Fitness wearable

TomTom’s GPS Watch – Not Quite a Time-Piece

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Price – Rs. 20,999/-Specifications:• Watch-style 1 inch display• LCD (Active) screen type• Motion/steps, Distance, Speed, GPS / location sensor• Heart rate & Calories sensor as well• Wired sync via USB dockFirst ImpressionA big chunky watch that reminds you of the G-Shock series – that’s the first impression most folks will undoubtedly have while trying on the TomTom GPS watch. The circled hooves on the rubber straps didn’t leave me impressed and even the 1-inch LCD display felt mediocre. Not a great start, but this wearable is for the fitness freaks – which, I must be honest, I’m not. But, for the period of testing this device – I tried to be. Did the new TomTom wearable impress me, though?Review-Design & BuildThe Runner Cardio looks identical to TomTom’s Runner GPS watch from last year. Its squarish face has a 1 x 0.85-inch display with a resolution of 168 x 144 pixels. Below the display is a curved section with a square four-way button used to navigate the watch interface. Around the back is where you’ll find the most notable new addition and that’s the built-in heart rate sensor.635460269061218921RL-PERFORMANCEOnce you navigate around the different watch screens, the display furthest left shows battery life, storage, whether the QuickGPS is up-to-date and what software version you are running. Scroll down from the watch display and you can adjust clock settings, sync heart rate sensors (if for some reason you don’t want to use the built-in one), pair with your iPhone, enter flight mode, and set whether you want to turn on night mode, which keeps the screen illuminated. When it gets to actually running you still have the option to choose from Run, which covers running outdoors, and treadmill, which uses the built-in accelerometer to track distance and progress. There’s now a new stopwatch option, which should come in useful if you are working on sprint training for example and should have really been something included in the first place. If you’re looking to improve your pace and overall fitness, you’ll probably try to stay in the Speed zone, but if you want to increase the distance that you can run, you might want to stick to the Endure zone. And if you’re running intervals, you’ll probably be switching between Sprint and Endure/Fat Burn. As far as battery life goes, TomTom estimates around eight hours if you’re using both the GPS and heart rate monitor functionality. I tend to leave the Runner Cardio docked in its sync/charging cradle when I’m not using it, so it’s always fully charged when I head out for a run. If you’re away from home for a while, though, it’s probably worth taking the charge cable with you, just in case.VerdictIt’s difficult to fault the performance of the TomTom Runner Cardio for recording data and the added usefulness of the accurate heart rate monitor. The problem is that it’s now priced so much more than the TomTom Runner that it makes it even more of a specialist buy. Though the app didn’t work, everything else did. As advertised. And if you’re ok with the style – then there aren’t too many better options in the market right now. 


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