Garmin Forerunner 610 - Functionality

By Cliff Jones



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The watch measures 4.57 x 6.35 x 1.42 cm and is lower in profile than the Forerunner 410 and the Nike SportWatch. It weighs 75g, 12g more than a G-Shock Classic, and has a metallic casing that covers the back and the sides of the body.

The screen is unlocked from its wristwatch slumber with a swiping motion, revealing the main menu. The menu system layout marks a big improvement on previous models. The structure puts History and Training at the top level, instead of burying previous workout stats as a subset of Training.

Runners love their stats. They love other runners' stats too, and the online Garmin Connect service is a haven for training analysis. Workout data is transferred wirelessly to a computer using the Ant USB stick. Recording a run is easy - the Forerunner 610 combines the eager simplicity of the Nike SportWatch with the advanced functionality of the 410.

Instead of accessing the Training menu, you simply swipe to the Timing page and the watch starts looking for a fix on a satellite, which it finds in under a minute. Even in built-up areas and forests the 610 was able to locate a signal relatively quickly.

In-run controls take full advantage of the touch screen, allowing a runner to swipe between menus displaying up to four screens of customisable data, showing everything from heart rate, calories burned, speed, pace, time and distance. Screens can also be set to autoscroll so you can review your details on the move without having to touch the watch.

Runs can be uploaded wirelessly to the Garmin Connect Service to display more detailed stats and record or share your details online. (View details our 10k test run)

Garmin Forerunner 610 zig zag

The 610 accurately passed our zigzag test while we ran down a road, showing up the pattern as we altered our position by a few feet.


June 2, 2011, 1:47 pm

Another option for runners on a budget is the Garmin Forerunner 305. It's a bit older and a bit bigger, but it does almost everything the newer watches do and it's under £120 at Amazon including a heart rate strap.


June 2, 2011, 4:41 pm

Good point Tim. The 305 is a bit of a beast to wear, however, and would look out of place as a regular watch. You could argue a running app would do the same for free, but then you'd miss out on the Garmin Connect service. It depends how seduced you are by the latest improvements and style, which of course come at a high price. Do you need it? No. Has that stopped you buying tech in the past? ...

Garmin Forerunner 610

June 13, 2011, 5:46 pm

This could be a good alternative for the runners to have this gps sport. It's really helpful and useful for them to archieve the target. Nice and cool for this gps!


September 6, 2012, 1:35 pm

I just want to compare features of different Garmin watches. is there a site that shows that

Brandon Frye

June 21, 2013, 2:06 pm

I LOVE the 310XT! This watch has served me well over the last couple of months that I've had it. The battery life is phenomenal and plus its waterproof! I can use it for over 2 weeks without charging, and that's running over 30 miles a week. It isn't exactly the prettiest watch, but the orange is kind of cool. Here's a review if that helps:
A friend of mine also recommended the 305 for me but I didn't like the reviews on the satellite loading times. The 210, 410, and 610 look more sleek and casual, but really I kind of like the look of a small computer on my arm, lol. I'm sort of a geek, so that's a plus for me. I have also heard of complaints about the sensitivity of the bezels on these devices. I would recommend that people look at their budgets and needs before purchasing a GPS watch. These watches can get pretty expensive. But, then again, running is probably the cheapest sport around.

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