Not sold on the idea of buying a smartwatch from a company that makes phones and laptops? One of the biggest brands in the watch space is taking a crack at this whole smart, internet-connected thing.
The new IronMan One GPS+ smartwatch from Timex has a sunlight viewable screen, up to 3 days of battery life, and built-in GPS and 3G so the watch isn’t just an extension of your phone… you can use it without a phone.
The Timex IronMan One GPS+ is a durable device with a waterproof case, up to 3 days of battery life (or 8 hours if GPS is turned on), and a 1.5 inch, 288 x 192 pixel color touchscreen display that uses Qualcomm’s Mirasol technology.
It has 4GB of storage which you can use to hold music or other data. You’ll need to pair a set of Bluetooth headphones to listen though: there’s no speaker or headphone jack on the watch.
The watch won’t display notifications from your phone, but it uses GPS and built-in sensors to track your distance traveled, speed, and plot your course on maps. It’s a smartwatch for fitness buffs who don’t want to wear a fitness tracker and carry a phone during a run or workout.
Since it has an integrated 3G radio and works with AT&T’s wireless network and a few built-in apps including instant messaging, SMS, and social media. But the IronMan One GPS+ doesn’t support third-party apps.
So while it has a few features you won’t find on competing devices from LG, Samsung, or Motorola, the Timex IronMan One GPS+ is clearly a niche device at this point… especially when you consider the price tag. It’s available for pre-order for $399 and if you want a heart rate sensor you’ll have to pay an extra $50.
via USA Today