For a lot of runners, there's nothing worse than having to lug around a cell phone or an iPod during a workout. Until now, there really haven't been any alternatives for runners who want to listen to music or have a way to phone for help in the case of an emergency.
The new IRONMAN One GPS+ from Timex looks to solve those problems by creating the first-ever running watch that connects through 3G AT&T service without the use of a cell phone.
Could this new model become every runner's new favorite training partner?
Live tracking was one of the hot new features on the Garmin Edge 1000 GPS cycling computer when it was released last spring. While carrying a cell phone might not have been a huge deal for cyclists with all those jersey pockets, the need to pair a cell phone with the GPS device is perhaps what's kept this feature from being included in GPS running watches of the past. Timex's partnership with AT&T has solved this problem, negating the need for a cell phone to enable the live tracking function. This should excite not only runners, but their loved ones.
Should a problem arise out on the road or trail, the live tracking feature will let others track your whereabouts in real time to determine your location. And with the texting and S.O.S. messaging options, you'll be able to get help immediately, which is a huge safety plus for long distance runners who tackle desolate trails or roads.
The two other new features that really stand out on this model are the ability to store music and the touchscreen. By plugging the Timex One into your computer, you can download up to 4G of music. In addition to removing the need for an iPod, the watch is also Bluetooth capable, allowing you to use wireless headphones like the JayBird Blue Buds to listen to your favorite tunes.
The touchscreen makes navigating from each function extremely easy, especially while you're on the move. Hitting the right button in a sprint can sometimes be difficult, and this solves that problem.