|The Amis S430 by Bryton|
The heart rate monitor I have is ANT+ and Bluetooth capable and works perfectly with the S430. In fact, one of the things I like about the S430 is that it will detect the heart rate monitor I have when I turn it on even if I forget to do it and turn it on later in my run. For whatever reason, my Garmin will not do that unless I actually stop my tracking which is not feasible. This is a nice feature on the S430 since I tend to forget enough that it's nice it comes on when I remember.
|Heart Rate Monitor|
|Charging cord and ability to transfer to computer|
This proves very useful and the reason I think it's particularly useful on this watch is that the start and stop buttons are different. This really became frustrating for me. I want the start and stop button to be on one button so it's easy and I don't have to think about it. In addition, when you do stop the watch, it brings up a menu asking if you really want to stop it or if you just had it on pause. It just creates confusion when you are running. Why not just pause and then start again as I don't want to think when I'm out running. I did talk to the company about this and they said that if you hit the button to pause the yes/no question will go away and you can just start again but it still different buttons.
You can scroll through the data points when you are running by touching the up or down arrows on the left side. It's touch sensitive. It appears to work pretty well and I didn't once notice it change in error when I was using the watch. In addition, it works with gloves on too so no worries as the temperatures dip.
|Nice looking watch|
|Size compared to the Garmin Forerunner 220|
I did notice that once you have your satellite locked, you need to start using the watch fairly soon. Per the company, within 5 minutes. For training, that's not typically an issue because I start running as soon as the satellite is locked. In races, one useful feature that the company told me about was that you can set the watch in Race Mode. Once you lock into a satellite in Race Mode, it will stay ready as long as you want. Now that is a really handy feature that is very beneficial at a race!
|Locating the satellite|
|Ready to run|
In regards to accuracy, as you can see below it's off from my Garmin, however, I can't say that it's this or the Garmin. My running buddy's watch, also a Garmin, was close to the S430, as my Garmin always seems to show a longer run. In addition, the accuracy gets thrown off when running in the woods which was most of my runs. Again, this is all GPS and not specific to the S430. I would say that the accuracy is quite good and feel that it's reliable overall.
|Summary of your run|
|Excited to be finished|
|Connected to computer|
There are several green buttons that allow you to also download your workout to Strava and other fitness programs, and if you just click it, it will take you to a screen to give your authorization to use it. This makes it easy to get the workout into Strava. I'd like to see Bryton develop software to make this transition automatically. Many watches with their software these days allow you to download to their system, as Bryton does, and then it will automatically send the data to Strava. My opinion is making this easier on the user makes it an easier sell to use their watch. Unfortunately at this time you need to perform it manually but at least you can get the data to Strava fairly easy.
I tried to use the social aspect of the software but currently I'm the only one in the Detroit area using it. I imagine that is because it's just coming to market in the USA so very few people know about it unless you live overseas.
|Bryton software via computer|
The other thing I noted was the temperature always showed 32 degrees no matter what the temperature was outside that day. The company told me that they are working on this issue on the iPhone so I'm sure there will be a software update at some point to fix this.
|Details of my run|
The second way to get the information into their software is to use the iPhone application.
|iPhone 6 and the Amis S430|
This app just recently got approved by Apple so I was not able to use it during the entire testing period. I do believe it's a must if you are going to sell a GPS watch. Again, you need to make it easier on the consumer and this certainly helps. All you have to do is click on the run you want to move to the computer and, via bluetooth, you can save it without the need to connect the watch to the computer via the cord. I did notice that I downloaded a couple runs into the app and the app does not seem to transfer the runs automatically to the website which I found odd and inconvenient.
|Via Apple app|
The app also shows the map that you ran as well as the time, distance, average pace and stride rate. In addition, you can see the date of the run and the time I started.
|iPhone app showing my run|
|Other data on iPhone app|
|Sharing with Facebook|
You can see below, after the run is complete and shared to Facebook what it looks like. This is a nice feature which is competitive with other watches in the market. It's not real until you post to Facebook, right? Haha!
|Displayed on Facebook|
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Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!
Disclosure: I received a Bryton S430 GPS watch in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion except for an honest one.