TomTom Runner GPS Watch


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185 of 192 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rushed to Market but Good, July 17, 2013
By 
S. Beard (Lees Summit, MO) – See all my reviews
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I have used a Garmin 305 for many years and decided I needed to downsize to something a little smaller. I picked this over Gramin’s current lineup for the following reasons:

1) The price is lower.
2) It uses Bluetooth 4 instead of Ant+ which will integrate with more device and applications moving forward.
3) It acquires satellite connections much faster than Garmin.
4) They have greatly reduced the thickness of the watch over Garmin’s. I wanted to wear it as an everyday watch and click into run mode when needed instead of carrying around a watch that is only used for runs.

One thing I struggled with was leaving the Garmin webstie for TomTom’s incomplete website. However, you can upload your runs to Garmin manually if you want. Automated uploads to other sites like Runkeeper are included. TomTom has promised to keep building out their site so I figure it will get better.

I gave this 4 our of 5 stars only because there are some items that need to be addressed before this watch is the total package. I think they will get there but rushed to market before some of the kinks were worked out and the website was more robust. I have high hopes for the coming months.

Pros:
The size of the watch is perfect – very low profile and comfortable on the wrist.
If you sync every three days it will pick up satellite connections very fast.
I like that I can wear it as an everyday watch as well as my fitness tracker.
Menu navigation is very easy.
Nice large display that is easy to read.

Cons:
The watch band isn’t tight on the watch device. It can easily fall out of the band when not on your wrist.
The tracking website is in beta. I think this should have been a little more complete before launch. I have hopes it will be expanded soon.
They need to figure out a way to stop accidental push of the button to end a workout. Maybe a double click or click and hold instead of a single click.

Suggestions:
Offer more watch bands – sizes and colors.
Offer the ability to purchase additional charging cradles.
Improve the watch band so it is more secure to the device.
Improve the website.
Make the stop of a run a little more deliberate so it can’t be done my mistake.

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Jul 17, 2013 8:29:12 AM PDT

Hello S. Beard, thank you for the detailed review and suggestions. I’ve shared your review with the product team. As I commented on other reviews, there are definitely plans to develop MySports further. You can see some screenshots of what’s coming in DC Rainmaker’s review here: http://bit.ly/1b1K3yE For the time being we’ve made it as easy as we could for people to use the platform of their preference either via automatic or manual upload of their running logs.

Update: Version 1.3.1 of the watch software is now available for download. Major new features include lap pace, input of pool length in both feet and meters, support for the 4iiii Bluetooth HRM and notifications in case you are running in demo mode.

For the full list of updates please visit: http://bit.ly/19N6Ddb

We will keep releasing more updates and functionality moving forward.

Update:
Happy to share that today, we released a new software update, version 1.4.1 for TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport GPS Watches. This update comes with the following changes:

Version 1.4.1

New functionality

Training partner Race
(Run, cycle, treadmill)
Race yourself: Compare your current activity with one of your last ten performances. See in "real-time" where you are compared to that activity so that you can continue to improve, activity after activity.

Interval training
(Run, cycle, swim, treadmill)
You can create your own unique schedule using time or distance, to better your performance or speed. The watch alerts you with beeps and buzzes when you need to switch to the next interval stage. Interval training is short periods of work followed by rest. The main aim is to improve speed and cardiovascular fitness.

Improved cycle mode
We now use the best available data from the Cadence & Speed Sensor and GPS.
If a data source is temporarily lost, for example in a tunnel, we use data from the other sensor if available.

Improvements and fixes
The backlight in the clock mode now responds better.
Several smaller bug fixes and performance improvements have been implemented.

What improvements and features for TomTom Runner & Multi-Sport are you working on?

We are also excited to share more information on the upcoming updates to the watch and MySports. Please visit: http://bit.ly/1fHC3qz

All the best and happy exercising!

UPDATE: 11/18/2013
We are happy to announce that last week, we released an update for your watch. You are welcome to connect to MySport and download it.Here are some of the Updated features:
Version 1.5.1

-Pausing and stopping an activity
You can now choose to press and hold the left button for approx. 1 second to pause or stop an activity. This helps prevent accidental pausing or stopping of an activity.
You can turn the press and hold function on and off in the settings.

-Stopwatch
You can now use the stopwatch function on both the TomTom Runner watch and the TomTom Multi-Sport watch. You can find Stopwatch on the activities screen. Stopwatch supports laps. To use laps move right from the activity screen or touch the area on the screen for the backlight.

