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little technological marvel,
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This review is from: Apple Nike + iPod Sport Kit for iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G (Electronics)
I'm usually somewhat jaded when I see technology, and I was skeptical this would be much better than an equivalent $10-15 pedometer. However, Apple has once again proven that details matter.
I bought this for my wife (forget about having to have Nike+ shoes - it works fine slipped into laces or in a shoe wallet). She plugged it into her first-gen (1G) Nano, and instantly the Nike+ menu option appeared. There's a little calibration that has to be done, but once you get going, it's just neat. You can specify your workout type (distance, duration, just go), and then select a playlist (or shuffle, or something else) and you are off!
There's even a built in voice that will give you a verbal run summary at the touch of a button (and at scheduled intervals).
I run with a fourth-gen (4G) big (disk) iPod, and no, it doesn't work with my iPod. Too bad. I might have to get a Nano just for running - this is too cool, and saves the time off of keeping a running log - it keeps one for you, which you can upload.
-don't need Nike shoes
-works amazingly well out of the box
-easy to use
-neat features (like voice alerts about pace, distance, etc)
-only works with the Nano
-supposedly can't replace the battery in the shoe transponder - we'll see about that
-some calibration required
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2007 12:39:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2007 12:42:37 PM PDT
The accuracy of these devices (IPOD & Nike-Philips MP3) has been tested by Consumer Reports. Even after calibrating the accelerometer, tests have shown a 5 to 10 % variance in the distance measurement apparently depending upon the intensity of the run. If you can get a good gps fix, the gps-based devices for runners should be much more accurate. This said, the IPOD add-on is still a fun toy for runners.
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