TomTom Spark 3 Review with Pros and Cons
No more a newbie in the wonderful world of fitness watches, the TomTom Spark 3 can be an update to the impressive TomTom Spark range.
It adds at-a-glance Route Exploration to the prevailing GPS, 24-7 activity tracking, multiple sport support, heartrate monitoring and phone-free music streaming via Bluetooth headphones.
Having the capacity to head off for an extended run and not value getting lost – or download and follow a fresh path totally – will appeal to any runner guilty of plodding the same route day-after-day.
But it could possibly be especially useful for frequent travelers who would like to explore a fresh city, safe in the data they can make contact with the hotel without flicking that data roaming switch.
In addition to that, it’s worth noting that TomTom is stepping down its involvement in the wearables game. Although it has promised to keep supporting the products you might find there are fewer opportunities to get them now – so it is better to snap them up when you’re able to.
TomTom Spark 3 price and release date
There are four models in the TomTom Spark 3 range, all featuring the brand new Route Exploration, plus 24-7 activity tracking, GPS tracking and multi-sport modes.
The TomTom Spark 3 launched at $129.99 / £119.99 / AU$199 for the basic level option with just route navigation separating it from the initial Spark, as the TomTom Spark 3 Music + Headphones cost $169.99 / £149.99 / AU$249 including 3GB (500 songs) of onboard music storage and, if bought in america, includes TomTom Bluetooth headphones.
It’s worth noting we’ve seen the cost of the essential TomTom Spark 3 drop right down to around £70 / $100, so it is likely you can find some better deals compared to the launch price.
The TomTom Spark 3 Cardio ($189.99/£169.99/AU$299) loses the music playback but gains built-in heartrate monitoring.
Then there’s the flagship TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music ($249.99/£219.99/AU$349), which include the lot, boasting both heartrate monitoring and music playback, and in addition has a free group of headphones in america.
We tested the TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music with a set of TomTom Sports Bluetooth Headphones.
It’s a headline grabbing set of features for just about any sports watch, but has TomTom done enough to tempt both first-timers and fully fledged fitness freaks from brands like Garmin and Polar?
- Extremely comfortable strap with super secure three-point fastening
- Slim, light and understated
- What it lacks in bling it creates up for with simple usability
- Screen is simple to read within the day
- You’ll need the battery-draining backlight after dusk
Nobody is ever likely to accuse the TomTom Spark 3 of showmanship. The easy, uncluttered design is difficult to hate, but equally hard to lust after.
With so many color screens doing the rounds you could argue the 22 x 25mm grayscale (144 x 168 pixel) display looks somewhat dated, but, while slightly boring, we’d favour practical features than bling any day of the week.
The Spark 3’s design is nearly identical to the initial TomTom Spark, with the large screen sitting above the curved GPS unit and four-way controller. There’s no touchscreen, however when it involves changing settings while running, that is no bad thing.
The watch module sits securely in the strap, and easily pops out if you want to charge. Admittedly the necessity for another charging cable might irritate, but at least TomTom has designed a cradle that clips firmly set up. No magnets or fiddly clamps here.
What original Spark users will like is that the watch is currently a lot more snug in the strap – it generally does not just pop out of its volition now, so that it is convenient to use daily.
The strap has been upgraded from the initial TomTom Spark and, in addition to a few new color options, is slimmer, lighter and better generally in most respects. The three-point fastening is extra secure, and helps get yourself a regular pulse for your heartrate training, as the rubber is soft and well ventilated.
The TomTom Spark 3 display could be back-lit, but you’ll have to turn the light on manually, and without it the screen is all but impossible to learn in low light, but once activated the backlight will absolutely eat.
The TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music bridges the gap between elite running watch and all-day fitness tracker, and with hardly a weak link between your heartrate training, GPS tracking, on-wrist route navigation and Bluetooth music it’s a wrist watch that’s difficult never to love.
- Phone-free music
- Heart rate training
- GPS navigation
- Maze-like menu system
- Mediocre sound quality
- Patchy phone synci