Adventurer: 1st Thoughts and issues
So, what are my thoughts and issues?
First the good...
I'm pleased with the GPX trail loads and the breadcrumbs feature - have to use it more, but seems to work ok.
I love the upload function to 3rd party sites, such as MapMy..... and strava etc.
Now the bad...
There is no improvement in Bluetooth compatibility despite this being the main compliant of all the users of the v2. Why is only TomTom cant get frigging Bluetooth to work? I appreciate small signal strength given the size, but most headsets don't get recognised if they are even physically touching. A total lack of improvement on users main bugbear shows a lack of engagement or care about post sale service. Having MP3 on the watch is great as it means I can lose the phone, but now you can get Bluetooth headsets with MP3 built in, and TomTom seem either unable or careless about getting Bluetooth compatibility problems solved. Their 'flawed' ace up their sleeve compared to other watches is about to become obsolete, so they need to improve the rest.
GPS - Ok, so seems pretty accurate, but now when I select trail run and stand outside waiting to start GPS sometimes takes 5-10 minutes to tell me I can start. This is with full signal. What's that about? I'm hoping it is a miss-use of function by me causing the problem, because if not this is disgracefully poor. I've been embarrassed while friends wait for me to start a run while my watch refuses to connect. Great advertising if you want new sales TomTom. Perhaps somebody can help me on this point?? This is for a new trail run unmapped.
Battery Life - seems to have gotten worse from the v2 somehow if that's possible. I now need to charge it more often than my phone. If you want to use all or even most of the features of the watch (which is presumably why you paid for their premium product), you'd be lucky to get through 1.hr 30mins of use out of the box, and this will presumably degrade over the first 6 months/1 year as all batteries do. If you do any distance sport like a cycle sportive or a marathon, you'd be lucky to use it for anything more than a stopwatch if you want it to last to the end. Luckily I find the watch too bulky to use all the time as a normal watch so I don't make use of the trackers for sleep or walking or heart-rate when not training, but if I did I would have to delay any training I wanted to do just so I could charge my watch in advance!
...This brings me onto my main gripe with the watch. It doesn't yet make my training easier. In fact it is a burden. It's too big to wear every day, so I'll never use the daily trackers. Even if I wanted to they would kill the battery, so I have to turn all the sensors off, and yet still I have to plan my training to make sure I have a charged watch before I go out on any relatively long run or cycle and hope it lasts the distance using partial features. I'm hoping the GPS issues are my fault, but if not, it is shocking that TomTom cant get it to locate quickly; I have to stand waiting to start training looking like an imbecile. All in all I thought the tech was nearly there when I bought the v2, but now TomTom seen to have rested on laurels and made no significant improvements at all. I cant see them keeping their niche offering long enough for a v4 to come along and fix things, and after sales service or firmware improvements have been historically a let down, so I don't hold out much hope. Shame, but perhaps the tech just isnt quite there yet, at least from TomTom.:(