• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    1000+ Miles on a Sensor

    • Written by from Ankeny

    I am currently on my second sensor. The first lasted a bit over 1,000 miles of running. I now have around 1,200 miles on the second sensor. I don't do anything to aid in extending the battery life. I turned it off once before going on a flight (FAA Rules). I did not want to find that the Homeland Security folks tore apart my bags because of the radio transmissions from the sensor.

    I run in rain, snow, frigid temps and summer heat. Never had a problem. This helps to keep me motivated to put in the miles. To me, it's well worth the $20 for a sensor.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead Sensor

    • Written by from Singapore

    Hey, i purchased my Nike + Sports Kit on Jun 08 and today (2 Feb 09), the sensor is totally dead.

    I received a battery low warning "replace sensor soon" only on last 3 to 4 workouts, but I remember reading somewhere that it will last at least 2 more weeks before the replacement, but to my disappointment, before i can start running today, the sensor totally cannot be detected. I tried to re-link the sensor but failed. The total time recorded is 48.77hrs, total distance 470.86km. But the "promised" lifespan for the sensor is 1000 hours, so how can my sensor be dead this soon ?

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sensor Life

    • Written by from Chatham

    I rely on my sensor to keep track of all of my runs so it was a real disappointment when it died after 8 months. Unfortunately it stopped working midway through an 8 km run in frigid temperatures. I didn't get the satisfaction of recording my agony! I think that there needs to be a 1 year warranty on this sensor offered by Apple.

    34 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One Use?!?!!

    • Written by from Washington

    Opening that package i was just dying to bust baby out i got it in my shoe and i was already impressed i loved it! so i desided to take it for a little spin just a short 1.5 mile jog later in the evening i deside to calibrate the walking lo and behold the battery has died i dont find this to be very amuseing

    30 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product For i-Pod Nano or i-Pod Touch

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    This is an amazing product if you have the right i-Pod. It works flawlessly and it is so simple, a caveman could use it! Great product, it's worth the money for sure so get out and get yourself one, but only if you have the right i-Pod! Remember it is not compatible with i-Phone, which is the only bummer.

    39 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    8 Months and still going

    • Written by from San Jose

    I have heard reports of people complaining of short lives in these sensors. Don't believe it, mine has been going since April without issue. Keep in mind the sensor is on when moving, so if you aren't running with Nike+ probably a good idea to take the sensor out or use a different pair of shoes.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    6 months & still going

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I've been using my sensor for 6 months now & have put 330 miles on it & it is JUST now starting to act funny. Every time I'm done running a voice comes on & says congratulations you just finished 500 more kilometers...even though I haven't. Overall - AMAZING product! I hope I don't have problems with my replacement....

    30 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life Disclaimer

    • Written by from Tempe

    To offset some of the other battery life issue comments/reviews, Apple and Nike both have a disclaimer that the sensor only has 1000 hours of active battery life = 41.67 days of continuous running; the replacement cost of $19 every 3 - 6 months is worth it for the technology that the Nike+ system uses, make sure you putting it to sleep when your done with it!! That should help too. Just exactly, what kind of reasonably priced technology is available for perpetual power to such a small unit? There isn't, I have had fantastic results with this product (Nike+ SportBand System) between functionality, battery life, and ergonomics

    72 of 93 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great for me

    • Written by from Buffalo

    It seems that a lot of people had trouble with the batteries in the sensor. I've have mine for 13 months, and it finally told me that the battery was low. I've run 1400 miles on my first sensor. I think that its great!

    95 of 101 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Battery Life, Shame On You Apple

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Like others, I have had terrible battery life issues with this product. My original sensor lasted approx. 3 months, and my replacement sensor lasted 4 months. I run a couple times a week on average. Apple should make a unit with a replaceable battery or warranty the battery for at least a year. Shame on you Apple for making a knowingly inferior product.

    128 of 167 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    replaceee the batttery

    • Written by from Minot AIR FORCE BASE

    i too fell for the product which i must say i loved till after 2 weeks of running my sensor
    died on me!!!!!!!!! i ran 5 times and never walked in them just ran for 30 min sessions!!!!! always kept in shoe one top shelf so they never moved and theres no really way of know if there off unless you are sync the hit the button but i never tried that.
    so someone could did opps i mean do the next best thing and get my toe nail clippers and 0pen it from the white side and found its just a simple cr 2032 battery so im opps i mean someones gonna try to replace before they fork over another 20 bucks.

    apple, just make is so you can change out the battery and stop being greedy

    58 of 81 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it BUT....

