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New Balance RunIQ Smartwatch, Silver, One Size
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- Sync with Strava - Connect and share workouts with a global community of athletes
- Bring the music - sync, store and Listen to Google play playlists via Bluetooth Headphones
- Map every workout and keep the pace - Track course, pace and distance with built-in GPS and Track time and intervals with dedicated lap button
- Track hr - monitor heart RATE in real time and stay in the target zone
- Track a marathon - up to 24 hour Battery life with typical Use, or up to 5 hours continuous life with GPS and hr monitoring
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After trying out Android Wear 2.0 on this watch for a month, I'm upgrading it to 5 stars. There's still issues with certain apps, but that's got little to do with the hardware and software supplied by New Balance (well, Intel is still likely on the hook for some incompatibility issues, but I'm seeing fixes coming in).
Specific improvements under 2.0:
1. Play Music is now a stand-alone app that can stream anything from your library AND radio off WiFi! Great for the gym.
2. Performance issues are gone. Can easily play music, run fitness monitoring, and interact with notifications/other apps at the same time.
3. Battery life is same or better - lower drain when disconnected from phone.
New Balance, consider adding a rotating bezel and a screen specifically designed for outdoors usage and you have a winner on your hands (wrists?). Also maybe consider waiting a bit until you can launch with software (Wear 2.0, in this case) that the product was designed for - now you have so many negative Wear 1.4 reviews :)
Have had this watch for a month now, and this is my second Wear watch. It is a solid first offering from New Balance, and there's scope for it to be 5 stars, depending on how Wear 2.0 works with it (update not available yet).
Why this watch:
I looked at pretty much every sports-oriented wearable in the market before settling for this one. It has a new, designed-for-wearable chip, one of the more accurate heart-rate sensors, GPS, WiFi, sufficient waterproofing, and decent looks. Polar's offering is a nice alternative if you are okay with its screen and appearance. The upcoming Huawei watch 2.0 and Misfit Vapor are also promising, but I decided against waiting for them. I think they might have better battery life, but inferior heart rate monitors (these are hard to get right on wrist wearables). Still, alternatives to consider, depending on your preferences.
1. Good screen - vibrant and clear. Not very good outdoors - next gen, perhaps? Some apps have a black-and-white ambient mode screen (e.g. Google Fit), which actually is quite readable even outdoors - but that's a software workaround.
2. Great strap - I prefer this over all others: leather, metal, other "silicone" bands. This one stays clean, and is comfortable when wearing tight (important for accurate heart rate measurements) - just the right amount of flexible; stays cool, thanks to the little hearts. It's a really good strap, I was surprised that I might actually care for all these attributes.
3. Quite accurate heart rate monitor - the readings are sane, unlike my previous Moto 360. I'll try it out against a chest strap at some point, but from experience over the last month over a variety of activities, the readings are good enough for fitness purposes.
4. Price: barring the Misfit Vapor (not out yet) and Moto 360 Sport (poor reviews), this is the only Wear watch below the $300 point with these features.
1. Battery life and performance: Yes, the two go together! I think the battery life on this watch is acceptable, but not great. I can just about do 18 hours with ambient screen, WiFi off, 1 hour of fitness usage (no GPS, but continuous heart rate, WiFi on, and Google Fit in the foreground, streaming music over Bluetooth). I could probably stretch it *much* longer by turning ambient screen off as well. Performance is fine - it slows down in some conditions, and sometimes for specific apps - see notes near the end.
Many newer Wear watches have chips designed for wearables, by Qualcomm (leader in power-efficient chips). This one has an Intel chip, also designed for wearables. Someone needs to do real benchmarks on the two for performance and battery life - right now, I cannot say if this one is better or worse than alternatives.
2. Thickness: Adding GPS, waterproofing, a large enough battery for fitness usage, and a plastic case instead of metal (GPS watches are usually not metal, as far as I know) probably contributes to putting this watch on the thicker side. There are slimmer and smaller wear watches, but those will have to make a compromise some other way. I think this watch is comparable in size to other sports watches (Wear or otherwise).
1. Missing rotary control: Wear 2.0 supports rotary controls, and NB could have put in a rotating bezel, or a standard rotary crown on the side. All three buttons are push-only. I personally would have preferred a rotating bezel, but probably wouldn't pay a lot more for it - I get by with the touchscreen just fine. I think because it doesn't have a metal body, it doesn't register as many phantom touches when wet as the Moto 360.
2. Only one size and appearance - if it works for you, great (note: now there's a rose gold option, but it probably isn't "rose gold" enough).
Notes on performance:
A lot of reviewers have complained about performance, and I think I know where they're coming from. Here's what I have observed, and my notes on why that might be happening:
1. Performance can be really sluggish when disconnected from phone, or on WiFi - and this is not consistent. I haven't noticed slow-downs in about a week now, coinciding with a recent Wear update - so maybe it's been fixed? I suspect there were some system-level or app-level bugs that caused them to misbehave when they don't have a Bluetooth link to the phone.
2. I had issues with Google Fit - after an update, it stopped working. Then, after another update, it started working again. This might happen with other software too.
3. Some third-party apps and watchfaces could cause performance problems - I think Wear Mini Launcher is driving up power consumption on my watch, for one.
