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Charles Wilson Cargo Shorts Including Belt
Charles Wilson Cargo Shorts Including Belt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £29.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Berry, Berry good..., 10 July 2014
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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---- INTIAL IMPRESSIONS & APPEARANCE ----

These shorts came packaged well, and neatly presented. The colour of Berry, is exactly as shown in the Amazon product image, and looks great.

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---- SIZING AND FIT ----

The sizing appears be to true. I usually wear 34" waist, and these 34" shorts fit me just so.
The fit of the whole of the shorts is great, not too tight, not too loose.

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---- MATERIALS AND FINISH ----

These shorts are made from 100% cotton, and they feel great, not only to wear, but also to the touch.
The single stitching is fine, and has caused no issues with multiple wears over a number of weeks.

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---- EXTRAS ----

The shorts are done up by four buttons, no zips.

On the front there are two standard pockets, and one smaller change pocket on the right.
On the sides, there are two (one on each side) cargo style pockets, that protrude out from the shorts. They can house a decent amount, and give the shorts their signature style. They are closed by two poppers on each side.
On the rear are two pockets, one on each side. They are secured by a single button on each.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

I'm extremely happy with these shorts, and after numerous wears, have had no issues whatsoever.
A great pair of summer shorts for a fairly competitive price...

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well packaged
✓ True to size
✓ Fits brilliantly all over
✓ Colour as shown
✓ 100% cotton
✓ Plenty of pockets (large and deep)
✓ Feels and looks great

CONS:
✗ None

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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Charles Wilson Cargo Shorts
Charles Wilson Cargo Shorts
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £24.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Berry, Berry good..., 10 July 2014
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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---- INTIAL IMPRESSIONS & APPEARANCE ----

These shorts came packaged well, and neatly presented. The colour of Berry, is exactly as shown in the Amazon product image, and looks great.

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---- SIZING AND FIT ----

The sizing appears be to true. I usually wear 34" waist, and these 34" shorts fit me just so.
The fit of the whole of the shorts is great, not too tight, not too loose.

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---- MATERIALS AND FINISH ----

These shorts are made from 100% cotton, and they feel great, not only to wear, but also to the touch.
The single stitching is fine, and has caused no issues with multiple wears over a number of weeks.

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---- EXTRAS ----

The shorts are done up by four buttons, no zips.

On the front there are two standard pockets, and one smaller change pocket on the right.
On the sides, there are two (one on each side) cargo style pockets, that protrude out from the shorts. They can house a decent amount, and give the shorts their signature style. They are closed by two poppers on each side.
On the rear are two pockets, one on each side. They are secured by a single button on each.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

I'm extremely happy with these shorts, and after numerous wears, have had no issues whatsoever.
A great pair of summer shorts for a fairly competitive price...

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well packaged
✓ True to size
✓ Fits brilliantly all over
✓ Colour as shown
✓ 100% cotton
✓ Plenty of pockets (large and deep)
✓ Feels and looks great

CONS:
✗ None

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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TomTom Runner Cardio (Black) Color: Black Style: Runner Cardio Portable Consumer Electronic Gadget Shop
TomTom Runner Cardio (Black) Color: Black Style: Runner Cardio Portable Consumer Electronic Gadget Shop

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 7 July 2014
Length:: 1:16 Mins

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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdBNJChtRAY - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOqO9gT6gE - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17342. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio (Black) Color: Black Style: Multi-Sport Cardio Portable Consumer Electronic Gadget Shop
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio (Black) Color: Black Style: Multi-Sport Cardio Portable Consumer Electronic Gadget Shop

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5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 7 July 2014
Length:: 1:16 Mins

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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor [...] - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - [...] - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. [...]. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio with Cadence Sensor and Altimeter (Black) Color: Black Style: Multi-Sport Cardio with Cadence Sensor and Altimeter Portable Consumer Electronic Gadget Shop
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio with Cadence Sensor and Altimeter (Black) Color: Black Style: Multi-Sport Cardio with Cadence Sensor and Altimeter Portable Consumer Electronic Gadget Shop

