TomTom ditches Nike for new GPS sport watches

After partnering with Nike to produce the Nike+ SportWatch GPS, TomTom has decided to produce its own range of sport watches without any additional help.

The Dutch company announced two new GPS watches at an event in Amsterdam overnight. The TomTom Runner (above left) has been designed specifically for joggers while the TomTom Multi-Sport is tailored towards swimmers and cyclists.

TomTom says both new sport watches use a large display, have a single button for operation and will comfortably fit all wrist sizes for men and women.

TomTom’s consumer managing director, Corinne Vigreux, said the new watches address the failings of most GPS watches currently on the market.

Both the TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport watches have three “graphical training modes” including race times, distance, time or calorie goals, and a zone mode that allows a pace or heart-rate target to be set, the latter with an optional heart-rate monitor.

One-button control, indoor tracking

TomTom says the one button control on both watches can be easily controlled in all weather conditions and while wearing gloves. In addition, an indoor tracker feature can track indoor runs on a treadmill, while both watches can sync and share statistics and data through popular running sites and platforms such as RunKeeper and MapMyFitness.

Both the TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport watches feature a scratch resistant display, are waterproof up to a depth of 164 feet and have a battery life of “up to 10 hours”. The TomTom Multi-Sport adds a dedicated bike mount, a cadence sensor, a built-in altimeter, and a swimming motion sensor.

The company says both the TomTom Runner and TomTom Multi-Sport will be available in mid-2013, but TomTom has not yet announced pricing or dates.

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