When I first got it, I opened it and started playing. The first difference I noticed was how many more options there were than the 110. I could set courses, have a virtual training partner, transfer workouts with the ANT agent, (which I LOVE) and easily view the history of my past workouts. To this day, the only extras I have used are the history menu and the ANT agent.
I had read a few complaints about the Bezel and wasn’t quite sure what it even was until I received the watch. Come to find out, the bezel is the round thing around the face of the watch that allows you to switch screens simply by sliding your fingers in a circular motion. I keep my bezel locked because it’s too difficult to try sliding your fingers with the appropriate pressure while running. Honestly, all I really care about is my pace per mile anyway, so it serves no purpose to me. It’s a feature that I can keep locked, therefore, it really isn’t a big deal… until stuff starts to go wrong.
I’m currently on my second Garmin 405 and will soon be on my third. I’m not exactly sure why it goes crazy like it does, but I’m almost 100% certain it has something to do with the bezel. About a month after I had the watch, it literally went berserk. Beeping, blinking, off, on, you name it. Luckily the battery was almost dead so it didn’t last too long. I’ve been on my second Garmin 405 for about three months and it was doing just fine until this past Saturday. When I walked out into my living room at 6am and heard it beeping for no reason, I knew there was a 50/50 chance it wasn’t going to work for my run. The moment I got the satellites to lock, it went from the “Bezel Locked” to “Bezel Unlocked” screen non-stop, and beeped every single time it switched. After a pause for some water, I couldn’t get the time to start back up (it was too busy deciding whether it was locked or unlocked), and it continued to beep every single moment of my run. When I came home, the beeping continued and I was getting quite irritated. There was nothing I could do, not even switch screens or start the timer.
Garmin, I will be contacting you about another replacement BUT I would love it if I could switch models. I don’t want the 405 anymore. I could care less about all of the extras and the bezel. I want the reliability of my Forerunner 110. It never once gave me any problems, and I’m still sad someone stole it.