Ironman R300: Timex presents a fitness smartwatch with GPS and 25 days of battery life
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Timex calls the Ironman R300 its first smartwatch, even if the Ironman One GPS+ would probably say otherwise. People may have forgotten about Timex's last smartwatch though, considering that the company released it over five years ago. Smartwatches have come a long way since then, but popular devices like the Apple Watch still only offer around 18 hours of battery life. By contrast, Timex claims that the Ironman R300 can last a full 25 days on a single charge.
The R300 is waterproof up to 30 metres too and has an always-on touchscreen. While the R300 is a smartwatch, Timex has undoubtedly focussed on its fitness tracking capabilities. The R300 always collects data, whether that be steps, sleep, distance or calories burned throughout the day. The R300 can also measure heart rates, while its integrated GPS module means that you can leave your smartphone at home when you go cycling or running.
One of the highlights of the R300 is its guided workouts, which Timex claims have been put together by top athletes. One such workout is a twelve-week running program by Jared Ward, an American long-distance runner who finished sixth in the Olympic Marathon at the 2016 Summer Games.
the Ironman R300 currently retails for US$120 and comes in a choice of three colours. Timex currently offers the smartwatch in Black, Grey and Silver. All colours come with a 41 mm silicone strap. Price and availability outside of the US is unknown for the time being.