• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    won't purchase again

    • Written by from Spring

    I too bought the ipod sensor not knowing that i couldn't replace the battery. Bad design. I love nike products but this one is terrible. If nike and apple was looking for a quick get rich scheme, this would be the ultimate.

    59 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    protest to Nike, to make the sensor accept replacement batteries

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    I've used my iPod with the Nike Sensor for almost a year and when I found that I had to replace the whole unit when the battery died, I was flabbergasted. Not only for the costs of replacement but the effect on our environment. I love the product, but if a competitor came out with a sensor with a replacement battery I would be buying their product versus Nike. Hopefully the more people that protest to Nike about the non-replacement of batteries the more likely Nike will listen to the voice of the customer.

    184 of 210 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 166 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable!

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery life is horrible

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    I bought it last fall. I had 11 runs and the battery died. Simply unacceptable!

    37 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My Review in 3 Words: SAVE YOUR MONEY

    • Written by from Alexandria

    I used to be able to say I loved all things Apple. Now I have to say I love ALMOST everything. This product IS HORRIBLE. The battery life is dismal, and the support on the product is non-existant. I do understand the difficulty inherent in supporting this type of product, but without a proper system of identifying shelf-life of the batteries, and without even an option of a replacement sensor at a reasonable price... this all adds up to a product that you're better off without. Save the money you would have spent on this and buy a motivational CD or something. All this did was raise my blood pressure before I'd run... just thinking about how bad it is.

    33 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

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    2 months 20 runs and the sensor is dead. Apple wont replace or refund. Its like a bad dream. Every facet of this systme is awesome.....the website, the ipod, the interface, but then they riun the entire pie by giving you a faulty sensor. with all the negative feedback they should really consider a new replacement policy.

    46 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not for serious runners.

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    I'm sure this product is great for those people who only do a slow jog every once in a while, but for people like me who run more than 5 miles a day, this product is not worth the money.

    I recieved the nike+ system for christmas and was very excited to test it out. it worked great for about 3 weeks. once track season started, and i began training more vigorously, i began to notice the recorded distance and time of my runs was a bit off.

    finally, the battery completely died in the very beggining of february, after only about a month of using this product. i have yet to buy a replacement, and i'm still not sure whether the $20 is worth only a month of workouts.

    24 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expired

    • Written by from Warsaw

    14.56 use hours and the sensor is dead. When I applied for service 2 month after purchase, Apple said out of warranty, so I had to send in proof of purchase date. Must be alot of these sitting on shelves expiring. If you buy, KEEP YOUR RECEIPT!

    How about a replaceable battery? An inductive charger? A kinetic charge?

    68 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very frustrating

    • Written by from Cicero

    After only 2 months and two weeks, and only 78 miles, my sensor died. I talked to the Genius at an Apple store and was told my sensor was out of warranty. How can that be? My husband bought this for me for Christmas and already no warranty. After talking to the customer service reps at a bunch of sporting goods stores I know I am not the only frustrated user. One shoe department manager told me she tells people not to waste their money on the product because she's had so many complaints. This is really a scam. I've bought another kit but, if this one dies quickly, I'm done. I'll spend my $30 on something else.

    39 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE

    • Written by from Portland

    I have had for 1.5 mos, run 70 miles, and now have a dead sensor... Got the set from a retailer, and apple said that the unit is out of date. Without proof of purchase the warranty is void, problem is mine, all mine. Reading other reviews, I get the idea that this is a frequent problem.

    BTW, buying this unit comes with a hefty shipping fee, whereas the full set is shipped for free, leaving a $1 difference. Might as well get the full set if you are considering buying just the replacement sensor.

    Shouldn't this product should have a replaceable battery... how hard could it be? It would save a lot of plastic in disposing them, and would save people lots of frustration and time. It is just another way that Apple sticks it to their loyal customers.

    39 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What's Wrong With This Picture?

    • Written by from Beaverton

    I was given this product as a BD gift. I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread for tracking work outs. But that all ended after only 6 months of usage. It seems to me that the engineers for the battery life and those that design printer ink jet cartridges have to much in common. I suggest that someone go back to the drawing board and figure a redesign battery replacement for the end user.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nike plus sensors. They may have a self life issue.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have had nike+ for more than a year. The first sensor lasted for about a year or about 800 miles. I purchase a replacement (entire kit for $30) about 3 months ago. That sensor has died already and now I have to purchase another sensor or the whole kit because the sporting goods stores sell only the kit. Nike/apple should start label the kits as to the expected life of the part from the date of purchase. I love my devise as it is a real motivator but $30 every 3 - 5 months buying a sensor is a real bummer. Come on engineers you can do better than that. A small replacement battery would be wonderful idea.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a waste of money - shelling out $20 every year for a piece of plastic

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Same situation - bought the kit and liked it. What I did not like was that I had to replace the battery in the sensor right after the warranty expired.. $20 is WAY TOO STEEP for such a small piece of technology.

    That's a real scam and I'm done w/ this product. Apple and Nike should stand behind their products and make us feel good as customers..

    $5 would have been reasonable, $20 is not.

    103 of 140 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    10 runs

    • Written by from East Aurora

    I only got ten runs out of my sensor! That's not cool! I have to buy a new one for 20 bucks when I bought the whole kit before for twenty one! I am not really happy. I like the shoe and the whole system but twenty bucks every couple of runs!?!?!
    That's silly. I think I am done with the Nike + as well!

    24 of 29 people found this useful