Here's a competitor to the excellent Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS trainer, and this one's from Korean company Paroos. Its G100 adds music functions to its GPS tracking, featuring an MP3 player with 512MB of storage as well as an FM radio.
Besides displaying distance traveled, speed, elapsed time and caloric expenditure just like its Garmin Forerunner competitor, this one has a few extra features. It'll tell you what the temperature is, has an accelerometer on board and will be available in three different color combinations of silver, platinum and black.
A bit of personal experience with the Garmin models, after the jump.
Neat tricks indeed, but still, the Paroos G100 looks clunky, like a handheld GPS device strapped onto a wristband—reminds us of the boxy Garmin Forerunner 301.
As you might have read on the link just above, I used to swear by the Garmin Forerunner 301, even after acquiring a Forerunner 305. But then suddenly late last year, Garmin released a firmware update for the 305 that completely fixed its slow satellite acquisition times. I positively reviewed it here.
Now, it's the best GPS training device I've tested, and I use it every day. I've put well over 1,200 miles on these Garmin units, and really like the ability to upload time, distance and heart rate data to a PC and manipulate it in a myriad of ways.
This G100 is intriguing, and brings a few new features to the GPS trainer arena. The MP3 player idea is interesting, but we're wondering about that headset wire dangling from the arm and getting in the way.
I'll keep my 305, at least for now. By the way, no pricing or availability was announced yet for the Paroos G100, and at this point we're not even sure if it'll be available in the US.