In the early 80s we saw great leaps in watch technology, and I loved my Casio calculator watch. Every few years a new technology comes (remember the Fossil PalmOS Watch?), but now it seems smartwatches are here to stay. There are many approaches, but for fitness enthusiasts Timex looks to have a great angle with their Ironman One GPS+.
What I find exciting as a runner is how every company is taking a unique approach to this product category, with some ‘wearables’ functioning as smartphone-extensions, others as sync-able stand-alones with notifications, and others like the Timex operating as truly independent devices.
The Timex Ironman One GPS+ is a GPS watch of the type that many runners are familiar with, but it is also stand-alone communication device that will never leave you stranded. Featuring 8 hours of battery life with full GPS and 3G cellular usage, water resistance and a full year of cellular service included, you will be covered no matter what you encounter on your run!
Here are some of the features:
• Stand-alone wireless connectivity without a phone
• Email-based messaging capabilities
• Tracking capabilities that communicate the user’s location to friends and family anytime, anywhere
• Custom-built “Find Me Mode” safety solution, which allows users to send an alert with exact location in case of an emergency
• Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through your favorite social media and online fitness platforms
• Water resistance up to 50 meters, an essential feature for water exposure, training in the rain or swimming
• Built-in MP3 component with 4 GB of memory to play music via a Bluetooth headset
• Always-on, sunlight-readable, high-resolution touch display
• One year of data connectivity by AT&T included for U.S. and Canadian subscribers
Here is a great short video showing off how useful the Timex Ironman One GPS+ can be in real life use: