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When you jog you want to record your daily improvement and how many calories you are burning with each session. For this reason I decided to get the Nike + ipod - iphone sensor. It is indeed a brilliant accessory for your training sessions because you can place it easily in your shoes ( there are some nike shoes that include the hole to place it under your insoles) and then you pair it with your Idevice, preferably an iphone or ipod touch, since for the ipod nano you would need a sensor receiver. The price is not bad, it costs only around 15 pounds. I think this is a low price for the utilities you get with this device.
The design is very nice, it is really small and simple. You do not have to press any buttons to enable it. It is also very light so you do not feel any more weight in your shoe at all. The application design is also very nice and easy to program. The application is included on the iphone and ipod touch. It works when you just go on it and select what kind of exercise you want, then you press start and after a couple of steps it will be ready to start counting the stats, while you listen to your power songs.
Something I would say is a downside is the battery. I bought it and I used for some months, but then I went travelling and I kept it in a drawer and when I was back to use it again I was surprised by the fact that the iphone was not able to identify it. However I took it to a apple store and even though the warranty was expired, they changed the battery for me.
I am sure you will love it and your jogging experience will never be the same again!
I bought the Nike + Sensor as part of a package with the Nike + Sports Band.
Before buying it, I had not realised that you had this sensor, and that it had to go in your shoe. I was then made aware that Nike make special Nike + trainers, with a built in area underneath the underlay in the shoe, where you can clip the sensor in.
I was worried I would need to buy a new pair of shoes for something I had only paid £35 for! Fortunately, after a little internet research, I found that you can buy little pouches that you can attach to your laces on your trainers, that can house the sensor, without the need for new trainers. The pouch cost me £7.99, and does the trick!
The sensor works from a mixture of GPS and Pedometer technology.
Combined with the Sports Band or the iPod technology, it measures how far you have run, the time taken, time per mile, calories burned etc. It calculates this according to your height and weight, which you input via your computer when setting up your Sports Band/iPod feature.
I find the distance calculations fairly accurate. On a route that I know to be 2 miles exactly, it calculates between 2 miles and 2.2 miles, depending on how fast I run. I think the faster you run, the more the sensor bounces, and it may think you have gone a little farther than you have. However, this may not be as bad if using the Nike + trainers, instead of the pouch on the laces.
All in all, it's a great way of getting a good idea of how far you have run and how many calories you have burnt, and it's good for keeping time so that you can see how well you have progressed over time.
After your run, you can also upload your run data to your computer and keep a log of everything, and set yourself goals, such as "run 100 miles in the next three months" etc.
One of my passions is running and being outdoors as I love to keep fit and also get fresh air. I also love tracking everything from day to day lists for groceries, bills, chores etc and I can be a bit obsessive over everything! Which is why when I was recommended this Nike sensor to track my everyday jog I immediately snapped one up.
I have had an iPhone for a while but turned off the Nike sensor app because I never realized what it actually did. For all of those who still don't know, this is s small device as shown above that fits into Nike runners and connects to your iPod or iPhone.
It tracks your progress on a daily basis and will feed all this information back in the form of an app if you have an iPhone or alternatively you can plug it into the computer and use software to display the information. It really is fantastic!
If connected to your iPod while jogging it will give you little hints like how far you have run and how many calories have been lost to hard work. I have also used this while walking on the treadmill, just to test it's accuracy readings against the machines and the calorie reading was the exact same so it is very accurate.
I have never had any problems using this device and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to keep track of their daily run. Either for weight loss or training. I think it would be great information to give your doctor if you are told to exercise too!
The only disadvantage I would say is that you may not find the software easy to use if you aren't keen on computers. I gave it to my mother to see if she could work around it but she did have a bit of difficulty doing so. May not make the best pressie for grannie!
You also do not necessarily need Nike runners as you can buy a separate pouch which can hold the device in place instead. It cost me 39 euro in Argos but is going for just 14 pounds on amazon so do shop around!
The Nike + ipod sensor has definitely aided with my running training and given me incentive to do it on a regular basis. The sensor fits into the sole of any Nike + trainer which is pretty much any of the new ones. This is totally unnoticeable when you are running. You can also buy a pouch to fit to the laces of any shoe. Once calibrated the u sensor is super accurate. Once you plug the sensor into your PC you can track how far you have run and track your progress. This is all displayed in colorful and easy to understand graphs. A nice feature is that you can compare your times with other people.
There is quite a downside to the sensor, you cannot recharge it at all so you must remember to take it out of your shoe and turn it off. When the battery has run out, usually after around a year, you must purchase a new one.
I bought this from Nike Town and thought I'd give it a go, it is a very reasonably priced piece of running equipment, I have wanted a Nike Sports Band and thought this would be a good test of quality! Being as I have the iPhone which has the software on it, it is a good accesory. It sits inside a Nike + shoe (they are specially designed to have a hole for the nike sensor to fit into.) and attachs to your ipod, either an iphone with software or you buy the set which has a plug for a normal ipod. It talks to you telling things like how far you've gone and how many calories you have burnt. You can then attach it to your computer and it will download the data so you can track how well you are doing and any progress you have made. I generally believe it to be pretty accurate but if you are not sure and you know it is out then you can calibrate it to sort out the inaccuracy. For the price it is really good and the battery life of it is pretty long. The great thing is you don't need to feel pressured to buy a special pair of nike shoes, you can buy little pouches for your shoes for the sensor to slide into. Good piece of advice, dont try clipping it under your shoe laces, I lost mine doing that! Buy a pouch or nike+ shoes! You can also go on nike forum and compare your stats with other people or discuss.