Runtopia S1 Smart GPS Sport Watch REVIEW

Several years ago, I attempted to work through one of those couch-to-5K programs using my iPhone. It was a paid app that tracked my progress and provided me coaching along the way. It was a unique way to try and complete a 5K, which I had never done, along with being more active, which was a goal of mine at the time. The only problem with it was that I always had to have my phone with me. And sometimes, it’s just too much to carry around. Fast forward to today and everywhere you turn there seem to be micro-mobile devices in the form of smartwatches. I myself have an Apple Watch. It contains mirrored version of apps that are available on my iPhone and it also tracks my movements among other things. As wonderful as it is, sometimes it is also just too much. Some people just want to be able to track their workouts without the frills. For that, I give you the Runtopia S1 Smart GPS Sport Watch.


In addition to the dual-GPS, the Runtopia S1 offers a 24-hour PPG photoelectric heart rate monitor. This is to, again, provide real-time monitoring. The Runtopia app will show various heart rate zones to ensure you have an effective, safe run. The watch has an impressive battery life (25 days on standby time with one full charge) and is semi-weatherproof. The S1 is designed to withstand various weather condition and has 3 ATM water resistance and is compatible with temperatures -10ºC to 50ºC. And, because it’s a smartwatch, the S1 gives you access to a compass, stopwatch, message notifications, call alert, sedentary reminder, alarm clock, step count, and daily calorie monitoring.


  • Dimensions: 47mm
  • Weight: 55g
  • Wrist Size: 160mm — 245mm
  • Color: Black
  • Watch case material: Zinc Alloy
  • Watch strap material: Rubber
  • Phone compatibility: Android 4.4 or later, iOS 9.0 or later
  • Connected app: Runtopia app
  • Audio coaching: Yes
  • Display: 128px x 128px
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth BLE 5.0 and above
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope,Heart rate sensor
  • Battery type: Lithium battery
  • Battery life: 25 days standby time, 8 hours using GPS
  • Waterproof rating: ATM 3 (30 meters)
  • Operating temperature: -10C to 50C (14F-122F)
  • Customizable watch faces: Yes
  • Touch display: Yes
  • Color display: No
  • Sport modes: Outdoor running and Indoor running (indoor walking, outdoor walking, cycling will be available in May 2019)


One of the things that I like to use smartwatches for is the step counter. This is one area where the Runtopia falls a little short. I say a “little” because it does record steps, but doesn’t show them as a part of your workout progress. Part of the Runtopia app is centered around gaining digital currency that you can exchange for real items through the Runtopia shop. Steps you take throughout the day count towards that currency and helps you to gain more. So, within that part of the app, you can see your step progress. The information is there and it’s recorded, but I wish I could see it as a part of the app’s dashboard and the user’s daily progress.

There is a lot involved with the app and most of it revolves around runs. So, if you are looking for an all-purpose smartwatch, this may not be for you. The S1 does offer messaging notification and it’s pretty responsive, but the watch’s infrastructure isn’t built around it being a communication device. It’s meant to be a workout companion. It does work really nicely as an at-a-glance activity monitor. My step daughter wanted a simple watch to wear when she was a work, school, and doing things around the house. So, I let her wear the S1 to see how she liked it. I turned off the notification option so that the watch was really just giving her time and recording her step activity. On the watch face, you can see the time and steps just above that. She really liked how lightweight the watch is and that it’s easy to wear in any environment. She also really liked that it was not constantly reminding her of messages coming into her phone. So, it’s a really nice option for a smartwatch that doesn’t get in the way of your day, but it’s there when you want a workout buddy.


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Originally published at on April 10, 2019.

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