I have been using Nike+ to record my runs for just over 2 weeks now. Having invested in a Nike+ Fuel Band and using the Nike+ app, my motivation definitely rocketed! However, one drawback of the Nike+ app was that I could not view run data during my training. Here is where the Nike+ GPS watch (powered by TomTom) comes in.
Unboxing the watch from it’s attractive box was delightful, and first impressions were very positive. Although a tad bulky, the watch itself is comfortable to wear. It allows the user to toggle between active run data, including: distance, speed, average speed, time elapsed and calories (I always take the last with a pinch of salt regarding accuracy). I have found the convenience of looking at this data to be a huge asset. For example, if I see my average speed decline during a run in which I wish to achieve a set time, I will increase my pace. Awesome! There is also an option for runners to post their run data to social media sites such as FaceBook and Twitter, which is also a plus point.
However, there are a few negatives I will point out. The watch takes a while (anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes!) to connect to a GPS signal, but on a positive note, has never lost a connection once established. Nike+ servers are also a little buggy (see my previous post on the Nike+ Fuel Band) with achievements not being awarded, as well as total kms not syncing. Lastly, the user must manually upload their run data to Nike+ servers by connecting the watch (via usb) to their computer. This only takes a a couple of minutes, but the Nike+ app does do this automatically.
All-in-all, I am definitely happy with my purchase. Yes, there are a few negatives about this watch, but they are easily overlooked due to the conveniences of this essential runners tool.