Sunday, March 18, 2012

Magellan Switch and Switch Up announced

Magellan Switch seriesUPDATEHere is my Magellan Switch series review.

If you’ve been paying much attention to GPS market segments, you already know that fitness is the hottest and fastest growing category. That’s why TomTom, Motorola and today Magellan, have jumped in with both feet, smack into a market dominated by Garmin, which has a huge lead. As we surmised way back in October, Magellan is introducing their own sportswatch – actually two of them – the Magellan Switch and Switch Up.

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MOTOACTV GPS Fitness Tracker and Music Player

MOTOACTV fitness trackerThe MOTOACTV GPS Fitness Tracker and Music Player brings a new power player to the GPS fitness market. This amazing device comes in an 8GB and 16GB version, and offers a clean interface and music player, as well as Bluetooth and ANT+ compatibility.  read more

New triathlete watch – Garmin Forerunner 910XT


UPDATE: Read our Garmin Forerunner 910XT review.

Garmin has just announced the Forerunner 910XT, a successor to the popular 310XT. Aimed squarely at triathletes, the 910XT brings a ton of improvements for swimmers and adds power meter support and a barometric altimeter. I could see the latter making this attractive to trail runners as well.

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Garmin Forerunner 610

Garmin-Forerunner-610The Garmin Forerunner 610 is Garmin’s first touchscreen sportswatch. Eliminating the poorly performing touch bezel of the Forerunner 400 series, this new model retains their high-end feature set, and adds a magnetic charging cable and a virtual racer that allows you to race against previous runs (or other people’s runs downloaded from Garmin Connect). read more

Garmin Forerunner 410


UPDATE: Check out the Forerunner 610, whose touchscreen interface eliminates the touch bezel problems found on the 400 series.

UPDATE 2: This model has been discontinued. For a list of current models, see our GPS for runners page.

The Garmin Forerunner 410 is a GPS sportswatch for runners that updates the Forerunner 405 and 405CX with a second-generation touch bezel that works better under sweaty conditions. It’s the top of the line runners watch from Garmin, at least in terms of ones with this stylish form factor, and is sold both with and without a heart rate monitor.

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Garmin Forerunner 210

Garmin Forerunner 210 reviewThe Garmin Forerunner 210 is a new mid-range sportswatch that adds some features to the entry-level Forerunner 110, including added pace functionality. The 210 also retains the small size of its younger brother, and uses the same button-driven interface, avoiding the touch bezel often complained about on the 405 series.

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Garmin Forerunner 210 and 410 announced


UPDATE: I now have pages up for the Garmin Forerunner 210 and Forerunner 410, complete with links to hands on reviews.

Garmin has announced two new fitness watches this morning, the Forerunner 210 and Forerunner 410. The models introduced today are designed to complement the rest of the  x10 series, the Forerunner 110 and 310XT watches. One notable new feature for the 410 is an enhanced touch bezel that “provides unmatched reliability in sweaty, rainy conditions.” You can compare the new models to the other x10 series units here.

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Garmin Forerunner 110


UPDATE: A newer model, the Forerunner 210, brings some added pace features, while keeping the 110’s form factor.

The Garmin Forerunner 110 is a new entry-level version of Garmin’s popular GPS fitness / sports watch. It has a simplified menu and drops the touch-bezel interface of recent models, replacing them with four large buttons. It’s available with or without a heart-rate monitor and comes in several colors – Men’s red, Women’s pink or Unisex.

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Garmin Forerunner 110

Garmin Forerunner 110

UPDATE: I’ve posted a Garmin Forerunner 110 review

The Garmin Forerunner 110 was announced this morning, updating the popular line of fitness watches with a sleek new entry level product. The Forerunner 110 will have a simplified menu system and will be available with or without a heart-rate monitor. One interesting note is the use of the SiRFstar IV chipset; I believe this is Garmin’s first use of this product. read more

Garmin Forerunner 310XT review


UPDATE: An improved version, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT, has been released.

The Garmin Forerunner 310XT is the first and only GPS designed exclusively for triathletes. It is waterproof (to 50 meters!) and can go for up to 20 hours on one charge. Targeted to multi-sport athletes, the 310XT can categorize the activities in your workout and log transition times.

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