We finally received the Nike+ SportBand on Monday after pre-ordering from Nike.com and decided to take it out for a spin today. Here are our observations:
Design: Pretty cool, very lightweight
- The USB connector is poorly designed when it comes to actually inserting it into your laptop. It has a slight curve to it so as to fit the contour of the band but if your laptop is on a flat surface (such as a desk), it won’t plug in properly or at all. So weird that Nike didn’t think of that – did they test it at all?!
- Also, Pause vs. Stop Workout is sort of unclear. Perhaps we should read the manual but since there’s only one button it’s kind of hard to figure out. The audio cues you get when using the iPod+ are better.
- The battery life is only two hours. Not that we can run for that long, but it means you have to be conscious about keeping it charged. It does have a battery indicator on the screen so that helps.
- The screen is easy to read and toggling between Distance/Pace/Calories while running is also pretty simple.
Botom Line: Eh, it’s not bad for $60. Not sure how we feel about it yet. We’ll still listen to our iPods while running, but will use the SportBand as well.