A few months ago, I reviewed the TomTom Spark Cardio sports watch. I absolutely loved all the functionality of the watch and have been using it ever since. The only thing I was a little unsure of was the size of Spark Cardio. It’s a great watch with incredible functionality, but it looks a bit bulky on my arm. So I was extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to review one of TomTom’s latest gadgets, the TomTom Touch fitness tracker.
TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker – Aesthetics
The TomTom Touch is a fitness tracker rather than a sports watch. The huge advantage of the narrower functionality focus is that it is incredibly compact.Wearing the TomTom Touch all the time is no hardship at all because you don’t know it’s there. It took a while to get used to sleeping in a watch when I reviewed the Cardio, but the Touch is totally different. It’s light enough to forget about and I’m happy to wear it with any outfit – it looks really sleek.
TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker – Features
For a fitness band, I’ve been surprised at how many features the Touch offers. It’s very easy to hold yourself to account in terms of fitness goals when using this device.
Body Composition Analysis
This is quite literally the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen. Actually it’s a bit space age. When you’ve been wearing the watch for at least 15 minutes, you simply press the home button, swipe to body composition mode and put your index finger onto the home button.Leave it there for a few seconds until you see a tick and it can measure your percentage body fat and muscle mass. This doesn’t appear immediately on the watch screen, but as soon as you connect to the app on the computer or phone, you can check your body composition.
At any time, you can press the home button and swipe to heart rate mode. The watch will measure your heart rate and show it on the screen. This can be useful both during exercise and for learning your natural resting heart rate.
The beauty of a fitness band is that it constantly tracks your steps, time active, calories burned, distance walked and time asleep. There is no need to press buttons or remember to track your activities because the tracking takes place all the time.
To record specific activities, you can press the home button and swipe to sports mode. Then just press the home button again to start recording. This allows you to compare the intensity of exercise you’ve been doing whether that is a walk, run, gym session or anything else.
I’ve set my TomTom Touch to buzz when I receive a message on my phone. I almost always have my phone on silent in my pocket, so this saves me looking at it regularly. This only works if the watch is close to your phone though.
Connect With the TomTom MySports app
Due to the compact size of the TomTom Touch, much of the information it records is not available on screen. Instead, you can connect it to TomTom MySports via either a smartphone or computer to see how you’re getting on.
TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker – Day to Day Use
Things I love
I’ve found the TomTom Touch perfect to wear and it tracks my activities accurately even when I forget. I love the way it feels on my arm and it looks great with any outfit. Being able to connect with the app and see all my data in one place is also ideal.
I’m also delighted to receive notifications when I have a message on my phone and this function has saved me from missing things already! I like that the band is water resistant and I don’t have to worry about taking it off when I shower or wash my hands.
The best feature though has to be the body composition analysis. I’m not one for dieting and I hate worrying about the number on a scale. I would much rather know my body fat and muscle percentages so I can keep them within a healthy range. This functionality on the TomTom Touch has seriously impressed me.
From a personal point of view, I’ve realised that I really do need a sports watch either instead of or as well as a fitness tracker. I run a lot and until recently I was training for an ultramarathon. It is quite important to me to know where I’ve gone, the elevation, how long it took me and my heart rate.
With a fitness tracker you only know that you’ve done an activity rather than what activity you’ve done. If you are training for fitness rather than a specific sporting event, the TomTom Touch will be ideal. If you are into sport in a serious way, I would recommend the TomTom Spark Cardio instead. The Cardio also allows you to swim in the device which was a big plus for me too.
I haven’t got on particularly well with the phone app. Whilst I love the idea of it, it works on Bluetooth and Bluetooth can be temperamental. To connect the tracker to the phone, you have to have the tracker plugged into the computer to allow you to turn on its Bluetooth. Unless you keep the watch and phone very close together, you can subsequently lose connectivity. You can’t then reconnect until you’re back at the computer to plug in the tracker.
This wouldn’t put me off using the device, but I think it’s worth knowing that for the most part, you need to be able to connect to a computer in order to view certain detailed information. Each mode does offer a summary on the watch screen though, so for at-a-glance tracking this isn’t a problem.
UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, TomTom have now updated their software. The device now connects to the app with no problem at all. When it disconnects due to being too far from the phone, it automatically connects back up. I have now started using the full functionality of the phone app.