The IRONMAN One GPS+ is a smartwatch that takes a slightly different approach from many of the wearables we have caught up with lately. It’s designed to work as a stand-alone Android device, rather than as a companion device for an Android smartphone. The IRONMAN One GPS+ is aimed at fitness and sports enthusiasts who would prefer to leave the house with just one device that can deal with phone calls, messaging, GPS tracking and more. Mobile Geeks get hands on with a smartwatch for those of us who really like to run.
The Timex IRONMAN One GPS+ is available in the US and Canada for $399 USD and comes with one year of data courtesy of AT&T. The main chassis of the device is 50mm x 50mm with a thickness of 15.7mm and a weight of 71 grams (excluding the strap). All of which makes the One GPS+ a fairly large wearable compared to several other devices on the market like the Samsung Gear Live and the ASUS ZenWhatch. It’s design is specific to its purpose however, which is for being outdoors, so its rugged construction will be appreciated by athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The device is waterproof to 50 meters depth, and can interface with Bluetooth Hearts-rate monitors and other sports and fitness sensor devices. The 1.5 inch Mirasol display has a resolution of 288 x 192 pixels and includes 4GB of storage for your MP3s.
Catch our man Sascha walk around the Timex IRONMAN One GPS+ during the Uplinq 2014.
The IRONMAN One GPS+ is only the second ever device to sport a Mirasol display, following in the footsteps of the Qualcomm Toq. Mirasol display technology is a proprietary tech developed by Qualcomm that means the display is effectively always on, with microscopic mirrors that reflect light rather than omit. This means the display will actually get brighter in outdoor conditions. At night time the device is powered by Timex’s own Indiglo back light technology.
The main boon to the IRONMAN One GPS+ is not only being able to measure your fitness activities, i.e. running, but that you can also make and receive phone calls and messages using the devices built-in microphone and speaker. Even in today’s busy and expanding wearable segment there are currently few that offer true telephony functionality. There are several apps pre-installed that give you music playback, timing, tracking, heart-rate monitoring and of course contacts, phone calls and messaging.