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Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom (Black)
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- Water resistant Nike+ SportWatch features TomTom GPS for accurate speed and distance information, indoors or out--even if the GPS signal gets interrupted
- Track your time, distance, pace or speed, beats per minute (BPM) heart rate (with optional HRM sensor sold separately by Polar), and calories burned; view your mapped route with pace data/changes in elevation on Nikeplus.com, Stopwatch feature
- Track NikeFuel on Nikeplus.com after every run; Time/Date set feature
- Rechargeable lithium polymer battery charges via USB, provides eight hours of run time with the GPS and sensor both turned on, up to 50 days of standby power
- Join challenges and connect with friends as a member of Nikeplus.com-view/share routes, find popular running areas, share activity on Facebook or Twitter
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|Display||VFD||128 x 128 pixels, Digital Display||Glass||Glass||TFT LCD||Ultra-thin, high-resolution, sunlight-readable, color touchscreen display|
|Item Dimensions||0.6 x 2.3 x 1.4 in||0.5 x 1.4 x 1.6 in||3.66 x 5.83 x 3.66 in||3.66 x 4.13 x 3.66 in||1.73 x 0.67 x 2.28 in||1.61 x 0.31 x 10.11 in|
|Item Weight||—||1.6 ounces||0.92 lb||0.79 lb||2.4 ounces||1.33 ounces|
|Sport Type||—||running||Running||running, running||—||cycling|
|Style Name||—||Watch Only||With Heart Rate Monitor||Cardio Runner||GPS Watch||Without Heart Rate Monitor|
What is the Nike+ SportWatch GPS?
Combining Nike’s understanding of the athlete with the GPS expertise of TomTom, Nike+ SportWatch GPS is a game changer for runners. Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom uses both GPS technology and the Nike+ shoe sensor to capture every step of your run. Runners can then upload their data to the nikeplus.com website, where new mapping features allow them to see their runs and find popular routes, track their goals, receive coaching tips, challenge friends, and share their progress through Facebook and Twitter.
- See or hear your distance, pace, time and calories burned
- Get detail on every run when you upload to Nike+
Get a Push
- Set goals to keep you moving
- Use Nike+ Challenges to motivate yourself and others
- Get custom training programs that help you prepare for a race, event or sport
- Receive trophies, medals and attaboys as rewards for your efforts
- Use Nike+ to stay connected with your friends and millions of runners worldwide
- Find the most popular areas to run
GPS and the Nike+ sensor combine to give you accurate info -- indoors or out -- without the wait. Using the Nike+ sensor, you can start a run without having a GPS signal. Also, if you’re running outdoors in an urban canyon or tunnel where the GPS signal is obstructed, the Nike+ sensor kicks in for seamless data tracking.
Personal Coach: Reminds you to run, stores your Nike+ run history, and remembers your PRs. Set up the type of program you want based on your experience level, event distance and how frequently you are able to run each week. Nike+ Coach will track your individual runs via graphs, allowing you to compare your times and better understand the trends in your overall performance. You’ll also get tips and advice to ensure you’re training properly.
What's in the Box
Nike+ SportWatch GPS, Nike+ Sensor, Quick-start Guide, USB Cable (for Hard-to-access USB Ports)
Stopwatch: You can start, stop, pause and mark up to 50 laps by tapping the screen. Once you are done, you can review your total time, best lap time, average lap time or individual lap times. This data is stored on your watch until you rest it and will not be uploaded to nikeplus.com.
Alarm: You can set an alarm on your watch. When the alarm is set there is a visual indication on the watch face.
Time Set: The time of day or date can be set on the watch without needing to plug it in and use Nike+ Connect.
Pace/Speed: Runners can now choose between displaying pace and displaying speed on the watch.
Laps: The sensitivity of the tap feature has been improved so that users can confidently get a tap when they want, and not when they don't.
Tracks your time, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned. Nike+ SportWatch GPS works with the Polar Wearlink Transmitter to track your beats per minute.
Inverted Screen: The screen can be inverted to display black text on a white background for those runners that prefer it.
Favorite Metric: Runners can choose between displaying lap time or a different favorite metric when in auto or manual laps mode.
Auto-Looping Metrics: In addition to pushing the buttons to scroll through secondary metrics, runners have the option for their metrics auto-loop.
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NOTE: battery life will be miserable until you update the firmware. It will update when you connect to computer and get the Nike program.
' Accurate - Even off the beaten path, this watch does a good job of tracking where I've gone down to the meter. When I run out a few miles on a path and turn around, it tells me that I ran almost the exact same distance on the leg back (give or take a meter, on occasion). I've never tested it on an actual track, however, but it seems very precise.
' Looks - A big seller for me, personally. I didn't want something that looked clunky or awkward. This looks great on my arm and feels good as well.
' Readability - As you can see from the picture, the numbers are big and easy to read when you're running.
' Battery life - During normal use (i.e. w/o the GPS), I typically have to recharge it maybe once a month. If I find myself running a lot, I typically have to recharge it every other week, but since I'm always plugging it in after each run to upload my data to Nike+ website, this isn't too big of an issue as it's recharging during that time anyway.
' Nike+: This is the best feature of this watch. The website you upload your runs to (though not without issue.. see the Nike+ section of my cons list) is very user-friendly and easy to visualize your progress. They seem to update it every few months to add new features, which is nice. It tells you how many calories you've burned, lifetime mileage, mileage per day/week/month, running records (fastest 5k, fastest mi, longest run, etc.), overall average pace, average pace per run, nike fuel (a gimmick if you ask me), how you fare vs others in your age group, a chart/graph of your runs, a nice visual heat map of your run, social features, and more. There's even some nice motivational statistics and goal tracking which is a nice touch.
