That then leads me to...what's next? I could send back to Garmin for a $90 repair. But I also need a new USB stick, which is around $30, and a heart rate monitor is around $50. A whole new 410 kit is around $140, so that doesn't make sense.
So, I can do one of several things.
Option One: re-up for the love/hate relationship with a new 410. I just don't know if I can do this again. Before the 410, I had a 405, so I have been dealing with the touch bezel for years. And I just can't get excited about buying a new 410, as much as I try to rationalize it. There are times in any relationship when it is time to just move on, and I think I am at that point with the whole touch bezel experience.
Option Two: a Garmin 210. Buttons! Functionality! Not too fancy. But... the kit with a new HRM costs $250, even on eBay. Note to Garmin: notice that the less functional, simpler, originally cheaper 210 is now more expensive than the 410? Why do you think? Hint: it rhymes with the much despised "Much Pezel". Anyways, I am leaning this way, but I feel like I am paying top dollar for old technology that is bound to be replaced soon.
Option Three: Some other Garmin device like 610 or 910. In my opinion (and based on what I have heard and read) my fear is that the 610 is another example of making things too fancy by introducing a touch screen. Again, why is Garmin so anti-button? Did little buttons that always work and don't have a mind of their own do something to someone at Garmin? I wish they would make a 410 with no touch bezel and just buttons. I'd buy it. And it's expensive too, like $350+. I would have to really like it to spend that.
Option Four: Something radically new. There is a lot of interest in this space given the dearth of options. I am sort of a gadget nut, and so I saw this from former Nokia engineers in Denmark on Kickstarter, the Leikr. A picture:
I originally saw it when one could be had for $149; now it is up to $299. And I am a little leery of buying something that I really have no idea how well it will work. It sure looks cool, though. Maybe at $149, but at $300, am I really ready to spend that and trust it will work and actually be as cool as it looks? I don't know. (Just found a DC Rainmaker preview.) But it won't ship until June/July, so it is kind of out anyway -- I am not waiting six months for my data!
And here is another potential newbie, the Bia. And a pic.
But that watch has a separate GPS tracking device that is not on the watch itself -- it's like an iPod you have to also carry. That just looks like it won't be a good thing for me -- I have issues carrying my iPod, why do I want to worry about a GPS unit too? And it also won't ship until June. But I really, really, hope they make it and it is a viable project.
Sighs. So I really don't know.