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5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 7 July 2014
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdBNJChtRAY - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOqO9gT6gE - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17342. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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* New Arrival* TaoTronics® TT-DS004 2-in-1 Auto Feed 900 DPI 1.4" TFT Color Display Colour & Mono Handyscan Handheld Scanner + Docking for Document, Photo, Reciepts, Books + JPG/PDF Format Selection & Directly Save to Text Function (Black)
* New Arrival* TaoTronics® TT-DS004 2-in-1 Auto Feed 900 DPI 1.4" TFT Color Display Colour & Mono Handyscan Handheld Scanner + Docking for Document, Photo, Reciepts, Books + JPG/PDF Format Selection & Directly Save to Text Function (Black)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty device, great as a hand scanner, awkward as a desktop scanner..., 5 July 2014
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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---- MY VERDICT ----

A nifty gadget that's fantastic as a hand scanner, but feels clumsy as a multi-page / volume desktop scanner. I guess that's not surprising as its primary function is a hand scanner, and anything else is secondary.

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---- WHAT'S IN THE BOX? ----

- Scanner and docking station
- 8GB microSD card
- Fabric travel pouch
- CD: OCR software
- USB cable
- Instruction manual
- Cleaning cloth
- White Balance Calibration Card

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---- INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ----

Initial impressions are positive: the box is neatly packed, the product is smart and appears to be of high quality.

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---- INITIAL USE / SETUP ----

I dived in, perhaps not having read the instructions as thoroughly as I should. I will briefly outline the issue that occurred, through my lack of patience.

There are two possible sources of power: battery, or via USB. Not having 6 AAs to hand, I opted for the latter and connected the USB to my computer. I pressed the on button, the screen lit up (exactly as the instructions said they should) and then after a few seconds, an image of a PC with a USB cable came up. It was at this point that I got stuck. Feeling slightly impatient, I wanted to feed some paper through and scan something. The paper was sucked through, an appropriate whirring sound is heard, and the screen reads "SCAN", but nothing else happened. What I didn't realise was that there are two modes: a) connected to PC just for power, and b) connected to PC to use Magiscan software. By default, when you turn the device on, it will go to the second mode. The solution: as soon as you have turned the device on, press the up or down arrow to change mode - it is now only connected to the PC for power, and will scan and save documents to the memory card. With this problem solved, it's now fairly intuitive to change the settings and scan documents.

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---- DEVICE IN USE ----

Right at the start you have a few options:

- Power source: can be operated with batteries (6 AAs) or powered by your computer via a USB lead
- Docking - can be used as a 'wand' or attached to a simple docking station that auto feeds a single sheet of paper (up to A4)
- Output format: JPEG or PDF
- DPI: 300, 600 or 900
- Output: colour or B&W
- Mode - can choose to scan directly to your PC or to a microSD memory card (8GB supplied)

Connected to the PC for power only, scanning is straightforward. When using the docking station you can feed individual sheets of paper (up to A4) into the device, the sheet is sucked through, saved to the memory card, and a brief preview is shown on the screen. Pretty straightforward. Remove the docking station and the device comes into a world of its own. Powered by batteries it is truly portable: you can leave your computer at home and scan while on the move. Of course, if portability isn't important, you can still power it by USB. Scanning is simple: hit `scan' and move the wand over the document you want to scan. Keep your movements slow and steady and the scan quality is good. I was surprised how easy this is - even on my first pass, I was achieving very good quality hand scans. Slow and steady is obviously crucial.

The device also comes with software to a) insert scanned images directly into a WORD document (or other document), b) OCR, and c) scan business cards. The software is functional but not snazzy. When in the communicate with PC mode, open the software, select `picture direct' and scan your document. The image will be inserted into the WORD doc (or other that you have open). Handy! The OCR software is okay - it was confused by my handwriting (but so were my school teachers); it seemed to manage reasonably well with printed text. I didn't try the business card reader - suspect most people have apps on their phones if they need to scan business cards. The quality of the scan is unquestionable, and it's remarkably easy to use as a hand scanner. You can also connect to tablets (I think this requires a separate connection kit) to read the SD card from the tablet. I've not tested this functionality.

