One of the things I’ve really been impressed with is the quick and easy way running data is uploaded.
Firstly, the watch is really secure when it’s in its cradle; it won’t fall out and sits elegantly on the edge of my desk – something my Garmin failed to do.
Before I could upload my runs, I had to, as standard with any manufacturer, create an account with TomTom MySports – but don’t fear if like me you use an alternative like Strava (or Endomondo, Map My Run, etc).
Once I’d downloaded the desktop software for my connection, I found I can request it automatically exports the data to these sites. It’ll even open automatically in that software once they’ve been uploaded.
But going one step further, the TomTom Runner Cardio can connect with my phone via Bluetooth and send data to the MySports app.
Granted, it’s not the quickest way to upload my info – it can take several minutes – but that’s time I should be stretching after my run anyway so no real loss.
And again, TomTom automatically sends the data to Strava so the info is right there ready for me.
I can’t over emphasise how convenient this is; these days I really only use my computer for connecting my watch and writing my blog, so I approve of being able to cut one of these out, especially if I should be doing other things with my day.
I’ve found there is just one downside to always using the Bluetooth option and not having a physical connection: I forget to charge my watch.
The battery life is pretty decent, but not even this watch can cope with 25 miles or so spread out across more than a week without needing some charge.
Of course I discovered this while I was out in the middle of my 18 mile run this week in training for my marathon – I was grateful I had my phone to use for the second part rather than resorting to just guesswork!
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