-Improvements and fixes

-The buzz (vibration) in watch menus works again.
-We have resolved an issue that caused watches set to languages other than English to crash when races were selected.
-Several smaller bug fixes and performance improvements have been implemented.

For more information on the upcoming updates to the watch and MySports,please visit: http://bit.ly/1fHC3qz

Update: 01/31/2014: Software version 1.6.12

I’m happy to announce we’ve just launched the app for iPhones and iPads running iOS6 and above. Main functions of the app include:

* Upload and view your activities on your MySports account automatically after your training
* Automatically update your watch’s QuickGPSFix
You can read more about the app and the accompanying watch software update here: link to bit.ly

Update your watch to Software version 1.6.12 in order to get and use the new functions. Thanks again for your feedback and support!

 
 


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102 of 119 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Expected more, July 11, 2013
By 
R. Williams (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews
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I feel bad writing this. I’ve been looking forward to this watch since DC Rainmaker’s original review in April. I bought it the day it came out, but reluctantly returned it today.

Firstly the good.

-It’s VERY slim. I’ve owned multiple GPS watches – this definitely is the slimmest.
-It does mostly find satellites quickly.
-It appears to be accurate. That was one of my biggest issues with the nike gps watch, which was often wildly inaccurate.
-The vibration alert is strong – maybe even a little better than my garmin 610.

The Not So Good.

– The functionality is light. The lap issue has been spoken before, but it’s frustrating. If you want to get mile laps, for instance, you have to run in ‘lap’ mode. Ok – I can deal with that. But then when you get that lap – it tells you just what lap you’ve done. So ‘Lap 1’ on the screen after a mile. I can actually remember that – and also figure that out from the distance. I want to know my lap pace, but that doesn’t seem to be possible.

– Screen metrics. So you can get 3 metrics on the screen, but 2 are small at the top, and one big one in the remainder of the screen. I’d prefer 4, but 3 are okay, although it would be nicer if they were similar sized. But there needs to be an option for ‘current lap pace’. You can have overall pace, but not for the current mile. Most other GPS watches provide that. That’s key for me. If I’m running laps – I’d like to see what I ran that lap in…

– The ‘single button’ isn’t so easy to use. If you get to a stop light while running and need to pause – you hit the left of the button for pause. If you want to stop – you hit left again. The problem – you can do that accidentally. On today’s run I hit it once to pause, the light changed, so I hit the right side to start the run again – unfortunately it had ‘taken’ 2 left pushes and so now my run was done. You can’t ‘continue’ from where you were in this case – just start a new run. That’s frustrating – especially if you’re running long. Again, other GPS watches don’t appear to have this issue.

– Finally the web site is very basic. When your runs are uploaded, there’s very minimal functionality. It doesn’t compare to other offerings from Garmin, Motorola or even Nike.

Overall, it feels very much like this watch was rushed out to market without everything being fully baked. Maybe future firmware updates will add new functionality (please fix laps and provide lap times !!), and I’m sure the website will add functionality too.

The hardware itself has possibilities – but I’m not prepared to be out 0 and *hope* these things are fixed. Maybe I’ll buy it again in 6 months if they have been, but it’s a competitive market place so maybe another watch will come out and I’ll get that instead. I’m bummed. I really wanted to like this watch.

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Jul 12, 2013 7:54:54 AM PDT

Hello R.Williams, I was sorry to read you decided to return the watch. I wanted to thank you for the feedback, especially all the detailed ideas on the lap functionality. I’ve made sure to share it with product development.

The one-button control might have a small risk of double-clicking unintentionally but we believe it offers much easier interaction on the majority of operations, especially while on the move and even while wearing gloves in tougher weather conditions.

Regarding MySports – while we expand the platform with more and more functionality you can use your account details to check the same data on mapmyfitness.com. We’ve also made sure to make it easy to continue to use your preferred running community, like MapMyFitness, RunKeeper and TrainingPeaks, with straightforward support for various standard file formats.

Update: Version 1.3.1 of the watch software is now available for download. Major new features include lap pace, input of pool length in both feet and meters, support for the 4iiii Bluetooth HRM and notifications in case you are running in demo mode.

For the full list of updates please visit: http://bit.ly/19N6Ddb

We will keep releasing more updates and functionality moving forward.

 
 


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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent. Fast satellite link and slim profile make it the best watch I have seen., August 3, 2013
Overall excellent watch. I got the multi-sport but so far have only run with the watch. I manage a running store and have run with and talked to people that have all the main GPS watches. So far I have run with the Garmin 210, Timex 2.0, and Nike GPS. I have only run a couple time with this watch and will update the review as I run more. Out of the box the function and fit feels like it is in the next generation Nike GPS watch, which in a way it is.

Pros:

Connection time- The fast linking is a very critical feature. After getting used to the Nike watch which connects quickly switching to a watch that does not(Timex and Garmin) is painful. Like the Nike watch, which tomtom designed the GPS for, the link time is far better then the Garmin and Timex watches. Doing weekly group runs, runners with Garmin watches stand there for minutes and sometimes have to start the run before connecting. Nike watch owners and me connect almost immediately.

Slim fit-I had been running in the Nike GPS watch but after my FOURTH Nike watch broke during normal wear I started looking for new watches. This fits and feels much slimmer then the Nike watch and Timex watch.

Interface-Like the Nike watch, setting the watch is done with menus on the watch, not by hitting buttons like Timex or Garmin. Menus are easy to navigate and change settings.

Design-The slim profile is awesome, plus the display looks nice. When running people have complained about the joystick. I like it and agree it is easy to use while running.

Vibrate alert-When running with the Timex watch i realized the vibrate when it beeps is very useful. I constantly miss laps using the Nike watch. This is a small feature which I personally think is quite valuable.

Additional functionality- Won’t comment too much because I have not used these features yet. But the graphical training features seem nice.

Upload-You can choose to upload to multiple sites as well as the tomtom site. You can also access the files on the computer. This is a nice mix between the Nike and Timex watch. With the Nike watch it was easy to upload to the Nike site but you had no control over the Data. Timex you could get the files but was not user-friendly when uploading to their site.

Battery Life-10 hours is a fraction more then the competition. Unless you are doing an ironman, this will be enough. If you need a longer battery the Garmin 910 will last longer but you will compromise price and a slim-fit.

Neutral:

The online site is in Beta so there are some issues. You can choose to upload to other sites as well. The costumer service is doing a good job responding to peoples complaints and are passing user suggestions forward. When the Nike plus site first started I lost run data constantly, the site crashed and it was terrible. Now it is very smooth although limited in what data you can get. The Timex site is the worst. Garmin probably has the best online interface right now, but if you are worried about that you can upload your data to another site while Tomtom is in Beta.

Cons:
Cannot get the multi-sport in the pink band!!! But maybe in the future

Secondary stats while running are kinda small.

Overall
Feels like the update to the Nike GPS watch; which in a way it is since tomtom designed the receiver and who knows what else for Nike. The features I most wanted from the watch were slim fit, fast satellite link, and easy watch interface. This so far is the best in all three categories.

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Aug 5, 2013 7:14:57 AM PDT

Hello Colin, thank you for the detailed review and feedback. Will keep you posted on updates to the software. More colors will definitely be available in the future. We also plan to release the watch straps as separate accessories for anyone interested in having a different color. Keep an eye on www.tomtom.com for availability.

Update:
Happy to share that today, we released a new software update, version 1.4.1 for TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport GPS Watches. This update comes with the following changes:

Version 1.4.1

New functionality

Training partner Race
(Run, cycle, treadmill)
Race yourself: Compare your current activity with one of your last ten performances. See in "real-time" where you are compared to that activity so that you can continue to improve, activity after activity.

Interval training
(Run, cycle, swim, treadmill)
You can create your own unique schedule using time or distance, to better your performance or speed. The watch alerts you with beeps and buzzes when you need to switch to the next interval stage. Interval training is short periods of work followed by rest. The main aim is to improve speed and cardiovascular fitness.

Improved cycle mode
We now use the best available data from the Cadence & Speed Sensor and GPS.
If a data source is temporarily lost, for example in a tunnel, we use data from the other sensor if available.

Improvements and fixes
The backlight in the clock mode now responds better.
Several smaller bug fixes and performance improvements have been implemented.

What improvements and features for TomTom Runner & Multi-Sport are you working on?

We are also excited to share more information on the upcoming updates to the watch and MySports. Please visit: http://bit.ly/1fHC3qz

All the best and happy exercising!

 
 

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