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TomTom Touch fitness tracker: More than a step counter thanks to body composition measurement

TomTom has been making GPS fitness watches for years and its first 24/7 activity tracker brings something unique to the market. The TomTom Touch is comfortable, tracks all your activity, and even supports phone notifications.

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Topic: Mobility
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TomTom Touch fitness tracker

TomTom is known for its GPS fitness watches with the most recent model, the TomTom Spark 3, bringing GPS tracking, 24/7 activity tracking, wireless music support, and integrated heart rate monitoring. There are very few GPS sports watches with wireless music support, but TomTom proves one device can do it all.

Its first entry into the competitive activity tracking market is the TomTom Touch. These activity trackers do not offer GPS, but millions of people are not runners and are primarily interested in tracking steps and activity without needing to track the details of routes.

In this regard, the TomTom Touch offers more than most activity trackers with body composition measurement. At first I thought this was just a sales gimmick, but after taking measurements and reading about how body composition is measured it appears to be another useful metric for health improvement.

The TomTom Touch is available now for $129.99.

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Front button and touchscreen display of TomTom Touch

There are two round metal sensors on the TomTom Touch, one that is pressed against your wrist on the underside of the tracker and the other on top. You touch the top button with a finger on your opposite hand and then a signal is sent from one contact point to the other with algorithms calculating your composition based on the resistance through your body.

It is important to take body composition measurements at the same time each day, preferably in the morning, and then use the data on a comparative basis rather than as a single data point. I did not go to the doctor and have my body composition measured, but I have done this many times in the past while in the military because the standard tables always showed me as obese. The 24.5 percent body fat seems about right for my current weight and fitness level. Again, it's a good point to start with, but as I run and try to eat healthier it will be more valuable to track the trend over time.

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TomTom Touch module with heart rate and body composition sensors

The TomTom Touch is actually a small module, similar to an older version of a Fitbit, that pops out of the band for charging. The integrated heart rate sensor and second sensor for body composition are found on the bottom of the module.

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Silicone band in black

The TomTom Touch has a very comfortable silicone band, but the two prong securing mechanism can be a bit of a challenge getting to fully engage.

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Two prongs to secure the band in place

It helps to slide one finger under the band to bring it up a bit and then press into place. There will be options for more color bands as well.

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Charge up with standard microUSB

I was pleased to see standard microUSB is being used to charge up the TomTom Touch. Battery life is advertised at about five days, which is about what I experienced over the past couple of weeks.

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TomTom MySports body composition data

You can sync the TomTom Touch via Bluetooth to your Android or iOS device. Phone call and text notifications are also supported via the TomTom MySports application.

All the data captured by the TomTom Touch, along with settings for the Touch, are managed in the smartphone application. You can set goals, view the status of your goals, and view all of your data in various time periods.

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TomTom MySports daily activity data

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