User Review: You can’t go wrong with TomTom Touch
April 4, 2017
I bought the TomTom Touch shortly after its launch, in order to keep track of my daily activity. Do I move enough, especially on a normal working day, which can be pretty sedentary? Do I reach the 10,000 steps per day that everyone is talking about? For someone who is used to work behind a computer, this is not an easy goal. And, being a fan of statistics, I hoped for extra motivation through the metering of my activities and checking the record history. Maybe then I will do an additional lap through the park?!
But, enough about expectations, let the facts speak for themselves.
Getting Used to TomTom Touch: mixed feelings
Let’s begin with the unwrapping of TomTom Touch: it gave me mixed feelings. First, I noticed the simple, sporty, but also stylish design. Next, I noticed that the manual is missing. Of course, nowadays many devices aren’t shipped with printed manuals anymore, but – call me old-fashioned- I still perceive it as helpful to have a printed manual, even if everything is explained on TomTom’s homepage as well.
The device, in general user-friendly, brought me in the very beginning at the edge of despair when trying to use it only with the help of my smartphone and the free TomTom app, TomTom My Sports. For example, for software updates, which were already needed after two days (!), I had to register on TomTom’s homepage or use TomTom Connect. Receiving updates and managing all functions by one single app, would surely simplify the use.
I cannot confirm the connection problems between the app and the tracker that some users have reported in various forums. The synchronization is working fine and the display of my completed steps per day, in combination with my goals set, have motivated me to move more.
Useful, despite lost kilometers
TomTom My Sports offers a wide choice of different sport activities. Regarding the recording of sport activities, I missed certain functions, spoiled as I am by my previous running app, Runtastic. For example, the tracker only allows to “train in a studio” and it doesn’t register that kilometres are being completed. Only pulse and burnt calories are shown. A real pity for enthusiastic outdoor, sporty people. Lost are my completed kilometres of my nice run in the park! Actually, I can’t get my head around why navigation specialist TomTom Touch can’t report my hard-earned running kilometres as it was able to illustrate my running route in a map even without the GPS function.
All in all, after three weeks of using TomTom Touch, I got used to it and most of my functional expectations were met by its easy operation during everyday life, and useful and extensive functions such as:
- Time Display
- Completed steps per day
- Burnt calories per day
- Time in motion per day
- Sleeping time per night
- Display of the current resting pulse rate
TomTom Touch has certainly a good range of nice features, which outweigh the disadvantages, like hidden or missing functionalities.
After connecting the TomTom Touch via Bluetooth with the app, data can be displayed chronologically in several ways and all kind of evaluation requests can be fulfilled, which is very helpful to evaluate the results and set new goals to push the motivation.
Measuring body fat and muscle percentage is done in a similar way as the well-known body fat scales, but not via the feet but via the wrist. No matter how accurate this result might be, when done on a regular basis at the same time of the day, a certain reliability of measurements can be expected, so that the hoped for progress will be meaningful. I could already reduce my body fat within three weeks by 1%. Who dares to challenge me? 😉
The setting of personal objectives is very useful as well. I’ve set as goals, such as the famous 10,000 steps per day (or rather 70,000 steps per week), two activities per week, and a certain (secret!) body fat percentage.
Tracking of activities: nothing to complain about, except the lack of completed kilometres, that I mentioned already. Very useful is the permanent display of the heart rate.
Finally, the Touch lasts around five days before it has to be re-charged. So, it has a good “stamina”.
Thinking about buying a fitness tracker? In my eyes there is no going wrong with the TomTom Touch.