Before we get to the giveaway, I want to go over the watch and share my honest review of it. Yes, I was compensated for writing this post but no, there will be no smoke blowing. There are some seriously amazing features to the Timex Ironman One GPS+, and some others that left me a little underwhelmed–I’ll go over them all. Bottom line: This gadget kinda blows my mind. Remember when Tamagachis were considered high-tech?! (Please tell me you had a Tamagachi as a kid…)
I’m going to hit some big-picture points and then go through the watch feature by feature so that this review isn’t all over the place.
Overview of the Timex Ironman One GPS+ and My Thoughts
Why this running watch?
It allows you to leave your smartphone at home. I’ll go over all the cool features it offers, but I think it really all comes down to that selling point. The watch has 3G connectivity so all your running needs–GPS for accurate stats, music, communication abilities (for safety and convenience)–are met by the watch alone.
Who this watch is for:
- Runners (particularly long-distance) and endurance athletes.
- People who hate bringing their phones with them while running.
- People who are concerned about safety while out running alone.
- People who own wireless Bluetooth headphones (or are willing to buy a set).
What this watch offers:
All the stat tracking and metrics you want from a running watch. Distance, pace, estimated calories burned, lap time breakdowns, PR’s–all the stats you’d expect from a running watch or smartphone app are offered. And you can set up alerts so that’ll give you your stats as you run. I won’t spend too much time on these though because it’s sort of a given these days that a piece of fitness technology have those tracking capabilities. So let’s get to what sets the Ironman One GPS+ apart …
It has wireless connectivity (without a phone) via AT&T’s 3G network. This is the big selling point for the Timex Ironman One GPS+. It gives the watch tracking capabilities that communicate your location to friends/family anytime (if they have the One GPS+ app); a “Find Me Mode” that sends an alert with your location in case of safety issues; and ability to track speed/pace/distance without a phone.
One year of data connectivity by AT&T is included with your purchase (US & Canada) which is awesome, but I wasn’t able to find information on what the cost will be beyond that. Hopefully it’s affordable.
It can send and receive messages. When you create a One GPS+ account, you’ll get a unique email address from which the watch can send and receive messages (emails, not texts). You can give this email address to your friends/family so that they can contact you while you’re out running and, more importantly, you can communicate with them in case of emergency. If they download the One GPS+ app, they’ll get notified when you send them a message, otherwise it just goes to their regular inbox.
I have a serious disease called Small Island Syndrome that prevents me from feeling unsafe in dangerous situations, so honestly I have never once worried about running alone through the city (I know, I know!!), but I think this feature is a huge plus, especially for those who like to run solo in pre/post-sun rise/set hours. Here’s a picture of me sending … myself … motivation messages:
Typing on the phone is kind of like T-9 texting on old cell phones (remember that??) as would be expected from a small watch, but there are also a bunch of pre-loaded messages to select from which makes it super easy. The best feature is that you can add your location to messages in the event you need to let someone know where you are. Look how awesome this is:
For the record, that was just my location while shopping on Newbury the other day. I’ve been watching way too much Law & Order SVU to post a picture of my actual run routes or home haha.
It stores and plays your music. I was really excited about this feature because I Can. Not. Run without music. Maybe if I were being chased by a zombie or other villainous character I could, but if we’re talking running by choice … no. To use this function, you simply plug the watch into your computer and then drag music files from your iTunes library (or other music folder) into the drive that’ll pop up. If you’re like me and stream music instead of buying individual songs, this is a little bit of a bummer, but otherwise I found the functionality to be seamless. The watch easily synced with my Bluetooth headphones and a speaker I tested it on without any glitches.
Touch screen display. Visually, I think the display is great. You can see the screen even in bright sunlight and you can hit a side button to illuminate the screen at night. I found the touch capabilities a little finicky though. A lot of the time, I’d have to tap/pound the screen multiple times with various sized fingers (you know that game haha) before the screen would be responsive.
Other things I love:
- The stopwatch. Ok, I realize no one in their right mind would spend $200 on a watch just for the stopwatch, but I use it all the time while teaching. The big display makes it so perfect!
- It’s waterproof. Have you ever been out on a run with your smartphone and then all of a sudden it starts raining? Granted I am a full-blown phone addict, but the panic I feel is what I imagine Jack Dawson felt while handcuffed in a below-deck compartment of the sinking Titanic. The waterproofing is obviously for people training for triathlons, but it’s great for delusional people like me, too. 🙂
Win a Timex Ironman One GPS+ Watch
Alright let’s get to the goods! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what feature on the watch you’re most excited about. Make sure you use the widget below to confirm you commented. Once you do that, you’ll unlock some bonus entries that are totally optional. You have until Monday evening to enter. Good luck!
IMPORTANT: Giveaway is open to US residents only (I’m sorry, international readers — I promise I don’t love you any less!).
Have you tried out this watch? What are you thoughts on it? This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Timex.