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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Who is the ideal Apple Watch Nike+ user?

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Not all athletes will love the Apple Watch Nike+ or Apple Watch Series 2. Engadget.com reviewer Dana Wollman (a marathoner), for example, says the GPS-equipped Watch is fine for "walks, hikes and maybe even casual jogs," but its pace calculations aren't "precise enough for athletes in training."

I exercise nearly every day, but I'm not a marathoner, and pinpoint accuracy isn't quite as important to me. In my tests, the Nike+ Watch's GPS distance readings were accurate enough for me, and its distance and pace readings were often close to the ones I got from my TomTom Spark 3.

If you're in the market for a smartwatch and you exercise frequently, get an Apple Watch Nike+ model. It costs the same as a regular Apple Watch Series 2 and has all same features, plus a few extra goodies, such as the perforated band. If you don't like the band with holes, you can always swap it out for another option.

Of if a smartwatch or GPS watch seems like overkill, consider an activity tracker like Fitbit's Charge 2 ($150 and up), which is full of useful features and costs more than $200 less than the least expensive Apple Watch Nike+.

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