I did not know about the swap program. I would have opted for the swap at 79.00. Instead I just purchased a new 610. I have not been able to sync the ant to the unit so I can't use Garmin Connect yet. Of course they are closed on the holidays.
As a critique note, the 305 is great. My only complaints are that uploading, it sometimes drags or stops and I have to restart firefox and I would love to have more data fields.
The 610 has the data fields that rotate. The 310 is easier to read at night with the backlight which is better than the 610 backlight. Also, the 310 has more data to review before uploading.
The 310XT has a longer battery life at 20 hours and the 305 has an 8 hour battery life. THe 310XT is a letter less bulky and is completely water proof as it is aimed more for triathletes. You can go to Forerunner websites and do a side by side comparison of their watches.
I am having the same issue with my Forerunner 305. I e-mailed the company yesterday and asked about getting anew battery.
They say - here is the quote from the return e-mail...
"Rather than repair your Forerunner 305, we do a one for one exchange and replace your unit. You would receive a newly overhauled unit in return. The general turnaround time for this is approximately 10-14 business days after your unit is received at the warehouse. All Garmin products are warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. If you are inside one year and can provide an original proof of purchase there would be no cost for the exchange. Outside of warranty there would be a cost of $79 plus tax where applicable. We accept credit card or check for payment of out of warranty units. If you would like to pay by credit card, we ask that you do not send this via email for security reasons. Instead, please provide a contact number and window of time in which we can call you to acquire this information. If you would like to set up an exchange, please reply back with the following information: -First and last name you would like the order booked under -Contact telephone number -Physical Shipping Address -Billing address if different from above -Proof of purchase if within one year I will then set up the order and respond back with the shipping information."
So, I guess the question is... do I spend 79.00 for a "used" unit.. or just buy a new one. I think I am going with the $79.00.
My battery was quick to die from the get go, and I asked them about 6 months after I bought it about it. They gave me an RMA number. I lost track of the issue because I went Garmin-free for a year... then asked them, "Can I still use this RMA?" IOW, I acted like a goof ball and still...
They said, send it on in. And replaced my Garmin 305 completely(!) within a week of my getting that done and sent to them.
Go on their site and contact their customer service. Garmin was GREAT.
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I feel like the battery power on mine has gotten a little worse and I have had it for the same time you have had yours. I just deal with it though. If it dies on me, it's usually my fault for not charging it as often as I should.
I got Jay the 310XT for his 30th birthday and he loves it. The layout and size of it is very similar to the 305 but with a much longer battery life. I got it on Road Runner Sports with joining their VIP club and saved I think about $40-$50 on it b/c it's a $300+ watch.
I have had my Garmin 305 for 3 years with no problems. I never charge the battery until it tells me to charge it, and I usually get a good 2 to 3 weeks of running in between charges. Lately, the battery life has been greatly diminished, so I fear it's on its last legs.
Has anyone sent their Garmin back to have the battery replaced? If so, how long was it gone and do you feel it was worth it to do so, versus just getting a new one?
If I were to get a new one, any recommendations? I am not very tech-savvy, and I seem to recall that they had a very basic model, but I can't remember the model number. The 405 is not an option as I don't want to deal with the touch screen. My MP3 player and phone are touch screen and I absolutely cannot operate them without a high degree of frustration.
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