About a year ago I enthused about my new watch, a Garmin Forerunner 110. Since then it has become ever-more-vital, sustaining me through any number of runs. However about a month ago it started to mist up inside. I took the back off and it dried out, but then I had two wet outings, it misted up, I didn’t get round to drying it out, and it has never been the same again. In fact it no longer works. Score -1 for Garmin.
During the year I’d got rather annoyed by a couple of other flaws with it: it really won’t act as a GPS-on-the-move, in particular it won’t tell you its height; and the whole thing is a bit clunky compared to the glorious apps that Free Enterprise has created for iPhones and Androids. Music would be nice to. So I’d half convinced myself that if’when the time came to replace it, I’d just by myself an HTC or somesuch. Score another -1 for Garmin.
However, when it actually came down to it I just bought another forerunner, so the final score is in Garmin’s favour. Reasons: well, what I want is a sports watch, so I might as well buy one. At £110 it is considerably cheaper than an Android. The GPS quality in it is rather better than you get in most phones, and I couldn’t be bothered to hack through endless phone pages to try to work out if theirs was any good. I didn’t need to bother buy a new heart rate strap because (a) the old one is still good and (b) I don’t bother with it anymore anyway. But I may try to be a bit more careful about keeping it dry.