    • Written by from State College

    I love the Nike+ concept, but the sensor life issue is really driving me nuts. I am on the third sensor this year. They seem to last me about 3-4 months and then they die. I run 6 days a week and would have thought that this product would last a bit longer. Hey apple - either refine the product or drop the price of a replacement-$19 plus shipping is a little much.

    96 of 110 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    My battery is still good

    • Written by from TORONTO

    I'm surprised by the prevalence of short battery life stories. I used my kit from March to November 07. I wear different shoes in the winter and didn't bother to add the sensor. I've used it from March this year and still going. But I only use the shoes that have the sensor for running. One strange thing though. I have the sensor in a Marware pouch attached to the laces. When I switched it from a pair of Reeboks to Adidas, the distance data changed considerably. It always varied slightly depending on my pace but the shoe change created variances of 3-400 meters for the same run.

    37 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best product for iPod Touch

    • Written by from duluth

    The best I use it all the time you should buy it if you have an iPod touch if you have an iPod nano don't.

    25 of 64 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Product

    • Written by from Jackson

    I have read a few of the other reviews and some I agree with and others I do not. Mainly some people complain about a short battery life. $20.00 a year is not a bad price for something each year. Think how much your power bill is a month. Second, some people say poor desgin but I think with some off brand extra stuff I have a good fit for mine.

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very short battery life

    • Written by from Portland

    I got my Nike iPod kit in April 2007. By November 2007 the battery was dead in it. I recorded a total of 30 runs (although I probably used it on more like 40), so maybe I used it once or twice a week. It was certainly not being used extensively. I'm quite upset that the battery is not replaceable especially since it only worked for about 7 months. It would probably add a quarter or much less to the cost of manufacturing to make the battery replaceable. I might have been able to get it replaced under warranty, but I tried to pry the case open myself to see if I could replace the battery. The glue they used to hold the case together is like epoxy and the case was destroyed in the process. I'm not even considering buying a replacement sensor when they want so much money for it. The Nike iPod worked great when it worked, but the utter failing of the device is the non-replaceable battery in the sensor unit. I can't recommend this product to anyone unless they don't mind buying a new sensor every year or less.

    54 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good concept - Bad design

    • Written by from Kuala Lumpur

    I love the concept and I have been using the Nike+ Kit for a while now and it's made me help run more and more effectively. I also love how Nike has enabled personal accounts for tracking runs and recording it all.

    BUT BUT BUT there is a HUGE problem with the sensor. The short (no, very short) battery life of the sensor makes it very annoying and very eco-unfriendly. The fact that the battery cannot be replaced means that there will be multiple sensors being thrown away.

    Apple should have warned us that we should stock up on sensors - I now can't record my runs because they have stopped stocking the kit in Malaysia and my battery has run out. Makes me mad.

    120 of 144 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but why not a green option

    • Written by from Beverly

    As many others have said, an excellent product in terms of integration with the Nike+ site, and a joy to use... except for the battery life. On the one hand, $20 a year isn't a bad deal to replace the sensor when the battery dies, but with car remotes lasting years, and with the stated goal to be a greener company, can't Apple do a little better than everyone tossing sensors into the rubbish every year? How about a sensor recycling program where we can drop off old sensors at our local Apple Stores?

    100 of 115 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


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    When I purchased the Nike+ ipod system, I assumed Apple and Nike would design a product that had a useful life of longer than a year... Most electronic products using a battery have a way to replace them, not the Nike+ ipod sensor. Expect to shell out $20+ shipping every year for a new sensor until Apple redesigns this product. Also, don't bother trying to buy this at retail Apple stores they don't carry them...

    48 of 62 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product great. Battery replacement not good.

    • Written by from Prairie Village

    I love this product to help keep track of my running. It has been a great motivator to keep my cardio training on track. I love setting goals on the website and beating them! The battery just died. It bad you have to pay $19 for another sensor. I guess Apple doesn't like to let you buy just replacement batteries (see the ipods!).

    12 of 16 people found this useful