Is New Balance’s RunIQ aptness smartwatch a opposition to Apple Watch Series 2?
February 20, 2017 - running watch
New Balance is looking to win a aptness smartwatch marathon with a recently introduced Android Wear-based RunIQ. But how does it review to Apple Watch Series 2, that is also aptness focused and shares some core facilities such as built-in GPS and heart-rate monitoring? we wore both for some-more than a week to find out.
Cost: RunIQ beats Apple Watch
RunIQ is $300, while a slightest costly Apple Watch Series 2 is $369.
Comfort: Apple Watch
RunIQ has a identical seperated rope allied to Apple Watch Nike+ (also $369 and up), a Nike-branded chronicle of Apple’s Series 2 smartwatch. Both bands are gentle to wear. But RunIQ feels heavier and bulkier on a wrist.
Screen: Apple Watch
No wearable I’ve tested — and I’ve tested utterly a few — has a improved shade than Apple Watch Series 2. It’s splendid and easy-to-read in any circumstance, including outward on a day with splendid sunshine.
With RunIQ, we indispensable to holder a liughtness turn adult to 4 or 5 (the latter is a top setting) to simply review a shade underneath balmy skies. Unfortunately, a liughtness strike can be a critical battery drain.
Example: we went for a 30-minute run regulating GPS and heart rate tracking with RunIQ entirely charged. After a run, a battery was during 76 percent; a liughtness turn was 5.
New Balance says a 410mAh battery should final 24 hours, or adult to 5 hours when regulating GPS and heart-rate tracking.
Starting a run: Apple Watch
Imagine that you’re prepared to run. You step outside, daub a using idol on a RunIQ’s home screen, and wait for a watch to repair on a GPS signal. In my tests, a wait was typically between one and 3 minutes. When you’re using in severe weather, 3 mins feels like 30.
Now suppose you’re wearing an Apple Watch. You step outside, contend “Hey Siri, start a run,” and within a few seconds, you’re prepared to go, and so is a GPS. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
It’s value mentioning that RunIQ has 3 buttons: one to start/stop a run or cycling workout; one serves as a home button; a third controls laps or music. Apple Watch has two.
Heart-rate tracking: It’s a draw
In my tests, RunIQ’s heart-rate monitoring was on standard with Apple Watch Series 2 in terms of heart-rate accuracy. Both looked flattering on-target, yet chest straps like Polar’s H7 customarily offer a many accurate consumer-grade heart-rate sensor.
Music playback: A slight corner to RunIQ
RunIQ enables we to download and play song on a watch and listen to tunes around Bluetooth connected headphones/earbuds (Android only). You can do a same with Apple Watch.
One probable advantage for RunIQ: Jabra’s NB PaceIQ Earbuds ($110). The wireless earbuds embody a dedicated symbol that, when pressed, gives we on-demand examination stats, when interconnected with RunIQ. (I wasn’t means to exam this feature.)
Looks: It depends on your taste
The turn RunIQ has an attractive, black case/black rope manly look. More rope tone options will be accessible in midst March. we cite all a box tone and rope choices we get with Apple Watch, yet it’s a matter of personal taste.
iPhone users: Put RunIQ on reason for now
At slightest for now, any iPhone user looking for an Apple Watch choice should reason off on shopping RunIQ. There are simply too many facilities Apple Watch offers that RunIQ now doesn’t. For example, we can’t supplement apps to RunIQ around your iPhone. And usually Android users can take advantage of a watch’s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Android Wear 2.0 will move additional facilities to iOS and Android users. RunIQ doesn’t support Android Wear 2.0 during a moment, yet an Intel orator pronounced a New Balance watch will support Android Wear 2.0 this spring. (Intel grown RunIQ in partnership with New Balance.)