TomTom Spark 3 Watch Review
The TomTom Spark 3 is a third-generation GPS running watch that features cycling, running and swimming tracking along with sleep monitoring and daily activity. It has a built-in optical heart rate monitor and can save music to playback via Bluetooth-connected headphones. It will be a shame if this doesn’t count as a complete package. The inclusion of a compass enables route tracking and is able to steer you back to your start point or follow uploaded routes. Therefore, travellers can explore hassle-free, even if they’re without a smartphone.
There are four different types of Spark 3 available; standard model, Music+Headphones (comprises a built-in MP3 player), TomTom Spark 3 Cardio (with optical HRM) and Cardio+Music (includes MP3 player and HRM).
Design & Setup
The current Spark 3 is comfortable, slim and sleek, and offers a four-way control pad that works flawlessly. The monochrome screen is neat and works with dark or light viewing at a glimpse, which is best for running. You can also turn on a backlight by jacketing the screen with your hand.
The strap is available in different colours & is also super simple to clip into place. Its elasticity helps to sit comfortably in position while staying tight enough for wrist-based optical heart rate tracking.
When it comes to GPS tracking, TomTom is an expert. With its super-correct and consistent tracking of routes, and the addition of a compass makes it quick to achieve a GPS signal. With the activity tracking, you don’t have to worry about being road blind. You can think of this device as your digital breadcrumb. You can zoom in and out to stay on track – a great way to feel secure at the same time. The activity tracking allows you to upload trails by saving the previous routes. You can also plan your routes online by following the tracks already hared through services such as Strava, in order to get out and run a specific route.
Heart Rate Tracking
The watch comes with a built-in optical HR monitor. While comparing it with others, here you don’t have to wear a chest strap. Though you may find a little lag, you will be shown accurate heart rate results. However, the heart rate tracking doesn’t work while swimming.
App & Guidance
Although MySport app can be connected via a smartphone for quick syncing of data, it might be really slow to connect. Not to forget, you still have to connect to a PC to save routes and upload and transfer music to the device.
All that said, the app is neat, easy to use and works well for the sports for which it is designed. The watch also offers to share your exercise information with platforms such as RunKeeper, Endomondo, MyFitnessPal and more. The watch is capable enough to give you five hours of GPS, HR and Music on the go.
USB & Bluetooth
The added Bluetooth headphones are excellent for four hours of playback according to TomTom. The bass here lacks a little but keeping battery longevity over this makes sense. Charging needs a dedicated USB cable end. The clip locks and fits well, keeping it simple.
The Spark 3 is an ultimate GPS watch for those looking to start out in cycling, swimming, running as well as regular exercisers. It lacks some of the more complex metrics that its competitors offer for more hard-core exercisers, but the price and a neat layout make the Spark 3 a smart proposal.
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 10, 2017 7:53 AM UTC