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Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

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Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  charles.moman on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:12 pm

My 305 would not hold a charge like it did when a fresh new puppy.
I almost sent it in to Garmin and paid $80+ to get a refurb.
I ran across the Magellan Echo "smart watch" and got one for $129.
It "echoes" the data from your iPhone running app.
Here is a TOO LONG video of me showing the highlights.
I did not script it, so I wandered a bit - sorry - you don't have to watch it!  Smile 

For fast and competitive runners - you will not be interested - you want to be as light as possible.
I got it for ultras - as long as you keep your iPhone running - the Echo will keep working.
I have a Anker recharge unit (shown in video) that is not small, but can fully charge an iPhone 5-6 times.
I wear a vest, so it works great - for me.

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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm

Interesting...I ended up paying $75 to get a refurbished 305 when mine died this fall.
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  charles.moman on Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:20 pm

I kept my Garmin, so I still have the option of doing that too.
And I may do that when I don't want to run with a phone - of course, now Susie would kill me if I did not carry.
In case I fell.
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  T Miller on Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:19 pm

@charles.moman wrote:I kept my Garmin, so I still have the option of doing that too.
And I may do that when I don't want to run with a phone - of course, now Susie would kill me if I did not carry.
In case I fell.

I opted for the free referb even though my watch was out of warranty. Did you at least call them?
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  charles.moman on Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:20 pm

It still holds a 2 hour or more charge, so I was thinking about giving to a friend at church.
I may call them anyway, but there is a standard charge.
My friend would love it and he does not do huge miles.
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  Jim Lentz on Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:03 pm

There is a standard charge, but Garmin has been known to waive that charge.
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:14 pm

@Jim Lentz wrote:There is a standard charge, but Garmin has been known to waive that charge.

Dang, I couldn't get them to waive the charge for me Sad
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  charles.moman on Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:45 pm

The support page says a flat $79. My 305 is over 3 years old - way way out of warranty.
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  T Miller on Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:24 am

@charles.moman wrote:The support page says a flat $79. My 305 is over 3 years old - way way out of warranty.

My watch was way out of warranty too and they replaced it with a referb free of charge. All I'm saying is that you should call them.
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Re: Goodbye Garmin 305 - Hello Echo

Post  charles.moman on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:36 am

The last time I used it, I think it lasted for 3-4 hours.
I gave it to a fellow guitar player - he is a runner, but only does 4-5miles a day normally around Columbus.
Last fall he did his first half marathon and I don't think he cares about going longer.
I told him we could send it in if he wanted to pay for it, but he is very happy with it.
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