TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch Review

BTBS reviews the TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch
This week I have had the pleasure of road testing the TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch. The TomTom Spark comes in a variety of combinations, some versions of the Spark have the ability to store and play music through Bluetooth headphones and some can track your heart rate. All versions of the fitness watch feature GPS and can track daily activity, sleep and all different types of workouts, even swimming!


The version I've been using is the TomTom Spark Cardio+Music, with TomTom Sports Bluetooth Headphones. I have to say, it blows all other fitness trackers currently on the market out of the water, in terms of its functions and versatility...  




Key Features

  • All day activity tracking (steps, active minutes, distance, calories burnt) 
  • Automatic sleep tracking
  • Multisport tracking, including swimming
  • Waterproof for up to 40m/130ft
  • GPS tracking for running, walking and cycling modes - just sync with the free app to see your route mapped out
  • Heart rate monitoring (with the exception of swimming) and heart rate training zones
  • 3GB music storage - stores up to 500 songs and comes preloaded with Ministry of Sound's Running Trax (so goodbye to carrying phones while working out!)
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth headphones (I've only tested it with the TomTom Sports Headphones).
  • Audio performance feedback
  • Goal setting
  • Rechargeable using a USB dock 
  • Battery life - hard to say as it depends on which features you'll use on a regular basis 3 weeks for activity tracking alone, GPS for up to 11 hours and up to 5 hours if GPS, heart rate and music are all being used at the same time.  

In The Box


The box for the TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch (Cardio+Music, with Headphones version), contains an instruction manual for both the headphones and the watch, a USB charge cable for headphones and a USB dock for the watch.

Set up



The TomTom Spark needs to be set up using your personal stats such as height and weight in order to provide accurate readings. The easiest way to set the Spark up is to download the TomTom My Sports Connect software to your PC and plug the watch in using the dock provided. It's a bit fiddly at first to slide the little black clip under the watch to attach the dock. Once plugged it the watch is easy to set up using the PC. All of the other settings including time, date, units and language are set during this stage and if there are any updates to the watch's software then these will also be downloaded at this stage.


You can also download the TomTom MySports app to your smartphone which will connect to the watch via Bluetooth to show calories, heart rate data, speed and route information post-workout.


How To Use The Spark



The watch has a big square button on it, the centre part is not a button itself but the outside ring is. These are directional buttons for navigating through the menus.




To track your workout, from the clock screen, simply press right, select your workout and press right again. Your heart rate will display in the centre of the screen. Once a GPS signal is found (this takes s minute or two) then the watch slightly vibrates to let you know tracking has started.



At the end of your workout, press left for stop or pause options. Once the multisport tracking has stopped the watch will display stats for your workout. I prefer to sync the data to my phone using the app. To see your stats for the day and week, press left on clock screen.



Using TomTom Bluetooth Headset



Simply press and hold the middle button on the headset until a red and blue light are shown and press up the watch while the clock screen is displayed to begin pairing. To get your music on once the headset and watch are paired, press up on the watch and select your music of choice.



Note: These headphones are not waterproof and you cannot play music while swimming.



Pro's

  • So. Many. Features! The Spark is packed with functionality! 
  • It's comfortable to wear and doesn't 'stick' to your skin like I've found with other trackers. 
  • You can purchase interchangeable straps and these are available in in small or large sizes and in variety of colours. Naturally I have a fondness for the purple strap!
Con's
  • This one is a biggy for me - It's not compatible with MyFitnessPal. This is literally the only reason I haven't swapped over from FitBit. However, some users say over on the TomTom forums that the watch can be synced with MapMyFitness which can then be linked with MyFitnessPal. This seems like a bit of a faff but perhaps this is a solution. I suspect that had MFP not been bought out by Under Armour, straightforward compatibility would not have been an issue in the first place. 
  • Other trackers (such as the FitBit charge HR) are simpler to use, in that you can track a workout by pressing and holding just one button instead of going through the menus. 
Pricing

TomTom Spark - £ 109.99
24/7 activity tracking, GPS tracking, Multisport mode



TomTom Spark Cardio- £ 149.99

24/7 activity tracking, GPS tracking, Multisport mode, Built-in heart rate monitor



TomTom Spark Music - £ 149.99

24/7 activity tracking, GPS tracking, Multisport mode, Over 500 songs of music storage



TomTom Spark Cardio+Music - £ 189.99

24/7 activity tracking, GPS tracking, Multisport mode, Built-in heart rate monitor, Over 500 songs of music storage


TomTom Spark Cardio + Music, with headphones - £229.99

24/7 activity tracking, GPS tracking, Multisport mode, Built-in heart rate monitor, Over 500 songs of music storage, TomTom sport bluetooth headphones.


TomTom Sport Bluetooth Headphones 

bought separately - £49.99
bought with Spark - £40.00


All of the models are available to buy from the TomTom website.


Disclosure: I was sent this product to review, but as always my opinions are honest and my own 

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