June 5, 2006

Quick Overview of the Fitness GPS Market


There's a decent overview of the Fitness GPS market floating around that I thought I would pass along. It discusses the well known Garmin Forerunner series. Two other products it discusses work with mobile phones as part of your fitness routine. I don't know about you, but I never go for a run or long bike ride without my phone. It seems like a natural fit. The story dicusses the FWRD products out of Europe, and the Bones in Motion (BIM) product/service.

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April 24, 2006

Review: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge

Garmin Forerunner 205

Garmin introduced the Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 this past January at the CES show, as a big improvement to the category changing Forerunner 101, 201 and 301 personal training aids. With the Forerunner 201 and Forerunner 301 on the market, one has to ask if the new designs are worth the extra money. After using the Forerunner 205 for the past month, I can appreciate the new design features and capabilities, and if it were up to me, I would pay the extra money for the newly upgraded Forerunner 205 and 305 units. If you are value minded, the Forerunner 201 and 301 are not bad units, but I'll walk through a few of the features below that I think make the Forerunner 205 and 305's worthwhile.

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March 20, 2006

Garmin Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 NOW Shipping at Amazon


One of the bigger launches this year will be the launch of theGarmin Forerunner 205 and Garmin Forerunner 305, as they bring a couple of great upgrades to the fitness GPS market. With the reconfiguration of the unit to make it more watch-like, and the inclusion of the SiRF star III highly sensitive GPS receiver chipset, the unit looks like it will be a winner (See our explanation on the SiRF star III chipset, and why it's important). The upgrade to the Forerunner 305 also includes a better fitting heart rate monitor which will be another welcome improvement in the product line. The inclusion of the heart rate monitor is the main difference between the Forerunner 205 vs. Forerunner 305. We are using the Forerunner 205 now and have it in-house for a review - ReadMore.

The older generation Forerunner 201 and 301 have been perennial favorites in the market. I have a Forerunner 201 and I like it. I got it because I liked the GPS aspects of it, but both my wife and I like it for the instantaneous read on our performance while exercising.

Both the Garmin Forerunner 205 and the Garmin Forerunner 305 are available for NOW from Amazon, with FREE SHIPPING. Amazon was going to originally have it available in the middle of February, but pushed the shipment date off until March 1st. The Forerunner 305 is already one of the top GPS sellers at Amazon despite the fact it’s only available for pre-ordering for a few weeks. Amazon has had a couple of false starts on delivering the Forerunner 305, and has pushed "availability" dates off a few times. Let's hope this one sticks.

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February 28, 2006

Garmin Edge 205 and Garmin Edge 305 Now Available at Amazon

The long awaited Garmin Edge 205 and Garmin Edge 305's are now avilable at Amazon. These were announced (see article) LAST AUGUST, and we have been waiting a long time for these units. These are, in concept, an adaptation of the popular Forerunners to the cyclist's needs. With plenty of thought put into these, the Cyclist now has the ability to plot his or her routes, heart rate, cadence, altitude and distance all together in one place to understand their training history and needs. They aren't specifically designed for navigation, but instead designed as a training aid. There are four basic configurations:

Garmin Edge 205 - The Garmin Edge 205 is the entry level model that is a stand alone unit allowing you to track your route, as well as your speed, elevation, etc. All of this information can then be downloaded onto your PC for tracking and developing a training regimen. This information can also be uploaded to Garmin's Motionbased.com website, or used with Google Earth.

Garmin Edge 305HR
- The Garmin Edge 305HR adds a heart monitor funciton to the set-up while offering all of the features that the Edge 205 offers. By strapping on the heart rate monitor strap to your chest, you can wirelessly transmit heart rate info to the device. You can now see how your heart rate factors into your training results.

Garmin Edge 305CAD - The Garmin Edge 305 CAD has a cadence device that bolts onto your bike and measures cadence as a data input into your training records. Again, it has all of the funcitons that the Edge 205 has, plus the cadence feature. It does not have the heart rate monitor.

Garmin Edge 305CAD/HR
- The Garmin Edge CAD/HR has both the cadence and Heart rate monitoring features, as well as the data collection capabilities as the Edge 205.

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January 3, 2006

Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 Announced

Garmin announced the new Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 today, confirming the news that we reported here in November. The new Garmin Forerunner 205 and Garmin Forerunner 305 feature a totally new design for the wrist mounted trainers that wraps the device around the wrist more to make sure that the antenna is facing the sky in normal use. Also, with the addition of the SiRF star III chipet, reception should be greatly improved. This was a minor issue when we used our Forerunner 201 during the Fall in heavy tree cover, but not so bad that it became unusable or dropped signals totally.

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December 29, 2005

Globalsat Launches Wrist Mounted Training GPS

Globalsat of Taiwan has launched an athletic training system (GH-601 and GH-602) that will compete with the Garmin Forerunner series. The devices are intended to help you document your athletic endeavors and train better as a result of the data feedback. We have been using a Garmin Forerunner 201 for several months and really like it. Even techno-phobes who have tried it like the information it provides on the run, and but don't really use the ability to download the data onto a computer for analysis and charting.

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August 31, 2005

GPS NEWS: NEW Garmin Edge - a GPS Targeted at Bicyclists

Now we're talking. Faithful readers know we like to use our GPS devices out on the road while we bike, and here we go with the Garmin Edge 205 and Garmin Edge 305 (available in several configurations - see below) bicycle trainer GPS devices. These are GPS receivers with built in cycle computers. Garmin claims that it is "the ultimate fitness partner." They incorporate the SiRF star III architecture for enhanced accuracy and speed to fix on a satellite. (See our related article.)

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