Garmin Forerunner 610 review

A feature-packed GPS watch to help you run

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For

  • Nice design
  • Compact
  • Great touchscreen
  • Good GPS integration
  • Fitness and training features

Against

  • Very expensive

Come on, you've got to admit it. Any watch that displays the message 'searching for satellites' when you first turn it on its pretty damn cool. As you'd expect from a Garmin product, this watch works brilliantly with GPS signals, which means it can accurately track your location and speed as you wear it.

With this data you can use the Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer options to keep you fit, along with custom workouts. You can also set a route and the Garmin Forerunner 610 will take you there.

Combined with wireless uploads of your stats, this is a watch that's been built for serious runners.

The resistive touchscreen is fast and responsive, and scrolling through menus was nice and smooth, even when wearing running gloves. It's not overly sensitive, which means that no accidental presses - or brushes with our sleeves when we were running - were recorded.

The 1-inch screen isn't huge, but it still manages to display information clearly, and helps prevent the Garmin Forerunner 610 from feeling bulky on your wrist.

The menus are clearly laid out, which means you can quickly navigate to training and history options without having to pause your run.

Verdict

This is the perfect watch to wear when running, working out at the gym or riding your bike, with a load of features for tracking your workouts. Its rain, sweat and water proof and has a touchscreen that's easy to use.

If you're a seasoned runner, or just beginning, then this is an excellent watch to help improve your health. The high price tag of £299.99/US$349.99/AU$449 (or £329.99/US$399.99 (around AU$496) for the special edition with heart rate monitor) may put some people off, however.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHandheld GPS Navigator
TouchscreenYes
Product FamilyForerunner
Brand NameGarmin
Form FactorPortable
Screen Size2.5 cm (1")
Built-in DevicesHeart Rate Monitor
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Height63.5 mm
Width45.7 mm
Depth14.2 mm
DurabilityWater Proof
ManufacturerGarmin, Ltd
Product Model610
Product NameForerunner 610 Handheld GPS Navigator
Product LineForerunner
Application/UsageRunning
Manufacturer Part Number010-00947-11
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.garmin.com
Marketing Information

A Touch Faster
Forerunner 610 gives you several ways to get in touch with your training data. The swipe and scroll action makes it easy to adjust settings, review your run history and more. A quick tap of the screen is all it takes to advance to the next training page so you can see more data.

The 610's sleek touchscreen is as rugged as it is functional, proving it's more than just a pretty face. The 610 can stand up to rain, sweat and splashes, yet it's sensitive enough that you can operate it with running gloves.

Leader of the Pack
Behind that smooth glass surface is a watch that's ready to work as hard as you are. The 610 provides accurate distance, pace, GPS position, heart rate, calories and more. It can even guide you back to the starting point of your run, giving you the freedom to explore new routes and always find your way back.

Package Contents
  • Forerunner 610 Handheld GPS Navigator
  • Premium Transmitter Belt
  • USB ANT Stick
  • AC Charger
  • Charging Clip
  • Manual
Display Resolution128 x 128
Weight (Approximate)72 g