The watch has some nice tricks up its sleeve as it displays your records over your whole training history of the last fifty runs. As well as total mileage, you can view your fastest mile, fastest 5k or 10k and view your longest run. If you achieve a new record after a run, you’ll be rewarded with a congratulatory message on the watch – something Nike calls “attaboys”.
Battery life is 8 hours in workout mode and it will last 50 days as a normal watch.
The Nike SportWatch also sends run reminders if a workout has not been logged in five days – something we found a little forward after running a marathon, but you have to admire its enthusiasm.
The SportWatch is not as customizable as its rivals: you can’t switch between kilometres or miles. You also can’t view your mile by mile splits after your run on watch, with the only available being distance covered, average pace, run time and calories burned, although more detailed information is available on nikeplus.com including GPS mapping, total miles, pace and elevation data.
We found a flaw in the pacing data in that it is too responsive. Whereas the Garmin Forerunner 210 and 410 smooth out the pace over a short time period to accurately relay to the runner how fast they are moving, the SportWatch provides a view of how fast you are running at that very moment. In other words, if you slow down to look at your watch, you instantly get a false reading, as every stumble, jump, sidestep and falter is recorded in real time so you’re never sure of your general progress.
It’s also impossible to set the time without syncing to a computer, which meant we were running on UK time while in France.
While it’s not packed with features, the Nike SportWatch is reliable, easy to operate with a great display and at a relatively low price of £179 including the ShoePod, it’s a worthy addition to your fitness kit.
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