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Everything I found I needed in a Fitness tracker.
on 20 July 2017
After many months of looking at the low and middle priced fitness tracking watches, I was finding that either the watch UI or the app were badly designed.
This uses a bevel mounted switch that is separate to the display with an up down, left and right button selection. For a fitness tracker that is used for swim tracking, this is superior to a touchscreen, as water or wet fingers do not respond well to touchscreen commands.
The screen permanently displays the current date and time with what appears to be a black and white e-ink (like a kindle ebook) display. This is not visible in the dark, however covering the display with your palm with activate a backlight and show up at night.
The small strap is too tight for my wrist and I am an average sized man (around 7.5" or 19cm approx.) I have now purchased a large strap which is much more comfortable.
The locking mechanism for the straps is unique, with a 3 point fixing system and works well, being able to fit comfortably but not too tight or loose.
Ordinary watch straps will not fit this tracker.
It uses a proprietary connection for data exchange with a computer, and for charging.
Battery life seems very good for daily wear, but is much more intensive when actively monitoring or tracking activities.
There is a corresponding app for your Android or IOS phone which is very polished and you can do most features with.
It also ties into Google Fit if that is your preferred application of choice.
You also need to download the TomTom connect windows / computer application for full watch functionality, which is a little disappointing as I see no reason why the same data exchanges could not be carried out by the Bluetooth connection to the watch based application.
In addition to this, you need to sign up and register on the tomtom sports website.
I have not tried the swimming tracker component yet, but it supports.
"freestyle" (Which I use for country walks)
The freestyle option allows it to track where you go via GPS and upload it as a Trail that you can then use for any other activity. (So you can walk a new track, and then upload it, rename it and download it back to the watch for a running route.
These routes show up in the website and the phone app with the map once you've synced with the watch. (You can only customise them on the website once you have uploaded them via the watch connected to the PC which is a little cumbersome)
I did not pay full price for this but got it as part of an amazon lightning sale which made it a fair and reasonable price.
All in all, a well built and polished fitness tracker