Fitness trackers. Now, hearing the name alone leaves some excited and some spiteful as there is a very broad spectrum of appreciation for these tiny little motivators. A lot of people will say, well they aren’t accurate, they don’t factor everything in. While others swear by them and they do so for what they are, Motivators. Devices designed to give you that little extra push when you need it the most or to help you accomplish what you have set out to. Today we are going to take a look at a Fitness tracker from a company previous to this review we hadn’t a clue they were in the race, TomTom and their Touch, fitness tracker.
PACKAGING & CONTENTS
The TomTom Touch, arrives in a simple yet informative box. Mainly white in colour with a clear plastic window on the front and rear displaying the product. The front also displays some of the main features of the Touch, colour streamlined from the front around the side showing a more in depth description of each of the features. Some of these key features include it’s use as the previously mentioned fitness tracker but also a tool for Body composition measurements as well as cardio.
Around the rear of the box you’ll see two bars going up the left side, this is a quick fit measurement guide to determine which size you will require. Honestly, our wrist fell in the large category but we are almost certain there are people with much larger wrists then us so there may be need for a third size later on dependent on user.
The Touch comes in three colour options : blue, red, and black, which ours arrived in.
Opening and emptying the box, you’ll see that the Touch comes with a couple manuals as well as a short micro-USB cable for charging.
The Touch has a rating of IPX7, splash proof, showerproof but do not swim. The OLED display size is 5.5cm x 2.2cm and weighs 10grams so you’ll barely notice it’s on your wrist.
SETUP, INSTALLATION & NAVIGATION
First thing you should do is charge your device. If you’ve skipped over the manual and are trying to figure out how to plug the Touch in, you actually remove the main unit from the wrist band by pushing the face, opposite side of the circular silver button, inward till it pops out. Simply plug it into the provided micro-USB cable to update or charge.
The installation process was simple and easy to navigate. The only part of the setup we would like to see modified is when it comes to inputting figures. There is only the option to use metric units. Most people notate their body figures with imperial measurements and that option is not optional in the setup, ft instead of m and lbs instead of kg.
After app updates, initial setup, and fixing the Touch to your wrist, you’ll be ready to start navigating the device. If you haven’t discovered it by now, the silver circle is a button; one that responds to touch but does not depress so to actuate the button gently and firmly push your index finger to it. You’ll notice there is a identical circle on the inside of the device as well. This is where the harmless current will exit your wrist and around through to your other finger to complete the circuit.
The first screen you’ll see will display two feet in a dotted circle and below that should be the time. From here there are two ways to scroll, Up from the bottom or down from the top.
From the Top down there are three screens (numbered by swipes):
- Start an Activity;
- Body Composition Measurement; and
- Current Heart Rate (BPM).
To start an activity, simply swipe to the proper screen (one down from clock) and hold your finger on the button until the device vibrates. Your activity has now started. Follow the same procedure to end an activity.To use the BCM hold your hands perpendicular as shown below with the index finger directly in line and on the button. A check mark will appear if done properly, if not, an “X”.
Simply scroll to the BPM screen and wait for it to display your beats per minute.
From the Bottom up there are five screens:
- Steps, so far today;
- Calories Burned;
- Time in Motion; and
- Sleep Timer.