HillsAths1, on Apr 13 2010, 02:18 PM, said:
I have the 405 and think that if it ever gives up the ghost then, perhaps the new 110 may be for me.
I am happy to embrace new technology, but I am only really interested in it doing the basics, how far, how fast, HR every so often. The rest to me is pretty much wasted(unless it is made really easy to use).
Rob I look forward to your reviews and feedback that you get when it comes out.
Rob as a retailer, I understand that you must get a number of complaints from owners such as the Prof, but in reality what sort of percentage of users do you believe have trouble with their units? I have had mine since Christmas and have had no issues at all, and must admit that it has given my running a new lease of life. I am sure I could manage without it, but I would be upset if I had to go without it.
Spud, on Apr 13 2010, 01:46 PM, said:
8hrs battery power - not enough.
8 hours wont be enough for some. But for $299 its a great option. If not, pay $400 for the 310xt with 20 hours.
The % of users that have issues is well less than 1%, and particulary note that most issues are in the first 2 weeks. The issues posted here are very often counteracted by satisfied buyers. I like to think of it as book ends. There is 98% in the middle that have never even heard of a Forum. There truly is a LOT of Garmin HRMS out there.
The biggest misconception is that some consumers want 10 years life, and at the same time pay a Tiawanese price.
Tiawanese Junk! maybe, but if you like, Garmin could manfacture in say Germany and sell it for $1299.
It's a disposable world, dont expect 20 years from it, just like a Bic shaver, they are a consumable?
GPS device on your wrist with heart rate for $299. Thats ground breaking and should be celebrated. Who else in the market place can do this right now ?
Go back 10 years ago when Polar still manufactured in Finland and they lasted forever. If they were still made there now, the same product would be out of many peoples reach. In fact the whole product line would have stagnated and we would be stuck with limited features at at top $ price.
I would say the new 110 is a 2 to 3 year product. If you expect more, then buy a Suunto T6d, or change your way of thinking!
Lastely, I dont think Garmin's customer service is that bad, I deal with them daily and get what we want everytime. EDIT: And feedback from customers I send there is positive too. I know this because I always say, if they dont help you, contact me again and we will facilitate a favourable outcome.
Perhaps the self promotion message is, buy from a delear that will represent any problems for you if you dont get satisfaction from them first. If they are good enough and care enough, you will be satisfied.
Edited by RobGrinter, 13 April 2010 - 02:09 PM.