Known for its GPS navigation systems and more recently its sports watches, TomTom is launching into the already crowded niche of bracelets connected with the TomTom Touch. A product marketed last September at a price of 149 euros. To stand out, the Dutch brand highlights its ability to measure the user’s body composition. But is that enough to make it compete with the bracelets of the market leader Fitbit?
The TomTom Touch consists of a wristband, a smart module and a USB cable. It includes a motion sensor (accelerometer and gyroscope), as well as an optical heart rate monitor. At this price level, there is no GPS. It is finally used with the MySports application which is already used to connect the brand’s watches and works with iOS and Android.
The design could not be more classic, very close to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 or the Sony SmartBand 2 with its black silicone strap and its small removable module to be charged separately. The bracelet, available in two sizes, fits perfectly and attaches securely with a notching system, but it leaves marks on the skin and can cause irritation as has happened to us. The module resists splashes (IPX7) without being able to be submerged.
The screen, white inscriptions on a black background, allows you to scroll through a lot of information with a swipe of your finger. Going down, it displays the default time but also the number of steps, calories expended, kilometers traveled and sleep duration. Going up, you access two modes: the measurement of heart rate and that of body composition. You can configure the application so that the cardiac sensor works continuously or choose to launch it manually for an activity by pressing the button on the bracelet.
A little gimmicky body measurement
The measurement of body composition (calculation of muscle and fat mass) that TomTom Touch is the only one to offer after the Jawbone UP3, is called a product of appeal. This function works thanks to a bio-impedance sensor which measures the tension created by the passage of a very low current in your body. We obtain a result with a percentage of muscles and another percentage of fat.
She launches by pressing strongly on the button of the bracelet but requires to maintain the pressure continuously with her finger and not to move and not to keep her arms glued to the body. If the screen displays a small notch, it means that your measurement has been perfectly carried out, if it is a cross, you have to start again.
Only, here, with each measurement, we found a slightly different result, which made us doubt the reliability of the data. Furthermore, even for someone who wants to lose weight, the use of this functionality is far from essential. A little gadget in conclusion.
No sleep tracking
The most problematic however remains the MySports application which is far too rudimentary compared to the competition, at an equivalent price level. First observation, sleep monitoring is missing. On the screen of the bracelet, you can access the number of hours that you spent sleeping during the day, but the data is erased the following night and is not transmitted to the application. As a result, there is no graph to compare the evolution of sleep over the days, nor a way to distinguish the different phases to know the quality.
Another black spot, sports activities. The bracelet is configured by default to classify your activity as a gym and absolutely does not differentiate between walking or running. So you have to correct the application afterwards to re-qualify your training. And again, the possibilities are limited since you will only be able to choose between “running” or “gym”. The category of sport practiced has a direct impact on the number of calories burned. You also couldn’t adjust the stride range.
Regarding autonomy, TomTom Touch announces up to five days of activity monitoring. This is exactly what we got by using the heart rate monitor all the time. This is much better than the performance obtained by the Sony Smart Band 2 (only two days of autonomy) and as well as the Fitbit Charge 2. However, we advise not to activate the cardiac measurement by default and to launch it only during a sports session to preserve the battery.