I am in love with my Garmin 610 Forerunner, it was definitely on the pricey side, but I found it on Ebay new for a bit less than most retailers.
It has 4 different screens that you can customize, ave pace, actual pace, duration, distance, it even has a virtual runner so if you want to try and keep up with an 8 minute mile you set it up and then it shows you how much behind or a head of it you are.
The watch fully charged lasts for 10 hours of running and has a power saver mode where you can just use it as a watch for days without turning on the GPS. I guess my only issue is how long it takes to acquire satellite signal, but only because i am impatient and want to get my running started. No more than 3-4 minutes max, but that fan feel like an eon when you are primed and ready to run or you are about to start a road race. It was interesting to see how much farther I ran on my half than the mile markers actually said. They don't really take into account you running around people.
I have an android phone and an ipod/arm band. I was training for a half and wanted to carry less. Before I got the watch i was using runkeeper on my android, every once in a while it lost the signal and couldn't tell me where i was, but i was most worried about the battery dying or dropping my phone.
It seems like any iPhone App the use the GPS just suck it dead. Runkeeper I have to turn off as soon as I am finished. I got a Mophie juice pack and that helps a lot but I have to make sur I switch it on before hte iPhone is sucked dry.
Pace is how fast your run, e.g. 8:00 per mile. Cadence is how many steps you take, e.g. 176 steps per minute. Some systems have you target a specific cadence to train good running form.
Can't help you with watches. For now, I use apps on the iPhone. A Garmin might be in my future if I run longer; I've had issues with battery life in cold weather on the iPhone. It tracked 3 hours of bike ride in the summer, but can be iffy for an hour and a half run in the winter.
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I'm needing to learn how to keep a steady pace and am on the market for a quality, but not too expensive, gps/pacing watch. What do you use? Recommend? How do you like it? Why?
I'm looking to track pace, distance, and heart rate for sure. Cadence sounds cool but not sure how it's much different from pace?
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