Review: TomTom Runner GPS sport watch

Review: TomTom Runner GPS sport watch

The TomTom Runner and Multi-GPS sport watches marks the Dutch company's first foray into the wearable devices market after its successful collaboration with Nike to power the GPS in the Nike+ SportWatch.

After inputting my weight and height, it took merely two nudges on the single-button control to set up the TomTom Runner for my 2.4 km training run, and seven seconds to establish a GPS fix. The vibration alerted me that I could start running.

I ran at the worst time possible - under the glare of the hot afternoon sun - yet the large display was crystal clear even at a glance.

I decided to challenge myself for the second run, and there is a training mode just for that.

Enter your training goal (time / distance / calories) and a graphic will appear, helping you keep track of your running progress.

You can also choose to race against yourself, pitting your timing against a previous run.

The TomTom Runner and Multi-GPS sport watches are also able to track runs on the treadmill, but the Multi-GPS model can also track cycling and swimming activities, making it a perfect training device for triathletes.

Both the TomTom Runner and Multi-GPS sport watches are also waterproof up to 50 m.

There are two components to the watch - the wrist strap and watch module. While the watch module is slim at 11.5mm, the GPS component below the screen looked a little clunky.

Data from these two TomTom devices support common file formats such as .kml and .tcx.

The TomTom Runner and Multi-sport GPS sport watches are priced at $299 and $349 respectively, and available at major retailers in Singapore, including Challenger and Harvey Norman.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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