Magellan recently announced their entry into the world of GPS tracking watches. The company is well known for their in-car navigation systems, and they appear to be taking their GPS expertise off the dash and onto your wrist. The primary purpose of a watch with GPS tracking capabilities is fitness training. There are tons of apps available for smartphones, which use GPS to track exercise routines. The problem with these apps is that they rely on a phone, which must either be held or stored in a pocket while exercising. Magellan, like other fitness watch manufacturers, found a great solution in their upcoming Switch and Switch Up watches.
A fitness watch provides all the GPS tracking benefits of your smartphone, securely attached to your wrist. The Switch fitness watch was designed for runners, but will work great for any kind of mobile activity. This watch comes with a 1.26-inch monochrome display, GPS receiver with high-sensitivity, and embedded ANT+ technology, which allows users to connect third-party features, such as bike sensors, foot pods and heart-rate monitors. Magellan’s fitness watch is water resistant and comes with a USB connector to easily download workout data. The watch also includes nine customizable screens and a calorie counter.
The Switch is a more basic version of the Switch Up watch, which is better designed for well-rounded athletes. The Switch Up fitness watch comes with all the same features as the Switch, as well as some bonus capabilities. The Switch Up includes a thermometer, a barometric altimeter, to measure elevation, and a quick-release mounting kit, to more easily switch between activities. The retail price of the Switch is $249.99, while the Switch Up and Multisport Mounting Kit will cost $299.99. For an extra $50, Magellan will include a heart-rate monitor.Google+