Posted: 05/08/2013 at 14:57
I went along to the TomTom running event in Battersea Park a couple of weeks ago to check out their new TomTom Runner GPS watch. Not sure if anyone is interested by I have written a bit of a review and posted a couple of videos etc.
It’s a boring read (I know as I wrote it!) so the main points are here:
What I liked:
- The first time I used the watch it found a GPS signal within 17 seconds which is incredible fast compared to something like the Motorola Motoactv or the Nike+ Sport Watch. The Average signal lock time is still about 17 seconds for my usual city running routes so would probably be quicker in the country.
- It is really simple to use and has a nice clean and logical menu structure.
- It is one of the smallest and slimmest GPS watches that I have seen
- You can easily setup run targets such as distance, time, calories or pace, as well as monitoring your progress through your run via a live pie chart and percentage alerts.
What I didn’t Like:
- TomTom MySports (like MyConnect) is very basic at the moment and doesn’t offer much other than a running total and a run by run stats summary. The Mac or PC connectivity software does allow you to upload your run data to RunKeeper and MapMyRun though so this doesn’t really limit you.
- The button controls are placed on the write strap and not around the watch face. This took some getting used to as I kept on reaching for buttons that weren’t there!
- It has been made to be almost too simple. It is really easy to accidentally end your recording when all you really want to do is pause it. There needs to be some sort of prompt to end your run as it is frustrating having to start recording again mid run!
Priced at £149.99 it is more expensive than the Nike+ SportWatch for no real good reason apart from the improved GPS. Given that the MySports portal isn’t too good at the moment do you think that it is worth the extra cash?
The multi-sport version is priced at £179.99 which actually seems quite good value considering it tracks your swimming as well as cycling. Maybe its worth paying the extra cash for the multi sport version just in case you ever feel the need to go for a cycle or a swim and don’t want to fork out £380 for the Forerunner 910!
What do you guys think? A watch to get excited about or not?