Everything you wanted to know...and plenty you probably didn't.
Can I use the Bia watch without the GPS Go Stick?
Yes. On it's own the sports watch will do time, stopwatch, intervals, heart rate and calorie burn. To do distance, speed, pace or utilize features that require connectivity such as the safety feature and real-time race tracking, you'll need the GPS Go Stick.
Do I need to buy the Bia watch and the GPS Go Stick together?
No, that's the beauty of it. You can buy the Bia sports watch and it looks great and functions even better as your standard sports watch. When you decide you want to add GPS funcationality, simply buy the GPS Go Stick and you're all set!
The watch comes in different colors...can I have more than one watch to go with my GPS Go Stick?
Absolutely! We love the colors and you may want to have more than one watch and a series of interchangable wrist bands...and all of them will work with your single GPS Go Stick.
What's in the GPS Go Stick?
The GPS Go Stick has GPS, ANT+, a rechargable battery, an accelerometer, a GSM cellular modem, plus all the technological goodness you expect.
How long does the battery last?
The watch uses a standard coin cell battery that you'll need to replace every year or so. The GPS Go Stick gets about 17 hours of workout tracking between charges. It comes with a USB charging cable.
How small is the Bia sport watch and companion GPS Go Stick?
The watch is 60mm long x 28mm wide x 7mm thin and weighs 35g, or about half as much as a Garmin 310. The GPS Go Stick is 64mm x 25mm x 11mm and weighs about 50g. For reference an iPhone weighs 140g.
What is it made of?
The watch is anodized aluminum, which is stronger, lighter and better looking than plastic. We use an antiglare, scratch resistant lens over a high-resolution black and white display. The band as shown in our photos is neoprene fused to soft velcro.
How does the GPS Go Stick connect to a GPS signal so quickly?
We use both GPS satellites and cell phone towers to get your initial location. Clever, eh?
Does the watch have a backlight?
Does it tell time?
Yes, it does! Even better, the time is displayed in the corner of the screen even when you are tracking a workout. Crazy, huh? What will we think of next?
Will it always be 12:35?
No. That's just the screen we pre-programmed on the photogenic models.
Is the Bia sport watch water resistant?
Yes, up to 100 meters (10 ATM). Sylvia is an open water swimmer, waht else would you expect. However, it is not shark resistant.
What if I accidentally send the GPS Go Stick through the wash?
It will come out cleaner. Actually, this was an important design requirement. We are moms, you know. It should survive just fine, but we won't promise until we test it ourselves.
Is swapping bands on the Bia sport watch easy?
Yes. No tools. No loose parts. Just slide it through the loop and velco it to itself. Did we mention you can get a number of super-stylish bands to swap out? Why have just one?
My existing GPS watch has seven buttons. Bia only has one?
Yes. Sometimes less is more. Here's how it works.
- Use the touchscreen to interact before or after a workout or race.
- Push the button to start/stop your workout or race.
- Slap to mark a lap.
- Shake to light up the backlight.
Why is the button on the watch so big?
Bigger is better, especially when you need to fid it without looking at the end of a puke-inducing interval or as you run up a hill to T1 after drinking too much lake water. It also sits on the front of the watch, flush with the face, so it doesn't accidentally get pushed by your wrist or your wetsuit.
Why does the watch sit at an angle?
We spent a great deal of time studying the movement of runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes. The angle is a great compliment to the way we move, making it ideal for viewing without changing position or pace. The angle allows you to read the watch without having to do a big "wrist twist". We love the shape and angle and hope you love this iconic look as well.
Does it come with a heart rate monitor strap?
No, not for Kickstarter. The Bia sport watch will work with the ANT+ straps available on the market.
Will Bia ever make a companion or replace for the heart rate monitor strap?
Don't even get us started. It is on our list of annoyances that we want to find a better solution for. Stay tuned!
Does the Bia sport watch work indoors?
Everything works indoors except the GPS speed and distance.
Does the Bia sport watch and companion GPS Go Stick count laps and work in indoor pools?
The hardware is totally equipped to do lap count and distance (meters or yards) for indoor and outdoor pools, but we aren't promising the software will be ready at launch. If that feature is not ready on time we'll release it as a free update after we ship.
Does it count steps?
Does it tell temperature or elevation gain?
No, not on the watch during your race or workout. We'll give you this information in your training journal after your workout is done.
Can I use the Bia sports watch with my iPhone instead of the GPS Go Stick?
No. The point of the Go Stick is NOT to have to use your $600 sweat-adverse, Gu-hating, battery-guzzling, kid-interupting smartphone as a sports device. Here's what we think of bringing our smartphones with on workouts:
- It's too heavy to feel good in your pocket during a run.
- The tan line from strapping a phone to your arm is unforgivable.
- A phone near the ocean or pool is a recipe for disaster.
- If you need your phone in an emergency on the bike, you don't want it low on battery because you've been using it to track your route.
- Workout time is too precious to risk email and text interruptions. The world can wait.
Do you have any secret features you aren't telling us about?
Of course we do! We'll share as we get closer to shipping.