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gpspassion

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Posted - 29 mars 2010 :  14:41:12  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
PREVIEW - GARMIN FORERUNNER 110 GPS WATCH
SiRFstarIV - Heart Monitor Option - Battery Life: 8 hours/3 weeks - April 1st Launch
Full preview is now available below following the launch


Garmin have just announced the Forerunner 110 GPS "Watch". It revisits the streamlined design of the Forerunner 405 launched in 2008 while the Forerunner 301 launched in 2009 took after the larger Forerunner 205/305 models. The "touch bezel" of the 405 has apparently been replaced by buttons, which will probably make it easier to use in the heat of the action.

The big news is the first appearance of the SiRFstarIV chipset launched by CSR/SiRF last summer and previewed at the MWC show in Barcelona in February. This new chipset has several features that shine in smaller devices where there is no room to fit a large antenna, this includes low power consumption (8mW vs 20mW for SiRFstarIII), an "anti-jammer" software and SiRFaware to make GPS available at all times even in sleep mode. Interestingly the press release mentions "Garmin’s HotFix® technology to quickly acquire and sustain satellite reception" but it's most likely a rebadged SiRFaware as it is more advanced than the ephemeris based "auto-AGPS" of the nuvi PNDs.

The battery life is improved compared to the Forerunner 405 but only in "power-save mode" where it is rated at 3 weeks versus 2 weeks measured on the 405. In training mode it remains at 8 hours, possibly meaning it uses a smaller battery for a more compact overall size.

The Forerunner 110 will be available for runners at the Paris (April 11th), Boston (April 19th) and London (April 25th) marathons and is likely going to be launched at a presentation in Paris on Thursday, so stay tuned for a preview on GpsPasSion and on the GpsPasSion Twitter feed !


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Garmin® Forerunner® 110 Simplifies and Streamlines GPS for Runners

OLATHE, Kan./March 29, 2010/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Forerunner 110 sports watch – a sleek, intuitive and affordable solution for runners, joggers and walkers who simply want to know the most essential of real-time workout data: how far and how fast. Forerunner 110 was announced in preparation for world-class marathons in Paris, Boston and London, where it will be on display at Garmin booths in each location.

“Forerunner 110 fills the needs of runners of all levels by focusing on simplicity without sacrificing accuracy,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Within seconds of stepping outside, you simply press start and instantly know your distance, pace and time – all without any complicated setup or excessive accessories.”

Inspired by the countless runners who have the same request at race expos and retail outlets – “Show me the Garmin watch that has GPS and is easiest to use” – Forerunner 110 is the ideal entry-level device for easily tracking progress and goals in exercise and training. In addition to displaying time and distance, Forerunner 110 shows pace in one of two ways, averaged out either over the current lap/mile (if auto-lap is enabled) or over the duration of the run. Runners wearing a Garmin heart rate monitor (included in some bundles or available separately) can monitor how hard they’re working while they exercise as Forerunner 110 displays current heart rate data and features heart rate-based calorie computation. Between workouts, the simplified menu system helps users review run data, change auto-lap, set an alarm or edit the user profile.

Water-resistant and slimmer than any other GPS-enabled fitness watch on the market, Forerunner 110 boasts a high-sensitivity SiRFstarIV GPS receiver with Garmin’s HotFix® technology to quickly acquire and sustain satellite reception, perfect for wooded trails under dense trees or in the urban canyons of skyscrapers.

Available in three stylish color combinations – black/gray, charcoal/red and gray/pink – Forerunner 110 looks fashionable on the run, in the office or out on the town. Lasting up to 8 hours in GPS/training mode and up to three weeks in power-save mode, Forerunner 110 can be an everyday watch even on an off day of training. Users can save time by charging the battery and uploading workout data to Garmin Connect™ at the same time through an easy-to-use USB connection, which also is used to upload free software updates quickly from www.garmin.com.

Because Forerunner 110 stores and displays up to 200 hours of saved history, runners can see their totals even when they haven’t had a chance to upload to Garmin Connect. But once at Garmin Connect (http://connect.garmin.com), users can quickly and easily log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with friends and family and participate in an online fitness community of more than 20 million activities around the world. Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, speed, elevation and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as the popular Google Earth application.

Forerunner 110 is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin’s other products and services, go to www.garmin.com, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/jakesjournal. To watch step-by-step, feature-specific tutorial videos for Forerunner 110 and other Garmin products, visit the online learning center at www.garmin.com/learningcenter.

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gpspassion

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Posted - 02 avr. 2010 :  00:48:57  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was at the launch in Paris this morning, here are some first pictures :

Next to the Forerunner 405 :


The Three FR110 models : Men's (two on the left) and Women's


Very sleek and light devices, think of them as a Forerunner 50 with a GPS moduls. I'll post pictures of the menus tomorrow.

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gpspassion

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Posted - 02 avr. 2010 :  17:58:10  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
PREVIEW - GARMIN FORERUNNER 100 LAUNCH IN PARIS

Garmin held a press conference for the launch of the Gamin Forerunner 110 in Paris yesterday. I had take my FR405 for comparison purposes. Pictures and comments follow :


1. THE FORM FACTOR

The FR110 is quite "wearable"


Viewed from various angles, no sign of SiRF on the back...


Without and with the Backlight - a nice "indiglo" blue


2. THE MENUS/FEATURES

The menus are accessed by a long press on the bottom left button


No intricate menus like on the FR405, only 9 choices here, under "format" you can choose pace or speed, to be used for cycling or skiing.
A limited feature set, by design, to keep things simple and easy to use on the go.



The current software version : v2.00


3. COMPARED TO THE FR405 - FR 110 RANGE

Screen has a similar size





The FR110 is thinner and shorter as they were able to reduce the size of the antenna ("below" the screen on the FR405) thanks to the use of the more sensitive SiRFstarIV chipset


The thee models, the first two are designed for men and third one for women, only the color changes though, the size is the same

4. FINAL WORDS
All in all the FR110 appears to be an interesting device, a "real" watch with a GPS module and a datalogger. The GPS module happens to be the SiRFstarIV chipset, its first appearance on a GPS device. Gone are the more advanced (and sometimes intricate) features of the FR405 that had already lost the map screen compared to the FR205/305, such as the training schedules (time, distance, calories), a detailed satellite screen or following a course programmed on a computer. We'll see how it is welcomed by the users but that's already how I used my FR205 or my FR405. I'll report back when my test units comes in and I start using it.

Pricing : $200 for the model without a heart rate monitor and $250 for the bundle, see the FR110 page on the Garmin site.

Questions, comments ?

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