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---- MORE THOUGHTS ----

Think carefully about why you want this device / what you will use it for. I wanted it to scan receipts, bank statements, the odd letter, and other documents - ie partly as a hand scanner and partly in lieu of a desktop scanner. As a handscanner it's fantastic - a nifty little gadget - but as a desktop / volume scanner, it's mediocre. As you'd expect, it only feeds one page through at a time. Unfortunately (unless I missed something else in the instructions) each page is saved as a separate file - you can't scan multiple pages into a single PDF document. This was an important requirement for me. After some thinking I found a workaround: use the Magiscan software to scan directly into WORD and then resave as a PDF once complete. This worked, but feels like a clumsy solution to a relatively simple problem. I tried to scan a 43 page document using the docking station and the Magiscan software, as outlined above. After 29 pages the WORD doc was 390MB large, and crashed... although, when I converted it to PDF it reduced to around 1MB. My verdict: a nifty gadget that's fantastic as a hand scanner, but feels clumsy as a multi-page / volume desktop scanner. I guess that's not surprising as that's not what it was made to do. I found workarounds for most of my use cases, and although slightly time consuming I suspect I'll happily use this device for a few years.

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, if they're after a hand-scanner and not looking to use it in lieu of desktop scanner.

PROS:
✓ Sleek and smart
✓ Light weight
✓ Portable
✓ PDF and JPEG
✓ 3 choices for DPI
✓ Can select B&W or colour
✓ Comes with OCR software

CONS:
✗ Not a replacement for a desk top scanner if you want to do multi-page / volume scanning

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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio (White)
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio (White)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 28 Jun 2014
Length:: 1:16 Mins

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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdBNJChtRAY - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOqO9gT6gE - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17342. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio (Black)
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio (Black)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 28 Jun 2014
Length:: 1:16 Mins

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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdBNJChtRAY - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOqO9gT6gE - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17342. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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OVERVIEW
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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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TomTom Runner Cardio (Black)
TomTom Runner Cardio (Black)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 28 Jun 2014
Length:: 1:16 Mins

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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdBNJChtRAY - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOqO9gT6gE - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17342. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio with Cadence Sensor and Altimeter (Black)
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio with Cadence Sensor and Altimeter (Black)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I see the light..., 28 Jun 2014
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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This is going to be a lengthy review - you've been warned.

If you already own the old TomTom sports watch, and you're just interested in how this newer model is better/different, then jump to the second section entitled 'OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH'.

This review will attempt to encompass the entire new range of TomTom sports watches, with comparisons against the old range where applicable. For this reason, it will be posted on multiple product pages, to assist you in your purchasing decision. For the remainder of the review, any reference to the 'new' watch, will mean the cardio watch (with a red wrist strap and heart rate monitor built into its wrist strap) - and any reference to the 'old' watch, will be referring to the previous generation (with the grey wrist strap, and no heart rate monitor built into the wrist strap). The watch splits into two (shown in the video), the wrist strap, and the watch module, I will often refer to these separately.

Now that that's out of the way, let's move onto some range differences that newcomers to the TomTom range may find helpful.

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---- RANGE DIFFERENCES & ACCESSORIES ----

All watches past and present come with an instruction manual and desk dock. The desk dock enables you to connect your watch to your computer to charge and update to the latest software. It is very slick. The detachable watch module (that comes away from the strap) slots in easily and is positioned at such an angle that you can still see the screen if need be. The bottom of the dock is a lovely rubberised material that stops it from slipping around the desk. This means you can have the wire out of sight with the dock simply popping its head over the back of your desk taking up very little room, whilst not worrying about it falling off, never to be found again.

There are effectively four TomTom sports watches you could purchase; the old Runner, the new Runner, the old Multi-Sport and the new Multi-Sport. I will attempt (!) to clearly explain the differences, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

I will first address the differences between the Runner, and the Multi-Sport. This will apply to both old and new watches:
- The Runner only supports the activities of 'Run' and 'Treadmill'. This means that even if you were to purchase the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors), the watch still wouldn't connect to them.
- The Multi-Sport support all activities; 'Run', 'Treadmill', 'Bike' and 'Swim'. Depending on the package you purchase, it may or may not come with the biking accessories (cadence/speed sensors) that physically attach to your bike. This means that you've got to make a decision prior to purchasing about whether or not you will EVER want the ability to track your bike rides or swims, if so, go for the Multi-Sport. If you only ever run, either outside or on a treadmill, and literally never want to track a bike ride or swim, then go for the Runner.
- With regards to accessories, the Runner comes with nothing extra. The Multi-Sport comes with a handlebar mount, enabling you to attach the watch module (without the wrist strap) to your bike's handlebars and use all of its functionality. Obviously with the new, cardio watch, this means you can't use the built in heart rate sensor, but you'll be happy to hear you can connect the new watch to an external heart rate monitor (chest strap), for use when cycling, or indeed during any other sports.

Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a clear picture about whether or not you wish to purchase the Runner, or the Multi-Sport. Now you need to decide between the old version, or the new cardio version. The following section should hopefully help you with this decision.

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---- OLD WATCH vs NEW WATCH (applies to both Runner and Multi-Sport) ----

If you already own the old watch, or are simply trying to decide on which range (old or new) to purchase, then this section will outline how the new watch differs from the old. The differences are purely hardware, as the software version of old and new remain the same (and TomTom have stated that they will continue to support both in terms of software updates). The attached video briefly shows all of the below points on the new cardio watch.

Built in heart rate sensor (on the old watch, you had to wear a chest strap):
- This is obviously the main difference. There is a sensor (with two green lights) on the back of the watch module. When worn as a watch, this sensor sits against the top of your wrist, and reads your heart rate from the slight colour changes in your skin. You may have seen this type of technology before as many smartphones are now capable of doing a similar thing. I can place my finger against the camera of my iPhone, and it will tell me my heart rate. This tech is along the same lines. I've had this watch for a month now, and all indications point to it being extremely accurate. I've tested it against the aforementioned phone app, chest strap and indeed just the good old fashioned finger-on-pulse-whilst-staring-at-clock method. My heart rate is always within 2-3bpms across all methods of testing. So this new range's main selling feature, would appear to work brilliantly. A great start.

Wrist strap:
- This is a change which wasn't really apparent to me when looking at screenshots, but for me, it is a major alteration. Simply put, the new strap is VASTLY better than the old one.
- The metal teeth that go through the holes on the other side of the strap are now three in number, as opposed to the old strap, with two. This may seem like a small change, but during use, it just feels that little bit more secure.
- The material over the entire wrist strap now feels a lot more premium, with a rubberised finish, as opposed to plastic. During exercise, this again feels more secure, and in my opinion, deals better with sweat.
- The watch module (the main removable 'watch' part) is now better held in place. This is achieved by the sides of the wrist strap curving a little around the back of the watch. It's a little hard to explain, but bottom line, the watch module now doesn't pop-out by accident, like it did on occasion previously.
- The new watch doesn't have what I am calling a 'keeper'. The keeper being the small piece of plastic/material that once the watch is one your wrist, you tuck the strap under to keep it from flapping around. Almost all watches have them, this new cardio watch doesn't. Instead, it has three little plastic nodules that securely fasten into the other strap. It's simple, it works, it's comfy and it stops the strap flying around once and for all. Perfect.
- Oh yeah, and the colours of either red/black or red/white, look brilliant.

The four way button on the new watches, is now encircled by silver.

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The remainder of the review, will be covering the process of connecting the watch to the computer, as well as going into detail about the software, and what functionality it has. If you own an old TomTom sports watch, you will already be familiar with most of the below. If you've never used a TomTom sports watch, then the rest of the review will be worth reading. Remember, if you are considering a purchase of a TomTom Runner watch, then the below 'CYCLING' and 'SWIMMING' sections won't apply to you. I've left them in, as the extra info can't hurt, and might help you make a decision.

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---- FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND AESTHETICS ----

This watch came wonderfully packaged in a beautiful presentation box that would easily attract attention on any store shelf. Upon opening you are greeted by the watch, sitting proudly above all accessories and user manuals neatly boxed beneath. The watch is actually two parts, the wrist strap and the watch module. They detach from one another so that the watch module can sit in the computer dock, or in the bike mount. This works surprisingly well and is a doodle to take apart and put back together on a regular basis. The strap is a rubber material that helps with grip when sweating. When being worn on your wrist, even for extended periods of time, it is extremely comfortable. My everyday watch is a G-Shock and this offering from TomTom easily surpasses it in terms of everyday comfort. I think this is largely due to the fact that you not only have the solid rear of the watch against your arm, but also the curved segment that slots into the computer docking station.

