TomTom Spark 3 Cardio, GPS Fitness Watch + Heart Rate Monitor (Black, Large)
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- Heart Rate Monitor: No chest strap needed with a built-in heart rate monitor, which allows you to easily see your heart rate at all times throughout the day or while working out.
- GPS Running Watch: Measures time, distance, speed, pace, calories burned, heart rate and live stats on the go. Use the new Fitness Age function to discover how fit you really are and how to get fitter faster. Know which activities matter most by earning Fitness Points with every workout.
- GPS Running Watch and Activity Tracker: Measures time, distance, speed, pace, calories burned and sleep. Coming soon, pick from over 50 workouts and get step by step guidance on the watch to help you achieve your goals.
- Waterproof Sport Watch: Multisport Mode tracks all your indoor and outdoor sports, including every run, cycle, swim and gym workout.
- GPS Watch with Advanced Features: 24/7 activity tracking, phone notifications, waterproof up to 40M and customizable straps
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What's in the box:
- Spark 3 Cardio GPS Fitness Watch
- Charging Cable
TomTom Spark 3 Cardio GPS Fitness Watch
Your Personal Fitness Trainer
Get the motivation and guidance you need to reach your fitness goals faster, with the TomTom Spark 3 Cardio GPS Fitness Watch. The watch provides real-time performance stats and lets you know whether you’ve done enough to improve your Fitness Age.
- Multiple Sports Modes
- Fitness Age
- Coming Soon: Personalized Workouts
- Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
- GPS Tracking
- 24/7 Activity Tracking
- TomTom Sports App
- Route Exploration
- Advanced Training Modes
Make all of your workouts count
Make every workout count, whatever the sport. Track your gym workouts, runs, cycles, swims and more. Find out which activity helps you get fitter faster by reviewing your performance in the TomTom Sports App.
Coming Soon: Step by step workouts on your wrist
Challenge yourself with over 50 workouts tailored to your fitness level to help you earn fitness points and reduce your fitness age. Pick a workout and get step by step coaching to help you achieve your goals - whether that's improving your speed, endurance, power, fitness or simply burning fat.
Discover how fit you really are with TomTom's Fitness Age
Understand how fit you are by comparing your fitness level with others of the same age and gender group. Fitness age calculates the maximum volume of oxygen that you can use during peak heart rate activity (VO2 max) translating the result into your personal fitness age. Understand your fitness age now and learn which activities will make you fitter tomorrow.
Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
Monitor your heart rate on your watch with the built-in heart rate monitor and say goodbye to the clunky chest strap. Heart rate shows you the intensity of your training so you know when to push a little harder and when to ease off. Training in 5 different Heart Rate Zones will help you get results faster.
Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
24/7 Activity Tracking
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A GPS Fitness Watch that gives you real-time metrics like your pace, distance, heart rate and speed at a glance to your wrist. Track your heart rate with a built-in 24/7 heart rate monitor. You can safely explore new trails with route exploration that will help you get back to the start. 24/7 Activity tracking and multisport functionality means you can capture every active minute of your day. Sprints, strolls, bikes, stairs, steps, swims. Every minute counts. See distance, calories burned, and steps throughout the day. Use the Fitness Age function to discover how fit you really are and how to get fitter faster. Know which activities matter most by earning Fitness Points with every workout. Coming soon, achieve your goals with over 50 personalized workouts on your watch, tailored to your fitness level. Battery life is up to 3 weeks in non-GPS mode and up to 9 hours with GPS on and heart rate on. List of compatible phones: Apple: all iPhones with iOS 8 and above Android 4.4 and above with following phones: *Samsung: S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S5, S5 Mini, S5 Plus, S4, S4 Mini, A3, A5, Note 3, Note 4, J5, *Nexus: 5, 5X, 6 *HTC: One M8 and M9 *LG: G4 *Sony: Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z5, Z5 Compact *Huawei: P8, P8 Lite *OnePlus One If your phone is not on the list we cannot guarantee that your phone is compatible with our TomTom Sports App. It is possible that it works but there is a chance you may not be able to pair the device with your phone and use the app.
