It’s an investment that seems like it will last for a long time to come — being reasonably platform-agnostic in that it just collates raw data, the Multi-Sport Cardio should only theoretically be limited by the life of its internal nonremovable battery, but the initial investment will take a lot of justifying unless you’re really into your fitness routine and want that extra data.
The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is a niche device; it’s not a watch you can wear every day, and you’ll have to have it handy whenever you want to go for a run (which makes it a necessary addition to your gym bag, if you visit a club regularly).
The $399 asking price in Australia makes the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio hard to wholeheartedly recommend to anyone that already has a smartphone (especially one with a heart rate monitor like the Galaxy S5) and a fitness tracker like the Jawbone Up.
Comparing it to an older GPS watch, an older standalone SIRF III GPS dongle, and a couple of smartphones, the location logging of the Multi-Sport Cardio was simultaneously more granular — more accurately tracking the side of the road I was running on, for example — and more consistent over a set of three test runs.
In any case, once the GPS signal is successfully triangulated, the Multi-Sport Cardio is unlikely to lose it — I didn’t encounter any time where the watch stopped tracking, whether I was running in an open park or cycling in suburbs or jogging through the city.
The Multi-Sport Cardio’s heart rate monitor is built into the inner shell of the watch, nestling close against the wearer’s outer wrist — it’s not a particularly smooth shell, with exposed circuitry necessary to help the heart rate monitor work.
The value of this minute extra advantage in logging detail is questionable, but combined with the integrated heart rate monitor there’s a clear reason to choose the Multi-Sport Cardio over taking your smartphone with you as you exercise.
At its core, the new Multi-Sport Cardio is a fitness watch that contains a highly accurate GPS tracker, calculating the distance you’ve run, the altitude you have climbed or descended, and the calories you have consumed in the process.
Consistently throughout my time with the Multi-Sport Cardio, it was slow to establish an initial GPS lock, despite the quick start option being preset after setting up the watch via PC.
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