Are GPS watches redundant now with availability of GPS Phone apps?
I dont think you can program in an interval session into a phone, or program in pace zones with audible alerts.
You would certainly struggle to see how far / fast you had travelled whilst actually running - and smart phone battery life is worse than a May Fly.
Its a bit like pople who go fell walking with a map app on their phone instead of a proper handheld gps with map and compass.... Yeah - it kind of works a bit, but not very well or for very long or with any kind of reliability.
I paid £100 or so for my 305. And £20 for my phone. I have no intention of acquiring a smartphone or iPhone so have no idea of how much they cost, but I suspect it is more than £120. When these doohickeys combine the cost and the full functionality of the Garmin (on payg please), then I might be tempted.
It'll probably happen at some stage but not just yet.
I was without my Garmin for a few days while I sent if off for a refurb. I used 2 apps while I was without.
I think the first was run keeper. I had run a 6 mile route in 57 minutes I knew the distance and clocked the time. The phone clocked me as doing 11 miles
Now much as I would have liked to believe it.....The next day I did a 6 miler and it measured it as less than 4 and clocked me doing 13mm...
I did wonder if you were starting and had no idea how far you were running how you would be in for a shock in a race...
Can you program an interval / tempo session into a phone app? If not, what's the point?
I love my Garmin - it's a fantastic piece of kit. Yes they're not 100% accurate but neither are those phone apps! "Carrot has just finished a Runtastic run of 17.58 miles in 36 minutes"... erm yeah, right.
I only run with music when I'm on a treadmill in the gym anyway, and then the treadmill tells me how far / fast (or slow) I'm going. And even they aren't guaranteed accurate! I wouldn't want to take my phone running with me, certainly not strapped to my arm anyway. Do they have waterproof covers?
I doubt phones would make GPS watches redundant, much like how Sat Nav hasn't made the good old reliable road atlas redundant
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