Comments: I haven't had any of the issues other users have had. I must be lucky! I have had my black 610 for nearly a year, always had accurate and reliable use from it, running 30pmw average during that time in all kinds of weather. Satellite worked great! Unit functions flawlessly! Touchscreen was responsive and easy to use. Love it! Garmin then decided to come out with white 610s this fall. Well, shoot, I wanted white so I just sold my black one to help fund the white 610. I expect the new unit to function as my old one did, accurate & easy & reliable in every way. I am a female runner with small wrists. The watch is definately on the larger side but well smaller than most full function GPS watches out there. Cannot say enough great things about the 610.
From: Jamie, Nebraska
Comments: My firs6 610 stopped charging at about 10 months and went dead. Read all the review about reverse charging - this is exactly what happened. There is a design defect in the power clip. I sent it back to Garmin and they sent me a new one. You guessed it, 6 months later the same problem. For $400 I would expect it to last longer. Finally, the touch screen is not easy to use - not sensitive at all. Can be as frustrating as the bezel on the 405. The two things i did like, the large display is easy to read while running and the vibration alert is nice. I am looking to buy another brand - I have had it with Garmin watches
From: Brian, Raleigh, NC USA
Comments: Lacking Quality Control! I purchased the new Garmin 610 in late July and I'm having the same issue with battery reverse charging. When I looked at the Garmin Forum website there's four pages of people having the same issue. Garmin has known about this issue for months and still has not pulled the units off the shelves. Why would they continue to sell these units when there is no simple fix. This is unacceptable.
Comments: I highly recommend that folks stay away fro this watch, at least until Garmin works out all the bugs. I purchased one two weeks ago, and the battery drained while charging. I talked to Garmin's customer support and since it was impossible to get it to charge they told me to return it, but a, replacement would take 4 to 5 weeks. I couldn't wait that long, so I just asked for a refund, and ordered a new one from a different vendor. Surprise, surpise, I had the same issue. Garmin told me to upgrade the firmware on it, which I was able to do before the battery completely ran out, but it made no difference. So, here I am getting ready to send the second watch bak for a refund, and probably will never buy anything from Garmin again. Which really blows because I waited a long time for Garmin to release this watch :(
From: Maz, Clarksville, TN, USA
Comments: Disappointed in the quality of this watch. The pin that holds the strap in place works lose and the watch has come off on a few runs. Syncing with the Garmin ANT software is also glitchy in that most of the time it takes forever for the software to detect the device. There have also been a few times that it has failed to detect satellite.
From: PC, Mckinney, TX, USA
Comments: Got this at the Boston Marathon. It's a great watch, but its a piece of junk GPSwise when compared to the 305 I had for years. Has big GPS problems when you hit the start button, also has multiple GPS glitch points in the GPX path data for most of my runs. It's even told me I was running 2 min/mile pace after 7 miles one run. Stay away from this and get the 305.
From: JV, Long Island, NY, USA