A GPS watch is a modern device with integrated GPS receiver which are most often used for sports and fitness purposes. With so many brands and models available nowadays, it can be difficult to choose the right GPS watch to satisfy our need.

GPS watch track time, distance, pace and calories, and also come equipped with numerous features and training aids. Whether you're beginner or running experts, tracking your runs can improve your performance.

But choosing the best GPS running watch for you can be tricky as the decision is not easier as everybody though. Back in the day it would have be Garmin, Polar or Casio GPS watch but now there are now countless brands and hundreds of products to choose from.

So with incredible numbers of good GPS watch in the market right now, it's tough to know where to start? Here are a few tips on how to choose the right GPS watch for you :-

1. How Often Will You Use It?

2. What Will You Use it For?

  • It's important to think about the activities where you will use your GPS watch and ensure it has compatible features.

3. Why buy a running watch?

4. How much should you spend?

Running watches range from $50 to $600. Basically, the more you spend, the more features you get but not all of those extra features might be necessary for your running needs.

5. What features do you need?

There are the four different types of features to consider on a GPS watch:

a. Hardware:

    GPS watch battery life varies from 5 hours to over 50 hours. Built-in sensors such as altimeters and thermometers are sometimes included. Screen size varies as well. Smaller screens make for a lighter watch while larger but heavier screens can display more information.

b. Data tracking:

    This is the information a watch displays. It includes distance, speed and pace, elevation, heart rate and calories. Some models can track temperature, measure vertical speed (how fast you are ascending or descending), and count swim strokes and laps.

c. Training Alerts and Tools:

    GPS watches perform different functions with the data they track. For example, a GPS watch can be programmed to automatically mark a lap every mile and alert you with a beep at each lap. Other features include vibration alerts, on-screen maps, programmable interval workouts and auto pause (this stops the timer when you are not moving).

d. Accessories:

Different types of accessories include: heart rate monitors, foot pods that track cadence and measure distance on a treadmill, bike speed and cadence sensors and quick-release mounts that make it easy to move the watch between wrist and bicycle handlebars.

Some GPS watch companies have features unique to their brand. Garmin is well known for their Virtual Partner series of training tools. This function lets you race against a pre-set pace which is displayed on the watch as a "virtual" competitor. Polar has many heart rate-related features and Magellan is known for their highly-customizable screens.

Hopefully the above tips on how to choose the right GPS watch will give you a better idea on how to start looking for your need. Good luck...