Upon first using the watch, you should connect to your computer. This is so you can properly set it up, and download all of the latest software, as well as the latest GPS data. This will mean that when you first use the watch for exercise, it will find satellites within 10-20 seconds - and it works! By pressing the left button on the watch, you can see (indicated by a tick) whether or not the QuickGPS is up to date.

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---- COMPUTER CONNECTION AND RELATED WEBSITES ----

Some will say that a wired connection is a strange idea considering watches like the Garmin 910XT use Bluetooth to transfer data to and from the watch. Whilst this was my initial thinking as well, I've come to realise that for me at least, it doesn't really make a difference. You have to plug in both watches to charge them at some point, and why not sit it in a nice dock and have data transferred that way. With the Garmin 910XT I have had some issues with the Bluetooth transfer. Quite often the computer just doesn't seem to realise the watch is nearby so I end up sitting there trying to get them to communicate for five minutes, which is rather boring.

The two websites that are linked from within the watch's computer software are the TomTom MySports website, and 'MapMyFitness'. Both are as you would imagine, detailing heart rate and sport-specific information, as well as showing a map of your route. MapMyFitness also have an iOS app that will enable you to view your activities whilst on the go. This is handy, but is only a 'lite' version so to see more detailed information you are encouraged to upgrade to premium, which I haven't.

The data on all of your workouts can be exported into formats KML, CSV, GPX, FIT and TCX. This enables you to upload them to virtually any of your favourite fitness websites, including ones such as RunKeeper and Strava.

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---- WATCH FUNCTIONALITY AND SETTINGS ----

The watch functionality is at its very core, simple. There are four buttons laid out in a square that do everything. In addition to these, you have a small touch sensitive 'button' on the right side of the screen that activates the watch's light. What I'll call the 'home screen' (what you would stare at on a regular basis if you wore this as an every day watch), consists of the current time and date (as well as a small symbol when it is connected to your phone via bluetooth).

Pressing the left button on the square brings you to the 'Watch status' screen. This shows you the battery, storage, status of QuickGPS, version number and serial number. Simply pressing left or right, or indeed leaving the screen for 30 seconds will bring you back to the home screen.

By pressing the down button from the home screen you arrive at the 'Settings' screen. From here you have six options, 'Clock', 'Sensors', 'Phone', 'FlightMode', 'Options' and 'Profile'. Below I'll briefly explain what each option can do:
- Clock - Set time/date and an alarm, as well as choose between 12/24hr display. This is largely unnecessary if you've set the watch up on your computer.
- Sensors - Tell the watch to use the built in heart rate monitor, or look for an external one, or have it off completely. You can also turn on/off the watch's ability to located the accessories for cycling.
- Phone - Here you can sync your smart phone to your watch. With TomTom's new 'MySports' app, you can easily view all of your workout data on your phone. In my opinion this is a huge leap forward from a year ago - the app is great (and free).
- Flight Mode - Turn off the watch's ability to communicate with anything wirelessly.
- Options - Change units (in which you CAN have miles/KG if you're that way inclined). Change whether or not the watch clicks and buzzes when you press a button. Go into demo mode. Turn night mode on/off. There is also a 'Lock' option, that after playing around with for a while, I still can't work out what it does!
- Profile - You can change language, weight, height, age and gender. Again, all things you will have done on the computer in your initial setup.

A single press of the right button from the home screen brings you to the 'Activities' menu. From here you can choose between, 'Run', 'Cycle', 'Swim', 'Treadmill' or 'Stopwatch'. After choosing one of these options, you are brought to what I call the 'Ready' screen. This will show you the status of GPS, the battery remaining, and with what accessories the watch has a connection. When you have found a GPS signal (if your chosen activity requires one) the screen will show 'GO', and a press of the right button will begin your workout. From the 'Ready' screen, you can press up to see a helpful list of your history in that specific activity, or down for sport-specific settings, which I will address further in their respective sections below. In the history section, you currently can't, but it would be nice in the future to be able to delete exercise sessions, without having to upload them to the computer/phone and then delete them from there.

Scrolling between menus is quick and easy. The latest versions of this software mean that there is normally no lag in between menus.

An issue that some people may have, is that you can only store five separate activities on the watch, before the memory is full, and they need to be uploaded to the computer/phone. If you're going away for a week/end filled with exercise and won't have access to a computer/phone, I can see this being a problem. But then again, who doesn't have their phone nearby nowadays, so it shouldn't be a major issue for most.

