After my first half-marathon, I decided to buy myself a new GPS sport watch. Particularly, I had considered the models with integrated HRM. There are mainly two models available on the market: adidas miCoach SmartRun and TomTom MultiSport Cardio. Having noticed some issues of the former one, I decided to choose TomTom, which is cheaper and also looks better in my opinion.
I placed the order on last Friday, and received it on the 2nd second day.
The package looks rather similar to miCoach SmartRun. It contains the watch, the dock station, and the mount for the bicycle.
When connecting the watch to the computer (Windows / Mac) with the dock station, you need to set the configurations, including your personal profile, as well as to which your activities you want to upload or to which formats you want the activities to be converted.
The most important update of this watch is the optical HRM. We highlight them in the following two photos.
I used the watch for a 2km swimming activity. Once having set the length of the pool, you are ready to go. The only thing you need to pay attention is that to turn decisively.
As you can see, the figures of running, swimming, and cycling activities above are screenshots made on my iPhone. I recommend not to sync the activities to your phone. Because the detailed information of activities will be deleted from the watch once synced to either the mobile phone app or the computer. And the data won’t be converted to other formats while syncing with the mobile app. In case you would like to use 3rd-party web application, you’d better to sync with the computer. In addition, you can also configure to automatically upload your activities to the supported website, now including RunKeeper, Strava etc. The functions provided by TomTom web application are rather limited, therefore I would say they still can work on improving that.
Above all, I’m very satisfied with it except the supporting software.