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TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch is a sports watch that can track your sporting activities like indoor running, outdoor running, cycling and swimming.

It features an extra-large display, full-screen graphical training tools and a one-button control that allows you to navigate around the watch’s menu easily.

The watch tracks a range of key metrics like pace, calories burned, time, laps, heart rate (via optional accessory) and distance.

It was launched in Singapore on 17th February 2014 and there are 2 colors you can choose from, Dark Grey or Dark Pink.

For this review, I was given the Dark Grey.

The watch itself is currently retailing for S$349.

If you get it together with the Heart Rate Monitor, it will cost you S$419and if you get it together with the Cadence/Speed Sensor and the Heart Rate Monitor, it will cost you S$499.

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch 

Specifications

  •  Weight and Dimensions
    • Battery life: Up to 10 hours (GPS Mode)
    • Display size: 22x25mm
    • Display resolution: 144×168
    • Thickness: 11.5 mm
    • Weight: 50 grams
    • Strap length: 230 mm
  •  Location
    • Location: GPS + GLONASS
    • Location boost: via PC
  •  Sensors
    • Sensors (internal): Indoor Tracker, Compass
    • Sensors (wireless): Bluetooth Smart aka Bluetooth Low Energy
    • Alerts: Beep & Vibrate
  •  Water Resistance
    • Waterproofing: 50m / 165 feet (5 ATM)
  •  Measurements
    • Distance/Calories: Yes
    • Steps: Yes
    • Records: Yes
    • Pace/Speed: Yes (Cadence/Speed Sensor – Optional Accessories)
    • Heart Rate: Yes (Heart Rate Monitor – Optional Accessory)
    • Cadence: Yes (Cadence/Speed Sensor – Optional Accessories)
    • Power: No
  •  Activities
    • Indoor Running: Yes
    • Outdoor Running: Yes
    • Cycling: Yes
    • Swimming: Yes
  •  Training
    • Race: Fullscreen
    • Goals: Fullscreen
    • Zone: Fullscreen
    • Laps: Fullscreen
    • Intervals: Fullscreen

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Watch In Watch Strap Back

Accessories

The TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch has two optional accessories that allow you to track your cadence/speed and heart rate.

The Cadence/Speed Sensor (S$99.95) allows you to monitor your cadence as you cycle.

The Heart Rate Monitor(S$109.95) allows you to monitor your heart rate and hence determine the intensity of your workout.

The default watch strap color is Dark Grey or Dark Pink.

However, if you need to change your watch strap, it is also available in three other colors: Bright GreenDark Pink, and Turquoise.

Each watch strap retails for S$44.95.

There is also a slimmer watch strap available in three colors: BlackDark Pink, and Turquoise.

Each slimmer watch strap retails for S$39.95.

The default packaging includes the desk dock and bike mount.

If you need extra, the desk dock is retailing for S$34.95 and the bike mount is retailing for S$39.95.

One last accessory I would like to mention is the travel case which retails for S$34.95 and holds your GPS watch and it’s accessories

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Activities
When I first started using the watch, I find that the menu structure and navigation a little complicated. It takes some time to get used to it.
Installation
Before you start using the watch, you need to set it up using your computer.
You need to install the TomTom’s My Sports Connect application on your PC or Mac.

Once installed, it will prompt you to create a TomTom MySports account if you do not already have one

. All the information like your age, height, and weight that you entered during the creation of the account will be sync to your watch.
You can also upgrade the firmware of your watch using the application.

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Windows App – Upload

QuickGPSFix

One of the features that make this GPS watch special is the QuickGPSFix.

It features TomTom’s proprietary QuickGPSFix technology that delivers faster GPS fix times.

How it works is whenever you connect your watch to your computer, it will download satellite locations for the next three days so that your watch can quickly locate the satellites in their orbit.

The GPS receiver is placed right behind the one-button control and that makes it always facing upwards towards the sky so that it has the best ‘line of sight’ visibility with the GPS satellites.

You can check whether the latest QuickGPSFix data has been downloaded to your watch by accessing the status screen as shown in the Watch Status image previously.

If the data is up-to-date, a tick will be shown, if not an exclamation mark will be shown.

Syncing To Running Sites/Community Platforms

Using the TomTom’s My Sports Connect application on your computer, you can sync and share your sporting stats to other popular running sites and community platforms, like TomTom MySportsMapMyFitnessRunKeeper, and TrainingPeaks.

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Running – History

Indoor Running (Treadmill)

Another feature that I like about this watch is it supports indoor running (running on a treadmill), this is something that your smartphone cannot track.

Cycling

The watch comes with a bike mount that you can place on your bicycle’s handlebar to track your performance as you cycle.

I did not test this watch for cycling because I seldom cycle and I don’t own a bicycle.

If you are into cycling, you might want to get the optional Cadence/Speed Sensor (S$99.95) that allows you to monitor your cadence as you cycle.

Conclusion

Priced at S$349, I find it a little pricey if you are only using it to track one sport.

This is true especially for running because your smartphone can already do it.

However, if you do multiple sports regularly like running, cycling and swimming, this watch is for you.

If you have friends who are into sports as well, I think this will be a good gift. S$349 might be too expensive for you alone, but you can share it with a few other friends