A pulse-taking sportswatch that's also a Bluetooth music player sounds like a plan, so we put the plan into action...
Smart running watch
With a big touchscreen dominating its front, this part-smartwatch, part-running watch instantly brings to mind Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. It’s no bandwagon jumper, though – the Smart Run has proper sportswatch skills of its own, taking your pulse by measuring the blood flow on your wrist and auto-syncing with the miCoach website over Wi-Fi. The inclusion of a 3GB Bluetooth MP3 player is an added bonus.
Showerproof ● 1.45in, 184x184, colour LCD ● Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth ● Optical heart-rate monitor ● 79g
As a training partner, it’s spectacularly comprehensive – it’ll even serve up helpful videos of exercises in the gym. Adidas’ MiCoach app is great, but it’s the only software the Smart Run talks to. Shame it doesn’t link to MyFitnessPal and other heaA pulth trackers, too. The beltless heart-rate monitoring is great, too, but all this comes at a cost. For starters, it’s bulky – definitely too big to wear all the time. Battery life also takes a hit: all too often we’d get ready for a run only to find it’d died. Even in non-GPS mode it won’t last a full day. What’s more, we had to stand around in the cold while it took a leisurely 90 seconds to pick up GPS, compared to a speedy sub-15 seconds by the TomTom and Garmin. More training needed, Adidas.