Garmin FR110 vs 210

We thought it would be useful, particularly for someone thinking of buying their first running watch, to compare the features of the ever popular Forerunner FR110 with the “new kid on the block”, the FR210.  In the comparison of Garmin 110 vs 210 we will look at what’s the same and what is different.

If you’ve narrowed your choice down to these two models then this article should help you decide which features are important to you. If you’d like some guidance on how to choose the best sports watch for you click here

Garmin FR110 vs 210: What The Same? What’s Different?

 Feature Forerunner 110Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Unisex Sports Watch Forerunner 210Garmin FR210 GPS Sport Watch with HRM
Battery: Lithium-ion, rechargeable Yes Yes
Battery Life Approx. 1 week based on 45 minutes running using GPS per day, remaining time watch in power save mode Approx. 1 week based on 45 minutes running using GPS per day, remaining time watch in power save mode
Weight 52g 52g
Unit Size W x H x D 4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4cm 4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4cm
Display Size & Resolution W x H 2.5 x 2.5cm52 x 30 pixels 2.5 x 2.5cm52 x 30 pixels
Water Resistant Yes rain is OK but watch should not be submerged in water Yesrain is OK but watch should not be submerged in water
GPS enabled Yes Yes
High Sensitivity GPS Receiver Yes Yes
Ability to add maps or plot waypoints
Storage of Training History on Device 1,000 laps 1,000 laps
Compatible with ANT+ heart rate monitor Yes Yes
Heart Rate Monitor Included Yes(some versions)

Yes(some versions) Uses the 2010 design of premium heart rate monitor which reduces risk of spikes and dropouts

Compatible with ANT+ foot pod Yesavailable as an optional extra. Able to track distance when treadmill running. Particularly useful if you train indoors during the winter months. Also measures  cadence
Compatible with ANT+ Bike Speed/Cadence Sensor No. But can switch mode from Pace (minutes per distance, say 8:00/mile) to Speed(mph or kph) No. But can switch mode from Pace (minutes per distance, say 8:00/mile) to Speed(mph or kph)
Compatible with Garmin Connect (free software to analyse data) Yes Yes
Shock resistant Yes Yes
Automatically transfers data from device to your computer No, data transfer is via USB No, data transfer is via USB
Pauses and resumes timer based on speed (ideal if you have to stop when crossing busy junction- saves you having to remember to press start when you’ve crossed the road) No (have to manually pause and restart) No (have to manually pause and restart)
Virtual Partner (allows you to race against a little stick man. You set the pace e.g.9:00/mile and the display will show how far you’re ahead  of or behind that pace )
Auto Scroll (Automatic Scrolling of data pages during workout) No (but not really an issue as there are not that many data fields) No (but not really an issue as there are not that many data fields)
Ability to create custom, goal oriented training runs (advanced workouts)
Garmin Forerunner110 GPS Enabled Unisex Sports WatchFR110 Garmin FR210 GPS Sport Watch with HRMFR210
Interval  Training (ability to set up exercise and rest intervals Yes based on time or distance you can set up intervals forWarm up length, ‘Work’ length, ‘Recovery’ length, number of Work/Recovery intervals to be completed,  Cool-Down length.There’s a tone alert at the last 3 seconds of an interval so you don’t have to keep glancing at the watch when performing “intervals”.
Data Fields (excluding Interval Training)
  • Pace/Speed: Lap Average
  • Pace/Speed: Overall Average
  • Distance: Lap
  • Distance: Overall
  • Time: Overall
  • Time: Lap
  • Heart Rate: Current  (if using HRM)
  • Heart Rate: Zone (if using HRM)

 

  • Instant Pace
  • Pace/Speed: Lap Average
  • Pace/Speed: Overall Average
  • Distance: Lap
  • Distance: Overall
  • Time: Overall
  • Time: Lap
  • Heart Rate: Current  (if using HRM)
  • Heart Rate: Zone (if using HRM)
Ability to customise screens
Auto Lap (allows you to set up the device so that it automatically creates lap-markers at predetermined distances e.g. every ¼ mile) Yes Yes
Multi Sport (sport mode button)
Back Light (for reading screen in poor light) YesWhen ‘light’ button is pressed, light comes on for 10 seconds then fades out.Lighting up time cannot be changed. YesWhen ‘light’ button is pressed, light comes on for 10 seconds then fades out.Lighting up time cannot be changed.
Swim Metrics  (stroke type, stroke count, pool lengths)
Heart rate based calorie calculation Yes(if wearing heart rate monitor) Yes(if wearing heart rate monitor)
Forerunner 110 womens
Forerunner 110 mens
Forerunner 210

 

Our Verdict

Compared to many other sports watches these two Forerunner models score highly when it comes to size. They are very comfortable to wear and are much smaller than say FR305 or FR310XT.  We think it’s the size and comfort factor, that partly explains the long standing popularity of the FR110 with women runners.  And many runners (mostly men!) use them are ordinary watches too. As the FR210 is the same size as the FR110 we expect that over time the newer model will be as popular, if not more popular especially as it has more functionality.  For more information on the 210 check out our FR210 GPS Sports Watch w/HRM Review.

Both models are definitely a runner’s watch.  They are so easy and intuitive to use. But they are NOT for runners who want the ability to

  • Customise display screens
  • Create and download custom workouts to their device

For those runners demanding greater functionality we suggest you check out our FR 610 Review

So who wins the  FR110 vs  210 battle?  The 110 is an excellent choice if you only want the basic functions in a GPS watch for running. And it does them all really, really well; There is a reason this model tops the best sellers list……it meets the needs of lots and lots of runners.

However, the addition of interval training options and foot pod compatibility on the 210 really does put the newer model into the “best running watch on the market” category.  It allows you to expand and vary your running sessions. We think it meets the needs of the majority of runners. We are big fans!

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