*DISCLAIMER: This isn’t a positive review*
Price: $99.99 USD
After having this watch for a few months, I feel that I can finally write a review on it! Although the Forerunner 35 just recently came out, if you’re looking to save some money on a GPS watch, this review would be useful for you. For starters, the Forerunner 25 is a fairly basic GPS watch, so I figured it’d be ideal for someone who hasn’t had one before and is a fan of low-frills electronics.
It comes with different colour wristbands, but since blue is my favourite colour, Daniel got that one, (it was a birthday present).
As you can see, the face of the watch is relatively small, which makes for a nice fit on the wrist.
The charger is fairly simple and just involves clipping on a backing to the backside of the watch.
The face of the watch itself isn’t touch screen, which is a little bit of a bummer. Rather than a touch screen face, you have four buttons, (two on each side), that allow you to navigate though menus such as settings, history, and starting a run.
It also doesn’t measure heart rate at the wrist but rather via a strap that goes around your chest. I haven’t used the heart rate strap since it seemed a tad inconvenient, so I can’t comment on that feature.
-It counts your steps and calories burned
-It keeps a history of your runs
-It can be connected to Garmin Connect, Strava, and MyFitnessPal
The GPS takes approximately 10 minutes to catch a signal. 10 MINUTES!! That’s way too long. I’d heard stories about some watches taking a while, but I never thought it’d be 10 minutes. The challenge with this is that since I live in a condo complex, my runs usually start there, so I usually have to walk a half block just to get away from the tall buildings.
The most negative feature of all…
IT FREEZES! So far it’s happened to me three times, but it occurs sporadically so I never know when it’s going to happen. Two out of the three times that it froze it wasn’t even cold out, so it’s not like weather was the issue. The first two times that it froze I was saving my run. When you finish a run, you press the blue button shown above which pauses the run. It then gives you the option to save or resume. If you press save, a screen pops up that says “Run Saved!”. This is the screen that froze on me. The problem with this is that I couldn’t remember how long I’d been running, so I wasn’t able to manually enter the run. On top of that, resetting the watch, (which unfreezes it), erases your last run so it’s not in your history anymore!
On the third time it froze, it froze on the “save/resume” screen. By the third time, I’d gotten into the habit of checking the time and distance before I save my run so that I could manually enter my run on Strava. DOESN’T THIS DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF A GPS WATCH?!?!
As you can tell, I’m not very impressed by the Forerunner 25. It’s up-to-date in terms of software, so there shouldn’t be a reason as to why this is happening. It has been helpful because I can see my pace more conveniently than when I ran with my phone, but I shouldn’t have to remember my time and distance IN CASE it freezes. I’m also not covered under Garmin’s warrantee or the warrantee from the store where Daniel purchased it, so I’m kind of stuck. Bah hum bug.
Running Fast, Lifting Heavy Approved: No
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6 thoughts on “Product Review: Garmin Forerunner 25”
My first GPS watch was the Forerunner 10. It was so lousy that when I was looking to upgrade I left Garmin entirely and went to Suunto. Glad to see it wasn’t just me.
How is Suunto? I’ve kind of looked into themy but not too much. I’m just in disbelief that I need a new watch after only having it for three months.
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That is insane. I got the Suunto run. It’s pricey but I wanted something with long battery life. It’s got more features than I need and a friend had to walk me through it but once you get the hang of it, it’s good. The signal is very quick to pick up, which is a huge deal. I know there’s a big divide between Garmin and Suunto but I had heard more complaints about Garmin’s reliability, or lack thereof.
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