TomTom Spark 3 Cardio

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TomTom Spark 3 Cardio Review Facts

For cyclists, gym goers and runners alike, the Tom Tom Spark sports wrist watch offers a punch-packed array of features that include the music and GPS run tracking combo to make for a great workout. In a world of technology that is highly competitive, the TomTom Spark is not the first to offer this array of features. But, there are only a handful of other devices in the market that are able offering the same set of features giving it a real chance at success. The Tom Tom Spark is a very reliable watch that gets the job done accurately. It is also on the market at an affordable price.

Pros
  • Plays MP3s without a phone
  • Top notch heart rate tech
  • Plugs into Strava and RunKeeper
  • The GPS signal pick up is very fast
  • Comfortable to wear all day
  • Ability to track and display data in real time
  • Waterproof
Cons
  • The battery drains relatively fast when you’re using all the features
  • It’s a little hard to choose music while running
Size/ weight

Size/ weight

With regards to size, the pod on the TomTom Sparks is quite chunky. This was designed in this way to help benefit the user because of the larger interface that measures about 144×168mm. This makes it easier to read the data on your wrist while moving or working out. The pod alone weighs about 35 grams and an extra 6 grams with the straps on. This can be quite chunky to the average user. If you prefer having a watch with a less chunky feel and look, you can opt for the slimmer and thinner straps. They help to reduce the weight and make the watch appear leaner than it actually. Although the watch is quite large and heavy, the watch is built so that it is comfortable for all day wear for the user.
Heart rate monitoring

Heart rate monitoring

There are quite a number of parameters that the sports watch keeps tabs on. One of them is monitoring the heart rate. This is a great measure to have when working out to see what your heart rate is at. The Tom Tom spark watch uses an optical heart rate tracker from LifeQ that allows it to be more precise and accurate. According to testing, the watch has been found to be nearly as efficient as a chest strap heart rate monitor.

The watch can also be used to train within different heart rate zones which is a plus if you prefer to working out within a certain bpm instead of pace. An additional feature in heart rate monitoring is tweaking the hand bands on the web portal to help you fine tune the monitoring to your personal physical build.
Sport modes

Sport modes

Because of the different metrics that the watch is able to keep tabs on, it becomes applicable to quite a number of sports. The watch is a great piece of data driven ingenuity and great for sporting experts in water paddling, treadmill running, swimming, cyclists, gymnasts and especially runners. Depending on the sport the user is engaging in, the sports mode can be changed right in the settings. This will change the bpm data and help to organize the real time data when exported to a PC. For data-driven sportsters or just the casual fitness focused person that would like to keep tabs on their progress, this is a great tool to add to your tool box.
Personalization

Personalization

There are a couple of ways that you can personalize the watch. The most popular way to personalize it has been with the different straps that you can buy. The straps come in a variety of different colors and sizes and you can easily pick the one that appeals most to you. They can easily be switched as they just snap on. The heart rate monitoring system also has a feature that takes personalization to the next level. It has a heart rating training system that allows the user to fine tune their workout to BPMs as opposed to pace. You can choose the heart rate zone that you prefer to work with. This is a unique personalization feature of the watch.
Metrics & Analytics

Metrics & Analytics

The watch is built with the avid fitness guru in mind. It is precise and accurate in most of its measurements and offers different analytics that you can access on your phone, Mac or PC. Among the metrics that the sports watch is able to measure include your heart rate, cadence, number of steps you take, calories burnt, duration and, distance. Even though this might seem quite sufficient, compared to other options in the market, there is a lot more that can be done include downloading training plans, choosing your running routes and being able to share most of the information among your circles. However, the features offered are relative and quite useful.
Real Time Data Tracking

Real Time Data Tracking

While the data is tracked in real time, there is very little information that is available to you while you work out. You can toggle the screens to get basic information such as times and distances however, for a deeper analysis, you have to log onto your phone or PC application to view the information. The watch does not have a social media features where you can add real time data onto your social media accounts. It is only visible to the user. It is also able to export the data to third party apps like Strava and RunKeeper.
Key Features

Key Features

• Multi-sport tracking features
• Fast GPS locking
• Accessible data on third party apps, on a smart phone, PC or Mac
• Optical sensor heart rate monitor
• Custom interchangeable straps
• Accurate and precise recordings that are consistent
• Subtle design with an easy to navigate interface
• MP3 music playback feature
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

With impressive modern features and a more conventional exterior design, the TomTom Spark sports watch can be appealing for people that don’t watch an attention seeking watch but one that does the job. The custom straps are a great way to add your own touch to the watch but that is as far as accessories and personalization on this watch goes. The watch is very basic for an everyday wear with any outfit.

With regards to data analysis and recording, the watch is very accurate and reliable. Different test runs show that the information and readings offered by the watch are quite consistent even when the same test is run twice. There is enough data on the device and the option of having an app becomes a necessity. However, the praise does not extend to the hardware. It is relatively clunky and can be a turn off to most people.

There is more that can be done to make this gadget even better and while the features currently featured are enough to get you going, adding features like training modes, plotting running routes, compatibility apps, and social media sharing will make it more efficient. Simply put, while this is a great watch to have for any fitness enthusiast, it is a neither a jack of all trades nor a master of one but still a worthy purchase.