Out of the box the battery ran out almost in 4 hrs (After a full charge cycle) I was not sure if It was a great idea to get this watch with that battery life. Eventually I figured out that I had everything turned on wifi/Bluetoth/activity tracker/gps/glonass. Once I took care of that I have Sinc been wearing thiswatch all day. In the last 4/5 days the battery barely dipped by like 15%. I had the activity tracking truned ON, I also got few runs on my treadmill. Now I am really happy with the what battery life I get out of this and I am sure now I can charge this once a week as I did with my Garmin 610.
I know the real test will be running out door, especially in Downtown where I know my 610 was really good. Again I am going by the review sites posted all over the running fourms about GPS accuracy. Garmin 610 was one of the best with respect to GPS and distance accuracy. The runnung pundits also claim that the issues seen in 220/620/fenix2 are fixed in 920XT. I hope they are righ!!!. By the time i done with this post I hope I will have answer to that question.
On a side note my training has not picked up the pace especially since I went on vacation. My running group also fell apart. Quite a few of us are injured and few are busy. I don;t think anyone is running as much as we did before and I really want to get back to my routine. I still run regularly but I not able to do long distance any more.
Now getting back to review of Garmin 920XT. On treadmill, the watch was good but nothing new with respect to what I got with Garmin 610. The only thing I like 920XT is the direct Indoor running option and I don;t have to wait for gps to fail and watch to ask me for Indoor run option.
I still have not figured out how to get my running details sync'ed via Bluetooth to my phone. It seems that the watch always looks for wifi connection and I have to turn it on every time I need to transfer my data. Its not bad but I mis the Garmin 610 option where I just left the watch on my desk and that was it.
The activity tracker is really what I liked about this watch. I did get a few strange looks for wearing a huge watch. It looks kiddish with the blue color and I really would have preferred some professional look. Ignoring the people staring at my hand I am going to keep using it at least till I have to wear a jacket so that I can hide the watch.
On Sunday I did manage to run outdoor with my Garmin 920XT and it was good. I really liked how fast the GPS locked and I was good to go. It took less than 20sec to get a GPS lock and it was as accurate was my 610. My 610 was not bad as well, it only struggled when I changed locations or if it was cloudy etc...
Garmin 920XT did not loose the GPS signal under Gardiner which 610 did soemtimes. Overall nothing bad to report about GPS. Not sure if was worth the money I spent.. Now that question is meaning less now that I already bought the watch and used it.
One negative comment - I was not able to upload the data via wifi when I got home. Had to go find the cable and do it that way. I hope that is just one off event where it failed. Because I rarely had to touch my Garmin 610 setup. Once in a while it would not find the watch but restarting the Garmin connect on PC fixed that. One thing that I did not like about Garmin 610 was that I had to leave the desktop in Windows because it did not work on Linux side. Now I was hoping that with 920XT I can actually dump windows but than that is not a aspect anyone would buy a watch for.
.Here is how the run went today.