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New Forerunner GPS watch from Garmin

Marathon runners and wilderness cyclists rejoice! Garmin will reportedly unveil their new 305, the latest in their line of Forerunner GPS watches, at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show. Previous models—the 201 and 301—clearly wouldn’t win any beauty contests, and the 305 actually looks more like a watch, albeit still harkening back to the 1980s and calculator watches.

One of the other changes to this model may be the placement of the antenna on the angled bottom half of the watch, addressing the complaints of signal loss found in older versions of the GPS watch. The signal loss was particularly pronounced when around tall trees and buildings, so hopefully Garmin is taking steps in the right direction on that.

The waterproof Garmin 305 not only provides you with GPS information, but will also keep track of your heart rate, speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. The black-and-white display may seem a little primitive for a modern-day GPS device, but enthusiasts have commented that they have no need for the bells and whistles of a colour screen. That said, the good people of Garmin clearly are taking considerations from customers that used their previous models.

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