Re­view: TomTom Multi-Sport Car­dio

New pro fit­ness tracker rais­ing heart rates

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - $399, love Built-in heart mon­i­tor with trust­wor­thy re­sults. Sim­ple in­ter­face. Ac­cu­rate data for many sports hate Can’t track pulse in the pool. No An­droid app T3 says One for se­ri­ous sporty types, this of­fers the most com­pre­hen­sive fitnes

Un­fas­ten that heart-rate mon­i­tor from your chest, you, TomTom’s new fit­ness watch has one built right into the back. That’s not all it can do, ei­ther.

The Car­dio uses the same op­ti­cal heart-rate sen­sor seen in the Sam­sung Gear Fit, which uses an LED to track your blood flow. Whether you want to burn fat or hit a new per­sonal best, the ac­cu­rate real-time BPM data – we tested it against a med­i­cal-grade ECG scan­ner – in­forms train­ing fea­tures and vi­brates when you’re work­ing too hard or not hard enough.

Ideal for triath­letes, in­ter­val train­ing can be set up for swim­ming and run­ning, while cy­cling ac­ces­sories, such as cadence and speed sen­sors, can be paired via Blue­tooth to add fur­ther stats. To keep track of all that data and com­pare re­sults you can link via Blue­tooth to the free iOS app – no An­droid or WP8 ver­sion yet – or upload via USB to TomTom’s some­what limited web tools.

This is a vastly im­proved piece of kit, but there are ir­ri­ta­tions. Find­ing a GPS sig­nal takes longer than we’d like, bat­tery life has been re­duced and the USB charg­ing dock means you can’t charge on the go. It’s still the best sportswatch of its kind on the mar­ket, though, eas­ily outrunning the sim­i­lar Adi­das MiCoach Smart Run.

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