GPS Watches vs Running Apps.

As some of you already know I’ve recently won a competition hosted by The Running Bug to review the new TomTom Runner Cardio Watch. This is the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to use a GPS watch, as I’m a huge smartphone user and heavily rely on the Nike+ app for my training. Due to being one of the winners of this competition, I thought that this would be the perfect time to blog about my personal pros and cons of both GPS watches and running apps.

Like I said before, I’m a huge smartphone user and I do heavily rely on the Nike+ app, as I love having easy access to all of my information and my phone is never really that far away from me. The Nike+ app wins me over with the incentive of trophies when you reach certain milestones in your training. Call me sad but this is something that motivates before, during and after my runs. I also like how many of the apps available on the market are free or cost very little, which is perfect for the beginner I class myself as.

As I use my smartphone for most things I find that my battery life is drained quite quickly when going out for a run, which means that I usually end up placing it on charge twice a day. I also quite like the thought of knowing what my heart rate is during my runs so I know when I’m pushing my body, something that unfortunately the free apps I’ve used so far don’t offer.

I’ve always quite liked the sound of buying myself a GPS watch, and have found myself liking the look of many that are available on the market. Unfortunately, I haven’t known which watch is right for me, and I haven’t wanted to spend out a huge amount of money just to find that it’s not for me. This is something that I feel has been the main thing stopping me from buying one, not being a hundred percent sure of what I’m buying and the cost.

There are many things that have made me think about buying myself a GPS watch such; being able to see my heart rate so that I can see how hard I’m pushing myself, not having to worry about how much charge my phone has or dropping it on a run, and also seeing how hill training will help improve my runs (not that there’s many hills nearby for me to do that).

Now that I’ve listed my pros and cons of both a GPS watch and running apps, what are yours? I’m sure there are many more out there that I haven’t thought of yet and I look forward to hearing about them. Hopefully reviewing the new TomTom Runner Cardio Watch will open my eyes to much more of the GPS watch world, and who knows, maybe this could be the GPS watch for me.


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