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Before reviewing a product I try to use it extensively for at least a month. Being a long time user of previous TomTom Spark I was excited to take new Spark 3 for a ride. On one hand, I am extremely disappointed because most of the changes TomTom promised during last year are still missing. On the other hand, launch of this new device resulted in price slash of old model, which is great opportunity for those in market to buy fitness tracking watch.
Right now the old version of TomTom Spark Cardio+Music is selling for $139 while new version is $249. Looking at the price difference you are probably asking - what is the difference between the two? Actually not much, version 3 has:
1. Slightly redesigned wristband - subjectively I would say it is a bit better, but not really a difference maker
2. Bluetooth headphones - included with new version, again not a big deal
3. Compass - sounds great out of box, haven't used it once during my month long testing
4. Breadcrumbs support in software - watch can show you the path you've ran so you can backtrack. It's useful if you are long distance runner in unknown terrain; see picture attached to review
5. Support for uploading GPX files - another feature for advanced runners; you can upload running route to your watch before race and then track the path on your wrist during the race
And that's it. Although all features are improvements, none of them is truly a difference maker. Especially when you take price into consideration, buying old version from this link is no-brainer:
Now, is TomTom Spark Cario+Music 2 or 3 a watch for you? Well, that depends on what you will use watch for... here is the list of things that I find problematic or controversial after long use:
- Long time to get GPS signal - if you are in a new area it may take up 10 minutes to get GPS signal. So, yeah, if this upsets you - definitely skip this product. If you are often running in the same area GPS caching will do the trick and in most cases TomTom Spark will pinpoint your location within 10 seconds.
- Heart rate tracking only truly works for running - for all other activities HR is definitely off. For example, when you are tracking heart rate during weightlifting you'll quite likely experience this. Also, I've read a review where customer was complaining that HR tracking is off for swimming. I understand that some people have high expectations, but be realistic ;) - this HR tracking technology simply won't work in water environment. In a nutshell, expect that HR monitor on this watch will give you pretty accurate reading whenever your wrist is in "I'm running" position; for all other positions it'll be off.
- Activity tracking is not top notch - sleep tracking and calorie counts are definitely little bit off. Tracking steps on the other hand is OK.
- Proprietary USB charger with awkward connection to watch - I seriously have no idea why they made it this complicated to connect watch for charging / USB data transfer. For all practical purposes you'll need to eject watch from wristband EVERY time you want to connect it to your PC / Mac. After a while you may get hang of it - practice will make whole process a bit faster. Water resistance may have played a part in design, but there was truly no need to make it this complicated.
- Speaking of USB charger - I've just ran into problems with it. I've attached image the illustrates the problem - how charger pin bent. I did manage to bend it back and charger still works... will see for how long.
- Lack of touch screen - this watch uses dedicated button for navigation. If touch screen is a must for you, then this is a deal breaker. On the other hand if you don't have formed opinion on this topic, hear my advice - give this watch a chance and try it. I was also on fence before buying when I discovered that screen doesn't respond to touch. Now, I actually prefer it this way - having a solid physical button you can press definitely beats swiping when you are in the middle of the run and sweat is dripping.
- Music is not that useful - while prospect of not carrying phone with you sounds great (and was one of the main reasons why I purchased this watch), I actually never used it after first week. First, you need to transfer music (or in my case audio books) through mentioned USB cable and TomTom software. Second, only MP3&AAC are supported. Third, Spark really relies on playlists so you can't just drag folder with files over to watch. In the end the whole experience and music/audiobooks navigation is far from user friendly. So, if I was buying TomTom Spark I would definitely go with Cardio only to save money. This is the belt that I use to carry my phone:
Conclusion: if you are able to get this watch for $139 - get it. I do like it and use it every day. It's pretty stylish, works well and battery life is pretty good. Too bad TomTom is selling it for $250; at that price point you may as well look at other high end watches. In the end, it's your decision.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave comment and I'll try to respond. And if this detailed (just getting to 900 words ;) review helped, please mark it as helpful! Thanks!