' USB: The watch features the male-end of the USB port within the tip of the watch band. It looks and feels rugged, so you know you're not going to snap it off. It's also covered so you don't have to worry about it being exposed to the elements when you're out in the rain. The watch comes with a male-to-female USB cable which you plug into your computer. The software is unobtrusive and only comes up when you plug it in to show you the battery life and the upload progress of your runs. If you run multiple times before plugging it in, it will upload them all at once for you. This is also where you can set up some of the features for your watch to include auto lap intervals (I set mine to auto-lap every mile), time zone, etc.
' Features: The watch can give you quite a bit of statistics during your run including lap times, pace, average pace, distance, records, etc. I especially like that if you break a record, it has a little animation which says, "great job!" or something along those lines. It can be motivating, especially after a tiring run.
' No countdown timer: I would like to be able to set it so that I can do 30 second intervals and have it beep at me each time 30 seconds has passed, but that feature doesn't exist, which is odd for a running watch. There only exists a stopwatch which counts up.
' GPS: Sometimes it takes a good 60-90 seconds to connect to a GPS satellite. It's frustrating when you walk out of your house hoping to immediately start running but have to wait for the watch to connect.
' Shoe Pod: I bought the shoe pod to go with this watch in case I go through a tunnel and lose GPS connection. I have no idea if it's working. When you connect to GPS, it shows the shoepod symbol and the GPS symbol, but there's no clear indication that you're actually taking any steps. I'm assuming that it's working...
' Nike+: One of the biggest flaws is the lack of an ability to easily delete runs from your record (or watch for that matter). If you make a mistake and start a run by accident, it keeps it on file forever until you delete your profile and start over. If you've got a long history of runs and are trying to accurately measure your average pace/average distance.. this can totally ruin that for you. Also, I'd like to sometimes use the watch to track distances when I'm in a car or on a bike, for example, but I don't do so because I don't want it messing with my running statistics.
' Support for other activities: I realize it's a watch tailored for running, but I'd love it if I could use it for biking (or other similar things) as well with the ability to simply switch activities on the fly so that I can accurately track them both separately. I feel like it could be a simple software update addition, but alas, no such feature has been added as of yet.
' Backlight: As other reviewers have mentioned, you're supposed to be able to tap the watch once and the backlight comes on automatically. But I found myself having to hit the watch REALLY hard for it to work. I would've preferred a simple button (or for the tapping feature to work better).
Overall Impression: After having this watch for a year, I'm very impressed (but no so much so to give it 5 stars, unfortunately). I haven't used many GPS watches, so I can't exactly compare it to others in terms of features and abilities. I would definitely recommend it to runners, as it actually encourages me to want to get out there and see if I can beat some old records, but I would not recommend it if you're looking for something that is an all around athletic-type watch.
I've noticed that the closest thing to countdown timer that this watch has is an autointerval setting when you plug your watch into your computer. However, to use this feature, you have to deselect the auto lap function (which I have set to lap every mile). It allows you to set the interval time and the rest time, but it's still not ideal and not worthy of the last star.
1 Year update 3/14/15
The watch is much the same as when I first bought it, so I can at least say that it's durable. It has a poor battery life still. The most annoying part of the watch has got to be the GPS syncing. I have to start attempting to sync the watch to GPS while I'm warming up and putting on my shoes because it takes a good 5 minutes to finally sync. That being said, once it's synced, I have yet to see it lose the sync. I've even ran through tunnels and it does a pretty good job picking back up where it left off and updating my distance after exiting.
I won't buy any sports watches from Nike again in the future unless I'm certain that it's going to be good (i.e. I will be awaiting many reviews before doing so).
I love the Nike Plus website and the companion iPhone app. They both provide me with the data I need and allow me to track progress.
The watch functions well and I love the integrated USB connector in the band. The Garmin I had eventually died due to the dumb nonstandard charger and interface cable after the contacts corroded and made the watch no longer usable. I like when companies stay with standard connections.
The watch face and buttons work great. Again, the Garmin touch screen was super buggy for me and did not work well, but the buttons and interface on the Nike watch are great and work without issue. I can easily glance at my watch and see progress and all the data I need in the middle of a run.
The customer support is great. Unfortunately I have to use them too much, but when contacted, they get right back to me and fix the problem to my satisfaction.
The accuracy of the watch is not great and is worse than the Garmin and the Nike+ running app. There are three issues that contribute, the start, pausing during a run, and turning around during and out-and-back run. I have had runs that were up to 0.12 miles off due to these issues (I do most of my runs on a certified, marked course and other devices confirm the route markers). I can overcome most of the accuracy issues by starting my run a minute after the watch acquires the satellites, un-pausing the watch 30 seconds before continuing a run, and walking for about 100 feet or so after turning around during and out-and-back run. Needless to say, this causes time inaccuracies.
There is some missing functionality. There should be auto pause for the watch. I have to cross a busy road almost every run and I need to wait for a light cycle. A few times I have forgot to manually pause the watch and added a few minutes to my run because of it. Also, I cannot adjust the run in the iPhone app or the website. I have had customer support update a few runs that have been way off, but that is a pain. This should be standard functionality for this type of product.