Nike+ SportWatch GPS
Easy to use
Nike has had a long relationship with Apple, so it’s no surprise that its SportWatch GPS is integrated into the Apple ecosystem.
The SportWatch GPS is primarily designed for runners and walkers. The built-in GPS receiver tracks your movement. However, it also works with the Nike+ Shoe Sensor – there’s one in the box with the SportWatch – as well as other accessories such as the Polar WearLink+ heart rate transmitter although that costs about $90.
The watch is quite chunky and the wristband is stiff. Although there are lots of holes in the band so that you can adjust it, it took a while before it felt comfortable. We found that wearing the face on the inside of our wrist was best so we could see the display while active without having to turn our wrist.
The band has an integrated USB connector for syncing the watch with an app that runs on your Mac. The app collects data from the watch and sends it to the Nike Plus website where you can see maps of your runs, check analysis of splits, and keep track of personal bests and other data relating to your runs or walks.
The information can also sync to your iOS device using a mobile app. The watch recharges while syncing over USB.
Battery life was never an issue for us. We logged runs in excess of 80 minutes and the battery meter fell by just one bar out of five.
Using the SportWatch GPS on a run is very simple. There are only three buttons on the device, making it easy to use while you’re on the move. While running, it is a one-button operation to toggle between heart-rate, pace, elapsed time and other useful information.
Touching the display activates a backlight, which is handy if you’re using the SportWatch GPS in the dark. However, we found that the screen sometimes required a couple of taps to light up.
The Nike SportWatch GPS is a great tool for runners and walkers. Although it’s not cheap, it works well.