GPS Sports Watches, Running Watches, and Marathon Watches all have a few things in common; your health, timing, tracking software, GPS monitoring, and heart rate monitoring. Often, you’ll also find that throughout various GPS Sports Watch models and companies, such as Garmin or TomTom, that they provide music-play, Bluetooth technology, GPS maps tracking, progress, calorie counting, and more. But, where do you start?
Well, first, it’s important you determine what exactly you’re looking for out of your GPS Sports Watch, and how often you intend to use it. These first two primary variables should also contribute to a more meaningful estimate as to how much your budget is, or you’re looking to spend on one. Also, consider your previous experience with sports watches, GPS watches, and technology. Whether or not this is your first GPS Sports Watch can definitely effect whether or not it will be worth the investment. In fact, plenty of people that invest in a GPS Watch finds out sooner than later that it wasn’t actually necessary. In a lot of cases, a Heart Rate Monitor Watch, or one that can be synchronized with your phone in using GPS technology can be substantially cheaper – and more practical.
For anyone set on investing in a GPS Sports Watch, due diligence in research and time spent are a necessity. This will also help you better understand the different “tiers” of a GPS Sports Watch, and why one can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 or more.
Ultimately, it will undoubtedly come down to your use, needs, and also the types of sports and activities you intend on participating in. Additionally, it’s worth considering the major differences between say a running watch GPS sports watch, versus a Smart Watch. That is, as the ladder is, of course, designed more for entertainment, media, and social media – while a GPS Sports Watch says more focused on your actual health and physical activities. Though make no mistake, even in consideration of the cost of a GPS Sports Watch, you can easily find yourself paying an additional $75-$150 should you opt for a Bluetooth headset, and of course heart rate strap should it not be included with the purchase price.
Also, definitely consider the value of battery life, expectancy, and what you’re willing to part with in terms of features, quality, or cost when determining the best GPS Sports Watch for you. If you are going to use your sports watch in extreme climates or weather, or perhaps even underwater, then that this too is something you’ll have to take into consideration before buying.
Ultimately, if in doubt, try to stick to a brand-name that you are familiar with, and which has a positive reputation. When shopping around, prioritize GPS Sports Watches based on warranty coverage, customer service reputation, and overall build – which can be the difference between hard-plastic, a sapphire or gorilla glass screen, and the reputation of materials used on previous – similar – products. Also, keep an eye out for differences in included sensor technology such as; an Optical Heart Rate Monitor (PPG) (which no is strap needed), Accelerometer, Compass, Motion sensor technology, and a Gyroscope.