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Does everything you need from a everyday running watch and does it well
on 20 July 2015
A really easy to use and comfortable running watch.
I bought this watch as an upgrade from my Garmin FR410. I was getting tired of having to stand outside looking at my wrist for 3-4 minutes before a run waiting for GPS signal. It wasn't too bad if you were running from roughly the same place but if you suddenly turned up in another country it took the watch by surprise and would take forever to pin point you. Also wearing a HR strap while running isn't the most comfortable thing, I don't mind it so much while cycling but while running I could really feel it bouncing up and down.
When I received the TomTom, I had to do a brief plug in to the laptop to update the software register it to your account, its a bit annoying this can't be done over the bluetooth connection to the phone as it seems this is the only time it has to be plugged into a computer, but it is simple and quick to do.
After that it was ready to go, simply strap it on your wrist, select run and wait maybe 10 secs for it to pick up enough satellites and you are off.
The heart rate is apparently accurate within 1% of a Garmin HR strap from the online tests I read, which is more than close enough for me. It is a fairly light watch and although the strap is quite wide you it never bothered me while running. The control is easy to use while running, up and down for selecting which metric you want to view on the screen (you can pick 2 to always be displayed in the top corners), right to view heart rate graphs and left to pause and stop.
As for functionality, it is a fairly simple running watch with the benefit of being able to control everything from the watch. My old Garmin watch had more custom features, for example you could set up intervals for pyramid training so each interval was different but you had to plug into a computer and edit everything in Garmin Connect. With the TomTom watch you can only set how long/far you watch your quick interval and rest interval to be and how many sets you want to do. But this can be all set using the control on the watch and with only left/right/up/down buttons its very simple.
It is a simple running watch, that shows everything you need to know clearly and simply. When you have a little play with it there are some nice features like heart rate graphs and bar charts that update as you run but nothing too in-depth like some of the more advanced Garmin Forerunners.
Very quick to pick up GPS (As long as you update QuickGPS from your phone, takes about a minute and lasts 3 days)
Built in HR monitor
Simple to use and everything is control from the watch.
Can upload activities straight to phone and set up to auto sync with Strava
Could do with a Freestyle mode as on the Multisport version to keep track of your heart rate while in the gym.
Possibly the option to set up more in depth intervals using the tomtom software but this might defeat the object of keeping it simple.