What gadget would you recommend?

I've been looking at devices like Nike+ watches and others, and I know some of you have got gadgets to help. Basically, I want to know my speed, time and distance. A voice or feedback telling me how I've done would be good, but less essential. Problem is, as soon as there's GPS it seems to get really expensive. Any advice or recommendations? Thanks!

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  • I found that the site goodrunguide was excellent. You can click to work out your route and if you log in how long it took you (as well as initial info like your age etc) it can tell your pace/climb rate/calories burnt etc. It was really easy to do. You can log your runs and see your personal best/age % and you can have it all on a training planner which tots up how many miles you are doing each month etc.. There is also a weight tracker that I find useful. It's worth a look.

  • Thanks, I'll have a look at that site. All these little things keep the motivation up!

  • I use the free map my run app on my iPhone, it tells you all you are looking for and also the elevation. It syncs with the mapmyrun website where if you log into that, it will give your greater breakdown of your run :)

  • I have an Android phone and installed tge Endomondo app. Does a great job and the free version does all you need - time, GPS based distance tracking, calorie count. You can set it for walking, running, cycling or whatever your activity is, and you can keep your 'history'.

    Last week I bought an iPod Touch and the Nike+ sensor. I think it will be OK but to be honest I'm not impressed with the Nike+ web. It doesn't seem to do as much as Endomondo.

    Hope that helps

  • I've got Nike+ on my nano and also on my phone, it gives you speed, distance and time, so all you need really plus I quite like the website although it could be better. The app on the phone tells you when you've done either a km or time, you can set it to either, but not on the nano.

  • I would also recommend Endomondo, although I spent a couple of pounds on the Pro version. If you don't have a smart phone I would also recommend the Orange San Francisco 2 which is a bargain at £99 and cheaper than a lot of the dedicated running gadgets that offer a lot less than Endomondo on a phone. You can always see what I mean by visiting endomondo.com first.

    Good running!!! :-)

  • Some great suggestions, will check those out. Does anyone know if Nike+ sensors connect with iPods other than the nano?

  • Seems to work with the Nano, iPod Touch (2nd generation and later) and iPhone (3GS and later). For the Nano, you need tp plug a receiver into the iPod. The receiver is built into the Touch and iPhone so just start running.

    Hope that helps

  • Oh good, my wife has ipod touch. I'll take the ipod to the store just to make sure they're compatible. Thanks!

  • Just download the Nike+ app onto your ipod touch and you're good to go :)

  • I have an android phone and downloaded 'runtastic pro' for a couple of pounds which syncs with the MyFitnessPal free app for calories burned. It maps my route, speed, distance, even the weather. I'm delighted with it.

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