EDIT: At this moment new version is $229, while old version is $129 (headphone bundle is $134). I'm on fence to order another old version Spark for this price. I did run into problems with charger. See attached picture.
For Community Manager - can you please provide your view as to why people should shell out extra $100 for new version? I agree 1-5 are improvements, but I don't see them as $100 difference. Thus, I would appreciate to hear your perspective.
As I said in my review I definitely think that price point is biggest hurdle for this watch. For $139 or less I do think buying this watch is great value for what it offers. I appreciate that you are following user feedback, and I hope you'll keep improving your offering.
I leave the rating at 5 starts since I still think it is a great GPS watch. And especially for the current price it is a steal - no doubt the best deal under $200-250.
The only shortcomings I came across regard the instant pace metric. As is discussed in several forum entries, the Spark 3 simply gets that one wrong most of the time. It consistently gives slower instant pace values. When looking at the data after a run, the numbers don't add up. The instant pace consistently shows slower pace values than Spark's own average pace calculated over the entire path. The more significant downside to this is that if you do use pace to moderate your running speed you risk overdoing it as the watch makes you believe you run too slower than you can/should. Only second thing is that the Spark 3 does not show you cadence while running.
That's it. for anything else the Spark 3 is as great as written originally below.
This is a great watch and I would recommend it without hesitation.
I use it for trail running and I run about 3 times a week 5K routes on forest paths.
- the interface navigation works very well and is very intuitive. no learning curve and can easily used while running to see different metrics.
- the 'route exploration' feature is superb and for me has actually 3 great uses:
1) I run along new paths and take new turns and can then just back track my route to get back to my car.
2) I upload a gpx running path through the online web app (very easy and intuitive) to then follow my new route on the watch as I run. The multiple zoom levels on the watch route view are great. You can create your own gpx routes at sites such as bikemap. Create and account, then top right click to create a new route. choose "open street map" map views as these contain hiking trails also and the route you create actually follows the hiking paths - just like google maps routes you along the streets)
3) This third use is an extension of the second one. You can actually load an entire path network as one single gpx file. In my case I use bikemap to create a route by tracing over all trails in one hiking area. In this way on the watch then I have the entire hiking trail network and can improvise while running, seeing my position in relation to all hiking trails around.
- long battery life! (I only use the watch to track my 3-4 running session per week, each about 4-5km long, I make it through 2-3 weeks with one charge in this way)
- all other features of the watch work just well and are easy to set up. It is a fun watch to use.
I bought this watch for two reasons: the 'breadcrumbs' to follow where I've run (in case I get lost), and the music.
The breadcrumbs work great (it is literally a whitepath on a black screen that traces your path, along with a compass to indicate which way was your starting point). I have no complaint! It's also neat when I plug my watch into my computer to recharge that I can review my run and see where I ran on top of a map, what elevations I reached, and where I ran the fastest.
The music capability is good too. It's pretty straightforward to setup with itunes if you google a little how to do it. I use it for listening to audiobooks on walks and runs, and it's pretty darn good for that! It used to not have fast-forwarding abilities besides moving whole tracks. But now the watch not only lets you fast-forward in increments of 10 seconds,, but the update also now lets the watch remember what timecode you left off! This really makes the watch so much better for audiobooks! I'm really glad TomTom added these small, but crucial, quality-of-life improvements for us jogging bookworms.
The battery life is fine, but running both the music and using the satellite GPS will eat it up. So if you're running the same old path and don't need the GPS, I recommend leaving it off and extending your battery a little longer.
My wristband did tear, which was a bummer, but I've since contacted TomTom and now have a replacement band. TomTom'ss customer service really is great to work with.