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Reviews of Top 10 Sports GPS Watch - Side by Side Comparison

ProductRatingProsConsUser VoiceReview Summary
Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars: Excellent; 4.0 - 4.5 stars: Very Good; 3.0 - 4.0 stars: Good; 2.0 - 3.0 stars: Fair; 0 - 2.0 stars: Poor
14.50 starsExcellent
  • Accurately tracks pace, time, distance and calories burnt
  • Sleek, lightweight and looks like a regular watch
  • Easy to read display
  • Easy to setup and use
  • Water resistant
  • Good entry level GPS watch at a reasonable price
  • Can upload all the history on Garmin connect and keep track of personal best
  • No lap pace or average pace option
  • Some batches of watch seem to have problem
  • Battery does not last very long
  1. Tracks pace, time, distance and calories burnt No lap pace or average pace option Simple GPS watch
  2. Lightweight Accurate Battery lasts for about 2 hours when using GPS
  3. Easy to setup Easy to use Easy to read Can upload all info to Garmin Connect
Garmin Forerunner 10 is a GPS running watch that accurately tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. Forerunner 10 is button operated and is easy to setup and use. It shows your time and distance clearly displayed on 1 screen and calories and pace on another.See More
24.30 starsVery Good
  • Large screen with bright digits
  • Flix feature is very handy for night workouts
  • Rubber wrist strap does not absorb sweat or grab wrist hairs
  • Controls are easy to figure out and manipulate
  • 100 lap memory is highly functional
  • Timer programmed so you can have lap timers
  • Great dual time feature while travelling
  • Wristband band tends to wear out
  • Buttons are very sensitive
  • Interval beep sound has low volume and is inaudible during exercise
  1. Large display Large numbers are easy to see even in the dark Easy to find and push buttons while underwater
  2. Holds several training times Has an indigo light that can be activated by flicking wrist Features 5 different alarm times Has a timer, chronograph & dual time zones
  3. Users report problem of water leaking into the watch Buttons may stop working after changing the battery
The Timex T5E231 Men's Ironman 100-Lap Watch is a perfect training tool that provides lap or split options for accurate and convenient timing for athletes. It is aesthetically pleasing with the combination of black, silver/steel and some yellow that fits well around the wrist. The lens is of mineral crystal and the top ring is of stainless steel and black resin.See More
34.30 starsVery Good
  • Keeps track of distance, pace, heart rate, calories burned, and altitude with very accurate and downloadable information
  • GPS is easy to program and provides lots of data
  • Multisport mode is good
  • Good rechargeable battery
  • Good customer service from Timex
  • Easy to use and configure
  • Good integration with TrainingPeaks.com online software
  • Little bulky
  • At times, may take a while to acquire satellite signal
  • Some times easily looses GPS signal
  1. Good integration with Training Peaks online software Good training tool
  2. Watch works very well Easy to use Keeps track of distance, pace, heart rate, calories burned, and altitude with very accurate and downloadable information
  3. Multisport mode is good Good rechargeable battery Good customer service from Timex
Timex T5K267 Global Trainer GPS Watch gives athletes the performance tools they need to succeed. With the Global Trainer, athletes can easily monitor their pace, speed, distance, elapsed time, and calories burned, helping them determine how much they have improved during training period. The watch also includes a 20-workout memory with dated summaries.See More
44.20 starsVery Good
  • Highly customizable, easy-to-read screen shows three or four lines of data
  • GPS tracks well and takes about 45 seconds to lock the position
  • Easy to setup and use with simple buttons and menu
  • Comfortable well ventilated wrist band
  • Good graphing and analysis from Timex Training Peaks
  • Water Resistant and good battery life
  • Reasonable price
  • Bulky for everyday wear
  • Battery can run out if sensors are switched on
  • Software is not very user friendly for novices
  • Alarm sound is not loud enough
  1. Shows real time distance, pace and heart rate Training Peaks software gives great data
  2. Large screen and buttons make operating on the run easy Display is easy to read Easy to customize through the PC interface, which works well with this watch
  3. Battery life is great about 8 hours with the GPS on, much longer if its not GPS tracks well and takes about 45 seconds to lock the position
Timex T5K549 Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch is a great training tool that offers a customizable display with up to four data lines and 15-workout downloadable memory with dated summary (1,000 max. laps). This feature loaded watch has a high sensitivity GPS that accurately measures pace, speed and distance without excessively draining the battery.See More
54.10 starsVery Good
  • Sleek and smart, easy to use, comfortable GPS watch
  • GPS works accurately for running, biking and swimming
  • Comes with Heart Rate Monitor
  • Works well in open water and pools and keeps track of swimming strokes
  • Works well for cycling and bicycle mount kit works well
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to read display
  • Gives trouble while using the ANT+ stick to transfer the data
  • Heart rate monitor does not work in water
  • GPS tracking stops working some times
  1. Works really well in open water and pools Keeps track of swimming strokes Works well for cycling
  2. Great GPS watch for running, biking and swimming Comes with Heart Rate Monitor GPS tracking stops working many times
  3. Some users say the GPS is not accurate In some cases switched off during bike rides
