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Best All-Around Budget GPS Watch - All Things Considered
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2017
I am a medium-recreational runner, running marathons (4 hr.) & half marathons at about 1:50. I use my GPS watches primarily for running, and have FINALLY upgraded to this watch from my Garmin Forerunner 305 (2006 edition), which is still working. This review is an initial review after my FIRST run with the device:
- HR function works well. I read many reviews saying otherwise, but my HR monitor worked great on the first run I tracked
- Music function and space
- Website is very user friendly for pairing, viewing stats (stride rate is included, which is a huge bonus!) (I like it MUCH more than the Garmin website actually because of it's intuitive usage, layout, and accessible options).
- Very comfortable watch band
- Can use it easily as an everyday watch (which I wanted in my next GPS watch since the 305 was so clunky).
- One button function is intuitive and easy to use
- Main button rattles/is a bit wobbly. Like several other review I read, I took the TomTom out of the box, and tested out the alarm, during which I heard a distinct rattle of the button. I went on to tap the button and discovered that it was a bit loose (nothing detrimental at this point, but a bit annoying for a new product).
- Bluetooth pairing is sometimes choppy. Again, like several other reviews the bluetooth skipped or cut out 3-4 times on my 30 minute run. For me, it was a bit annoying, but honestly I would rather have a few skips in my music than have to carry a phone, ipod or additional item with corded headphones. The music function is still a win my book.
After my first run, my Jabra Sport Plus headphones will not connect to the watch. (They can easily be paired with my phone, so it's not the fault of the headphones). To be fair, they are not listed on the recommended pairing list for TomTom, so this may be the issue. So, I bought a pair of SoundPeat QY7 headphones which were recommended for this watch (not by manufactuerer, but by consumers). They pair every time! They have worked like a charm with gym workouts and biking, but for running in the open, with every backwards arm swing they lose connectivity. I am going to try wearing the watch on my right arm since the receiver is on the right headphone and see if that helps. The watch is still worth it! Every other function works like a charm.
UPDATE 2: After three months of running with this watch and wearing it as an every day watch, I absolutely love it. I only have to charge it once a week, it links to the satellites very quickly, and I can listen to music and use the HR function which is pretty accurate. I can't believe I got this watch for just a little over $100! Amazing deal.
UPDATE 3: 8 months with the watch and have had major issues with pairing it with my phone to upload workouts. I have had to pair and unpaid the watch from the phone every single time I want to upload a workout. Real hassle. Also, the watchband just broke in two places just from normal daily use. TomTom has said they will replace it at no cost which is great, but I still think they should make these more durable!
Update 4: One year of running with the watch. Tech has figured out the pairing issues and it now uploads fast and consistently. The metrics on the new website are awesome and include VO2 Max! The music, HR and other functions are working like a charm. Battery still working great and holds a charge for about 5-6 days (running every day and every day use) I couldn't be happier with this watch.