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After 3 days with my forerunner 405, basically I'm quite satisfy with the watch, although it's look quite big on my 6in wrist, I only use the nike+ with nano before, the GPS tracking is impressive, once I download the data wirelessly to PC, I can view a lot of info either using the GTC or Sportracks, even able to link to Google map to track where am I running. It quite accurate, and I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

The touch bezel is a plus for 405, but sometime it's too sensitive for me. battery wise, I charge overnight before I start to run, 1 hr of use battery leave 90%.

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After 3 days with my forerunner 405, basically I'm quite satisfy with the watch, although it's look quite big on my 6in wrist, I only use the nike+ with nano before, the GPS tracking is impressive, once I download the data wirelessly to PC, I can view a lot of info either using the GTC or Sportracks, even able to link to Google map to track where am I running. It quite accurate, and I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

The touch bezel is a plus for 405, but sometime it's too sensitive for me. battery wise, I charge overnight before I start to run, 1 hr of use battery leave 90%.

:Drooling: :Drooling: :Drooling:

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After 3 days with my forerunner 405, basically I'm quite satisfy with the watch, although it's look quite big on my 6in wrist, I only use the nike+ with nano before, the GPS tracking is impressive, once I download the data wirelessly to PC, I can view a lot of info either using the GTC or Sportracks, even able to link to Google map to track where am I running. It quite accurate, and I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

The touch bezel is a plus for 405, but sometime it's too sensitive for me. battery wise, I charge overnight before I start to run, 1 hr of use battery leave 90%.

is that approximate or reflective on the watch??

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After 3 days with my forerunner 405, basically I'm quite satisfy with the watch, although it's look quite big on my 6in wrist, I only use the nike+ with nano before, the GPS tracking is impressive, once I download the data wirelessly to PC, I can view a lot of info either using the GTC or Sportracks, even able to link to Google map to track where am I running. It quite accurate, and I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

The touch bezel is a plus for 405, but sometime it's too sensitive for me. battery wise, I charge overnight before I start to run, 1 hr of use battery leave 90%.

is that approximate or reflective on the watch??

Reflective on the watch!

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I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

That's spookily accurate. I use 305 and it always overestimates the turns and typically measures aorund 410m per lap.

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Google map is not detailed enough, you should download the map from http://www.malsingmaps.com/portal/ and put it into your GTC.

Here is my past review of my Garmin Forerunner 205:

http://www.sgrunners.com/forum/index.php?s...mp;#entry141410

After 3 days with my forerunner 405, basically I'm quite satisfy with the watch, although it's look quite big on my 6in wrist, I only use the nike+ with nano before, the GPS tracking is impressive, once I download the data wirelessly to PC, I can view a lot of info either using the GTC or Sportracks, even able to link to Google map to track where am I running. It quite accurate, and I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

The touch bezel is a plus for 405, but sometime it's too sensitive for me. battery wise, I charge overnight before I start to run, 1 hr of use battery leave 90%.

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Google map is not detailed enough, you should download the map from http://www.malsingmaps.com/portal/ and put it into your GTC.

Here is my past review of my Garmin Forerunner 205:

http://www.sgrunners.com/forum/index.php?s...mp;#entry141410

After 3 days with my forerunner 405, basically I'm quite satisfy with the watch, although it's look quite big on my 6in wrist, I only use the nike+ with nano before, the GPS tracking is impressive, once I download the data wirelessly to PC, I can view a lot of info either using the GTC or Sportracks, even able to link to Google map to track where am I running. It quite accurate, and I run to Queensway stadium to test on this new gadget, it give a decent result, I ran 3 lap of 400m, it measure exactly 400m for all laps.

The touch bezel is a plus for 405, but sometime it's too sensitive for me. battery wise, I charge overnight before I start to run, 1 hr of use battery leave 90%.

Thanks for sharing, but I try to follow your link to download the file "GM-MySin Jan 2008 (Free)" it's keep on going back to the same page, not link to any file for download??

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No problem leh.....i just downloaded it. Did you registered in that forum already?

Thanks for sharing, but I try to follow your link to download the file "GM-MySin Jan 2008 (Free)" it's keep on going back to the same page, not link to any file for download??
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No problem leh.....i just downloaded it. Did you registered in that forum already?
Thanks for sharing, but I try to follow your link to download the file "GM-MySin Jan 2008 (Free)" it's keep on going back to the same page, not link to any file for download??

