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Apple Watch versus Tom Tom

Today I took Apple Watch and Tom Tom Multi-Sports Cardio (TT) for a run. I left my iPhone at home as I have ran with Apple Watch pairing the iPhone for the past 2 activities.

Here's the result:



Apple Watch tracked my distance at 3.07km while my trusted TT recorded 2.81km. A difference of 260m. Given that Apple Watch does not have access to the iPhone GPS, this is acceptable.

The average heart rate recorded by both watches is the same at 133bpm. The calories burnt on TT shows 179 calories while Apple calculated at 160 calories.

I would consider Apple Watch good for casual fitness folks but I will still go with my TT for any serious exercise.

Distance and Pace Tracking of the Apple Watch

I have been using Map My Fitness (MMF) and TomTom (TT) Multi-Sports Cardio for quite a while. I love my TT very much except for an irritating sync bug between TT and MMF. I will go into that some day. Today I have got my 38mm Apple Watch Stainless Steel with a black Sports band delivered. While everyone mentioned that the 42mm is small enough to fit everyone, I find that 38mm fits even better. It's probably that I have a small wrist. Unlike my Pebble, Apple Watch is so comfortable that I had never once take out from my wrist.

My post today is comparing the accuracy of MMF and Apple Watch. I ran a 3.2km route at my usual pace. Here's the result.

MMF recorded me running 3.28km at a pace of 5:52km/min.

Apple Watch recorded me running 3.08km at 5:54km/min.

In terms of pace, they are pretty close. Let's check out the route. According to Singapore's OneMap measurement, it should be 3.28km.

Thus MMF is pretty spot-on on the distance. Strangely, both the MMF and Apple Watch ar…

My Quick and Simple Review of Fitbit Surge

I received my Fitbit Surge a few days ago from Amazon. It comes with a simple packaging that contains the quick guide, charging cable, bluetooth dongle and the device itself.

Setting up the device to pair with an iPhone is quick and easy. All you'll need is to download the Fitbit app from the Apple AppStore. I will not go into the detail of how to setup as there are many guides on the internet that will guide you through it.

The device looks simple and clean. The band is made of elastomer material which is soft, flexible and comfortable for daily wear. Controlling the device is by swiping left and right on the touch screen to cycle through the clock, steps, floors, calories burnt and heart rate. To go into the Settings and Exercise mode, you will need to press the left button and then followed by swiping to select the desired option. It is not too complex for anyone using this device. The device also provides simple notifications of SMS/iMessage and phone calls.


I took the device…