TomTom has announced a new range of GPS sports watches. Of course this isn’t the first time that TomTom has entered the market, having partnered with Nike to create the Nike+ SportWatch GPS back in 2011. This is, however, the first time that TomTom has created a product solo, with its own branding.
The new watches certainly look the part, with a slim case (11mm), large, high-resolution LCD displays and a One-Button Control system – “We know that most GPS watches on the market are too bulky and complicated to use while training.” said TomTom Consumer’s managing director, Corinne Vigreux.
The watches come equipped with TomTom’s Graphical Training Partner, which allows you to race against your best time, set a specific goal for your session, or maintain a set pace or target heart rate zone.
The simple One-Button Control means that the new watches will be easy to configure and control, even when you’re running or cycling. In reality it’s more of a five-way rocker for navigating and selecting, but it’s still far simpler than trying to manipulate small buttons located around the face.
The sport watches feature TomTom’s QuickGPSFix, so you won’t be standing around waiting for satellite locks, while built-in sensors will measure distance even if you’re running on a treadmill. You’ll get 10-hours use out of a single charge, and can happily wear the device while swimming, since it’s waterproof to 50 metres.
Accessories such as a heart rate monitor can be connected over Bluetooth, while TomTom has been clever enough to allow its new sport watches to synchronise with a number of popular services, such as RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal, as well as TomTom’s own MySports website.
The Multi-Sport watch adds an altimeter, the ability to connect further accessories, such as speed and cadence sensors for cycling, and also includes a swimming motion sensor for counting strokes and laps.
Both the TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport watches will be available in the summer, and you can be sure that FitTechnica will be fighting to get hold of a review sample as soon as possible.
For further information and to register your interest, head over to TomTom.