TomTom Touch Review – Bigger Than it Ever Was!

AT A GLANCE: QUICK RATINGS

Heart Rate Functions

95%

Fitness / Sport Features

65%

Ease of Use

80%

Battery Life

85%

Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into TomTom Touch

The new TomTom Touch is the world’s first activity tracker with built-in heart rate sensor and BODY COMPOSITION analysis with muscle mass density. A 24/7 activity tracking wristband style fitness monitor that keeps count of everything from steps, calories and daily distance to all day heart rate monitoring off the wrist and smartphone notifications and alerts. The TomTom Touch fitness band has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic

  • Who Is It For?

  • Video Review

  • Pros

  • Cons

  • Fiddly strap fastening
  • No option for display ON permanent or wrist gesture
  • App a bit too slow responding
  • No Daily Alarm
  • No Date
  • No Inactivity Alerts

Main Features and Functions

  • Body Composition
    Measure your body fat and muscle mass percentage
  • Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
    Get 24/7 heart rate information on your wrist.
  • 24/7 Activity Tracking
    Capture steps, active time, calories burned, distance walked and sleep time.
  • Sports Mode
    Log your sports and workouts and track your stats.
  • Touchscreen
    Swipe through the stats on the touchscreen.
  • Phone Notifications
    Receive incoming call and text notifications right to your wrist.
  • Battery Life
    Go for up to 5 days of tracking before you need a recharge.
  • Splash Proof
    The Touch is sweat, rain and splash proof. Do NOT swim in it … for an activity tracker that has been approved for pool swimming (rated to 5 ATM) then please consider the Garmin Vivofit 3 or the Polar A360.

TomTom Touch can be worn 24-7. It includes everything you’d expect from a top of the range fitness trackers. It monitors and measure all the usual metrics including,  tracking steps, sleep, all day heart-rate and calories burned. The TomTom Touch  features a sports mode for running, cycling or gym work.

It’s easy to dive into your stats, view progress and share achievements with friends via the TomTom MySports companion app on your smartphone. Performance statistics and graphs help you make sense of your activities and the effect they have on your body composition over time. Being Bluetooth connected to your smartphone you can also stay connected with smartphone notifications.

All Day Heart Rate

Daily, Weekly & Monthly Activity Tracking

Main Display Screens

TomTom MySports

Sports Mode

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The TomTom Touch will transfer your daily activity and exercise data to the TomTom MySports APP and web-service. Both are far better than they were 18 months ago. Not quite perfect compared to Garmin Connect, Polar Flow or the Fitbit’s web-service, but nonetheless more than adequate. It provides an easy to view summary of weekly, daily and monthly activities and exercises.

Alternative Fitness Bands

The best products from the other leading brands are the FitBit Charge 2, the Garmin Vivosmart 3 and the Mio Slice. The Vivosmart HR (and the new Vivosmart 3) & Charge 2 feature a barometric pressure sensor that provides stairs climbed feedback. Both provide OFF the WRIST heart rate monitoring and 24/7 activity tracking. The Mio Slice is the world’s first fitness band to incorporate PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence). More advanced than simply counting daily steps the Slice wants to see elevated heart rates for extended periods throughout the day.

They are ALL very good activity trackers, they all record heart rate to a reliable and accurate level (not quite as good as an HRM belt but 95%+ accurate), they all give an indication of sleep duration & quality and they all motivate you to move throughout the day. Neither have body fat analysis, that is currently unique to the Touch

  • Garmin Vivosmart 3 new in April 2017. Top of range fitness tracker with VO2 Max, Stress Score, Floors Climbed and more
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Mio Slice

Body Composition – from your WRIST

The TomTom Touch was released to the UK in October 2016. The TomTom Touch is not just your average activity tracker. Track steps, sleep and heart rate, as well as your body composition. Body composition data allows you to measure your body fat and muscle mass percentage to better understand the impact of all your diet and workout activities over time. Body composition gives you a good understanding of your fitness level and how it’s changing over time. Until now, this metric has been available with dedicated scales or expensive technology. This all changes with the Touch making body fat analysis available to a far wider audience

Is it Accurate?

I have a set of £400 Tanita Body Fat scales from the time I was a personal trainer. These scales have sensors under the feet and handles for the hands. They are considered one of the best methods of conveniently calculating Body Composition.

The problem with the TomTom Touch is that is does NOT measure the body fat in the legs, thighs, waist or buttocks. A place where generally speaking women store more fat than men (who predominantly store it on the belly).

I have only tested 2 males and 2 females. From my simple unscientific test the TomTom Touch was within 5-10% for the males and 5-20% for the females. I myself came out at 17.5% for the TomTom Touch compared to a normal average reading on the Tanita of between 17% and 19%.

Consistency more important than Accuracy

What is more important than accuracy is the consistency. The Touch never altered by more than a measurement of 1% over a course of 2 weeks taking daily readings.

This gave me confidence in it’s consistency to use it as a motivational target when setting a realistic Body Fat goal in the TomTom MySports App. Taking everything in to consideration I believe the TomTom Touch is a useful tool with regard to monitoring and analysing your body composition (Fat % versus Muscle %)

Should you Buy One?

If you’ve been thinking of treating yourself to a discrete, smart, high quality activity tracker that can be worn 24/7 the TomTom Touch could be an option. The key unique selling point is the Body Fat analysis. If that interests you then waste no further time and grab one. (please scroll down for my notes on body composition accuracy).

The fact that is records your heart rate (a sample every few minutes) is an effective way of highlighting extended periods of inactivity or unexpected periods of activity. With a solid 5 day battery life it’s not going to spend every night on the charger like some other fit bands.

Setting your own daily step, sport (eg Run 2 miles twice a week) and body composition / weight targets in the MySports APP will help you achieve your goals. The Touch will also provide feedback on your sleep quality and duration.

What’s not so Good …

I’m not the biggest fan of this style of OLED display, I find them hard to read in BRIGHT and direct sunlight (same goes for Fitbit Alta etc). The strap locking mechanism is a bit fiddly.

Also, the fact you have to press the button to see the display is a little frustrating (no wrist gesture to turn it on or “permanent on” option). In all honesty, if you are NOT interested in Body Composition Analysis there are more functional Fitness bands at a similar price. The Garmin Vivosmart HR being my personal preference.

REVIEW SUMMARY

When reviewing products it’s important to remember WHO a product has been designed for.

The TomTom Touch is not a fitness tracker for me but that’s not to say it’s not good. If you want the convenience of wrist based heart rate monitoring and a built-in Body Fat analysis sensor the Touch could be what you’re looking for.

If you are particularly interested in Body Composition analysis then it comes highly recommended. If you are a sporty person, not too bothered about body fat and more interested in functions related to performance tracking then consider one of the alternative products.

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Last Updated on March 28, 2019

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