TomTom Touch Review

TomTom Touch ReviewThe TomTom Touch brings something new to the table with a unique, innovative body tracking ability. Paired with the other great abilities and features within the fitness tracker, it makes a great aide in training, especially in the gym. However, the lack of a GPS and a more coaching app, it isn’t ideal for more serious athletes, especially runners who rely on distance and pace tracking. Plus, the watch isn’t waterproof, and though you can shower with it, swimming is definitely out of the question. The basic features designed to monitor your activity are good, and are making this watch a nice model if you can get past some of the usability set-backs.

Pros

  • Body composition
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • All-day activity tracking
  • Multiple goal setting

Cons

  • No alarms
  • No GPS
  • Not waterproof
  • Outdated design and finicky clasp
  • No movement prompts

 

With the TomTom Spark line being some of the best fitness trackers on the market currently, there were high hopes for the TomTom Touch. The implementation of the body composition feature is something to get excited about, though there are many small irritations within the actual general usability of the watch itself. When working out, you need something convenient and fast, which the TomTom Touch can provide for the most part. It has several things you could want within a fitness tracker, and despite the confusing app with hidden menus, it gives reliable numbers and data that you can understand.

So, is the TomTom Touch a good decision when looking for a tracking device for your fitness? If you’re not a detail-oriented person, then yes. The watch gets the basic needs of a fitness tracker done quite well, and offers a resting heart-rate that is accurate and helpful. Plus, you can see your numbers change through the body tracking, as well, which is a huge selling point for most people.

TomTom Touch FeaturedThe general idea of using a fitness tracker is to get a better grasp on your body, your health, and your workouts. Seeing metrics like steps taken, calories burned, and even changes in your body fat percentage all show you active progress and give you something tangible to hold on to instead of the slow-changing image in the mirror. Because of this, the use of these devices have become popular with those hoping to revolutionize their fitness. The TomTom Touch helps you see the results of your effort, but doesn’t offer much insight or coaching, so if you’re needing something exceptionally motivational, you might want to try out a different band. Even with that taken into consideration, the TomTom Touch can definitely provide valuable insight into the numbers of your progress, and if you don’t need extra help translating that into your activity, you’ll be more than happy with this band.

 

The features of the TomTom Touch

By pressing your finger to a sensor, the TomTom Touch can measure your body fat and muscle mass and provide the results of this search on the app, giving you the ability to watch and track the changes in those percentages as you grow athletically. The software itself isn’t new, though it isn’t common to see it featured on fitness trackers quite like this yet. Putting this sort of tracker into the watch is a great idea, because it gives you one more way to see your overall fitness and health improve.

Using the TomTom My Sports app is how you get to access all that important data gathered by the TomTom Touch. Unfortunately, this app has been found as confusing to many, with menus that seem hidden or buried under the other information. The sleep tracking is inferior to other bands, with just a total hour amount and no analysis for the quality of your sleep. In general, the software is a little basic and boring, just showing charts without any comments on your progress. You can set goals for just about anything, from diets to steps walked. Plus, you can see the goals for steps on the first screen on the band, and it lets you know immediately when you’ve achieved that goal.

A heart-rate monitor, all day activity tracking, and the sports mode make gathering information on your daily activity easy, and gives you the chance to record changes in your mobility during workouts. The sensors keep up with you as you change your paces, like when training In the gym, so you can rely on the numbers you get afterwards in the app.

One flaw in the usability of the band is the navigation technique that the TomTom Touch uses. Ideally, it’s simple, but trying to flick the screens and reach the correct one while working out is difficult, and you have to press a button to wake the screen up for in-depth stats, like your heart-rate. The band is slim and comfortable though, and stays in place on your wrist. The overall look is sleek, and though it stands out, it isn’t as bulky and obvious as some fitness trackers can be on a wrist.

 

Other options

In comparison with the TomTom Touch, the TomTom Spark 3 seems like a better fit for serious athletes or runners, with a GPS built-in and better usability. If you still need something that gets you even more information on your training, you may want to extend past the TomTom borders and look into running watches like the Garmin Forerunner 735XT. These models won’t include the body composition feature, but they have everything else needed for tracking your fitness and workouts and improving your activity.