Suffice to say Garmin has pretty much dominated the workout space when it comes to tracking your fitness routine.  That isn’t to say there aren’t other players in the space, but Garmin’s Forerunner watches, and variations there of, are probably the most robust and one of the most reliable.  Now Magellan wants in on the action and has released the Switch Up (they also make a lesser version called the Switch).

Much like Garmin’s Forerunner watch you can mount this bad boy to your wrist and track your pace, elevation, location, speed and much more.  This version also includes a bike mount for those competing in triathlons, and if Magellan is to be believed switching from the wrist mount to the bike mount should be a snap.  Thanks to ANT+ tech it can work wirelessly with a compatible heart rate monitor as well as a a foot pod and bike sensor for added info.

All this data is displayed on a 1.26-inch high resolution screen, which is apparently viewable even in direct sunlight.  That’s assuming of course you’ve still got juice left in the rechargeable battery, which should be good for up to 8 hour of continuous use when in workout mode or 3 weeks when in just watch mode.  Score the add-on battery pack and you can extend the time between charges by up to 24 hours or 9 weeks, respectively.

The whole package is waterproof up to 50 meters and let’s not overlook the barometric altimeter and outdoor temperature sensor, something Garmin hasn’t included in any of their Forerunner devices to date.  However, Garmin does boast Garmin Connect, their social networking like service, which allows athletes to share data, trails as well as compete with one and other in a virtual format directly on the device.  That said, we’re not sure that Magellan has a chance in hell when it comes to competing with them, but our hats are still off to them for a robust device that seems like it can easily stand the test of time, as well as multiple climates.

Magellan hasn’t said when they’ll start selling the Switch Up, but expect it to cost $300, or $350 with a heart rate monitor.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."