When I saw the first promotional video of the new Nike Sportwatch GPS, I thought that it resembles a little bit the Wii Sports. I think it is because of the competition mode – what they call Nike Challenges. Have a look for yourself: Nike Plus GPS Challenges. The colors and just the whole feel make you feel as if you are inside a Wii game – just you run outside on the streets. That might actually be beneficial, as it motivates beginners to running. We have to see further, if the Nike Plus GPS can keep up the pace with more professional GPS sportwatch. But my first feel is that Nike Sportwatch GPS is more a gimmick than a serious GPS equipment.
Design Of The Nike Sportwatch GPS
Well the design is up-to date with todays fast paced world. The watch itself is black and the underneath side is lime-green. The watch dial window is not round as you are used to most watches, but rectangular. This gives the watch a more futuristic feel. Some of you might like that the Nike Sportwatch GPS looks a little different than most sport watches, some of you will be turned off. I think the point again is to look a little further and see what else is in the box, so to speak.
Are The Technical Details Of Nike Sportwatch GPS Going To Pull You Over
This sportwatch includes a TomTom GPS receiver, that gives you accurate readings of your distance and pace both indoors and outdoors. That fact that the receiver is from TomTom, which is already well known for many years, is a big plus. The technology of TomTom lets you rest assured that you are getting a top quality GPS enabled sport watch. But besides the quite good GPS function you can also pair the Nike Sportwatch GPS with an optional heart rate sensor. Here I am slightly disappointed with Nike Sportwatch GPS, as I cannot understand why they did include that in the final product. I think it is obvious if people buy this kind of watch, they will also want a heart rate monitor. I mean if you already spend a couple of dollars on a nice piece of equipment, so why not have the whole package at once. So for all of you who are interested in the “optional” accessory, it costs around $ 65.00 USD more to the base price. We will see in the future if that kind of move did not turn off customers. I know that Garmin let’s you also decide with some of their Forerunner products if you want to buy their optional heart rate sensor. But let’s be honest, Garmin dominates the GPS sportwatch market already for ages. People know what they are getting is a top-notch product. I wrote a nice in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 310XT, which you can have a look as a comparison. The Nike Sportwatch GPS on the other hand still has to prove itself to new customers. So besides a GPS and optional heart rate monitor the watch tracks your burned calories and time spend running. The Nike Sportwatch GPS is also water-resistant up to 165 feet or 50 meters.
The Nike Sportwatch GPS has a blow average battery life. If you have the GPS turned on during your workouts, then you will have enough juice for up to 8 hours. Most competitors, for example Garmin Forerunner, have up to 20 hours of battery life. Yes, I know that the Nike Sportwatch GPS is relatively small, so that is probably the reason why only 8 hours. The standby time is up to 50 hours. You charge the watch via a USB cable. So what it comes down to is if you want to use your GPS equipment mostly for workouts, then rather go with a sportwatch that lasts you longer. Or if you enjoy the aspect of having a flashy watch that you wear every day – and on some occasions also take for a run.
Let’s Connect Your Nike Sportwatch GPS With Social Networks
As I started my review at the beginning, the Nike Sportwatch GPS watch feels like a Wii game – you can connect and compete with your friends on the Nike Plus GPS site and upload training details on Facebook and Twitter. If you buy the watch, you can sign up to become a member on the special Nike training site. There you can view your running routes and share with your friends. The site also includes a personal coach that should motivate and help you reach further goals. I think this aspect will appeal to the mainstream population, as it can get people up and working out, instead of spending too much time in front of the TV.
Final Thoughts About Nike Sportwatch GPS
I think the Nike Plus SportWatch GPS appeals to most casual runners as well as gimmick lovers. You can keep track of basic data such as burned calories, time, pace, distance and (optional) heart rate. The sportwatch does not go much beyond that, but probably 90% of all people don’t really need more. If you love and enjoy doing sport games on the Wii console, then you will also like the style of this watch. I don’t think it will appeal to most professional athletes, but I also don’t think the Nike Sportwatch GPS was really geared towards this market.
View the introduction video for the Nike Sportwatch GPS.
Note at the end: The Nike Sportwatch GPS is a very new product that will only be released after Nov. 1st 2011.
List price: $ 199.99 USD (without heart rate sensor) & $ 265.00 USD (with heart rate monitor)
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