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Garmin Forerunner 210 Review


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On July 24, 2013
Last modified:September 25, 2014


For a runner, this watch would be a great accessory for one to train and track their progress. With an in built GPS, interval settings and flexibility to store data from certain indoor equipment, this is a good watch to get for fitness enthusiasts.

So, it’s been a long time since I last did reviews. Most of them are published elsewhere (like the one on the Puma Mobium Elite here). I get kinda lazy to write two reviews of the same products hence the lack of reviews here. I try though and thus the posting of this Garmin Forerunner 210 review. 


Garmine forerunner 210 review







I got this watch as a gift from my besties for my birthday this year. I wanted a GPS watch that could track my mileage with HR included and at a decent price to boot. People I asked had all kinds of opinions, and while they were with good intentions, they left me more confused than ever. 

Went to this place at Bras Brasah where the auntie was quite friendly plus depending on your bargaining skills, you can get a better price than shops at Velocity and other departmental stores. I looked at a few options but decided on the Garmin Forerunner 210 in the end. Why did I choose it? Namely cos of the functions below.



the 210 forerunner with HR (strap not shown)


Indoor – I like how you can use this indoors as well, so while it doesn’t measure bike speed/cadence, it still lets me know how much I burn using the HR function in a spin session or any other indoor activity.

Auto lap – You can set the auto lap according to time or distance.

Interval Training – You can do HIITs with this. Setting it up is a breeze, doing the HIITs? Not so much, they are soooo tiring but oh so good for you.

Memory – ability to store data of up to 1000 laps

Aesthetics – Simple and slick

Garmin Connect – online community for those who like to obsess over their numbers. (kidding!) It’s for you to record down all your workouts and track your progress. 

I also like how it shows you the time, pace and distance ran all at once while you are doing your run, or you can choose to set it to HR mode so that you can do tempo or fat burning runs according to your goal and not go over into the anaerobic state. Previously, it was hard for me to tell how I was faring but with this, it’s so much better and it makes me more conscientious on the quality of my runs.

Garmine forerunner 210 review

What’s in the box

garmin forerunner 210 singapore

Charging via the clip that connects with the four node sensors at the back. 

What I didn’t like about it:

No auto pause – Would love to have this function, had to manually press stop every time I hit a traffic light.

Cannot use for swimming – It is water resistant, meaning that if it gets rained on or your sweat drips on it, it’s still okie. What’s not okay is DO NOT wear it for water sports like swimming, diving, etc

Backlight – I wish for the backlight to be on for more than like 5 seconds which will come in handy especially if you are running in the dark. 

Vibration alert – When doing interval trainings, if you are listening to music then you prob won’t hear the alarm so this is where a vibration alert will come in handy

In comparison with:

Alpha Mio – Didn’t have GPS nor lap/split time, etc – read review here

Polar RC3 – Basically the same but with more expensive at $399!

I wasn’t really too keen on New Balance, Timex, Soleus and the others as they either didn’t catch my eye and simply wasn’t what I was looking for. 

Garmin forerunner 210 and Forerunner 910XT

The Garmin Foreunner 210 with the Garmin 910XT which I am salivating over! But it was beyond my budget 🙁

What watches are you using at the moment? Or are you using the same one as me ? 

Thanks for reading! 

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5 thoughts on “Garmin Forerunner 210 Review”

  1. Interesting review on the Garmin. Makes me want to buy one. Wonder if they also have dive watches, and what they’re like. You should totally write a review on a dive watch if you get your hands on one, or rather, one on your hands.. 😉

  2. I have a Garmin 110….does not have HR. This is a good watch for dry land athletes, sucks if you do triathlons. I have ongoing (since I purchased the watch) issues with the charging/upload connection…frequently get “Device not recognized”, “Device has malfunctioned”, or simply “No Device Found”. Extremely irritating, as eventually (after I’ve diddled with around with it a few minutes) it does connect. I’ll never buy another Garmin product.

    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      Ah, I have a few friends who did say they had problems with charging too. but lucky for me, I did not experience any so far. Maybe Garmin has to look into the quality of their charging system since the number of people who have difficulty charging are quite high.

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