Timex recently asked us to review their new iPod-compatible Ironman i-Control sports watch. We’ve been having so much fun using these watches, we decided we ought to tell you all about them! (Sometimes we get products that are just not up to snuff, so we don’t tell you about those.)
You work out. You wear a sports watch while you do it. You like to listen to music, too. Why not make this more convenient? Forget the clips and cords – the Timex Ironman i-Control allows you to do all the things you’d normally do with a sports watch, plus control your iPod wirelessly.
Why it’s different from other sports watches:
In addition to controlling and shuffling songs from your watch, the i-Control is slimmer than most sports watches. I personally like that, although it might not suit your style.
How it works:
This watch is a standard sports watch with all the typical functions (Indiglo, countdown timer, alarms, interval timers, workout log, water-resistant). It is really intuitive and simple to program and use. It’s also very lightweight and comfortable, much more so than many sports watches. The watch immediately syncs up with your iPod, so there’s no frustrating programming or customer-service-hell required to get started!
I picked blue; Sara went for pink.
(You can also get the watch in a black/gray combo, orange, or lime green.)
If you have an iPod Shuffle, this won’t work; but then the Shuffle is quite compact and designed for exercising anyway. The watch is well-made and improves your music-workout experience, but it’s a little pricey at $125. If you’re a Mac fan and you’ve recently purchased the iPhone, there are some functional drawbacks to using the i-Control with your phone. But for regular iPods large and small, this is a useful watch. If you are in need of a sports watch, or would like one that is lightweight, and also like the idea of keeping your iPod stowed away in a pocket, it’s worth the purchase.