For the Timex Ironman One GPS+, Timex teamed up with two quality giants to produce a smartwatch featuring among the best running watches. From AT&T came phoneless Internet connectivity with free 3G for a year while Qualcomm chipped in the chipset, the Mirasol display, and the Brew platform. The resulting device is offering phoneless connectivity, right from the wearer’s wrist. Connecting it to an external heart rate monitor turns the smartwatch into a running watch, providing performance analysis through popular fitness apps.
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A Running Watch That Sends Messages and Plays Music
Timex Ironman One GPS+ looks like a prototype of an experimental wearable technology device. It is thick as well as broad. Surprisingly, it is fairly light for that boxy design. Each device has an email id of its own and uses it to send and receive messages. The wearer doesn’t see the email interface and communicates with the device through an interface resembling instant messaging (IM). Typing from a 1.5 inch screen is not exactly a pleasant experience but then you won’t be composing long love letters while running. You can also choose messages from preloaded templates. On pressing a button, the watch can send SOS alert messages and in less urgent situations, your location to a predecided list of contacts called ‘angels’. Since most runners prefer to leave their phones at home while running, this is a wonderful safety feature.
It is water resistant till 50 meters but it is useless to take it swimming because Timex says GPS, HRM, Bluetooth and wireless data may not work under water. The basic model doesn’t come with a heart rate monitor but an HRM bundle is available for $450. With the HRM, the Timex Ironman One GPS+ does a neat job of analyzing your speed, distance, and pace via apps like Strava, and RunKeeper. There is 4 GB of space for you to fill with music that you can listen through a Bluetooth headset. The Rechargeable Li-Ion battery has 8-hour life in full GPS and cellular-connected mode and 4-hour life when music player is also running.
Timex Ironman One GPS+ Features:
- 1.5-inch touchscreen Mirasol display from Qualcomm
- Water resistant up to 50 m
- Data connectivity without phone via AT&T
- Receives and sends messages
- 4 GB storage for watch data including music
- GPS Fitness Tracking
- Bluetooth Compatibility with heart rate monitors, wireless headphones, and foot pod
- Phone-free syncing of performance data with Strava, RunKeeper, and other fitness apps
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