Garmin Forerunner 10 Quick Review

Garmin announced the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch in 2012. This GPS watch has all the basic features enough to track and record your running activities. I finally decided to buy a GPS watch to replace my iPhone device which I used to track my pace every time I train and join the running events.

Let’s take a look a quick review of the Garmin Forerunner 10.

UNBOXING AND FIRST LOOK

Inside the box are the following:

  • Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch
  • USB Charger
  • Manual

Unboxing the Garmin Forerunner 10

Unboxing the Garmin Forerunner 10Unboxing the Garmin Forerunner 10
Unboxing the Garmin Forerunner 10Unboxing the Garmin Forerunner 10
Unboxing the Garmin Forerunner 10Garmin Forerunner 10, USB Charger and the Manuals

The USB Charger with 4 small pins that latched at the back of the FR10.

Garmin Forerunner 10 USB ChargerGarmin Forerunner 10 USB Charger

The charger does not have a power plug for charging.  You’ll definitely need to find a Laptop, PC or Mac with USB to plugin.

Garmin Forerunner 10 USB ChargerGarmin Forerunner 10 USB Charger

This is how the display will look like once connected to the USB port. You’ll notice the small charging bar on the left side of the screen.

Charging the Garmin Forerunner 10Charging the Garmin Forerunner 10

How the Garmin Forerunner 10 looks like when worn.

The Garmin Forerunner 10 looks like when it is wornThe Garmin Forerunner 10 looks like when it is worn

SPECIFICATIONS

Physical & Performance:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: Black/Red: 1.79³ x 2.25³ x 0.62³ (4.55 cm x 5.72 cm x 1.57 cm); Pink/White & Green/White: 1.58³ x 2.05³ x 0.62³ (4.01 cm x 5.22 cm x 1.57 cm)
Display size, WxH: Black/Red: 0.98³ x 0.94³ (2.5 cm x 2.4 cm); Pink/White & Green/White: 0.81³ x 0.77³ (2.1 cm x 2.0 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 55 x 32 pixels
Touchscreen: no
Weight: Black/Red: 43 g (1.5 oz); Pink/White & Green/White: 36 g (1.3 oz)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: 5 weeks in power save mode; 5 hours in training mode
Water resistant: yes (50m)
GPS-enabled: yes
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
Maps & Memory:
Basemap: no
Ability to add maps: no
Accepts data cards: no
History: 7 activities
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 0
Routes: 0
Features & Benefits:
Heart rate monitor: no
Bike speed/cadence sensor: no
Foot pod: no
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): no
Garmin Connectâ„¢ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person): no
Virtual Racerâ„¢ (compete against other activities): no
Courses (compete against previous activities): no
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout): no
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button): no
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts): no
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace): no
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal): no
Vibration alert: (choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert): no
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): no
Heart rate-based calorie computation: no
Swim metrics (stroke type, stroke count and pool lengths): no
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness): no
Customizable screen(s): yes
Barometric altimeter: no
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): no
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+â„¢-enabled power meters): no
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride): no
Shock Resistant: yes
Sport watch: yes
Additional: Virtual Pacerâ„¢ (compares current running pace to target): yes
Personal Records: yes
Run/walk feature: yes

MENUS AND OPTIONS

  1. Run Options
    • Run/Walk
    • Virtual Pacer
    • Laps
      • Auto Lap
      • Lap Key
    • Auto Pause
    • Data Fields
      • Time/Distance
      • Time/Pace
      • Time/Calories
      • Pace/Distance
      • Pace/Calories
      • Distance/Calories
    • Pace/Speed
      • Pace
      • Lap Pace
      • Avg. Pace
      • Speed
      • Lap Speed
      • Avg. Speed
  2. History
    • Runs
    • Records
  3. Settings
    • Alarm
    • Tones
      • Key Tones
      • Alert Tones
    • Weight
    • Setup
      • Time
      • Language
      • Units
    • About

FIRST RUN AND TRAINING TOOLS

GARMIN CONNECT / GARMIN EXPRESS

To keep track of your running activities, you need to register and sign-in to Garmin Connect. Download and install also the Garmin Express to setup your Garmin Forerunner.  The application is available for Mac and Windows. Using the Garmin Express, you can easily synchronize your activities from your watch to your Garmin Profile. You can also update and sync your watch for any updates from Garmin Center.

In your first plugin to USB, launch the Garmin Express to detect your device.

Garmin Express New DeviceGarmin Express New Device
Garmin Express SynchronizationGarmin Express Synchronization
Garmin Express DetailsGarmin Express Details

Your Garmin Connect Dashboard will show the detailed statistics of your running activities. You can add as many modules as you can in your dashboard such as Calendar, Reports, Personal Records, Activities so on and so forth.

Garmin Connect DashboardGarmin Connect Dashboard
Garmin Connect DashboardGarmin Connect Dashboard

PROS AND CONS

Pros: Cheap, Waterproof and has accurate GPS

Cons: No Bluetooth connection, No Hearth Rate Monitor

SUMMARY

Overall the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch has all the basic functions and features needed by a runner to track and record their running and training activities. Aside from inexpensive, it has also the intuitive display and easy to use options. This watch is recommended for runners aiming to run as far as 42K (26.09mi) only since the battery life will only last for 5 hours when GPS enabled.

REFERENCES

Download the Garmin Forerunner 10 user manual.

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