• 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?

    101 of 116 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very gd

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    I have tried this myself and it is fantasitic !!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    How about going green????

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I love my nike+ sensor and website where I can track all my runs. Overall, a great product. The downside is the short battery life. I could not believe this thing is disposable. You have to throw the old one away and buy a new one at $19.00 a pop. Hey Apple, how about a new version with a means to replace the battery???

    39 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bloody battery!

    • Written by from Glebe

    My Nike+ page says I started running on 26 March; four months ago. And the Nike+ product got me running. That's the good news. The bad news is that I've gone through 3 of these sensors in that time. And I've only run 150k. Either the battery needs to have the ability to be replaced or there must be more life in the ones off the shelf!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A little frustrating...

    • Written by from Dana Point

    3 stars for sensor/5 stars for Nike+ system/kit!

    I can agree it is a little frustrating to have to replace the whole sensor - and not be able to easily find one when you walk into a Nike store or an Apple store...that is a little ridiculous. Mine died while I was in a competition for losing bodyfat so I wasn't as motivated to beat my past performances because I couldn't gauge my current performances without the sensor. I took time out of my schedule to go buy the replacement and couldn't find one...here I am several months later...

    Hopefully I won't have to recalibrate the new sensor either - that's a bit of a pain if you have to keep doing that...

    ****It would be helpful if the ON/OFF function on sensor was easier to use (I could never tell if it was on or off until after trying to walk with it).****

    On the PLUS side: the kit is a great motivating piece of equipment at a very reasonable price!

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One walk and it is dead. ZERO stars

    • Written by from Marietta

    I could not recommend this product to anyone. I took one walk with the sensor and liked it. I took the sensor out of my shoe to work out on the elliptical during the 90 degree + heat. Put it back in my shoe when going for a walk/run outside and it was already DEAD. I had turned it off (at least I think I did because it has no way to tell if it is off or on) and now it is useless unless I shell out another $20 for the same sensor that needs some re-design before it is worth buying a new one. And it will not allow you to rate it with ZERO stars!

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Give me a break

    • Written by from Tampa

    I can't believe all the whining about this product. I've had a few issues with the sensor, but no big deal. I had intermittent transmission the result of inserting gel insoles into my shoes, but an email (over the July 4th holiday) got me an answer from Nike in less than 24 hours so I would say the tech support is pretty good. You whiners will spend a hundred-plus bucks on a pair of shoes and then whine about replacing a sensor for 20 bucks every year. Maybe if you ran to Starbucks instead of driving, you'd save that money and have it to spend on your replacement sensor. As far as you tree huggers are concerned; how much carbon do you think it takes to manufacture a shoe? or running shorts? or a tee shirt? You should be running naked and barefoot with the Nike sensor taped to your feet. Just dispose of it as you would your flashlight's batteries.

    30 of 64 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Battery Life is Disappointing

    • Written by from Loganville

    I love using the Nike + iPod to track my runs. It really keeps me motivated and I have told several of my friends about the product. My sister bought one based on my review. However, the short battery life is totally disappointing and I expected more from Apple and Nike. I bought the kit at the beginning of February and the battery ran out at the end of May. I removed the sensor when I wasn't running. However, after reading some of the other reviews, 4 months seems to be an average time for the life of the battery in the sensor. I went to two sporting goods stores to buy a replacement sensor (after realizing that the battery itself could not be replaced). I then went to a specialty running store to learn that the sensors could only be purchased on-line. $19 seems very steep...I expected $7-$10 at the most. When I purchased the kit, I expected to be able to replace the battery and not the entire sensor. This feels like a money making scam on the part of Apple and Nike and it is not environmentally friendly. I would like to see a sensor with a replacable battery. If not for the problem with the sensor/battery, I would have rated the product with 5 stars. I'm going to order the sensor, but I am very disappointed.

    65 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product.

    • Written by from Holly Springs

    I have had over 169 runs with 485.5 miles and this is the first time I will have to replace my sensor. No one else I know has had this trouble of a poor battery life. Our secret? Only have the sensor in your shoe while you're on your run, it saves the battery life!

