Updated 16 Mar 2018

New Balance

RunIQ

Snapshot: The New Balance RunIQ is swimproof, with GPS and a heart rate monitor. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

RunIQ
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$500

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Test results

Overall score
56
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10
Active heart rate accuracy
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • Very good for smart functions.
  • Good features.
  • Is water resistant.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.
  • Has a somewhat accurate heart rate monitor.

But

  • Somewhat difficult to use.
  • Poor for apps.
  • Extremely poor battery.
  • No sleep tracker.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sensor accuracy, sleep tracking, and assessments of fitness apps.
Heart rate accuracy is included as part of the fitness functions score and assessed against medical equipment.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$500

More test results (/10)

Apps
2.8
Features
7.5

Specifications

Type
Fitness watch
Weight (g)
75.0
Battery life (tested, hours)
35
Time to full charge from 0% (mins)
105

Features

Water resistant
Swimproof
Bluetooth
NFC
×
GPS
Works with iOS
Works with Android
Screen (touch)
yes (yes)
Clock display
Text message notification/Read/Reply
yes / yes / yes
Make and receive calls
Control music playlist and playback
Navigation
Control phone camera
×
Heart-rate monitor
Sleep tracker
×