Garmin Forerunner 910XT is a sleek, smart and comfortable multisport GPS-enabled wrist watch that provides accurate and detailed swim metrics, cycling distance, speed and other metrics and also tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate for running. This new generation device is designed for open water and pool swimming and is water resistant to 50 meters. It is the first GPS watch to offer extensive swim metrics, including swim distance, efficiency, stroke identification, stroke count and pool lengths.See More
63.90 starsGood
  • Shows current or average distance and speed
  • Easy to charge with a USB cable hooked to computer
  • Easy to use simple watch
  • Good battery life of 8 hours
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Very basic no-fuss watch
  • Low cost
  • Looses GPS connection some times
  • May take a little time to figure out the functions
  1. Has pace, distance, timer and some other basic functions Updates real time pace data by averaging the last few points
  2. Good battery life Easy to use Charges with a USB cable hooked to computer
  3. Low cost Water Proof Simple watch with needed features
Timex Marathon GPS Watch is a basic and simple no-fuss GPS watch for walkers or runners. This is an affordable training tool for athletes who simply want speed and distance on their wrist during a workout. The built-in GPS accurately measures current or average speed and distance without excessive battery drain, providing an impressive eight hours of life in full GPS mode.See More
73.90 starsGood
  • Basic running watch without any bells and whistles
  • Accurately tracks time, distance and average pace per mile
  • Simple to setup, use and upload data to Garmin Connect
  • Quick and good GPS connection
  • Attractive and sleek design
  • Easy to read display with quick readings
  • Reasonable price
  • Low battery life
  • Does not show instantaneous pace
  • Some users faced problem with charging
  1. Accurately tracks time, distance and average pace per mile Connects to satellite fast and stays connected
  2. Shows limited but important data like distance, heart rate, lap pace, and time
  3. Low battery life Some users faced problem with charging Easy to read display
Garmin Forerunner 110 is the easiest way to track your training. It is the basic GPS-enabled watch which accurately tracks time, distance and average pace per mile - with no extra bells and whistles. There’s virtually no setup required, so you can just press start and run or walk with it.See More
83.80 starsGood
  • Good Multi-Sport GPS watch with a heart rate monitor
  • Long battery life - up to 20 hours
  • Easy to read display and has a nice backlight
  • Easy to use and transfer data onto PC or laptop
  • Simple user interface with four different screens
  • Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Vibrating and loud audio alerts
  • Does not work well in water
  • May be too bulky to swim with
  • Setup could be bit frustrating some times
  1. Long battery life Nice backlight Water resistant Vibrating and loud audio alerts
  2. Setup could be bit frustrating some times
  3. Swim proof GPS watch Solid GPS watch with a heart rate monitor
Garmin Forerunner 310XT is a GPS-enabled training device that isn't afraid of the water in pool or lake. The rugged Forerunner 310XT is the triathlete's indispensable training tool - a GPS-enabled trainer that is water-resistant to 50 m, tracks data in multiple sport modes and sends it wirelessly to computer. This multi-sport device has an easy to read display, a nice backlight and up to 20 hours of battery life.See More
93.70 starsGood
  • Sleek and simple design
  • Easy to see and read display
  • Very easy to set up and use
  • GPS gets a lock fairly quickly and maintains the connection well
  • Durable and easy to press good real buttons
  • Option to change the pace display to lap pace, average pace or current pace
  • Can upload data to Garmin Connect
  • Stops working at times
  • Some users faced problem with charging
  • Poor water resistance
  1. Simple design Easy to see display Good real buttons
  2. Does not work all the time May break after some time
  3. Option to change the pace display to lap pace, average pace or current pace Gives great feedback on pace, time, distance at a glance
Garmin Forerunner 210 gives you the freedom to train indoors or out, while tracking every minute and every mile. This sleek and simple, GPS-enabled sports watch accurately records how far, how fast and how hard you worked. Forerunner 210 is easy to setup and simple to use.See More
103.50 starsGood
  • Shows pace, average pace, distance, time elapsed, lap time, calories and clock
  • Reasonably accurate and powerful GPS tracking
  • Easy to set up and use with simple interface
  • Stylish looking watch
  • Charges fast
  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life
  • Expensive
  • Not so durable
  • Works with a specific Heart Rate Monitor
  • May have problems updating with Nike+ website
  1. Charges fast Updates to and from Nike+ website may have problems May not be that durable
  2. Shows pace, average pace, distance, time elapsed, lap time, calories, clock, and heart rate (when using heart rate monitor)
  3. Easy to use watch and computer application Reasonably accurate Decent battery life Can use only specific Heart Rate Monitor Stylish looks Some users had the problem with this watch
Nike+ SportWatch GPS is the game changing combination of Nike’s popularity among athletes and Tom Tom’s expertise in GPS technology. This watch is the most dynamic and motivational running experience in the world - thanks to its unique functionality, beautiful design, and direct connection to nikeplus.com. The reasonably accurate and powerful GPS tracks and then the watch displays pace, average pace, distance, time elapsed, lap time, calories burned and heart rate (with optional sensor).  The watch also has motivational features to the running experience, including run reminders and messages that inspire you before and after every run.See More

