SMCRoadRaceSeries, on 14 April 2011 - 01:22 PM, said:
Still have the 301, this October it will be 7 yrs old, regular use in all weather. Charging and downloading port still works fine and the unit does much more than I need it for. Don't use HR function and most other screens for that matter. Run, record time and km laps, ocassionally put on lap pace screen , and at some point in time download to PC (sporttracks).
Haven't seen anything to make me get new one. Not a luddite, was one of first to get Garmin and one of first before that with the Timex/garmin unit.
I may get the multisport one for bike + run at some point if I do Tri's
Good reliable stuff, certainly got my $200 worth.
I’ve had about the same record of durability with a 201.
It still charges up and holds 13 hours , and like SMC, I find that it satisfies my needs as a runner.
It is a pity that Garmin regard their target demographic (quote Chilliman),
“Size and fashion taking precedence and highly demanded.”
to be more interested in fashion rather than function.
I accept that from a marketing standpoint they are probably looking at the biggest volume of prospects.
However, it seems that the decision to reduce battery size not only impacts on battery charge life, which by itself is not such a big deal, but it apparently leads to a much reduced battery operating life. The result is that the effective life of the watch may be sacrificed by over 50%.
Hey, I guess that doesn’t matter if you are a cool dude, each 2 to 3 years you can buy a new one with more bling.