A smartphone is one of the things I can’t leave behind whenever I run: aside from GPS trackers, being able to send out messages in case of emergency is something I consider. It seems that Timex now have a device that does all that, and it fits on your wrist: the Timex® IRONMAN® ONE GPS+.
Timex now joins the crowded space of smart watches with its Timex® IRONMAN® ONE GPS+. It is GPS-enabled and can function without a smart phone. It can even play music via Bluetooth headsets and speakers! It is practically a phone in itself by having a cellular data 3G (HSPA) connectivity allowing it to send and receive messages, although it’s not specified if it can take calls and if cellular data connection is required for it to operate. Nonetheless, the eight-hour battery life with GPS and cellular data ON is pretty decent and is a tad longer than the usual six hours of typical GPS watches, but its 72-hour standby time is quite short for a watch.
From the specs alone and product images, here are my thoughts:
- Slightly better GPS ON time than similarly-priced GPS watches
- 1.5 inch Qualcomm® Mirasol™ colored touchscreen (288 x 192 pixels)
- Dedicated GPS hardware
- Phone-free messaging and live tracking (via cellular 3G HSPA)
- SOS and Find Me features
- Water resistant up to 50 meters
- Bluetooth compatibility
- Rechargeable batteries
- 4GB of built-in storage
- Bulky (15.7 mm thick—that’s more than the thickness of two iPhones stacked)
- Relatively small screen because of the huge bezels
- 72-hour standby time
- Proprietary software may not support third-party apps
The Timex® IRONMAN® ONE GPS+ is currently on “pre-order” status but it will retail for $399.95 ($449.95 with HRM) and would be available in black and gray colors.