Time(x) Have Changed

Like most males of my generation (born in the 60’s) my first watch was a Timex. I remember it well, and in particular how I pestered my parents for it!

One thing is for certain, it was nothing at like the new 3G Ironman One GPS+ that Timex have just launched.

Still very much a athletes watch it has a lot of smartwatch features.

It has the capability to upload your run data to a fitness website with one tap, for instance, and you can even assign contacts to monitor your run in real time. One version also comes with a heart monitor a la Samsung Gear Fit and a chest strap, but unlike the ordinary one that costs $399 (which is already steep, as other smartwatches today cost around $200), it’ll set you back $450.

Other than these health-focused features, the One GPS+ also has a built-in messaging app where friends can contact you through a special email address. And, in case of an emergency, there’s an SOS button you can press that alerts friends and family with your location. The ruggedized watch (designed to be water resistant for up to 150 feet) comes with 4GB of storage for music, which can only be heard through a Bluetooth headset. Its battery can last up to 8 hours with the GPS on, and up to three days without. These capabilities might be enough for people who don’t want to be inundated with notifications on their wrists, but those who yearn for more may want to look at alternatives (like Android Wear devices) instead.

Timex’s answer to the LG G Watch, Pebble and HP Gilt, among many other smartwatches out there, was made in partnership with AT&T and Qualcomm, with the former providing free 3G access for a year. Timex didn’t say how much the mobile internet service will cost after that. Qualcomm, on the other hand, will supply the the chipset, the Brew platform and the low-power 1.5-inch Mirasol display that it showcased a year ago through the Toq smartwatch. The company doesn’t exactly have a shipping date in mind yet, but you can already pre-order the One GPS+ through Timex’s website. Engadget

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