Garmin Forerunner 205

garmin forerunner 205 GPS watchOne of our perennial favourites, the Garmin Forerunner 205 set the standard for GPS watches.  While it lacks some of the features of more recent watches, including a heart rate monitor, it is still a great GPS watch and at around £80 - £130 is probably the best value for money watch around.  Stockists of the watch are getting rarer as it gets older, however we have found a number of retailers who still stock the Forerunner 205 and have listed these below in price order.

The Garmin Forerunner 205 Sports Watch with GPS Receiver

Specialising in not only sports watches but powerful and compact GPS receivers and heart rate monitors, Garmin has been one of the leading companies preferred by athletes and industry professionals alike for quite some time now. Experienced in manufacturing top shelf wrist mounted equipment such as GPS receivers, heart rate monitors, and all in one athletic wrist watches loaded with features, it's no surprise that Garmin once again comes out with a well-thought out and flexible product like the Garmin Forerunner 205.

While technologically advanced, this wrist computer also comes in a sleek, wrist mounted form factor. Small enough to be treated like a wristwatch while durable enough to take the punishment and abuse athletes and outdoorsmen subjects their equipment to; the Garmin Forerunner 205 should prove to be a formidable companion wherever you may choose to take it.

On The Surface: The Garmin Forerunner 205

Part of Garmin's line of high performance personal trainers, the Garmin 205 is an immensely useful tool for serious runners and fitness freaks alike. A flexible combination of fitness managing software and a GPS navigational unit, it is a worthy update to the Forerunner 201 which preceded it.

Several improvements to functionality, features and form factor have been made on the Garmin Forerunner 205 model. The overall packaging of the watch has decreased in size substantially, making the watch more comfortable and ergonomic in turn. The Forerunner 205's GPS tracking receives a major boost in functionality with the inclusion of the ultra sensitive Sirfstar 3 receiver, a substantial improvement over the 201's capabilities. GPS functionality on the Forerunner 205 is optimized for athletic activities such as running, walking, jogging and biking. Outdoorsmen can even use the device while skiing or hiking if they'd like.

The Forerunner 205 GPS watch enables the user to a variety of powerful features including waypoint marking and distance measuring with the GPS device. Information such as this can be set to display on any of the Forerunner 205's three main data screens, with up to 12 different data fields of information available for customization. The built in memory allows storage of information and feedback collected by the Garmin Forerunner 205 so the user can review and analyze the data for later analysis and improvement. Gathered data can also be shared, analyzed or stored with Garmin Connect, or the free Garmin Training Center software.

Under the Surface of the Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS Wrist Watch

The 205's design is proof of progressive design practice from other GPS devices, taking a cue from the Garmin Forerunner 301. The 301 had all the full functions and durability known in a Garmin product, but the form factor still proved to be bulky and cumbersome for the wearer. This all changes with the Forerunner 205, which now features the form factor closer to a sleek sports watch. The unique curved design of the Forerunner 205 enables the unit's GPS antenna to face the sky even when on the move.

The large, widescreen display offers high resolution, and is of incredible clarity and crispness. Combined with the simple yet intuitive button layout, setting up the Garmin Forerunner 205 to your liking will be a breeze. The buttons are designed to have great tactile pressure response on top of being sizable and pleasing to the eye.

The Garmin Forerunner 205 features an internal, high-sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS receiver. While not primarily a GPS tracking device, it makes GPS-related tasks such as rudimentary mapping, waypoint marking, and routing capabilities that much more speedy. Additional GPS features such as the ability to mark locations along your current path, you can even zoom in and out of the simple map display. Locations defined by the user can now be saved as a route that can be later referenced in the watch.

Intended as a training tool for the runner or athlete, The Forerunner 205's ability to organize large amounts of data types in such a small package is a unique feature to Garmin watches. Different kinds of data and variables such as calories burned, distance or elevation are easily viewed on the intuitive screen. In addition to multiple lap and pace modes, Garmin's Virtual Partner function popular on previous Forerunner models have been included on the 205. In this function, a virtual runner or biker can compete against you with flexible user defined variables and setups.

USB connectivity has been a standard of Garmin devices for a few line ups now, and the Forerunner 205 utilizes this to full effect with the Garmin Training Center software. The ability to mark out courses on your PC can also be uploaded into the watch itself, and can even be combined with other workout information. The software's ability to overlay workout data on more detailed maps of your favorite workout areas makes planning every little detail down to the last sidewalk or footpath a breeze.

Garmin's MotionBased service is also fully supported by the Garmin 205. This internet based data sharing framework allows the exchange and transfer of courses, maps, and performance data with other Garmin users and allows for many possibilities such as competing with other users. The Garmin Forerunner 205 is also compatible with, a prominent web based training system which aids athletes in performance and improvement over the wide expanse of the internet.

USB connectivity is enabled when the charging cradle is attached to the bottom of the Forerunner 205. The box includes the watch itself, an AC charger and manuals. The USB docking cradle comes with cable a as well the Garmin Training Center software.

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