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    31 year old running newbie, Service engineer and student PT
    Posted:
    I have been running 10k's every Sunday with my iPhone using the Nike running app and it is brilliant. However it destroys the battery, I need to push my mileage up and will be lost of I'm say 5 miles from home and my battery dies. I literally cannot run alone without music. Based on this I'm looking at the Garmin Foreunner 110 as my gps so my phone can go into airline mode and preserve the battery. My only concern is the cost of a gps watch? Anyone had any similar conundrums, experiences with that watch? 
     
    I have been running 10k's every Sunday with my iPhone using the Nike running app and it is brilliant. However it destroys the battery, I need to push my mileage up and will be lost of I'm say 5 miles from home and my battery dies. I literally cannot run alone without music. Based on this I'm looking at the Garmin Foreunner 110 as my gps so my phone can go into airline mode and preserve the battery. My only concern is the cost of a gps watch? Anyone had any similar conundrums, experiences with that watch?
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    The only easy day was yesterday!
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    Not sure if this helps but I bought a nike gps sportwatch and use my normal mp3 player. The watch is waterproof, idiotproof (so far) and the data is excellent. The nike has a larger screen than the garmin but dependant on which forum you view, the gps is slower on the nike. I've found that if I turn on the gps when I'm walking to warm up it clicks in around 30 secs later.
    I've done quite a few runs with it now and very pleased and if you shop around, it should cost the same as the garmin.
    Hope this helps,
    Longboy 
    [signature]Pain is just weakness leaving the body 
    Not sure if this helps but I bought a nike gps sportwatch and use my normal mp3 player. The watch is waterproof, idiotproof (so far) and the data is excellent. The nike has a larger screen than the garmin but dependant on which forum you view, the gps is slower on the nike. I've found that if I turn on the gps when I'm walking to warm up it clicks in around 30 secs later.
    I've done quite a few runs with it now and very pleased and if you shop around, it should cost the same as the garmin.
    Hope this helps,
    Longboy
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    Started runnnung 01/01/2012, first 10k booked in May, Followed by Great South Run in Oct Hope to complete VLM next year
    Posted:
    Hi, 
    
    I was looking at GPS a watch as my GPS app kept giving really dud data especially on my long runs e.g. showing I'd ran 5 miles after 2 minutes, I'm really not that fast. 
    
    I did a bit of research and found a German comapny on Amazon called ultrasport. The watch itself cost about £75 with a HRM and for this money you get alot. 
     
    Hi, 
    
    I was looking at GPS a watch as my GPS app kept giving really dud data especially on my long runs e.g. showing I'd ran 5 miles after 2 minutes, I'm really not that fast. 
    
    I did a bit of research and found a German comapny on Amazon called ultrasport. The watch itself cost about £75 with a HRM and for this money you get alot.
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    I use Runkeeper on my iPhone, which will use up the battery.  I also got a Garmin watch as I wanted a Heart Rate Monitor.
    
    I would strongly urge a simple GPS watch, preferably with a HRM.  In this Garmin or Polar are equally good, and have good websites on which to analyse your data.  
    
    Any post-Christmas will set you back £100 or there-abouts realistically but is seriously worth it. 
     
    I use Runkeeper on my iPhone, which will use up the battery.  I also got a Garmin watch as I wanted a Heart Rate Monitor.
    
    I would strongly urge a simple GPS watch, preferably with a HRM.  In this Garmin or Polar are equally good, and have good websites on which to analyse your data.  
    
    Any post-Christmas will set you back £100 or there-abouts realistically but is seriously worth it.
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  • Posted:
    Be careful with Garmin. I bought a Forerunner 610 and it now wont charge or worse, reverse charges, completely draining the battery. Google the problem and you'll find hundreds of users with the same issue.
    
    Big problem is Garmins customer service. It's non existent. They wont even reply to my emails. 
    
    I've now got a £300 paperweight. Going to go Suunto next. 
     
    Be careful with Garmin. I bought a Forerunner 610 and it now wont charge or worse, reverse charges, completely draining the battery. Google the problem and you'll find hundreds of users with the same issue.
    
    Big problem is Garmins customer service. It's non existent. They wont even reply to my emails. 
    
    I've now got a £300 paperweight. Going to go Suunto next.
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  • Posted:
    All I can really add is that I think without your iPhone/iPod you will find it easier to run! But then if you need the music you could be stuck… Maybe just get a small iPod shuffle you can clip onto your arm, but the watch is essential I'd say! So much easier than lugging a phone round with you. I bought a [url=http://www.tictactime.co.uk/shop-online-watches-gent-sports-1__4_____1_____1___________________________.html]sports watch[/url] online not long before Christmas and it was the best thing I could have done to improve my times! Strange because it must be psychological with the fact you know how far you've gone and at what pace... 
     
