TomTom Touch and TomTom Runner 3 / Spark 3

Review : TomTom Touch

You can see from the photos that this is a fitness band or activity tracker of some sort. You probably already know that there is quite a lot of choice in that area. Yet here we have another one, this time from TomTom with their first foray into this particular format of device. What is…

TomTom – New Spark3 / Runner3 Announced

Lots of announcements today of new stuff from TomTom. Let’s start with the SPARK 3 / RUNNER 3. The previous version in the UK was the similarly-looking RUNNER 2 which itself followed the UK’s original RUNNER product. The RUNNER 2 was released in the US as the SPARK (Sept 2015). To cut a long story…

TomTom – A 3rd New Product – The TOUCH Activity Tracker…FAT + Muscle Tracker!

So here we have the last of today’s announcements from TomTom. It’s an activity tracker…with a highly useful twist. It’s a 247 highly specified activity tracker. It includes, for example, optical heart rate monitoring as well as the usual suspects; steps, calories and sleep. It also links to your smartphone for notifications and has sport…

Garmin joins with LIFEQ – what about TomTom?

The clever little optical sensor in TomTom’s highly successful Runner2/SPARK was developed by South African company LIFEQ – seen here on the right. Whilst we have all figured out by now that optical HR on the wrist has its limitations, TomTom’s implementation was good. Indeed, LIFEQ’s measurement solution is validated (here). All well and good. Presumably…

Fitbit Surge GPS HR

Review – Fitbit Surge – GPS and Optical HR Fitness Watch

Most reviews are based on the original 2015 unit. Things have moved on with improvements to the device’s software. Let’s see how the improvements stack up approaching Summer 2016. You can find a much more detailed review (here). But first I’ll try to position the product for you so you understand where it really sits.…

IN DEPTH: The Quest For Wet HRV – Swimming HRV Underwater – Finally

I started off a couple of years ago with the intention to record ‘every heartbeat’ that I do in exercise. Not because I like collecting things but rather to get a more holistic view of the Training Load (TL) of my triathlon efforts. With a better view of my training load I could, for example,…

Fitbit Alta

New Fitbit ALTA – jerked me out of my slumber

http://mms.businesswire.com/media/20160203005412/en/507475/4/Alta-Lineup.jpg I almost couldn’t work up the enthusiasm to write about this. At least Garmin’s recent Vivosmart HR introduced a bit of newish tech (optical HR). The Fitbit ALTA is re-dressed old tech. However it looks OK and that was my criticism of the Garmin. The ALTA has slightly better phoney-connect stuff and you can…

Review (ette) – Garmin Forerunner 630 – First Look

A year is a clichéd long time in politics and two years is a long time in the realm of sports gadgetry. Since 2013’s Forerunner 620, Garmin have made much progress with new features and functions across their range which have now made their way into the Forerunner 630 (FR630). Some totally new stuff has also…

Samsung SM-R350 – Internally referenced ‘Triathlon’

Don’t get excited, the snappily named SM-R150 is likely to be a mid-market band or low-end triathlon device. Source, below, Sammobile.com Samsung has released a bunch of wearable devices over the past couple of years including fitness trackers and smartwatches. The South Korean electronics giant recently released its first smartwatch – the Gear S2 – with a…