Here is our review of the new TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch.
This is how TomTom describes the new TomTom Spark 3:
“There is a new addition to the fitness range of watches at TomTom Sports. We have listened to what matters most to fitness enthusiasts, and redesigned our Fitness GPS sports watch to create the ultimate fitness companion. Meet the new TomTom Spark 3.
The Spark 3 is targeted towards fitness enthusiasts between the ages of 25-50 who are consciously trying to stay fit, work out sporadically and concerned about how they look. They seek a product that can fulfil their range of activity needs such as integrated music features, GPS tracking, Heart Rate monitor, and Route Exploration. They need a watch that will help them accomplish their fitness goals and track their success. Now you can train smarter with the all-inclusive TomTom Spark 3.”
- With 3G Music Storage you can store over 500 songs on the built-in Music Player.
- Get fitter with the built-in Heart Rate Monitor. Having the ability to track your heart rate and work out in 5 different zones. Knowing your zone can encourage you to push harder, or to slow down to enter into the fat burning zone. Users will be able to see how much time was spent in the following zones: SPRINT – SPEED – ENDURE – FAT BURN – EASY.
- Choose between different Sport Modes such as running, outdoor cycle, indoor cycle, swimming, treadmill, freestyle, gym and stopwatch.
- Route Exploration enables you to run with the confidence that the Spark 3 will always get you back home. Fully enjoy your run without the worry of having to follow a route. For those that don’t want to run the same route twice, you can always upload a trail to the watch to follow on your next run. There is never a need to bring your phone along, safely find your way back home with the Route Exploration feature.
What’s in the box?
The box contains the Spark 3, a charging cable and a user guide.
A Closer Look
After taking the Spark 3 out of the box and charging it, the first thing you need to do is download either the Android or the iOS TomTom MySports mobile app and connect your device to the Spark 3.
The MySports app is very useful and can automatically upload details of your activity when you have finished it.
The Spark 3 is very comfortable to wear and is adjustable for that perfect fit – its less than 14mm wide and weighs only 50 grams so it doesn’t feel like you are lugging something large around on your wrist.
Route Exploration is an interesting feature of the Spark 3, it basically means you can run a different route each time, but you will always be able to find your way home. There are two different ways to use it, either using a Breadcrumb Trail which is when you want to run a new route but you don’t want to have to memorise your way home, and a Preloaded Trail which means you just follow along a pre-planned route.
Having the ability to upload your own trail to the Spark 3 is really usefully. There are a number of popular websites that publish different routes so all you have to do is pick the trail you want then upload it via the MySports website then sync your Spark 3 – it’s that simple. Selecting a trail on the Spark 3 is also simple – just select it from the list of trails you have store and go!
You can store a large amount of music on the Spark 3 so that you don’t need to carry a separate MP3 player (or your phone) around with you, again meaning one less thing to have to take with you on your run.
If you like a challenge you can set yourself daily or weekly targets – whether thats steps, calories, distance or active time, it’s up to you!
The Spark 3 battery lasts around 11 hours as well, so even if you are out for most of the day you are still able to use it and not worry. If you plan on using music, and the heart rate monitor and the GPS function then you will get around 5 hours, so enough for a good long run!
The TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch is available now for £219.99. There are also other Spark 3’s in the range – the Spark 3 for £119.99, the Spark 3 Music with Bluetooth headphones for £149.99, the Spark 3 Cardio for £169.99 and the Spark 3 Cardio + Music with Bluetooth headphones for £249.99.
And we will be giving this Spark 3 away in a competition over Christmas!