Hi Daring Daisy!
Re: the Garmin, I chose it because it seems like just about every running magazine and forum I read uses the brand, so I just figured, better go with what everyone has just in case I have questions or problems.
I initially got the 305 but returned it the next day! It was clunky on my wrist and the map it offered with its free software was just plain awful (it doesn't recognize my street; it just showed lines on a blank-ish area). I knew I made the right decision when I saw other people in line returning it as well. There are people who are very very happy with it, though... If you're not a geek like me, you may just appreciate it for all the greatness it already offers (along with saving a few bucks).
The extra money plunked down on the 405 was completely worth it, IMO. Sure I had to splurge on a heart monitor on top of everything, but it's sooooo nice! Aesthetically wise, it's still guy-ish looking, but it fits better. It's simple to operate really - just tap, tap, tap the silver ring. It comes with that same free software, but I can also upload it online!!! It also comes with this stick that you plug into your computer and allows you to wirelessly update your progress. It's soo convenient to peel it off after a run and just let it do its thing automatically.
The Garmin 405 operates and calculates like a dream. There was a time when it went a little crazy and had to be reset, but it took me less than 5 minutes to find the solution on the Garmin website. You can program endless types of workouts (interval, heart, distance, time etc.) and it can do snazzy little things like beep when you're going too fast or slow, if your heart rate is out of desired range, etc. If you program a workout to do so, it can beep to let you know when it's time to jog slower or a walking break during intervals, etc. You even have a little buddy on your you can compete with!!! I'm not sure if Polar offers these opportunities, but I know these options take the thinking out of my running so I can just run. (And there's all that analytical stuff you can do afterwards... Nerds' delight!)
What do I not like...? Hmm. That's a difficult one. It goes a little bonkers when I go under trees - but what satellite-operating-gadget doesn't? It comes in gray and green, but I wish it came in pink too. I also wish it could show just a little more information on the screen (heart rate), but I understand that it's already crammed with other info (speed, distance, time, etc). I also don't think it calculates total elevation correctly. But that's about it! I'm actually very, very happy with it.
Let me know what you end up with!
2684 days ago
Happy New Year to you, too, DD! :)
2701 days ago
2702 days ago
Best wishes to you for an awesome 2009, my friend!
2702 days ago
Thank you DaringDaisy!
By the way, I thought of you when I read this on the Daily Spark:
And I can't wait to read the moment you get your ring resized - it will happen soon I'm sure!
2722 days ago