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||180 x 180 pixels, Color display||Glass||Glass||LCD||LCD|
|Item Dimensions||0.6 x 2.3 x 1.4 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||3.66 x 5.83 x 3.66 in||3.66 x 4.13 x 3.66 in||1.79 x 0.62 x 2.25 in||1.77 x 10.63 x 0.55 in|
|Item Weight||—||1.44 ounces||1.01 lbs||2.22 ounces||1.52 ounces||1.9 ounces|
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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.
Top customer reviews
First and most important: Don't buy this watch if you care about data analytics or portability. This watch uploads your data to the Nike+ web site. There's no way to download the data from the watch directly or to export your data from the Nike+ web site. And, as other reviewers have observed, the Nike+ site has a clunky, slow-loading design and only limited reporting features and stats.
If you can get over that, then this watch is acceptable with some caveats. When it locks in the GPS signal for a run, it tends to hang on to it very well, even running through trees or under bridges. But every now and then it inexplicably proves incapable of finding the GPS when you first set it up for your run, even on clear days with no tree or cloud cover. So far this has never happened to me before a race, but it would truly suck if it did. I've tested the watch next to my Garmin car GPS and older Android phone, and every time I tried the car GPS and phone easily found a GPS signal when the Nike+ watch could not. You have the best shot of locking in a signal if you take the watch off and place it on top of something stationary (the roof of your car, or the top of a mailbox) until it locks in.
In theory the Nike+ shoe pod sensor will cover you when the GPS is not available (for example, if you are running inside on a treadmill). You need to complete a couple runs with both the GPS and shoe sensor working for the watch to learn how to calculate your pace accurately from the shoe sensor alone. For the first year or so, this fallback seemed to work fine for me. Then, out of the blue, the watch started showing paces and distances that were much slower and shorter than what I was actually doing. I replaced the shoe pod sensor, thinking it was a battery life issue, but had the same problems with the new one. I'm guessing the problem is in the watch's firmware. You can delete the inaccurate run data on the Nike+ web site on a per-run basis, but there's no way to manually enter the correct data (assuming you even know what it is).
Battery life is usually great. I can easily run for a week, including my long runs, without recharging, and I had plenty of juice left after my half-marathons. However, every now and then the watch drains itself almost to zero between runs, and if you don't notice this in time to recharge you will lose power in the middle of your run. Again, I'm suspecting this is a watch firmware issue because the watch is usually back to normal after the next charge cycle.
The total picture here is mixed. When the GPS locks in, I am very happy with the watch. When it does not, you are at risk of inaccurate data from the shoe sensor. If neither is working, it's a lousy stopwatch. In fact, the one time I tried using it without either the GPS or the sensor, I discovered that tapping the watch face (which normally lights up the face) also triggers the lap time counter in stopwatch mode. Since I was running in the dark, this caused a lot of extraneous laps to be recorded! Not only that, but I couldn't see my time, because the lap time display only shows the lap time, not the running clock.
-- Clean hardware design, fits smaller wrists like mine fine
-- Once you lock in GPS, it stays locked and data seems accurate
-- Ability to cycle between multiple data points during run
-- Good battery life (most of the time)
-- Your data is trapped inside the limited Nike+ ecosystem
-- Unpredictable GPS lock in could let you down when you really need it
-- Problems with shoe sensor accuracy
-- Occasional random battery drain
-- Flawed stopwatch design
Because of all these cons, I always wear a second watch (basic Ironman Triathlon) to races just in case.
I was also afraid about the battery life--since it does have to be charged on your USB port. Be NOT afraid. I used it everyday for almost a month and did not have to recharge it. Now that's awesome.
Just be careful. Nike+ SportWatch is highly coveted! I got my second one stolen, and this time right out of my bathroom as my landlord allowed workers to come in.
Perhaps Nike could include a GPS locator on its next version??? Just an idea!
I especially love the convenience of having my speed, avg. pace, distance, heart rate, time elapsed, and clock displayed all on my wrist in watch form. (How cool is that?!?) I am amazed at technology and absolutely love the availability of the information provided. I love that the watch is waterproof. I work with preschool children and there's never a day that I don't have at least two spills on my hands from drinks or paint water. I am constantly washing my hands and I don't have to take the watch off. the charge of the watch lasts about 2 weeks for me even running 4-5 times per week for 30-60 minutes. I use the alarm as a backup to my nightstand alarm clock. and being able to view my history of runs is great for being prepared for my class. I can prove to my professor that I really did run yesterday if he questions me.
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