Timex joins the smartwatch party, again

Last year, Qualcomm released the Toq smartwatch. Even though it wasn’t the most consumer friendly product, it functioned more like a proof of concept that showcased some of Qualcomm's advanced proprietary technologies. Perhaps, what stood out most from the wearable, was its unique Mirasol display. The Mirasol display is a full color panel that is easy to read in sunlight and requires a fraction of the battery power of traditional LCD’s. Best of all, the display allows the device to stay powered on for up to five days on a single charge.

Almost a year later, it looks like Qualcomm was able to catch the attention of Timex, as they prepare to release a new fitness smartwatch that comes from the same mold as the Toq. The Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+ is an all-in-one fitness device that does not require a mobile phone to operate. Unlike traditional wearables that work in tandem with a smartphone, the IRONMAN ONE GPS+ works as a standalone unit thanks to an integrated cellular chip that can provide data connectivity.

The Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+ features:

  • 1.5" 288 x 192 pixel Mirasol display 
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters
  • Music player
  • Bluetooth
  • Standby time of 72 hours | Eight hours of battery life with GPS and Cellular connected / Four hours of battery life with GPS, cellular, and music player in use
  • One year of AT&T data service is included

Although it might not be a smartphone replacement, the device will reduce bulk and still allow the user to maintain connectivity. The Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+ will be available in the fall for $399.95 USD.

For those of you who have been on this planet for more than 20 years, you will likely remember the Datalink, which was the company's first smartwatch. 

Source: AT&T and TimexImage via Timex

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Some good ideas but don't like the idea of paying for another 3G connection and not sure the battery life is really Ironman territory.

Battery life is pretty good, actually. My phone wouldn't last 4 hours with GPS, cellular, and music (and the screen) all running.

Depicus said,
Some good ideas but don't like the idea of paying for another 3G connection and not sure the battery life is really Ironman territory.

You don't have to.. you can connect your watch to your phone like hot spot. About battery, you don't run all day.. battery can last a day so you can run and take it home to charge for next run. 3G service is for people who wants watch only.. so they don't need the phone with them (or none at all.)

shozilla said,

About battery, you don't run all day.. battery can last a day so you can run and take it home to charge for next run.

How long would it take you to swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike 112 miles, then run a 26.2 mile marathon... all consecutively? Probably all day.

This thing only lasts 8 hours with GPS and cellular, and 4 hours with GPS, cellular, and music. That's nowhere near enough time for an Ironman Triathlon. It's hardly enough battery life for a regular marathon if you use it to play music.

rfirth said,

How long would it take you to swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike 112 miles, then run a 26.2 mile marathon... all consecutively? Probably all day.

This thing only lasts 8 hours with GPS and cellular, and 4 hours with GPS, cellular, and music. That's nowhere near enough time for an Ironman Triathlon. It's hardly enough battery life for a regular marathon if you use it to play music.

Not everyone... depends on health. Not everyone can run all day long..

I rode my bike from my house to my old house (across the county) which took me about a hour and 45 mins 1 way. I am sure watches can last more than a day depends on what kind/size of battery they put inside the watches. My iPad Air lasts 1 week or two weeks on single charge.

rfirth said,

How long would it take you to swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike 112 miles, then run a 26.2 mile marathon... all consecutively? Probably all day.

This thing only lasts 8 hours with GPS and cellular, and 4 hours with GPS, cellular, and music. That's nowhere near enough time for an Ironman Triathlon. It's hardly enough battery life for a regular marathon if you use it to play music.

You are right about that. But just because Ironman the company sponsors triathlons (and are of varying lengths) doesn't mean they can't also sponsor/brand other things with their name on it. They don't call this a 'triathlon watch'.

shozilla said,

Not everyone... depends on health. Not everyone can run all day long..

I rode my bike from my house to my old house (across the county) which took me about a hour and 45 mins 1 way. I am sure watches can last more than a day depends on what kind/size of battery they put inside the watches. My iPad Air lasts 1 week or two weeks on single charge.

Your iPad doesn't last anywhere near that long on use. Thats the thing - the use time. And for most people, the GPS and cell are on when it would be in use.

shozilla said,
I didn't say standby... I have used it daily...

Ugh. You aren't using it for days. Using it an hour a day for a week is the same as using it 9 hours in a row. The Air is officially rated at 9 hours of cellular wifi use. And thats without GPS or music.

episode said,

Ugh. You aren't using it for days. Using it an hour a day for a week is the same as using it 9 hours in a row. The Air is officially rated at 9 hours of cellular wifi use. And thats without GPS or music.

Look. I don't care what you think or how it is rated. I know what I am doing. People play too much on their device and waste battery without thinking. Then they noticed that the battery level got low... they went like "Damn, I just unplugged my device not long ago.. but now it's dang low now." That is why they aren't thinking about the battery. Think about that. In the near future, most places such as bars, restaurants will have wireless charging system in their tables/countertops for the visitors to charge their devices on. Once that happens, they wouldn't worry about the battery anymore.

francescob said,
I think I'll wait until the smartwatch alpha and beta test is over.

I think i'm going to give in and buy the Moto 360.

This is pretty much exactly what I want for running, except no Nike+ integration which would mean splitting my data to another program/tracker.

I'm sure the iWatch will have Nike+, but I doubt it will have cellular integration.

And the year of service, even if you say its $10 month brings the cost down to $280 which isn't terrible compared to other running watches.

Edited by episode, Aug 7 2014, 7:09pm :

I have years in Nike+ though, which is a pain to get info out of, although Smashrun and a few others do it. And you can't import into Nike+. Actually, I shouldn't say can't, because you can save a .gpx from any service, then import it into Garmin Connect, then export to Nike+, but who wants to do that every day?