At first glance, it is possible to mistake the Nike+ SportWatch GPS for a Tom Tom device. The square face, the tab band, and the black and red combination are all tell-tale Tom Tom features. On closer look, you notice Nike’s iconic logo just above the dial. The small tick mark that has earned the brand billions of dollars probably gave it the chutzpah to price a simple GPS watch for $150-200. Nevertheless, the Nike+ ranks among the best running watches because if you get past the price, it is indeed a simple and effective running watch- after all, it has Tom Tom’s hand guiding it.
Retail price: around $200
Backup for Recording Running Data and USB Connectivity
The Nike+ SportWatch has an indisputable GPS, thanks to Tom Tom. It works well while running outdoors or on the treadmill. When the GPS isn’t available, the watch uses Nike+ shoe sensors to ensure break-free data tracking. The running watch tracks time, distance, pace or speed, and calories. It can set alarms, and mark up to 50 laps. The best part is that it plugs directly in your computer’s USB port to upload your performance data to NikePlus.com.
Nike’s website for Nike+ GPS SportWatch is pretty cool. You can connect with friends, challenge them, discover popular running tracks, share routes, and post updates on FaceBook and Twitter. The watch lasts about 8 hours when the GPS is running. You don’t have to buy a separate dock for charging it; just pop it into your computer’s USB port. Nike has shown thoughtfulness in including a USB wire in the packing for runners with devices whose USB ports are hard to access.
Nike+ SportsWatch will track your heart rate for you but you will have to buy Polar’s HRM sensor. It doesn’t measure dynamics and has no wifi connectivity. The construction could be sturdier for the price. In the end, it is a cute device with solid GPS and the NikeRun website could be a great incentive to get your family or friends to start running.
Nike+ Sportwatch Features
- Tom Tom powered GPS
- Mimics Tom Tom’s signature look
- Backlit LCD display with ability to invert black and white
- Nike+ Sensor records training data when GPS is not available
- Tracks time, distance, pace or speed, and calories
- Access to the sporting community of NikePlus.com
- USB data transfer
- 8-hour battery life on GPS. Chargeable through USB Port
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