Yes, I registered and login to the page to download. but still the same :(

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Hello everyone. After reading all the threads about garmin 405, polar 400/800 etc., decided to go far a Garmin FR 405(S$550 with HRM, S$470 without) , but realized that it comes with only one year warranty as against 2 yrs for polar 800 G3(S$950). Is the almost S$400 price diff worth it for the xtra year's warranty for polar or do these gadgets generally are trouble free for at least 2 yrs?? Thanks in advance everyone.

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Yeah dercurial I'm interested to know too if water is accidentally drop on the watch, will it cause the touch to be insensitive. I read some customer review that their sweat causes the watch to be insensitive to touch and that deter me from buying or was their watch in the first place not senstive enough.

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Yeah dercurial I'm interested to know too if water is accidentally drop on the watch, will it cause the touch to be insensitive. I read some customer review that their sweat causes the watch to be insensitive to touch and that deter me from buying or was their watch in the first place not senstive enough.

It happenned to me once and the watch locked up including not recording the distance nor the pace anymore. I could however, still operate the buttons but could not navigate between menus. It worked a few hours later and I just finished a run in a strong drizzle and everything is fine so far.

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i have a stupid question to ask..

Will washing (or rinsing) the watch after each run cause it to spoil ?

Especially the touch bezel part.

:Confused:

No, it will not spoil, but the light gets turned on and off when you rinse the watch. You can also locked the bezel before washing the watch.

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i found a review of the 405 online.. that compare the size with other brands, like the polar S625x, suunto, etc...

also give some basic function thingie..

http://gpstracklog.typepad.com/gps_tracklo...n-forerunn.html

next question i want to ask... is the HRM device same for both 305 and 405.

the garmin website shows the HRM to be Part Number: 010-10997-00

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10996

its does not show the HRM for the 305

the only one i found online is through amazon which is Part Number : 010-10645-00

but they do look the same...

any one??

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Will sweaty fingers hinder operation of the bezel during runs?

Anyone with the 405 can help to advise on this?

Thanks.

many talk on this... and the thing is u have to ;lock; the bezel then it will not affect much during running.. if u need to adjust the bezel during run.. have to try to wipe the sweat a bit..

but... the quantity of sweat is hard to judge...

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next question i want to ask... is the HRM device same for both 305 and 405.

the garmin website shows the HRM to be Part Number: 010-10997-00

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10996

its does not show the HRM for the 305

the only one i found online is through amazon which is Part Number : 010-10645-00

but they do look the same...

any one??

i got a reply from garmin about this....

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Thank you for contacting Garmin International.

I'd be happy to help you with your HR questions. The heart rate

monitors for the Forerunner 305 and 405 are interchangeable. If you

previously have had a FR 305 and are thinking of purchasing a FR 405

then you can use the monitor that came with the 305.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can assist you with.

With Best Regards,

Debbie B

Product Support Specialist

Outdoor/Fitness Team

Garmin International

913-397-8200

800-800-1020

913-397-8282 (fax) Att: Debbie B

www.garmin.com

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I got my 405 with HRM from Merdeka Audio for $540 last month. It was between the 305 (which was much cheaper) or the 405. Putting them side by side, it is difficult not to choose the 405 mainly because of the size. 405 looks like a regular watch, maybe a bit bulkier, but still within the realm of a regular watch that you can wear everyday. The 305 looks more like a calculator you wear on your wrist!

Good points:-

1. It is accurate. Typically takes about 10-15 secs to lock down on the satellites. In an open area, accuracy is within 6m. I have taken the 405 on a drive to KL before and the mileage and the speed was spot on! There was enough memory in the watch to track the 8 hour drive to and back from KL.

2. The Garmin Training Centre is fantastic. You can link it to Google Earth or Maps and you will actually see where you have run with data points (speed, HR, time) every second.

3. It is light. You hardly feel it on the wrist. Very good for long distance running. Even my wife and kids can wear it. My wife days that the 405 is on the verge of wearable - she definitely won't want to wear the 305.

4. The HRM is accurate and sensitive. Much better than my previous Polar HRM which needed alot of moisture to work.

5. Wireless sync with your PC. This is really convenient as you don't have to meddle with any wires when you are all sweaty after your run. Just plug in the USB ANT stick and place your watch nearby and you are done!

6. You can use Garmin Connect Website and your training data can be uploaded. So, you will have access to your data anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet.

7. The bezel ipod style is cool.

Bad points:-

1. When your hands are too sweaty, operating the bezel can be quite tricky.

2. Battery life. It is stated to be 8 hours. So far I have no reasons to doubt that. I suspect that this will be sufficient for 90% of runners, including me;

3. Nothing else really.

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