    All I can really add is that I think without your iPhone/iPod you will find it easier to run! But then if you need the music you could be stuck… Maybe just get a small iPod shuffle you can clip onto your arm, but the watch is essential I'd say! So much easier than lugging a phone round with you. I bought a [url=http://www.tictactime.co.uk/shop-online-watches-gent-sports-1__4_____1_____1___________________________.html]sports watch[/url] online not long before Christmas and it was the best thing I could have done to improve my times! Strange because it must be psychological with the fact you know how far you've gone and at what pace...
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    I had a similar issue back in December when I was looking at getting a GPS watch. The reviews and opinions and varied to say the least!
    
    I now have the Nike + watch I owned a Garmin 110 for about 2 weeks last year, so here are my thoughts for what they are worth.
    
    Both watches have accuracy issues in certain areas, having said that all GPS watches do at times it is just the way the tech works at the moment, so don't be surprised to occasionally get random results whatever you buy. Having said that, it should in most cases be a more accurate measure than the phone (should!)
    
    My Garmin was a bit of a disaster if I'm honest, syncing was ok, but started to crash when doing it at times, to the point where I could not get it to work at all. Consequently I took it back and got a refund. It may have been a total one off and I'm sure many people are very happy with theirs, but I really did feel like it was a cheap piece of kit. It wasn't massively user friendly and the website was fine, but nothing too exciting. I guess you get what you pay for, but I wasn't a fan.
    
    My Nike + watch on the other hand has been much more successful. Not to say I haven't had issues. I had one dropped run after 11.5 miles which is a little irritating, the timer kept going but the distance remained the same. And running in the City in London the distances can become a little inaccurate with all the tunnels and tall buildings.
    
    That said, I love the look of the watch which I wear as my normal watch now as well. No charging cradle needed as it plugs straight into a USB port. The sync times are long (2-3 minutes) but only if you don't use it every couple of days. If you are going to use it regularly you will find it takes 30 seconds or less.
    
    The watch is so simple to use and despite what many of the reviews have said about lack of functions on it the latest firmware update has corrected almost all the issues mentioned.
    
    Nikeplus.com is it's ace in the hole though as far as I'm concerned. The little community with its trophies and targets and Nike fuel and comparisons with friends and the rest of the community are an addiction. You want to get the next one when you load up your run you look for what you may have achieved this time. Just adds to the fun.
    
    I'm going to guess the hardcore will complain about the Nike + watch and recommend the Garmin, but I love mine and while it's not perfect it is pretty damn good. 
     
    I had a similar issue back in December when I was looking at getting a GPS watch. The reviews and opinions and varied to say the least!
    
    I now have the Nike + watch I owned a Garmin 110 for about 2 weeks last year, so here are my thoughts for what they are worth.
    
    Both watches have accuracy issues in certain areas, having said that all GPS watches do at times it is just the way the tech works at the moment, so don't be surprised to occasionally get random results whatever you buy. Having said that, it should in most cases be a more accurate measure than the phone (should!)
    
    My Garmin was a bit of a disaster if I'm honest, syncing was ok, but started to crash when doing it at times, to the point where I could not get it to work at all. Consequently I took it back and got a refund. It may have been a total one off and I'm sure many people are very happy with theirs, but I really did feel like it was a cheap piece of kit. It wasn't massively user friendly and the website was fine, but nothing too exciting. I guess you get what you pay for, but I wasn't a fan.
    
    My Nike + watch on the other hand has been much more successful. Not to say I haven't had issues. I had one dropped run after 11.5 miles which is a little irritating, the timer kept going but the distance remained the same. And running in the City in London the distances can become a little inaccurate with all the tunnels and tall buildings.
    
    That said, I love the look of the watch which I wear as my normal watch now as well. No charging cradle needed as it plugs straight into a USB port. The sync times are long (2-3 minutes) but only if you don't use it every couple of days. If you are going to use it regularly you will find it takes 30 seconds or less.
    
    The watch is so simple to use and despite what many of the reviews have said about lack of functions on it the latest firmware update has corrected almost all the issues mentioned.
    
    Nikeplus.com is it's ace in the hole though as far as I'm concerned. The little community with its trophies and targets and Nike fuel and comparisons with friends and the rest of the community are an addiction. You want to get the next one when you load up your run you look for what you may have achieved this time. Just adds to the fun.
    
    I'm going to guess the hardcore will complain about the Nike + watch and recommend the Garmin, but I love mine and while it's not perfect it is pretty damn good.
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