Why have Nike + Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 10smom, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. 10smom macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2008
    I don't get the Watch Nike +. Is it going to have all the features of Watch 2? Can you switch out bands? Why have it? no extra hardware needed for run app. Am I missing something?
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Nope. Not missing anything. Just a sales thing like Hermes. If I was all Nike and running, I may get that one.
  3. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Just branding. Nike's old watch was just a customized TomTom.
  4. jomirrivera macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    I really dont get it. Does the watch runs a custom software? or is it just the band?
  5. rpearlberg macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2010
    I think it's just the band and aluminum frame. I'm assuming the actual watch is the same...?
  6. Julien, Sep 7, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016

    Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007

    Now if they offer a permanent complication to keep the Nike app from freezing or crashing it might be worth it.:D
  7. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    I'm also not sure about this. I run a LOT, so the Nike watch face might be nice, but not if I somehow have to tie in to a Nike run club. Really not clear on the exact difference. Oh well, I plan to order one.
  8. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    Is there *any* chance they won't make the app otherwise available to the rest of us? That would seem...shortsighted, no?

    If the app can be had on any watch, not sure why you'd buy the Nike version unless you reeeeeeeally loved the bands and case.
  9. aconnell11 macrumors newbie


    Feb 10, 2013
    Oshkosh, WI
    I'm basically considering buying it for the band, because I'm guessing there won't be any official ones for sale through Apple unless it's with the watch.
  10. RamGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    I can enjoy the band and watch faces. But I expect the software to be available to all models. Whether Nike decides to charge for the software or not is up to them.

    Creating artificial differences between models like this is plain stupid, and if it the case that the Nike software is only available on the Nike models I won't buy no matter how much I might prefer that specific model. I can't support stupid practices like this.
  11. igrover macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2007
    Nike did something similar last year when the Garmin Forerunner 235 was released. Nike was selling a version of the 235 that had a special colored band (actually identical to this Apple Watch 2 band with the volt green color on the underside of the black top) on their web site. Otherwise there was no difference to the same watch being sold elsewhere.

    While I am interested in the Nike band I'm not sure I want to wait a month just for the band. I suspect the band alone will be available for sale in the near future or at least some third party knockoff will be available shortly.
  12. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I like it, but I don't like waiting over a month
  13. dmanthony1 macrumors newbie


    Sep 7, 2016
  14. nathanjbrown macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2008
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I thought that was a custom Nike watch face (like the Hermes), exclusive to the Nike Watch variant (like the Hermes). Am I wrong?
  15. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Since I already have the 42mm SS with too many bands, I thought it was going to take a really impressive Series 2 watch to make me want to spend $500 or so for a new SS watch. I like the idea of GPS and I saw with the OS3 betas what they showed today - its nice to have those maps when you run/walk or bike and you can now only go for a run with the watch and bluetooth headphones and still get the accurate stats/splits/distance/etc.

    I wasn't impressed enough to buy a new one, but I think I will buy the Nike 42mm with the Black/Gray band and use that for all workouts, yard work, mowing, swimming, weekends, etc. For that price, it is worth it and I can always have my 42mm SS for everything else where I want a more professional looking watch. Just my opinion.
  16. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    I would assume the app will stay the same, however specifically the Nike font watch face, and the watch band, are the only exclusive features to buying the watch.

    The band will probably work a decent amount better for running. Would be nice to see it be able to be sold separate, but I doubt it. I'm sure someone will make a third party athletic band with perforation, now that Nike's done it.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 7, 2016 ---
    I know this is off topic, but just wanted to throw this out there. Series 2 is a slightly thicker watch
  17. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    This Nike+ version is my new first choice to get for my wife. She uses Nike+ Run on her iPhone 5c, and putting the Nike app complication permanently on the face makes it even easier for her to use.

    The perforated strap is t*ts, too. I want to get one for my SS AW1.
  18. TheBacklash Suspended


    Oct 23, 2013
    I haven't watched the event today, just heard most of the details.
    Not going to be buying the watch at launch, but will be getting one.

    Since the Nike version is next month.. I may wait till then.
    But, if it's just the band.. i'll go non Nike. So far in my limited research, it's just the band correct? A specific Nike watch face... not so sure i'd wait just for that. As long as the two are identical outside the band, i'll get the normal Aluminum series 2 Watch.
  19. xtshabi macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2015
    it's kind of cool i guess, but I don't really like the nike's typography.
  20. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    The Nike version adds a complication for the Nike+ app in every face (in every-every face, or just in every Nike-branded face?). Makes it more convenient to set up and launch.
  21. Nickgeorg macrumors newbie


    Sep 7, 2016
    Silly question I want to buy the Apple Nike sport but are all the faces say Nike+ on the screen? Or can they act like a normal sport Apple watch?
  22. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Well it's not like it costs any more, so you don't have to reeeeeally like it, just mildly prefer it to the regular sport model (which is no longer called sport I guess). It's a modest cosmetic difference for no additional cost. But whichever look you like better I guess.
  23. Spendlove macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2015
    Cambridge UK
    The watch has a PERMANENT Nike complication. I assume that means you cannot remove it from the watch face? That I am afraid is a bit poo. I am undecided between the two watches when I upgrade.

    Series 2 (totally customisable as I want it) or Nike edition (app - probably stuck with a crap app when there may be better out there)

    The Nike volt green and black strap is awesome though.

  24. supertomtom macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Gold Coast, Australia
    I saw that it comes with 2 new watch faces and I'm still trying to clarify whether the permanent Nike complication refers to those two watch faces only. I'd like the option of not having them there for the other watch faces.
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm sure there will be knock off bands and/or genuine bands on ebay, so I'll bide my time

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