TomTom unveils body composition-tracking smartband, two new GPS fitness watches
TomTom is to Garmin essentially what Pepsi is to Coca-Cola, minus the evenly matched nature of the historic rivalry. The Dutch navigation and mapping specialist has always played second fiddle to the American GPS pioneer and industry leader, including on the smart wearable scene, where Forerunners, Fenixes and Vivo-series products are slowly but steadily catching on.
Meanwhile, the name of one of TomTom’s IFA 2016-announced new fitness trackers surprisingly reveals this isn’t the first of its kind. The Spark 3 follows in the footsteps of a little known 2015-released GPS sports watch, with similar connectivity options, a built-in heart rate monitor, relatively large, relatively sharp display, 10-hour battery life (all location services enabled), 5 ATM water resistance, 24/7 activity supervising (sleep included), and route exploration.
Nothing out of the ordinary there, with the HR-capable TomTom Spark 3 priced at $250 in a “top-tier” configuration accommodating 3 gigs of music, Bluetooth earbuds offered out the box at no extra charge.
100 bucks more will buy you a barometer-packing TomTom Adventurer starting October, while the cheapest, lowest-key, lowest-end member of the company’s new fitness-tracking gadget trio is actually the most intriguing one.
That’s because the TomTom Touch can also analyze your body composition directly from your wrist in addition to counting steps, burnt calories, active minutes, sleep time and monitor your heart rate. With only the touch of a button, this bland-looking $130 band claims to measure your body fat and muscle mass percentage. Neat, decidedly original idea, now it’s all in the execution, accuracy and reliability.