Get ready to ditch the old fashioned chest straps that were used to calculate your heart rate in the fitness trackers of the past! TomTom is stepping up their game and speeding up the heart rates of their competition and fans alike with two versions of its new cardio watch that they released April 30, and prices range from $270 to $300.
Tons of Features in the TomTom Cardio Watch
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- Optical sensors use light to monitor your blood flow, track distance and pace
- Displays heart rate, speed, distance, laps, calories burned and more
- Controlled by a single button and waterproof to a depth of 165 feet
- Automatically syncs with Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone
- Allows you to sync data, including GPS or even the steps you take on your treadmill, with TomTom MySports (available on mobile, as well as computer platforms), RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Strava and TrainingPeak
- Five settings to customize your level of intensity: Easy, Sprint, Speed, Fat Burn and Endure to take you from warming up, interval and high-tempo training, to weight loss and training to boost lung and heart capacity. This feature allows users to always know if they need to speed up or if they can take it a bit easier during their fitness session and still make their training goal.
- Easy to see and read 168×144 display
- One button control for easy menu navigation
- Available in two color combos: red and white or red and black
- Fully adjustable strap
- Available for around $270
- Uses 1 lithium ion battery
- Comes with PC and Mac compatible dock and attached docking cable for easy download and charging of the cardio watch with your computer
- Battery Life is about 8 to 10 hours of use per charge, and will last much longer on standby
- 1 year manufacturer’s limited warranty
- Released April 30 direct from Tom Tom, and one month later for other retailers
Features of the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Watch
- Contains all the features and specifications of the TomTom Runner Cardio Sports Watch
- Developed especially for cyclists, swimmers and those who compete in triathlons
- Contains special additional sensors, including a barometric altimeter, motion sensor, and a bike mount to calculate and record cycling stats, as well as laps, strokes and SWOL swimming efficiency
- Available for around $300
Advantages of the New TomTom Sport Watches
In addition to all the new and upgraded features, both versions of Tom Tom’s new cardio sports watches are a significant improvement over the original Tom Tom Runner. The original runner featured run information at a glance for just under $170 and the TomTom Runner +HRM is available for just under $220. This version requires users to wear an adjustable, but uncomfortable, chest strap to receive heart rate and run information on the display.
Disadvantages of Sport Watches
The main drawback to the two new sports watches from Tom Tom is that they no longer sync up with Nike+ technology and apps as the former TomTom Nike+ Sportswatch did in the past. This means that users will need to find another means to record their activity levels, which is not that difficult, but will mean that they miss out on earning points that count towards NikeFuel and allow users to compare their results and compete on leaderboards with their friends who also use Nike+ fitness tracking products.
Growing Field for Wearable Tech and Fitness Trackers
These two versions of the new cardio sports watch from Tom Tom is their latest entry into the growing field of wearable tech. Fitness and exercise apps are not just for smartphones or computers, but users can now track and receive results directly on their favorite devices, and also sync results with their favorite tracking apps.
Popular wearable fitness trackers of the past include the original Nike Fuelband and later versions, the Armour 39 Watch from Under Armour, the Jawbone Up24, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, that also synced with exercise and fitness apps such as RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.
What do you think of Tom Tom’s new cardio sport watches? Is it time to upgrade your sports watch? Do you currently own a sports watch or other fitness tracker? Digital Landing values your feedback. Let us know what you think about this and other forms of wearable tech in the comments section below.