The Breakdown: A High-Quality Device With Great Functionality
Like the Garmin Forerunner 735XT, the Apple Watch Nike+ is an expensively pretty option for a personal fitness tracker.
But it’s not just about looks. As an activity tracker, this iteration of the Apple Watch works extraordinarily well. This is thanks largely to the powerful software behind any Apple product.
The functionality is probably the biggest draw to this smart watch slash fitness tracker. Since it’s an Apple product, the Apple Watch Nike+ is obviously a fitness tracker compatible with iPhones.
The Good: User-friendly and Light, the Apple Watch Nike+ Meets Expectations
The Apple Watch Nike+ has all of the same features as the Series 2, with the added benefit of being lightweight and sport friendly.
On the Nike+, runners can easily track their heart rate, their distance with GPS, and respond to emails on the go. In a phrase, the best part of the Nike+ is that it is both user-friendly and lightweight. Would you expect anything else from an Apple product?
Of course, the watch also has a beautiful display. Users can integrate the smart watch with other personal fitness apps, like MapMyRun and Runkeeper.
The Bad: An Expensive Option With a Limited Battery Life
Not everything about Apple products is a benefit – the price tag, for instance. Like any other Apple product, the Nike+ is likely to set you back at least a few hundred dollars.
On top of the price tag, the Apple Watch Nike+ has a substantially shorter battery life than other Fitbit competitors. When used as both a smart watch and a fitness tracker, the Nike+ battery lasts up to 18 hours. Compare that with the several days that other activity trackers last.
But one of the two drawbacks of the Nike+ isn’t really a drawback at all. Since the price tag tends to reflect the quality and durability, it’s simply a factor in your decision. Whether the price is worth it is entirely up to you and your own personal fitness activity.
The Bottom Line: A Sporty Option for Tech-Savvy Runners
Like Nike shoes, the Apple Watch Nike+ is more of a fashion statement than anything. But that doesn’t stop the fitness watch from performing as a top rated health tracker for many people.
If you’re looking for something more than a fitness band, the Apple Watch Nike+ may be what you’re looking for. The fitness tracker watch takes the idea of a fitness app to a whole new level.
The Budget Options: Lumo Run and Moov Now
No overview of the best fitness trackers for 2018 would be complete without considering some options for the more budget-conscious runners among us.
We can’t honestly include these options in the “best” category that the other Fitbit competitors above fall into. But both the Lumo Run and Moov Now provide relatively reliable activity tracking. In other words, they’ll work great for anyone to track distance and time without dropping $100 on a top-notch fitness tracker.