TomTom Runner GPS Watch Review

A TomTom sports watch with GPS aimed at runners.

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Product Description:

Whether you’re running, cycling or swimming, TomTom has a range of GPS watches and accessories to help you achieve your goals. With TomTom Runner, see your detailed running metrics at-a-glance to stay motivated and reach your running goals.

Feature Table:

Display 144 x 168 Pixels
Battery Up to 8 hours with GPS + HR, Up to 10 hours with GPS
Tracking Calories, steps, distance, pace, heart rate, cadence
GPS
Connectivity Bluetooth to TomTom MySports App, also works with some other 3rd party apps
Water Proofing 50 m / 165 feet (5 ATM)
Sensors Indoor tracker, compass, bluetooth
Activities Running and walking only
Training race, goals, zone, laps, intervals
Heart Rate Package available but not standard
Colors Grey/Green (shown above), Green/Blue, Burnt Orange/Grey

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the TomTom Runner GPS Watch?

The watch itself, a desk dock charger, and a user guide.

How long does the battery last on the TomTom Runner GPS Watch?

Up to 8 hours when using both GPS and heart rate monitor, up to 10 hours with just the GPS. The battery shows in the display so you know how much power you have left.

What apps does the TomTom Runner GPS Watch work with?

Besides the TomTom MySports App, the device also works with MapMyFitness and Runkeeper, among others.

Does the TomTom Runner GPS Watch come with a heart rate monitor?

You can get the TomTom Runner GPS Watch with a heart rate monitor, although that  version of the watch is slightly more expensive and you need to be sure that you are buying that version. You can get it from Amazon here (ad).

What is the difference between the TomTom Runner GPS Watch and the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Watch?

The Runner GPS doesn’t have built in heart rate monitoring, although you can buy a package that has an addon heart rate monitor or buy the monitor separately. With the Multi-Sport Cardio, the heart rate monitor is built in. The Multi-Sport also came out in 2014 whereas the Runner is a 2013 device.

What languages does the TomTom Runner GPS support?

English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech, Polish

Does the device come with a warranty?

Yes, the TomTom Runner GPS Watch has a 1 year limited warranty.

What Others Are Saying:

Brent Rose, Gizmodo:  “It’s more expensive than the Garmin Forerunner 10 and the Garmin is definitely easier to read, and has a faster, more accurate GPS. However, the Garmin doesn’t support use of a heart rate monitor, which we have come to consider a pretty important tool, and it doesn’t have nearly as many options for training. Battery life is better on the TomTom, too. Our only real hesitation with recommending the TomTom is the GPS issue mentioned above. The wild inaccuracy only happened once (in roughly 10 runs), but it was sunny and clear at the time, and we don’t know what the long-term performance would be like.”

Mike Prospero, Tom’s Guide:  “Small, light and accurate, the TomTom Runner GPS watch is a good companion for runners training for their next race.”

Hugh Langley, Techradar:  “TomTom’s watch is purely about the fitness focus; there are none of the extra whizzes and bangs you’ll be finding in the array of smartwatches looming on the horizon. But with its unobtrusive, lightweight design and respectable price tag, the Runner is strong on features that make it a quality companion for both the keen and amateur runner alike.”

Review:

Are you a runner that simply needs an accurate GPS watch that will work with some of the top 3rd party apps and is reasonably priced? If so, the TomTom Runner GPS Watch might be a really good fit for you. Yes, the heart rate monitor is separate and there is no sleep monitoring. There also is no Windows phone support. Nonetheless, this watch is really a steal considering the current price (at the time of writing it was just under $100).

The TomTom Runner’s lightweight watch design makes it fairly comfortable to wear, and the watch comes in three different colors. It’s fairly attractive and I like the screen. The battery is pretty decent at 8-10 hours when using GPS. Overall, this is a device that has the features of more expensive fitness watches, yet comes at a much lower price. It may not be cutting edge technology, and some features could be better (like a built in heart rate sensor rather than using an extra band), but you are really getting a good deal given the current price.

TomTom Runner GPS Watch

TomTom Runner GPS Watch
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Good

8/10

    Pros

    • Works with top 3rd party apps like Runkeeper and MyFitnessPal
    • Pretty accurate tracking and GPS

    Cons

    • Heart rate monitor is separate, no sleep monitoring
    • No Windows Phone support