Garmin Forerunner 610

13 04 2011

By Sean Downey

This morning Garmin announced its first touch screen GPS watch, the Forerunner 610, and we’re lucky enough to already have one to play with. Like the other Forerunners (and the Nike+ SportWatch GPS we looked at last week), the 610 primarily tracks speed and distance through GPS and also works with an optional shoe pod and heart rate monitor. Here’s a hands on sneak peak at what this $350 high-tech timepiece can do.

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The touch screen has the most immediate wow factor–you just drag your finger across the surface to scroll through menus or switch to another view, and then tap the watch face to make a selection. The 610’s screen responds to pressure instead of touch which is different from how most smartphone and iPhone touch screens work. We noticed that you need to bear down a tiny bit with the 610 to get your movements to register, but you can wear gloves while doing it. This approach also keeps the screen from going haywire when it gets wet (yes, we tested this too).

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Size-wise, the 610 is a smidge wider and thicker than the Forerunner 210 and 110. The screen isn’t as expansive as the one on the SportWatch, but the numbers are large and readable. The 610 houses a vibration motor and you can set the watch to hum at you instead of beeping at every mile split.

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As with Nike’s new GPS watch, we only begun putting the Forerunner 610 to the test. Feature-wise the 610 does everything that the 410 does, but with a few new wrinkles. For instance, a virtual racer feature allows you to download past performances done by yourself or other runners online, and then see how you measure up by racing against them. You can look for a full review in a few weeks. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to reply with timely and knowledgeable answers.

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Runner’s World Senior Editor Sean Downey is a 3:38 marathoner and triathlete. He’s tested just about everything made for runners and plenty of stuff that wasn’t.

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