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Garmin Forerunner 201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1343 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the route planning and screen. The price and performance also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Forerunner 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Forerunner 201

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 28 user reviews of Garmin Forerunner 201 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, price, performance, route planning, size

79% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Garmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS Personal Training Device

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Forerunner 201

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1227 user reviews of Garmin Forerunner 201 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, performance, price, screen, route planning

reliability, durability

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPSGarmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPS

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Garmin Forerunner 201

 

Review: Whether you're a serious athlete with several Ironman competitions under your belt or a weekend jogger who sweats a 10-minute mile, the Garmin Forerunner 201 will give you a leg up on your training. This lightweight GPS device comes with an...

Lightweight and waterproof; stores up to 5,000 laps in its memory; offers tons of customizable settings; includes software that allows you to download training data to a PC

Frequently loses GPS signals; no heart-rate monitor; occasionally reads altitude and pace incorrectly; uses a serial connection instead of USB

If it weren't for a few performance blips, this feature-packed personal trainer with built-in GPS would be a must-have for runners, cyclists, and outdoor sports junkies.

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Garmin Forerunner 201 Review

 

UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For more current recommendations, please refer to our GPS for runners post. Awhile back I reviewed the Forerunner 301. Today we're going to look at its little brother, the Garmin Forerunner 201. Basically the...

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Garmin Forerunner 201 review

 

Training on a treadmill gives you a host of stats to pace and race against. Whether it's the speed you are going or the distance you have travelled it's all in front of you. Go out into the field however and it's a different story. Sure you can work...

Virtual partner, waypoint support, large clear screen

Cumbersome, doesn’t work as well in built up areas

For the serious athlete going off the beaten path this is a must have, for rest of us, it could easily become a five minute wonder.

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I've used this for years

 

I really like my 201, and I won't replace it until it dies. But I would have thought that the price would have come down a bit since I bought mine.

Totally reliable. The battery is still like new, and doesn't drain when I put it in storage for a few months. The display and buttons are a little bit bigger than most. Screen can be illuminated. Good handlebar mount

Much bigger than most others, so better suited to cycling than running. GPS altitude readings are consistent, but generally accurate to 25 feet (On one stretch of my ride by the ocean it always tells me I'm 12-15 feet below sea level)

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Great product. Perfect for running anywhere outdoors.

 

I love my Garmin Forerunner because I can go anywhere and run wherever and I will always know how far I've gone and my pace. I can customize the display settings too.

Rechargeable with long battery life. Virtual running partner is very handy

Takes quite some time to acquire gps signal lock. It has no problem once locked on though

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Garmin Forerunner 201

 

I love my Garmin Forerunner because I can go anywhere and run wherever and I will always know how far I've gone and my pace. I can customize the display settings too.

Rechargeable with long battery life. Virtual running partner is very handy

Takes quite some time to acquire gps signal lock. It has no problem once locked on though

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A fine unit, when it is working.

 

After going through FOUR Forerunners (two of the 100 series and two of the 201) that have broken down for various reasons, I'm done with Garmin. To their credit, they honor their warranties, but since they keep breaking down, that eventually doesn't do...

Easy to read. Easy to charge

Very poor durability

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A fine unit, when it is working.

 

After going through FOUR Forerunners (two of the 100 series and two of the 201) that have broken down for various reasons, I'm done with Garmin. To their credit, they honor their warranties, but since they keep breaking down, that eventually doesn't do...

Easy to read. Easy to charge

Very poor durability

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Only worked one time

 

I was looking for a GPS watch for running and came across this model. I did some research and this looked to be what I needed. It had all the features I wanted and was real easy to work/understand. The reason why I gave it a rating of 2? It worked once...

It had all the features that I wanted

The unit only worked one out of three times I used it

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Only worked one time

 

I was looking for a GPS watch for running and came across this model. I did some research and this looked to be what I needed. It had all the features I wanted and was real easy to work/understand. The reason why I gave it a rating of 2? It worked once...

It had all the features that I wanted

The unit only worked one out of three times I used it

Product Specifications

The Forerunner 201 is the first all-in-one personal training device that uses GPS satellites to calculate speed, distance and pace. There's no calibration required, and Forerunner's extremely easy to use, so you'll be off and running in no time. You don't even have to think about starting and stopping the timer or punching the lap button to record stats. Forerunner will do it automatically. And when you need motivation, Forerunner's Virtual Partner feature lets you input pace, time and distance goals, and then shows if you're ahead or lagging. User-customized display includes training time, pace, distance, lap pace, lap time, lap distance, average and best pace, elevation and calories. Stores up to approximately 2 years of training histories. Review lap histories to-date, by day or by week. Download histories to your PC using free software from the Garmin Web site. Automatically pauses the training timer when you slow down below a specified resting pace; timer resumes when you start running again. Automatically triggers a lap when you reach a specified distance. Allows you to run anywhere and still get accurate performance data. Allows you to input training goals based on time, distance and pace. Forerunner displays a graphic "virtual partner" that will run with the set goal, so you can see at a glance if you are keeping up or falling behind. Alarm sounds if you are slower or faster than pace you've input. Alarm sounds when you reach the specified time or distance.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):15hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:100 x 64

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:1.7in
Weight:2.8oz
Width:3.3in

GPS System

Connectivity:Serial
GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Elevation / Speed / Time/date
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Running
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:201
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin Forerunner

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Waypoints:100

Reference Resource

Category:Communication equipment
Series:Owner's Manual / Owners Manual/Quick Reference Guide
Title:ForeRunner 201
Type:Reference book/User manual
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