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Sports GPS Watch Buying Guide

Reviews of Top 10 Sports GPS Watch - Side by Side Comparison

Sports GPS watches look just like an ordinary sports watch when in fact they can do much more than just chart time and keep track of lap speed. Sports GPS watches are equipped with a GPS receiver and are capable of tracking everything from distance to heart rate.[1] There are a wide variety of GPS running watches available. You can spend a little or a lot, depending on your needs and your preferences.[2] The trick to finding the best GPS watch is to know what you really need.

There are as many sports specific GPS watches as there are sports. Running watches differ from cycling watches, and cycling watches differ from swimming watches.[3] There are several things to consider when looking for a Sports GPS watch like Your Activity, Ease of Use, Battery Life, Water Resistant, Heart Rate Monitor, and Data Downloads.

Your Activity

The first factor to consider is the actual activity. There are different GPS watches for running, cycling and swimming.[3] Even within an activity your choice of the GPS watch can depend on your environment. For example, in case of running, your selection will most probably depend on if you run in plains, hills, in city with skyscrapers, in wet conditions, etc.[4] If you are a beginning runner who is running in the plains, you will want to investigate one of the more basic GPS watches that not only have an affordable price tag, but also enough features for a beginning runner.[5] However, if you are more than a beginning runner, or running in the hills, city with skyscrapers, in wet conditions etc., then you really may need more advanced GPS.[4]

Ease of Use

GPS watches are worn on the wrist just like ordinary watches and they are, in most cases, lightweight and comfortable.[1][6] Most GPS watches are generally quite simple to set up, just switch them on and begin running. The buttons and controls should be easy to operate while running. The watch should have a display that is easy to read, and clearly shows all essential information.[6]

Battery Life

The average battery life of a sports watch is between 6 and 20 hours before the battery needs to be replaced or recharged.[3] How much battery life you need depends on the duration of your run. It's best to have a watch that will last quite a bit longer than your longest run.[7] For some of the models reviewed battery only lasts for about 2 hours when using GPS or other sensors. However, for most models reviewed, the battery life was long (more than 6 hours) even when using the GPS.

Water Resistant

Most GPS watches are water-resistant and resist water up to a certain depth.[8][9] If you are a swimmer then you need a watch that is waterproof.[3] There are GPS watches that are rated as water-resistant, but not waterproof. For example, Garmin Forerunner 310XT and Garmin Forerunner 910XT are waterproof watches that can be used even for swimming.

Heart Rate Monitor

The Heart Rate Monitoring (HRM) feature can be found on some advanced GPS watches and occasionally requires purchase of extra equipment like chest straps. The heart rate chest strap can sometimes be intrusive and can chafe.[7] If you have a health condition or are doing cardiovascular training then heart rate monitoring can be essential for a safe, healthy, and productive workout.[1] HRM allows you to aim for your ideal heart rate, and also calculates how many calories you've burnt during a workout.[6]

If you are using an external Heart Rate Monitor then, in most cases, the GPS watch will use ANT+ protocol to talk to the external device. ANT+ is the most popular wireless protocol for athletic devices, due largely to the open alliance of manufacturers that back it, which guarantees broad interoperability.[3] There are other formats out there, but the sports world seems to be converging on ANT+ for now.[3]

Data Downloads

Most GPS watches will connect to your PC/Mac wirelessly or using USB to download and save your training log for sharing and analysis. Many people now share their running info online, allowing them to swap tips and stories with other athletes.[6][7][3][9] Even new runners are advised to store their data so that they can look back over the months and years to understand their progress.[7]

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