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Timex Stand Alone Smartwatch

On Tuesday, Timex launched a new smartwatch. The new Timex Ironman One GPS+ is unique in a number of ways. Firstly, the Timex Ironman does not require any connection to a smartphone at all. Rather, the Ironman “watch has its own cellular connection to AT&T’s network, letting it transmit data without having to be connected to a smartphone.”1

Timex Ironman

Re/code did a pretty good rundown of some of the features, but one passage really stands out:

Built in collaboration with AT&T and Qualcomm, the device uses the former’s network and the latter company’s Mirasol display. Mirasol offers a color display, but with the low battery consumption typically offered only on E-Ink devices, meaning the device’s screen can remain on.2


In addition to the Mirasol display and the AT&T network connection, the Ironman has a ton of useful features:

  • Built-in connection to mobile network enables phone-free messaging (send and receive)
  • Instafix GPS provides fast connection and accurate distance and pace
  • 4GB built-in music player can stream music wirelessly to Bluetooth®-compatible headsets
  • Phone-free live tracking allows friends to see progress and location
  • SOS feature quickly pushes out a pre-set message to deisgnated contacts
  • Find-Me feature allows designated contacts to see your location when the watch is on
  • Bluetooth® heart rate monitor included; compatible with Bluetooth® foot pod and wireless headphones
  • Additional performance features include customizable interval timers, audible and vibrating pace and heart rate alerts and notifications when you’ve achieved a personal record
  • Phone-free wireless upload of performance data to leading fitness sites like MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, Strava and More
  • Always-on, sunlight-readable, touchscreen Qualcomm MIRASOL® display
  1. Noel Randewich, Reuters, “Timex launches smartwatch with Qualcomm technology,” 5 August 2014  
  2. Ina Fried, Re/code, “Timex Teams With Qualcomm, AT&T for Cell-Equipped Smartwatch,” 5 August 2014