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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Great design and one-button usability
  • Tracks three types of sport in one device
  • Much cheaper than three separate devices

Cons

  • Swimming function needs work
  • Doesn't support ANT+ peripherals

Key Features

  • GPS watch with LCD display and Bluetooth
  • Tracks running, cycling and swimming
  • Optional Bluetooth SPORT peripherals
  • One-button menu system
  • Bike handlebar mount included
  • Upload stats to TomTom MySports and MapMyFitness
  • Manufacturer: TomTom
  • Review Price: £179.99

What is the TomTom Multi-Sport?

The TomTom Multi-Sport is TomTom's latest watch aimed at tracking your exercise activities, but with a broader remit than the TomTom Runner we looked at a couple of months ago. If you like to mix up your sporting activities, and fancy yourself as the third Brownlee, you could end up with multiple different devices, one for each activity. This is where the Multi-Sport is intended to answer your prayers, adding the ability to track your biking and swimming as well as running.

TomTom Multi-Sport

TomTom Multi-Sport: Design and Features

The design is considerably different to the Nike collaboration of two years ago. The basic Multi-Sport comes in grey or dark pink, but you can also purchase the grey edition bundled with a heart-rate monitor for an extra £50. You can buy the Multi-Sport with a cadence sensor for your bike for £279.99, too, and this is available separately as an optional extra for £59.99.

All of these accessories connect via Bluetooth SMART rather than ANT wireless technology, though, so you won't be able to use any accessories that are based on the latter, which will be annoying if you already have any of these. The strap is removable, and a turquoise alternative as well as the dark pink one can be obtained for £19.99. Whichever version you purchase, there's a bike mount included in the box, so you don't need to consult your wrist to see your stats when cycling.

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TomTom Multi-Sport

TomTom has attempted to make finding your way around the menu supremely easy via a One-Button Control system, which acts like a D-pad. You don't need to remember which button does what, as you simply scroll left-right or up-down within the menus via this button. The only other control is a touch-sensitive edge on the right of the screen, which turns on the backlight. It's a very intuitive and easy system to get the hang of, continuing the excellent user-focused design strategy TomTom has taken with the TomTom Go 6000 and its others .

So the Multi-Sport is aimed at tracking your abilities in three exercises, and even four if you consider indoor treadmill use a separate activity. The running features are essentially identical to the Runner. Indoors, the Multi-Sport acts as a pedometer. After a workout, you can calibrate against the distance your treadmill reckons you covered. You can track how far you went, how long it took, calories burned, your pace and heart rate if you were using the monitor.

TomTom Multi-Sport

Outdoors, the Multi-Sport supports QuickGPSFix. We found it took under a minute to obtain a GPS lock, and sometimes just a few seconds. You can then start tracking your run with a few presses of the D-pad. Outdoor running adds location and elevation recording to the mix compared to treadmill usage. For further details about how the Multi-Sport performs in this area, see our earlier review of the TomTom Runner.

James Thompson

October 22, 2013, 7:36 am

A little surprised this received eight out of ten considering the swimming functionality seems next to useless. Otherwise I'd buy one. Price point is great.

Paul Reynolds

December 28, 2013, 10:48 am

I have one and the swimming function has been flawless.

Binaya

July 25, 2014, 1:38 am

TomTom multi-sport watch is CRAP and TomTom after sales
service is WORSE.

I bought the watch on Dec 2013 and was working perfectly for
few months and then started giving the error: "Activity Error. There was a
problem uploading one or more activities.", I think after a software
update. All of my .ttbin files are saving to my computer, but not uploading to
my mysports / mapmyfitness accounts.

I was advised by TomTom to perform "Recovery Mode"
, when "Recovery Mode" didn't solve the issue I was advised for
"Factory Reset". It didn't
solve the issue either but deleted all data history.

Then I asked for the refund, and TomTom asked me to provide
Proof of purchase and other personal details. When I provided all the details
hoping to receive refund for faulty watch, they changed their tone with reply
as quoted below

"I wish we could exchange the watch as the issue is
with the application and not with watch. Replacing watch will not make any
difference. I understand your frustration. However, I would request you to
please wait while our team is working to fix this issue with MySports connect
application."

First I do not expect such irresponsible response from brand
like "TomTom". They have agreed application issue with watch which
cannot be solved and on other hand they are still selling this watch without
informing customers about this issue which will cause errors while uploading
data on personal computer.

It has been more than 5 months now since I have issue with
the watch, I am still having error message, perhaps software update has not
been done yet (I was advised to wait for software update on 08/05/14)

I would appreciate if TomTom collect their product back and
refund my money back without further torture.

Onam Rubio

August 21, 2014, 7:42 pm

Hi Paul, I am looking for a watch like this but read a few reviews about the swimming mode is not as good as I expect. Can you tell me a little bit more about your experience. I live in a sunny country and the pools are outdoors.

Onam Rubio

August 21, 2014, 7:47 pm

Hi, I am surprise about what happen to you. I want to buy one like this one but I am not sure. And after read this, I feel less sure than before. Did TomTom solve your problem? Did you find a sportwatch witch the same functions? any advice will be appreciate.

Binaya

August 21, 2014, 10:16 pm

Hi Onam,

Finally TomTom replaced my watch with upgrade version for which I have to fight for more than 4 months. Watch is very good in term of keeping track of cycling and running and also gives very accurate heartbeat per minute (this applies to multi sport cardio). I hve not used it for swimming. I would say this is great watch and love it functions and also admit that tomtom customer service does not meet standards expected in west. Bottom line is it is very good watch, but if you find some issue with it then customer service is very slow.

ajdel

September 21, 2014, 1:22 am

What is the battery life on this thing like? WIll it last for 9+ hours of monitoring for adventure sports? does it have a standby mode? Can I wear it as a watch when I am not doing sports?

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