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Hi all as promised I thought I'd write a review on a GPS watch I have purchased. Hopefully it may help somebody who were looking at the lower end of the GPS watch market
I bought it for £77 off Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultrasport-GPS-Navrun-500-Heart-Rate/dp/B003XII6YS
I was looking at lower end Garmin or a Soleus but I took a rather large gamble and went for the Ultrasport.
It took about 5 days to be delivered and was well packaged and kept safe. The actual box the watch comes in is nothing to write home about, pretty bland.
On opening the box first thing I noticed was that the watch actually looked like a watch I know it sounds daft but I wanted something I could wear all the time. Its not flashy at all but is very sturdy and looks like it will last a very long time. Also it comes with a heart rate monitor, which again is very well put together and works a treat. It also comes with a USB clip for charging and data transfer. Its like a crocodile clip but again it works very well and feels solid. It comes also with about 4 or 5 instruction manuals covering different languages, I think Ultrasport must be German as the watch comes through with the default language setting of German, but it only takes 30 seconds to change the language to English, the manual shows you how.Finally it comes with a teeny CD that has a kind of rip off of the Garmin program for looking at your data, more of that to come.
So far so good, how well does the watch perform. It takes 3 hours for a first time charge, 2 hours for a full charge there after and a 15minute charge will give you an hour of GPS. Battery life without GPS can be up to a year! With GPS on I have made it out to be roughly 9-10 hours. Turning the watch on for the first time (Indoors) it took 2 minutes to acquire a satellite, but since then it take about 10-15 seconds, even inside my house at certain points.
As I am injured I thought I'd take it for a walk. I used a route that I know to be smack on 1.5miles, low and behold the watch agreed. You have so many options that I cannot remember but i'll try....you have, time, stopwatch,heart rate, heart rate max, heart rate avg, altitude, distance, speed, Avg speed, top speed, pace, average pace, calories burnt, heading, lap distance, lap number, lap time, compass, amongst other things. They all seem to be on the ball, when my car speedo said 40mph the watch did too, when I done a mile in my car the watch agreed. However I am not too sure about the altitude. So the watch functions and does what it's meant to. The best thing is its so easy to use and the amount of freedom you have to set the watch up how you like it. When running you can alternate between 3 screens, you can do this manually or choose for it to change every 3 seconds. On these screens you choose what you want, for instance I have on the first screen PACE DISTANCE TIME the second screen AVG SPEED SPEED CALORIES BURNT and on the third screen ALTITUDE TIME AVG PACE. I forgot to mention that you enter all your details into the watch initially weight age etc.
It comes with a heart monitor which fits well and does what it needs to do and seems to be accurate, I have a rest heart rate of 54 and it reads 53-54 on the watch
The software that comes with it is pretty basic but has everything you will need, you can program the watch wholly through the software saves you pressing buttons on the watch which after a while can be fiddly. Just a case of using the crocodile clippy thingy and pressing data retrieve and everything saved on the watch downloads. You get a google earth map which shows you where you