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---- RUNNING ----

Before setting off on your run, you can choose what kind of training you're after by pressing down from the aforementioned 'Ready' screen. You have five options:
- None - No target, just run.
- Goals - Choose between a distance, time or calorie goal.
- Intervals -This allows you to create a workout with a warmup, workout and rest period, all consisting of a user-chosen time or distance. You can then choose the number of sets, and your cool down time/distance.
- Laps - Here you can set your laps either by time, distance or manually
- Zones - You can choose what pace range or heart rate zone you wish to work out in, and the watch will help you stay there.
- Race - This mode allows you to race against your past self.

Each of the above (not including 'None') modes come with an attractive extra screen located to the right of the main running screen that assists you with your targets. For example, if you choose 'Race', you'll get a picture of a road with two arrows. One is you now, and one is your past self. There is also number at the bottom of the screen showing how far in front or behind you are. This may sound a little gimmicky, but is actually extremely helpful at motivating you to push that little extra and get a PB. Thumbs up.

After a month of ownership, these are my findings:

Once the watch had been setup on the computer, it found GPS signal and my heart rate within 10-20 seconds with no issue. Even during exercising, the watch is very comfortable, much more so in my opinion that the 910XT. The GPS data is very accurate, visibly (on the map once the activity has been uploaded) tracking me when I left the pitch to collect the ball following a wayward shot in a 5-a-side football match. During a run, your access to certain settings and options is limited, more so than I would like. Whilst running, you can't change the night mode on/off setting or the units your run is shown in. Both of which seem small, but they would be handy additions through a software update.

Your standard run screen consists of three parts (in addition to GPS status, heart rate monitor connection status and battery remaining being displayed along the bottom), a main section and two smaller sections at the top right and top left. The top two smaller sections can statically display any of the information displayed on the main display. The main centralised display shows the current time, and by scrolling using the down button also shows, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, calories, heart rate and heart rate zone, in that order. It is a non-looping list, meaning that if you were to keep pressing the down button, you would still end up at heart rate. I like this as it means that when you get to know the order of the list, you can press up/down x times and know where you'll land. Alternatively, madly pressing the up button a dozen times will always show the current time. Simple and effective.

I have my top two segments saved as duration and distance. On a run and at a glance, it can be easy to forget exactly what you've set these sections to show (as they only show a number, and no unit explanation). An extremely handy touch, that shows these watches have been tested in the real world before going on sale is that when pressing the up/down button to cycle through the main display, the top two segments are filled for a couple of seconds with an explanation of what they are showing, before jumping back to the numbers. Sounds like a small almost pointless addition, but I've found it helpful even from the first run.

I think there should be the ability to edit the overall layout of the standard run screen. The 910XT provides four separate screens each that you can slice into as many segments as you wish, to then scroll through at your leisure. This TomTom watch has one main run screen that has three segments. If I'm completely honest, given the ability to edit the screen, I would probably end up with something extremely similar, if not exactly the same as what is already provided, but the option (that surely wouldn't be all that hard to implement) would be nice to have.

When pressing the up/down button to cycle through your main view, the screen simply can't keep up with the speed at which you press (if you press very quickly). It does however register the presses every time and will always, without fail, land on the correct display.

During a run, to pause the activity, hold down the left button. From this pause screen you can either click right to resume the workout, press up and down to view past workouts and change settings respectively, or hold down left again to end the workout. This is really handy as it means you won't be accidentally pausing/stopping your workout halfway through.

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---- TREADMILL ----

The treadmill function of this watch offers the same goals and viewing options as the the running mode.

The big difference is that you're not using GPS, but instead, the watch's internal accelerometer. This measures, rather accurately in my tests, the distance you have travelled, by working out how many times you swing your arm.
When you have finished your run, you get the option to calibrate your run. This simply means you tell the watch how far you actually ran, generally according to the treadmill. The only issue here is the reliability of the treadmill in question. They, like most pieces of equipment, have to be properly maintained, and if they're not, can give erroneous readings. So, my advice, only calibrate your run if you're extremely confident that the treadmill is correct, or if the watch is obviously wrong.

