Magellan Switch and Switch Up GPS watch

Magellan is entering the fitness world with two brand new GPS watches. Let’s keep this short:

Magellan Switch:

  • fitness training device w/ 9 customizable sport profiles
  • high resolution display
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • high sensitivity GPS receiver
  • 50 meter water resistance
  • works with ANT+™ sensors

Magellan Switch Up has all of the above plus:

  • barometric altimeter for elevation data
  • thermometer
  • vibration alerts
  • quick release mount to easily transition between sports

Other features, etc

  • Battery Pack Extender w/ 16 hours of extra life (24 total)
  • available Spring 2012
  • Magellan Switch: $250 ($300 with Heart Rate Monitor)
  • Magellan Switch Up with a Multisport Mounting Kit $300, +$50 with HRM

Polar RCX5 Heart Rate Monitor watch with GPS

Polar RCX5 is one of the latest from the company. It’s not too out of the ordinary when it comes to sports watches with its monochrome display but it can report on the status of your heart while talking to a GPS that attaches to your arm so you know exactly how serious your workout is and where.

RCX5 can also talk to various other stride and cadence sensors, mostly for runners and cyclists.

The nice thing with these design is each different sensor have their own battery so they’re not hogging the juice out of your watch. Just make sure to charge the piece you’re going to use. It’s already on sale at Amazon for $450.

Nike+ Sportwatch GPS needs improvement

Hey are you considering getting yourself the Nike+ Sportwatch with GPS? Take a second to read this review first. And of course check out the screen shot above. See how off this thing is? My Galaxy S phone combined with Google My Tracks does a lot better than that.

The nice thing about this GPS watch - if everything worked smoothly of course - is the way it combines data from both the Nike+ shoe sensor and GPS data. Shoe sensor gets the job done on the treadmill and the GPS receiver is a lot more accurate outdoor over longer distances.

Garmin Forerunner 610

Whoa! Check out the new Garmin Forerunner 610. This is the latest GPS training watch from the company - and the first to feature a touch screen. The watch is specially designed for runners as it can provide basics such as pace, distance, time, but also provides heart rate information (need the monitor), lets you create interval workouts, and makes you compete harder with the Virtual Racer feature.

Garmin Forerunner 610 has a vibration motor for alerts, of course in addition to audible tones, and it has the older more standard features such as auto lap, auto pause, etc.

There is already a review up here plus Garmin also created a Forerunner 610 mini site.

Here is pricing: For $349 you will get the watch, USB ANT+ stick, charging cable. For $399 you will get the watch and the ANT+ soft premium heart rate strap, and stuff that came with cheaper bundle.

new GlobalSat GH-625XT GPS training watch

At CES 2011 we got to see the new GlobalSat GH-625XT GPS sports training watch. This new device integrates a SiRF Star IV GPS receiver, and uses a new higher capacity battery that gets at least 10 hours with 3D fix, GPS on, HBM, and backlight on. It comes with a heart rate monitor sensor, can calculate calories, and has an IPX7 waterproof design. Other features include ability to track back, and route navigation.

GlobalSat GH-625XT can store 100 waypoints, 120000 tracking points, and weighs 95 grams.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

At CES 2011 in Las Vegas Nike and TomTom announced the Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom. This new GPS watch targets avid runners and allows them to share their experience online at

Nike+ SportWatch GPS has a super simple design with only three buttons and a Tap Screen for navigation. During the run, the new Nike+ SportWatch GPS tracks location and shows time, distance, pace, and calories burned. And for most accurate distance information the GPS receiver works in tandem with the shoe-based Nike+ Sensor.

Some features include

  • Tap Screen for setting laps and activating backlight
  • Run History with data from past runs
  • Personal Records including those imported from
  • Quick Start with optional shoe-based Nike+ Sensor
  • Heart Rate Monitor compatibility

What’s different about Nike+ SportWatch GPS is that even encourages you to run. For example it will recognize your personal bests, nag if you haven’t been running for 5 days, and provide post run acknowledgment and encouragement.

Once you’re done running works with USB port on a Mac or PC and transfers information to The site provides GPS mapping, total miles, pace and elevation data.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS will start selling in US and the UK starting April 1st.

Garmin Approach S1: GPS watch for golfers

Garmin keeps going after golfing market with a new sleek looking GPS enabled wrist watch designed to help golfers on the course. The new GPS watch is called Garmin Approach S1 and it costs about $250 on their site.

The really nice thing with the Approach S1 is that it comes preloaded with over 14000 courses so more thank likely it is ready to be used right out of the box. It shows which hole you’re on and displays yardage to front, middle, and back of the green. Other features include the ability to measure individual shot distances, and also act as an everyday life when you’re not on the course.

As far as hardware specs Approach S1 weighs only 1.8 ounces but still is rugged and waterproof, and has an ultra-thin backlit display, with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last about 8 hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in regular watch mode.

Garmin Forerunner 210

Garmin’s new simpler GPS watch for running is the Garmin Forerunner 210 which is going to cost $300.

Compared to the Garmin Forerunner 410 we just mentioned 210 lacks the ANT+ wireless technology for syncing to your computer and does not have the fancy bezel. However it is smaller and lighter and has an extra week of standby time.

You’ve still got the high-sensitivity GPS receiver with Garmin’s HotFix technology, and the ability to set up heart rate alerts to notify you when you are above or below your targets.

When you’re in training mode the battery should get you about 8 hours, and by then you really should be done with your first marathon.

Garmin’s website is already featuring Forerunner 210.

Garmin Forerunner 410

Garmin Forerunner 410 is the latest and greatest GPS watch for runners. With a price tag of $325 you better be running at least once a week. We’re talking serious workouts here.

This new Forerunner comes with enhanced touch bezel, heart rate monitor and new software. Some other new improvements include better power management which alerts runners before transitioning into power-save mode and allows users to manually shut down the power for long breaks.

It has the ability to wirelessly upload data to the Garmin Connect online training community when in range of your computer using the ANT+ technology and a USB stick which is included.

You also have HotFix satellite prediction from SiRF which lets you get a location fix faster than ever… Check out the new Garmin Forerunner 410.

brass GPS wrist navigator

We just came across this truly awesome GPS navigation idea - without the use of any satellites actually - brought back to life by asciimation. The idea is the same as the Plus Fours Routefinder we mentioned a while ago.

…The knobs on the end were made from acorn nuts and a piece from a binding post screw… The directions are printed out onto a 35mm wide strip of paper and then simple taped and wound onto the scrolls… To load the device you unscrew the knobs and insert the scroll into the watch ensuring the paper slides nicely through the slot in the left hand end….

Of course the project was a lot easier these days thanks to Google Maps where you can print out a list driving directions. All you have to do is some editing so it fits the paper roll and looks decent.