Why you should buy Apple's Nike smartwatch instead of Watch Series 2

The Apple Watch Nike+ has all of the same features as the standard Apple Watch Series 2, plus a few extras for runners. The Nike version of Apple's smartwatch is also both easy on the eyes and easy to use, but it may not be a good fit for serious marathoners.

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2. Apple Watch Series 2 gets quick GPS fix

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Activity trackers and watches with built-in GPS don't need to get GPS signal from a connected smartphone. That means marathoners and other athletes who use such devices don't need to carry smartphones to get accurate distance and pace information, or to map their runs.

Unfortunately, many GPS watches take a while to get a fix on GPS satellites. For example, the first time I used the new TomTom Spark 3 GPS fitness watch ($130 and up), it took several minutes to get a GPS fix. On cloudy or overcast days, it took 60 seconds or more to lock on to GPS.

Apple promised that both the Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+ would lock onto GPS signals quickly, and the claim proved true in my tests of the Nike+ Watch. I never had to wait for a GPS signal to kick in.

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