Timex, a brand with over one and half centuries of shaping our relationship with time, has partnered with telecom companies AT&T and Qualcomm to add the latest 3G technology to create a running product that allows for text and email notifications, social media and music usage, on the go, all without the use of a smartphone. Sounds flashy, right? Well, you might be surprised how practical it feels. Join us for a first look at the upcoming Timex One GPS+ Watch (optional HRM combo available).
3G Connectivity On the Go
Going for a marathon best and wish you could have your friends and family with you the whole time? Your child can send you a message right at mile twenty to get you through the wall. Coaches, do you wish you could help out on the big workout but can’t be two places at once? Tell your athlete to slow down when they start going a little crazy over the first few repeats. Get lost on a training run? Send an SOS with your location attached. Want to brag about your latest adventure? Upload to your favorite tracking platform right away. This is a glimpse of some of the ways this new watch will change how runners interact with each other while doing what they love: running.
Cautious runners might appreciate that friends and family can track you as you take on your favorite trail or city run around your office after work. While, the escapist types may prefer to be disconnected, you get to choose who has access to your location. Certainly, the One GPS+ watch creates an opportunity for runners to have it all.
More Features Than Ever
Timex wants to fit as many run-enhancing smartphone features as possible in the watch and for many people that includes music storage. The One GPS+ features 4GB of music storage that is audible through any Bluetooth headphones. Do you have that perfect playlist that helps you get through the toughest stretches of your training? Queue up Phil Collins!
Timex’ technological advances in One GPS+ aren’t limited to the unit’s ability to replace your smartphone. Partnering with Qualcomm has enhanced the usability of the watch further by creating a screen visible in direct sunlight with MIRASOL technology.
Of course, all of this innovation is in addition to the standard features of a top-of-the-line GPS watch. The speed and distance monitor has automatic alerts for personal records, the Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor lets you know whether you’re in the zone, and the watch is compatible with Strava, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper applications.
As with all Timex Ironman branded watches, this one comes with Indiglo for use at all hours, offers water-resistance to 50 meters, though GPS and 3G features will not work under water. The interval timer, when combined with GPS capability creates endless potential for programming different workouts.
3G: Yay! or Nay?
The Timex One GPS+ probably isn’t a tool to completely replace your smart phone while running. It isn’t capable of browsing the Internet or downloading the boundless apps that are available for running (there likely won’t be a watch with those capabilities for a while). But, if you need to stay connected on your run, but hate being tied to your phone, the Timex One GPS+ is the latest and greatest option.