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life, sensor availability and data integration

    • Written by from Florence

    I've had two sensors since I purchased my nano kit two and a half years ago. The first one lasted nearly 18 months before I started getting the low battery signal. When I looked for a replacement sensor all I could find were the complete kits at $29.95. I purchased my second sensor in January this year and last weekend I could tell it was not accurately recording distance and sure enough the battery was already low. I have been using it more this year but 6 months seems pretty short for battery life. I am hoping that I can find a sensor at a retail outlet since paying shipping will bring the price of an on-line purchase to within a couple of bucks of the entire kit at my local Best Buy. Another aspect of the short battery life that is irritating. Maybe there is a way around this, but each sensor creates its own log in my itunes library. I see no way of combining the data from both (all) sensors into the database.
    I enjoy using the nike plus but this sensor replacement issue could have been engineered better.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery dies early but Apple steps up !

    • Written by from Ramona

    My experience with the sensor has been pretty bad. I bought my first kit in October, '07 and the sensor was dead by February, '08. Apple sent me a new one under warranty and it died in May. Now, they have warrantied me again and hopefully, I'll make it the 5 months remaining until my one year anniversary purchase date in October '08. Sure, this unit is weaker than advertised but Apple has been stellar standing behind it. Just be sure to register the kit when you buy it and then just call Apple support if/when it falls short. You will have a new one in 2 biz days ! The more folks that do this, the better the product will become, or the shorter the warranty ;)

    40 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Are you kidding?

    • Written by from Syracuse

    I bought this without knowing about the battery life and replacement policy. Foolish me, I figured that I could put a new battery into it when the time came.

    It turns out that this device is a subscription for $19 about once a year. That's crazy.

    I like the idea of this device but will look for something else to do the same thing. What a stupid design.

    It's the sort of thing that makes me want to steer clear of Nike and Apple products. This is an offensive design and ridiculous pricing. Seriously, if it said on the front of the package that battery placement would be necessary at least once a year and that it would cost $19, would anyone buy the thing? Not me.

    46 of 68 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You can turn off the sensor!

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I see a lot of complaints about the battery life, here is a trick I learned from my switch easy sensor case:
    if you look on the back of the sensor, there is a little round button, hold it down for 3 seconds and it will go to sleep. To activate it again, just hold it down for a second or two. Of course this is much easier if it's not in the sole of your shoe. I've had mine for over a year, and it's just low now.

    This is an awesome device!

    126 of 144 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good functional device

    • Written by from El Paso

    After reading several of the previous reviews, I think that the purpose of this product is misunderstood by many users. While this product does appear to be susceptible to battery issues, I believe that most of the complaints come from people who are not serious runners. First, it is essential that you only use the shoes that contain the sensor for running. Otherwise, the sensor transmits for hours every day, which is not its intended use. Second, this product is not designed to be 100% accurate. If you calibrate the sensor effectively your distances should be close. Over a three mile run, my accuracy is usually within 5 hundredths of a mile. The Nike+ system is an excellent way to combine listening to your music with a way to establish and track your running goals. If you desire perfect results, buy a GPS-enabled runners' watch. They run about $300. Otherwise be content with Nike+ system, which comes with a nice set of features at a very affordable price.

    36 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Device

    • Written by from Fresno

    Mine lasted about 500 miles. When most runners replace their $150 shoes every 200 miles or so, how can you complain about a $20 sensor? Come on folks. This is a great product at a very reasonable price.

    25 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    clever marketing

    • Written by from Chicago

    After 1 year you must throw the sensor away and buy a new one.... OK, can't replace the battery, so much for the environment: how are we supposed to dispose of the obsolete sensor? Nike and Apple obviously don't care. In the apple stores you can buy all sort of third party accessories, but not this original product, why would that be? To sell more kits, as they come at a higher price tag.

    27 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacing my sensor after a year and a half

    • Written by from Round Rock

    I am surprised to see reviews were people are getting so few uses out of the sensor before the battery is running out. I wonder if it is a shelf life issue because I think the sensors are active when you get them. I just wanted to say I have been using my Nike + iPod for a year and a half. I have logged close to two hundred miles with over 70 runs on the original sensor.

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad to see Sensor for Sale!

    • Written by from Algonquin

    My battery finally died and I just needed the sensor.
    Glad to see you have it available! Thanks.
    Love this product. Can "race" my sister in England while I am in the states by using the Nike site. Keeps us motivated!

    27 of 38 people found this useful