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---- CYCLING ----

To get the full cycling experience that this watch has to offer, you must first attach a few things to the bike (supposing that they have been purchased, either separately or in a package deal with the watch). The supplied instruction manuals didn't really help me with this so I sought out some help on YouTube. The following video shows you how to attach the speed and cadence sensor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdBNJChtRAY - cable ties are supplied to assist with this. The next step is to attach the bike mount, that allows the screen (once detached from the watch strap) to be secured onto your handlebars. This should have been ridiculously easy, but even after watching the TomTom video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOqO9gT6gE - I still struggled, but that probably says more about me than the video. Once on, the bike mount is wonderful, and it's surprising how much easier it is to use the watch when it's in the mount, as opposed to on your wrist. Obviously using it like this will mean you'll need a heart rate chest strap to measure your heart rate during exercise.
The next stage is to go into the bike setting on the watch and set your wheel size. http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17342. This website will quickly explain how to, and most importantly includes a link to a website with a marvellous table that will sort you out.

Once everything was on I attempted to get them connected to the watch. A headache followed as I struggled to get everything to talk to each other. After a decent amount of strife, a simple factory reset done on the computer with the watch plugged in, did the trick, and everything now works peachy.

In the settings of the cycle mode, you can change your wheel size, training goals, and display. In the training goals, everything is the same as with the running, except in 'Zones', you have the option of heart rate, speed, or cadence.

The display in the cycling mode is the same as the running, in terms of the tri-segmented view. The data fields that are available to view are as follows; current time, duration, distance, pace, average pace, speed, average speed, cadence, calories, heart rate, heart rate zone.

On my first bike ride once I had got everything sorted out, the watch found GPS and connected to the heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors within around 10-20 seconds.

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---- SWIMMING ----

In the swimming mode, the watch doesn't use GPS so tracking can't be used if you're swimming in an outdoor pool, or in an open water swim.
In the settings you can set the pool size, which wrist you wear the watch on, your training goals, and what you'd like to be displayed.
You training goals include, distance, time, calories; and within the laps menu, time and distance. You can also have an intervals workout, much like running.
The data fields that can be viewed when swimming as as follows; current time, duration, distance, lengths, SWOLF, strokes and calories.

As of yet, I haven't used this function that extensively, so can't comment on the long term effectiveness and accuracy, but so far it seems pretty spot on.

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---- STOPWATCH ----

This is a fairly simple stopwatch. Whilst it's running, press the right button to move onto the next lap (of which you can have around 100). Here you simply press the left button to pause (instead of holding it down), which is handy if you are actually timing someone! Make sure to write down times however, as it doesn't save any, and you have no access to stopwatch history. All in all, a nice addition to the software.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This is a great watch that can be used for a whole host of activities in addition to the four named above. The question on a lot of people's minds will be, 'is this worth the extra money compared the the older generation of TomTom sports watches?'. That would be largely down to you, and your personal requirements. I think the replacement of the HR chest strap with a watch that does it all itself is brilliant, and just the evolution that the watch needed.

Bottom line : this watch claims to do many different things, and as far as I can tell, does them all with ease. The cons/annoyances labeled below, are just little things that can all be changed with small software tweaks. What you're really buying when you purchase this watch, is the superb hardware, and the continued updates of the software.

Bottom bottom line : if you're on the verge of purchasing this watch, take the leap, you won't be disappointed.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Definitely.

PROS:
✓ Well designed desk dock
✓ Nice array of accessories (either supplied or purchased separately)
✓ Built in heart rate sensor is, in a word, awesome!
✓ Much improved wrist strap (multiple great new features)
✓ The red/black or red/white design stands out from the crowd, in a good way
✓ Easy to connect to computer and phone
✓ Supremely comfortable
✓ Quickly finds GPS
✓ Export workouts to multiple formats
✓ Simple and intuitive four-way button
✓ Multiple goals/targets for each activity (that include extra graphics to help you at a glance)
✓ TomTom are regularly updating the watch's software
✓ Handy 'How To' videos made by TomTom, covering a wide range of issues you may have

CONS / ANNOYANCES:
✗ Can't delete workouts from within the watch
✗ Can't keep up with multiple fast clicks during a workout, and gets left a screen or two behind (but always gets there within a couple seconds)
✗ No customisation options of in-exercise screens in terms of layout

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If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
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