Equipment Review: Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS


I used a Garmon Forerunner 101 GPS for several years, and it served me well. I didn't use all of the features of that device, but I did use it for measuring my pace, my distance, and my split times. Because it is an older GPS, it only uses three satellites, and it determines distance to 15 meters accuracy. When one is running several thousand meters, an error of 15 meters can be ignored.

When I read about the new Garmin Forerunner 110, I decided to "upgrade" to that device. Compared to its predecessors, the 110 is a simple GPS. It connects to satellites faster than the 101, and the receiver is more sensitive than the one in the 101. The 110 has greater accuracy in measuring distance and pace than the 101. The splits that it records can be 0.25 mile or greater. It can upload information to the Garmin Connect web site. Here is an example of data that is saved at Garmin Connect. The pace displayed on the watch face is the average from the beginning of the split, but instantaneous paces can be obtained after the fact from Garmin Connect.

The 110 has a rechargeable battery that can be recharged from an AC converter or from the USB port of a computer. When I upload data to Garmin Connect, I leave the 110 connected to the USB port for a few hours to recharge the battery. This is in contrast to the 101 which requires two AAA batteries and can not upload data.

When the GPS is not recording data, it displays the date and time, thus serving as a digital wrist watch.

The 110 comes in two models, one with a heart rate monitor and one without the HR monitor. I have the heart rate monitor but haven't used it yet; I will add comments to this review when I do use the monitor.

The Forerunner 110 is a nice looking sports watch. It is simple to operate, and the data and screen prompts can be displayed in 19 languages.

4 comments:

Jackie said...

Hi Allen,

First of all, I just want to say I think you are amazing and you are an inspiration to all runners. I hope that I too am still running when I am 75. Keep up the good work!

Secondly, I also bought the Forerunner 110 about six months ago and I really like it because of its simplicity and low cost. I just wanted a GPS to track distance and pace and it does that easily. However, I do wish that the battery would last longer. Sometimes when the battery dies, I need to reset the watch and I lose all my data. Other than that, it is a great running watch.
Cheers,
Jackie

Allen said...

When I connect the 110 to a USB port to update the data, I leave the device connected to the USB until the battery is fully charged. This means that I'm always running with a full battery-charge. I've modified my review to eliminate typos in the name of the USB port.

vehicle tracking said...

I think I might have to get this tracker as well. I run near the woods and this GPS might come in handy if ever I get into an accident into the woods.

Allen said...

If you decide to get a GPS, look into the various models. You might want something more complex than the 110.