Time for a new watch…
My third Garmin in three years stated to fail on me. Kept telling me I had little battery life then decided it didn’t want to talk to the computer…obviously female and temperamental!
Wouldn’t have a problem changing it but did I want another Garmin? Nike did a good watch which was powered by TomTom but didn’t like the reviews. A good watch but choosing a product is a personal thing and it wasn’t for me.
Someone told me about a new watch made by TomTom themself, only released in November. I’m always a bit apprehensive about 1st gen gadgets but all the reviews looked good. There were down sides but TomTom were reporting of software updates and had already sent some out.
I was getting a refund from Amazon and a the new watch came with a years guarantee so I had nothing to lose by trying it….oh and did I tell you it was PINK!!
Prices range between £139.99 – £179.99 for the basic runner to the multi-sports watch designed for tri-athletes. The multi-sport tracks running/cycling/swimming being waterproof to 50m.
The watch idea is ingenuous, the watch and strap disconnect so different straps/colours can be added. My watch is the runner as above in pink and comes in at £149.99. The size is also a plus as I can wear as a normal watch, not bulky or heavy…you forget your wearing it.
I bought the watch thinking that it had less features than my Garmin 410 but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s easy to use with a clear face. It also:
Tells me my time/pace/current and average pace/speed.
I can set goals for distance/calories/time.
I can race against previous entries to increase my performance and it has preset speed/distance goals.
I can set a required pace then the watch indicates if I’m faster/slower. Similar to the Garmin buddy.
The GPS is operated by TomTom so I knew it would be good but unlike Garmin you can preset. This is held in its memory for 3 days so ideal for an upcoming race…no more waving your arm in the air for minutes at a time!! The watch has been used in 3 different locations so far and each time the GPS was connected in a matter of seconds. Impressive!!!
The watch tracks runs, treadmill, has a stopwatch and has no problem tracking GPS inside the house. The battery life hasn’t been fully checked yet but TomTom advise 10 hours.
To upload you simply connect your watch as you do with any other device via USB although TomTom are working on a Bluetooth upload due out later in the year.
Check out TomTom’s video
As I’ve said this is a first generation product so I knew there would be bugs. All the reviews said that the one touch control pad was easy to knock and switch your tracking off. Again this has already been fixed in a software upgrade, holding down to pause then again to stop your workout.
The web page…TomTom passed their web design over to MapMyFitness and to be honest they haven’t done much with it. The watch will automatically upload to Runkeeper and MapMyFitness or you can save various file types to add to your preferred dashboard. I haven’t bothered with TomTom’s one although I’m sure it’ll get better.
I’ve tried Runkeeper, MapMyRun, MapMyFitness and Garmin sites but have decided to stick with MapMyFitness as it offers more options and I can upload my fitbit steps as well as the watch and other fitness data…a good all round app and website.
The only other downside I can see is that it doesn’t have a walk option on the watch but I have feed this back to TomTom already and the info has been passed onto the developers. A small thing but would prefer not to have to manually change each workout and I am a walker NOT a runner, there is a difference 😉
For more details check out the TomTom web page
A good all round watch which does what it says on the box. Very happy with the change and know that the software updates will only improve the already great performance.
A happy Diva!!