As the creators of the first watch to download info from a computer, Timex commands massive respect in the time-unit industry. They keep the flag flying high with their latest offering produced in collaboration with benchmark-setters, Qualcomm.
Timex has a history of collaborating with the trailblazers in software development. In the mid-90s, it was Microsoft. Together they built the first watches that could upload and download information from computers, and their wrist “computers” were worn by astronauts and champion ocean navigators. Today they’ve cosied up to Qualcomm, the creators of low-power Mirasol display technology, and AT&T for 3G connection straight to the Internet. That’s right – no need to have your phone on your person for the smartwatch to work. The GPS One+ is a running watch with enhanced connectivity features, so while it provides break-through functions like live-tracking with messages for your contacts along your route, it’s not the kind of smartwatch for keeping up with Facebook notifications.
The Design of the Timex GPS
The GPS One+ certainly looks the part of the new-age smartwatch. It’s light, perfectly portable and tough: everything a proper sports wrist piece should be. It’s definitely not as refined and elegant as other smartwatches, but we’re not talking about the same capabilities, and therefore not the same clientele. The Mirasol colour display is perfect for the outdoors, ideal for users’ primary needs when training. The GPS One+ is waterproof and rugged with a one-size-fits-all strap. Its aesthetic is functional for the serious runner, but it’s not ugly. It might seem a bit chunky, but you don’t feel the weight on your wrist. With the signature black and yellow markings, you know you’re wearing a Timex. On the downside, it’s not the most attractive smartwatch out there. If you’re looking for a fashion-forward timepiece to wear with everything you own, this is not the one for you.
How does the Timex GPS One+ work?
This kind of independent connectivity means that you can live-track your route as you run, upload the data to the Timex cloud platform and then integrate it into your favourite running app. Vital statistics are uploaded via a Bluetooth-smart heart-rate monitor. Again, all this without your phone anywhere nearby. The GPS One+ connects to well-known fitness apps like MapMyRun, Strava and Runkeeper. One of the main reasons that runners are forced to take phones or iPods with them – besides emergencies – is to listen to music. The GPS One+ features 4G of space specifically for music that you can download from your computer and play through Bluetooth headphones. It gets its own signal, which means you can receive text messages and emails. For emails, messages need to come through an email address assigned to the watch. The touchscreen keyboard allows you to reply by typing, or you can just send a pre-set message. The downsides to this is that this is a running GPS unit with only a limited number of communication tools, so if you’re not into running, there are few functions that would appeal or be useful to you.
Should I buy the Timex GPS One+
If you’re a keen runner, then the GPS One+ is a revolutionary product and it’ll change the way you track your running data. Not only that: you can finally leave your phone at home thanks to independent connectivity. It’s convenient, functional and efficient - everything you’ve ever wanted from a sports-conscious smartwatch. Timex has been in the fitness game for years, so they know exactly what their users’ needs are and how to cater to them. However, if what you want is a pretty communication device to stay on top of Twitter and Facebook notifications, opt for another contender. There’s no reason for a non-runner to invest in the GPS One+.