Timex Metropolitan Smartwatch Fitness Tracker Review

My workouts tend to be pretty varied—I go for easy runs, interval runs, and recovery walks or hikes, and strength-train both with straight sets and heart-pumping circuits. And I’ve just started indoor cycling too.

There’s a golden opportunity for data with all these kinds of workouts. And as a numbers person, I like to have that information at my fingertips, so I can gauge performance as well as determine when pulling back or resting might be the better choice. That’s why I love fitness trackers: Over the last five years, I can remember only a handful of workouts where I didn’t use one.

When I came across the Timex Metropolitan, I was intrigued: I know Timex as a watch, sure, but as a fitness smartwatch? When I think of those kinds of trackers, big-name players like Garmin, Fitbit, and Polar inevitably come to mind first.

Still, its feature list was impressive—mainly, an onboard GPS, which is a must for me because I refuse to run with my phone, and sleep-tracking capabilities—and with a price point of $ 179, it seemed more accessible (while boasting similar features) than its other smartwatch competitors. So I was eager to give the Timex Metropolitan a shot. Here’s what I found out.

How I Tested

Our panel of fitness experts helped us determine the criteria to use when testing fitness trackers, including measures like accuracy, ease of use, battery life, comfort, style, and other features.

I tested the Timex Metropolitan for over a month, wearing it on one wrist and my Fitbit Ionic on the other. I switched wrists halfway through to make sure the side wasn’t affecting anything. (Yes, I wore two watches 24/7, and yes, I got some funny looks.)

I wore the watch for a variety of workouts: outdoor road runs, trail runs, and tempo runs, outdoor walks and hikes, indoor strength-training sessions, and indoor cycling classes (virtual, of course). I also wore it to sleep and while showering.

Ease of Use

Right out of the box, the Timex Metropolitan was a breeze to use. It had some charge when it arrived, and I was able to set it up right away. The Timex Metropolitan paired smoothly with my not-the-newest Android phone (it also works on iOS)—I didn’t run into any snags setting it up or creating my profile, which included information like height and weight to determine things like stride length and calories burned.

The watch’s display is super intuitive, which makes it easy to start a workout. Simply swipe up, and you’re at the Workouts screen, where you have six different options: outdoor running, walking, outdoor cycling, treadmill, indoor cycling, and “any sport” (a catchall workout that I used to track my strength training.) Your watch uses its built-in GPS for the first three, and once that’s set and you begin, you see a bunch of metrics on the display. For example, on the main screen for an outdoor run, you see time elapsed, distance, pace, and heart rate. Swipe through to the next screen and you’ll see even more, like average pace, cadence, and elevation.

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