So in summary: 1.It comes in black/blue 2.Comes with the HRM4 (HRM-RUN) strap 3.Has Running Dynamics like the 620 (vertical oscillation, cadence, ground contact time) 4.Looks like the 910XT 5.But has a colour screen! 6.The screen shows the regular metrics but with alternate ways of viewing ie graphical 7.It is also an activity tracker able to count steps and the like. 8.Text/call notifications via your mobile phone using the ‘CONNECTED FEATURE’ and the ‘NOTIFICATIONS FEATURE’ 9.More advanced recovery/fatigue/VO2/predictor metrics 10.Swim mode drill logging 11.All that the 910XT can do (hopefully)
the vertical thing can/is a measure of inefficiency to a degree. but this can also be a factor in injuries (higher vertical O = more impact) so that is relevant to many
tomtom - yes they have much potential and presumably the resources to put behind it. let's see. I like their cardio runner BTW, no idea how much it sells but I would have thought it does well. I guess satnav on phones is a big downer for traditional tomtom so they have to go in a different direction ... running (where they will encounter running apps on phones !!)
interesting thought. i'd not considered where garmin were going with running watches. guess I've not seen anything that makes me think they are going in the direction you favour. s'pose they would argue (with hi end watches) that they are going for more technique/physiology type things firstbeat/dyamics rather than convenience/comfort type things like tomtom/Epson/mio.