Nike adds power from the skies to your run.
Nike+ GPS Review
by on September 9, 2010
Nike’s new running application sees it add in a lot of the missing features from the previous iteration, and add in some nifty new options as well.
The main upgrade is the app no longer needs the sensor in the shoe – instead, it uses the iPhone’s accelerometer and GPS to get a reading on your speed and location.
This means routes can now be mapped, pace more accurately observed and cost saved by letting you wear your own trainers and not having to buy the kit that surrounds the app – although if you’ve already forked out for the sensor and heart rate monitor, these are now going to be sadly redundant.
New features also include the ability to challenge yourself, and it’s a pretty good option – simply select a run and you can opt to go further, faster or run for longer. Sadly, there’s no real-time feedback if you’re racing yourself, but if you do manage to beat your previous best a little gold medal is waiting for you.
We’re also glad to see the option to wirelessly sync to Nike+ from the phone itself – having to plug it in after every run seemed very counter-intuitive to something that was supposed to make running easier.
However, in practice it still feels like it’s slightly lacking. You have to have it locked into a pouch on your arm for the best results – putting it in a trouser pocket or holding the iPhone can have a detrimental effect on the GPS.
It also took a while to register increases in speed, although once the accelerometer was calibrated it did help improve things slightly.
It’s a shame to see this costing a bit of cash where previously it’s been free, but if you’ve enjoyed Nike+ before, this will be a significant benefit.
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