Pros - Simple menus
- Good display screen
- Shoe Pod sensor included (although lace attachment kit is sold separately)
- Nike+ website community
Cons - No biking mode
- No auto-stop mode
- Very limited stats view configuration
Summary At first, I really liked this watch. It worked from the starts and the menus are extremely simples, you just have to select run and go. With the Sync software, your workouts are being uploaded to the Nike+ community website where you receive awards for every milestone you reach in your training.
While all this is almost perfect for casual runners, as you become more serious about running, the following limitations become irritating :
- No biking mode : The Nike+ website and the watch do not support biking in any way. If you ever use the watch to track your biking run, it will mess up all your running stats and you will have to delete the workout.
- No Auto-Stop : When training, you often reach a point where you have to stop (red light at intersection). Whenever this occurs, you have to remember to manually stop and restart your watch if you don't want your stats to be messed up. In other solutions, you can generally configure an auto-stop mode based on a minimum pace.
- Limited view screen : In the running view screen, you can only select a primary stat (large number) and a secondary stat (smaller number). When you want to see another stat, you have to use the UP / DOWN buttons to change the secondary stat to something else. This is not very efficient as there are many stat items (Clock, Elapsed, Avg Pace, ...). It would be much more efficient to have multiple preconfigured views like some other watches. I would also consider having 3 stats in one view rather than 2 as of now.
With these limitations in mind, I am considering buying another watch. I will probably get more complex menus but this will bring me a better running experience.
Pros Love the Nike+ website for keeping track of runs and cardio workouts.
Cons Watch is terribly unreliable. Nike has admitted multiple problems with their software on most of their gadgets.
Summary I have had to call Nike's tech support on this watch no less than 4 times in the past 2 weeks for various error messages and because the watch won't sync. I'm disappointed because I like the Nike+ website for keeping up with my runs and circuit training workouts. I'm also disappointed because my warranty expired last week and the folks at Nike won't extend it by even a couple of days---even though they can see the tech support history on this watch. The only positive thing I can say about Nike in general is that the wait time to get a tech support person on the phone is fairly short.
Pros Ability to move between GPS and standalone (non-GPS) easily and accurately.
Ease of operation
Cons Would like volume options for lap notification.
Summary Have run over 450 miles with the watch during this last year and it has worked flawlessly. The addition of the stopwatch mid-year was a plus and as long as I plug the watch into the computer prior to my run, the GPS never fails to be accurate. It's use has inspired me to push myself. In addition, I purchased a polar Wearlink HR monitor and it connected without issue. I'm very pleased.
Pros Looks great
Cons Not reliable
Summary Went through two watches in less then a year. Same problem both times. Watch would not synch with computer. Unable to upload data. It works great to start, but fails after time. I would have given a 5 Star review if only doing a test on the watch for one day. Get out there and log some runs over 6+ months and see if you still have the same opinion.
Pros Stylish and highly functional. The simplicity of the design and face when not in running mode is google-esque: you want the time, you get the time. Pretty simple to set up and use (no manual required) for both the watch itself and the Nike+ software.
Cons Expensive and a bit Dick Tracey-looking in profile.
Summary If the $200 price tag doesn't throw you, this is a great gadget option for a runner with an eye toward form over function.