Wearable devices are all the rage today, especially in the area of health and fitness. Geared with fitness firmly in mind, the TomTom Multi-Sports GPS Watch is a device that is capable of tracking your running, cycling, and swimming activities.
Some users may find the Multi-Sports GPS Watch similar to the Nike+ SportWatch GPS. The resemblance is simple enough to explain: The Multi-Sports GPS Watch is designed by the same team from TomTom that worked on the Nike+ SportWatch GPS. In terms of TomTom’s product line-up, the Multi-Sports GPS Watch is really a superset of the TomTom Runner GPS Watch, and offers additional capabilities for a small price mark-up.
The strap is comfortable and easily adjustable to be as tight or loose as you like. What may not be obvious from pictures is how the straps of the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch are interchangeable. This offers for a way to clean the straps after an intense workout, and makes it easier to recharge the watch chassis via the dedicated USB-based charging unit.
The company says that its “extra-large” high resolution display is capable of offering key information such as time, distance and pace that can be taken in at a glance. The display itself isn’t touch enabled, though a joystick-like optical sensor located below the screen does an adequate job of letting you navigate through the interface. When jogging or cycling, it actually makes it easier to reach navigate the menus as opposed to trying to tap the right spot on a touch display.
What I really liked about the TomTom Runner GPS Watch is how it continues to function when working out indoors at a gym. This is possible by monitoring your cadence on a treadmill, extrapolating your pace together with time to get your workout. Of course, you will need to set it to the correct mode by selecting “Treadmill” from the activities menu first.
We didn’t try it, but the ability to track the heart rate via a dedicated heart rate monitor makes it much easier for serious runners to get into the right training zone. The watch is waterproof up to 50 meters too, and you can expect to use the Multi-Sport GPS Watch for up to 10 hours on a single charge.
The TomTom Multi-Sports GPS is currently sold in Singapore for S$349 for the default package with swim sensor and bike mount, $419 with an additional heart rate monitor, and $499 for the top-end model with built-in altimeter and a cadence/speed sensors for cyclists.
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