I have been a big fan of activity trackers for a long time. Having used a Fitbit Charge HR for a year, I was keen to try out the Tom Tom Touch activity tracker to see what it can do for me and my daily lifestyle. I enjoy tracking my exercise, steps and sleep, all of which the Tom Tom Touch activity tracker can do.
I wanted to get a full 24 hours with my Tom Tom Touch so after charging which took around 45 minutes, I popped it on before bed. I am used to wearing activity trackers to bed, I know a lot of people don’t like them, but I am happy to say that it’s a very comfortable design that didn’t irritate me in the night. I wondered how secure the strap would be when I first examined the tracker as the middle touch unit pops out of the silicone band for charging. The design is made so the unit will only come out from behind the band so you don’t have to worry about it popping out when you move. Also despite the band itself closing with a clasp rather than a buckle, it felt very secure and has never come undone on its own.
I didn’t have a very good night’s sleep and the tracker was quick to tell me when I woke up. To activate the unit, you have to press the silver button, hence the name Tom Tome Touch. You are greeted with the time initially, however if you swipe down a couple of times it tells you how long you have been asleep for. You can also track this via the app which I like to look at to see my stats. Oh dear 5 hours 13 minutes isn’t a good night’s sleep for me, I would potentially be grumpy today!
My average daily sees me sitting behind a desk in the office. I know I am very sedentary on these days, so as I’m training again for a Macmillan trek this Summer, my evenings consist of training walks. This helps boost my steps and keep to exercise goals. There are a couple of ways you can track your exercise with the Tom Tom Touch, either get walking and check back via the tracker or the app as to how many steps you have done, or you can activate the unit with a touch, and swipe up to reveal the exercise icon. Touch the unit to activate the timer and off you go. When you have finished your exercise touch the unit again until it vibrates and it will record your exercise in terms of steps and heart rate.
As you will have entered your stats when setting up the Tom Tom Touch, the readings will be based on your stats, heart rate etc.
My days can all merge into each other with a lot of similarity, but what I liked about the Tom Tom Touch activity tracker is that you can look back and compare your stats over different periods of time. I find this to be a great motivator to get me off the sofa and out for a walk in the evenings, or to encourage me to get an earlier night than I may have been planning. One aspect of the tracker I spotted when getting ready for my day was the ability to show your body composition. Initially I couldn’t work out how to get it to record, as you have to skip up to the percentage screen on the unit and press and hold the touch button to analyse your body. The results are then shown on the app rather than on the unit. This for me was a very interesting aspect of the Tom Tom Touch.
You should be able to use the tracker for up to five days before it needs charging. I found this to be more like three days, especially if you’re using the exercise tracking as this will drain the battery faster. With an RRP of £129.99, the Tom Tom Touch activity tracker compares well to others on the market. I have added my affiliate link for your convenience should you wish to purchase your own.
Disclosure – we received the activity tracker free of charge but all opinions are our own