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Topic # 129369 12-Sep-2013 21:56
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Hi all,

Just looking for advice on whether to get the Nike+ GPS sportswatch for $160 or a Pebble watch for US$150 (plus shipping)

The main use is for running - currently I use a running app on my S3

The Nike+ means I wouldn't need to carry my phone around with me but in most cases I'll still have my phone anyway as I'm running to work or listening to music.

The notifications features on the Pebble appeals somewhat as I find I'm glancing at my phone far too much these days however I'm not sure about the battery drain from having bluetooth on all the time.

That does mean I can wear the Pebble as a general watch too - I gave up wearing a watch years ago (except for running)


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  Reply # 895045 13-Sep-2013 05:52
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I have a pebble, had it about a week and use runkeeper for my walking (very casual).
It is supported on pebble.

So far I like pebble, although the strap doesn’t feel like it will last long.

I charge my phone every night but only use about 5% more power with BT on all the time. I haven’t done a battery life test on pebble yet, but it uses between 10% and 30% of its battery a day. I do have the weather updating on it and get txt and phone alerts.

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  Reply # 895065 13-Sep-2013 07:22
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Pebble doesn't have it's own GPS, but then again nike+ doesn't have music.

So if you run with music, you'll still need something for that.

Personally I'd go for a GPS watch and use it for backup for the phone gps (which I've found not the best). But gps tracking is more important to me than the notifications on the pebble (and I use voice prompts, so could care less to see distance/pacing on my wrist).

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  Reply # 895111 13-Sep-2013 10:14
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Yeah I guess it depends on your needs.  I have used to run with the iphone using the Nike+ app, but now I have the Nike+ watch.  I dont miss the music, I prefer to not have to carry the phone and I like to be able to see my pace/speed as I am running.

I like how the Nike+ syncs easily back to the web and my iphone for easy review later. Also - watch out for sales at Rebel sport, I picked my Nike+ up for $130.

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  Reply # 895118 13-Sep-2013 10:34
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I've run with both the smartphone (using several different apps including Nike+, Endomondo etc) and the Nike+ GPS sportwatch.

For running the GPS Sportwatch wins hands down.

Not only is it good not having to carry the phone while running, the GPS on the watch is much, much more accurate and suffers no drop outs compared the the phone GPS.

I must have music when running alone so the phone was a plus in the sense it also had my music on it so it was one device, but I carry a teeny weeny MP3 player now and don't even notice I'm carrying it.

After having both I'd never go back to the phone - the GPS sportwatch just works, and it works well.


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  Reply # 896637 16-Sep-2013 22:58
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Can anyone recommend any other watches? I use iPhone and runkeeper app at mo but am annoyed at having to carry iPhone with me. There's a plethora of GPS enabled watches out there and I don't know where to start. I've only just started running so don't need anything too flash, just something I can compare my previous times and routes against.

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  Reply # 899529 21-Sep-2013 19:12
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For anyone that visits this thread in future I ended up buying a TomTom Runner which is basically the new version of the Nike+ watch mentioned above but without the lock in to the Nike ecosystem. I easily hooked it up to runkeeper which had all my previous runs in it from my iPhone. Took it out for a run today and found it much easier then faffing with an arm band. Just used a tiny mp3 player I had from about 5 years ago and was sorted. Cost me 220 from Noel Leeming...ticket price was $249 but just asked for their best price and was given $220.

There's a really great review of the watch here if you are interested.

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  Reply # 899554 21-Sep-2013 22:02
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Thanks for that, I'm currently running with a Polar RCX3, but one day I'll be looking for a replacement. The TomTom Runner looks pretty good. Replaceable strap is good as I've had straps break on both Polar and Timex running watches. Plus I'm hoping more vendors will start using the Bluetooth Smart based HR straps and other sensors.

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