Hoping things will get much better with Wear 2.0, which by design has stand-alone apps.
As a wearer of a Samsung Gear S3, I still think Google hasn't quite got the watch OS down. I think Tizen is a much more organized and easy to use wearable interface. It could also have to do with the rotating bezel. Samsung knocked it out of the park with that feature, and I think New Balance/Intel/Google really missed the boat on that. Running and swiping one of four directions, remembering which direction to swipe, where everything is, etc.? Not a home run.
That said, the 2.0 update made a huge difference. I played around with the watch prior to the update and Android Wear prior to 2.0 was a total loss. I would not have given the watch to my wife, who is absolutely not a technical gadget person, without the update to 2.0.
The build of the watch is great. While I'm not a rubber/silicone band person (metal bands for me) I wore it for a bit and it's comfortable enough. I don't feel the body of the watch is 'large' but many will. I like big faced watches (I think Diesel faces are about the right size :-) ) and my wife is fine with the size of the watch.
The build quality is good, no worries about it falling apart or breaking easily.
The heart rate monitor seems to work quite well. Our testing shows it to be accurate and it picks up the heart rate without any issues, unlike other wearables we've tested.
The GPS feature is really nice. My wife doesn't like to take her phone when she runs, so having something that can accurately track her path and map it out has been a great feature for her. It tracks strides, pace, and several other metrics that she has not been able to track and is now getting into serious analysis of her run because she has the data. She's been able to make some changes to her stride based on the data and feedback from a coach that have really helped her time and quality of the run. While there are certainly more advanced watches out there, as her first foray into a running watch this has been a huge plus for her.
Integrating with Strava is neat from a tracking perspective, but the need for social networking everything in life seems a bit far-fetched. it's good that you can use the software without having to succumb to the 'hey everyone, look at me and my amazingness' mentality that drives this generation.
The ability to track progress over longer periods of time via Strava is helpful in looking at longer term effectiveness of her runs.
The one problem I have had with the unit is charging. I admit a bias to the Samsung Gear charging stand -- I really like it and I think it is one of the best designs I've seen for charging a watch -- but the charging dock on this watch suffers from a design flaw. The band is a silicone material, and therefore somewhat springy. The charging 'connector' on the watch is at the top of the face, and that band connection is not very flexible, by design I think. What we've experienced is that if you set the watch on the charging stand and aren't really careful or don't allow that top band to hang over the side of the night table, it can spring back up just enough to not allow the watch to charge properly. It's a weird thing to describe, but I think they understood the likelihood of this happening based on the strength of the magnet in the charging base. It's strong, but not ALWAYS strong enough to keep the watch from popping up just the slightest bit if you aren't on the ball about how it is sitting. I'd love it if NB had a stand that lifted the watch up off the table so the band hung down and couldn't put pressure on the connection point. Or if they would move to a cradle system like Samsung uses.
All in all I think this is a great piece of kit. It might get replaced in a year or so with a more specialized Garmin or whatever the next gen is, but for now this is a huge advancement over what she's had in the past.
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Lo llevo a correr, tarda un os 30 seg en coger la cobertura GPS y conecto unos auriculares bluetooth (en mi caso Jaybird X3) y reproduzco la musica almacenada en Google Play (te puedes hacer tu cuenta gratuita y subir tu colección, recomiendo hacer una colección exclusiva para el reloj puesto que el almacenamiento es limitado).
Al reproducir muscia hay pequeños cortes, creo, por estar el receptor de los auriculares en el lado opuesto de la muñeca donde llevo el reloj, al correr y flexionar los brazos, el reloj está más cerca y esos cortes se eliminan. Se puede solucionar cambiando el reloj de mano o eligiendo unos auriculares con el receptor en el lado izquierdo, para mi no supone mayor problema puesto que lo uso principalmente para correr.
Respecto de la sumergibilidad, perfecto de estanqueidad, lo he llevado a nadar en piscina y al mar y sin problema. Eso sí los pines de carga que hay bajo el reloj para conectar con la base SE OXIDAN, por lo que no lo recomiendo para nadar en el mar, retiré el óxido con la punta de un cuchillo, pero ya lo dejo sólo para piscina. El óxido impedía que conectase bien sobre la base para cargar.
El pulsómetro a veces es errático, pero es lo general, según he leído, en este tipo de relojes.
Imprescindible ponerle protector de pantalla.
La batería es algo escasa, lo puedes llevar al trabajo, pero al volver estará ya cerca de agotarse, diría que unas 10h con las notificaciones activas.
Con el sudor o mojado no responde bien la pantalla, como es lógico, hay que preparar lo necesario antes de que se moje y tener bien configurados los botones laterales.
Muy cómodo la lectura de las sesiones de entrenamiento y que te las cargue en el teléfono sin hacer nada. Parece una tontería pero al final acabo consultando cosas en el reloj por no sacar el móvil, pensé que usaría poco este tipo de notificaciones, pero son cómodas de usar.
Pese a los inconvenientes lo puntuo con 4 estrellas porque es un producto bastante completo y funciona bien, para el uso que yo le doy que es básicamente deportivo amateur, va sobrado. Además de que se puede llevar en tu rutina diaria si no demasiado extensa.