TomTom GPS Watches
The Heart Rate Watch Company has added TomTom GPS watches to its line of GPS units for runners and multisport enthusiasts. TomTom has made the Nike plus GPS watch units for some time but has finally decided to sell their own improved version of these watches to authorized retailers.
WHAT WE LIKE
The TomTom watches offer single button menu navigation which is efficient but those craving more sophisticated features may want to look at higher-end Suunto or Garmin products. The screen resolution and clarity is very nice, probably one of the nicest screens we have seen and right in there with the Timex Run Trainer 2.0 for resolution.
Both TomTom watches, the run and multisport versions, acquire satellites super fast, like in 15 seconds fast because the watch remembers satellite positions rather than starting a fresh search every time like most GPS watches do.
These watches are also very light (1.75 ounces and thin).
While TomTom claims 10 hours in GPS mode we have found that you can usually deduct a couple hours off what the manufacturers tell you. We have never found a GPS watch that lasts as long as the manufacturers say and we have few doubts that TomTom will be an exception to this.
The watch has Bluetooth Smart embedded in it which means in theory that it should be able to work with Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps, foot pods like the Polar Bluetooth Smart Stride Sensor and cadence sensors like the Panobike Bluetooth Speed and cadence sensor, but only in the multisport version for the bike based sensors.
The company's exercise software is a bit simplified and needs improvement but that will likely come in time and you can export to third party softwares if desired.
Two models from TomTom are the TomTom Runners GPS watch and the TomTom Multisport GPS watch. The Multisport does run, bike and swim functions while the run sticks primarily to running functions with indoor workouts.
WHO IT IS FOR
First time GPS owners and older athletes that need a nice readable unit would both be good fits for this watch. Also, people who are less than technical and need simple as some GPS watches have a real learning curve to them. In our opinion it is the EASY button of GPS watches and fills a void left in the marketplace by too many technocratic people driving design.
Rusty Squire, copyright 2013