obstructed by tall buildings)."
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"I use Strava to track all my runs and uploading couldn't be easier."
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"My only complaint is that the green color tracks grime dirt easily."
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"I took it to a track to test it's accuracy and it is dead on."
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"This watch is very nice, but I only wanted a watch that would track my active steps."
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"My son uses it for his cross country practice and he is able to track what he needs for his events."
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"I love how it keeps you on track with specific paces."
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"Love that I can walk and keep track of time and put it on my computer and see the map, etc."
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"The pace feature is great too...keeps you on track for a specific pace and the chime to let you know that you are on or off pace is loud enough to hear through the music I listen to while I run."
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Tracking

Tracking:
"My only warning is that if you run near tall buildings a lot, it may not be very accurate at tracking your pace and distance."
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"My only complaint is that it takes a few minutes to locate me before I can start tracking a run."
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"I have not been able to find a shoe tracker on Garmin Connect so I've been uploading to a site that allows that in addition to Garmin Connect."
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"This is a great watch for tracking your running distance and pace."
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"Garmin Connect website is great for tracking runs."
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"This watch is perfect for tracking time, distance, and pace on my runs."
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"I had begun running with my iPhone for GPS tracking and this little watch is reliably more accurate and gives better pace information - and I was having problems with sweat and moisture with my phone."
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"I had several options to choose from but since I was operating on a very tight budget (<120 dollars) I was drawn to two models from Garmin, the Forerunner 10 and 15.The only difference between the FR10 and FR15 is that the FR15 adds heart rate monitoring and activity tracking functionalities as well as 3 hours additional battery power (i. e. 8 hours versus 5 hours in the FR10)."
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Walk

Walk:
"I can't easily find the memory to display all runs walks rides calories."
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"All functions work and work great, only negative is the beep for the run walk intervals is impossible to hear, this was a major factor in choosing this watch and while the run walk timer works it is simply too quiet to be functional."
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"com only showed trails if they were bike trails, so i wasn't getting accurate calculations of our walks when I just estimated about where we had walked."
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"Love that I can walk and keep track of time and put it on my computer and see the map, etc."
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"Works great for my walks."
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"So far have used on a run walk..and love it."
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"Bought this for my husband who loves to walk."
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"Does a great job for my daily 3.5 to 4.0 mile walk."
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Website

Website:
"Just install the Plugin Communicator on your laptop and upload your runs on the Garmin website without hassles...I would recommend it to all the HMers FMers under 5hrs :-) as the manual states that the watch can operate for 5 hrs under training mode ....."
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"I discovered that the upload problem is not with the unit but with the garmin website."
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"I keep trying...I go to download the software from Garmin website... We are not able to locate the product for which you are looking for software."
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"I use it a lot, and the Garmin Connect website has some great features."
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"Garmin Connect website is great for tracking runs."
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"Garmin's website where you view uploaded runs is pretty good, giving you lots of options to view your data."
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"The Garmin website could be a little more user friendly, but the watch is great."
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"The website is great."
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Weight

Weight:
"It is lightweight and not bulky ... very comfortable."
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"My only suggestion is to plug the device into your pc before using it to adjust your profile with an accurate weight so the calories burned is accurate."
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"Light weight, fits nice and I have a small wrist but I wanted the color and larger face."
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"Very user friendly, lightweight, easy to read."
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"Great, light weight and so easy to use."
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"The screen size is just fine and the watch is pretty small and thin which is great for those runners that don't like weights on their wrists for runs."
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Workout

Workout:
"The battery it seems to be a problem because of the 5 hrs on run mode, but you will not workout for 5 hrs, so at the end you can re-charge."
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"I am currently unable to upload any workouts."
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"I'm getting an error message on the fourth and fifth workout: the upload failed."
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"I haven't been able to get the watch to sync with the program I use to log my workouts (dailymile) but I'm not sure if that operator error, or watch error."
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"Let me tell you how frustrating it is after doing a light workout routine and stretching, waiting to run so your stupid GARMIN GPS watch to LOCATE you is awful."
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"I have had Forerunners in the past and had no problem figuring out how to set it up to do my interval workouts, but I have found this watch to be confusing."
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"A good get for a beginner looking to gauge their workout run or walk performances."
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"My idea was to buy the New Balance nx950, but at the day I went to buy the store was only offering the forerunner 10.Pros:1. easy to start the workout: push run (to start the gps) the sign was very fast to capture, I was surprised, because few reviews criticize this function."
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"Syncing my workouts with mapmyfitness is simple as well."
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"It's great for my running workouts to help me keep pace, track my distance, and average speed mile."
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