TomTom Spark Cardio + Music Fitness Watch + Heart Rate: With GPS tracking, a built-in 24/7 heart rate monitor and 3GB of music storage, this watch is the only device you need to bring to your workout. Multiple sports modes let you switch up your training.
Posted by: Murf from: on
I've had the watch now for about 3 days. Just wanted to go over a couple features about the product that some of you may be wondering about.
Heart Rate Sensor- Very accurate. Recognizes HR fast. Only does HR when exercising. No sleep or resting HR. This is supposed to change in a future update.
Music- Loading music is a pain but not the worst thing I've had to do. Music playback is pretty awesome. I have a Jaybird Bluebuds X headset. Music sounds pretty good and I have yet to have any skips in playback. I am able to control the volume and skip tracks on the headset itself.
Sleep- Tracks sleep pretty accurately. Not sure if it does it by you being still for a while or what but I took the watch off for about an hour and it didn't recognize this as sleep so sleep tracking has been good. Would be nice if it tracked deeper sleep but I'm fine with just knowing the amount of sleep I got.
Battery Life-Been excellent so far. When using it for sleep and just steps, the battery barely goes down. Using it for music, HR, and GPS, it does go down a little bit but so far I am very impressed with battery life. I have not had to charge it yet. It's about 60% (3 days and nights (sleep) that includes a 15 minute run with GPS, HR and Music and also an hour workout with HR and music).
Software- I really like the buttons and interface of the watch. Very user friendly and easy to figure out. Has a daily and weekly view for steps, calories, miles, hours of activity, and sleep. I really like the weekly view because I'm not always able to workout every day. This makes hitting my goals a lot easier because I'm able to make up for it on another day. Setup was easy and menus are cake to navigate.
App/Bluetooth- This is the reason I'm giving this thing 4 stars. I have yet to be able to sync the watch to the app completely. I was able to get a partial sync once but usually it disconnects after around 13%. I have had to sync it through the website which requires me to plug the watch into the computer every time I want to look at my activities. Also, when connecting to Bluetooth earphones, make sure the earphones are on before you search for them on the watch(or else they won't connect as easy)
Watch/Strap- The watch itself is very comfortable. I am not a huge fan of watches and I have had other watches in the past that are only comfortable for a short amount of time. Usually I hate wearing them while sleeping. I have not had that problem with this watch. I actually forgot I had it on a couple times. The strap is very secure due to the 3 different places it connects. This is absolutely amazing when you are working out. Even when the watch is tight on my wrist, it does not cut off blood flow (something I have had a problem with other watches and activity trackers). I am using the Large strap by the way(I'm a male, 5'10(1.78M), 190 Lbs(86.2kg), sporty build). Also something to note is that the watch is smaller than I thought it would be and this is a great thing. Big watches can be annoying when working out or even just doing everyday tasks. This one is not.
Workouts- So far I have done a "Gym" and "Run" session with the watch. I have been very happy with both. The HR was constant. The GPS was on point and the music never cut out. During the run, it shows your pace, right on the main screen. Which is awesome because I usually try to keep a similar pace during the entire run. Using the buttons to go up or down will show you other metrics like calories burned, distance, and time since you started. Very easy to navigate while running. It also breaks down each mile. In the picture I uploaded, I ran a mile and a half. It shows HR, speed and pace for each specific mile. At the bottom of the picture, it shows my HR and Pace for the entire run. In the middle is the map of my run. It was just around a track but still pretty awesome.
Notifications- No support for notifications yet but this is also supposed to be coming in a future update
I will do my best to update this review when I have tried other activities like swimming. If you have any other questions, please comment and I will do my best to answer them.
Thanks for reading!!
56 out of 66 found this review helpful.
Posted by: bts1225 from: on
I have an old GPS watch and it was time for an upgrade so I decided to buy this one. I have been on three runs now and really like it. It is accurate and finds the GPS signal very quickly. I love how when you get back home you can sync it with your phone or computer and see your stats plus the map of your run. Very glad I purchased this. Had originally purchased the one with small band but returned it for this one with the larger band.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
does more than I imagined.
Posted by: Runman from: on
Awesome watch highly recommended. This watch does more than I imagined. Great for runners or those hi just enjoy walking.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great GPS watch
Posted by: Justin from: on
If you like exercising without your phone bouncing in your pocket then this watch is for you! I love going on runs without anything except for my house keys. The battery life could be a little better but regardless I still love it. I can't wait for the new update to the app UI and the watch allowing notifications to be displayed.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good,just not for me
Posted by: Adam from: on
The watch seemed to be well built and worked OK. I did not like the fact that the large was still not big enough for the chassis to sit well on my wrist. Add to that the music is all slammed into one play list, and I ultimately returned it.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Really good watch ..... but not perfect
Posted by: Kurto2021 from: on
Ever since the MotoActv came out in 2011 it has been the holy grail of all in one running watches. Did it have issues ... yes ... but how has nothing come close in 5 years.
In comes the Tomtom Spark Cardio + Music promising to deliver on almost everything the MotoActv did and more. Does it beat the MotoActv, in my opinion yes, but there are still plenty of shortcomings with this device. Are the deal breakers? Not really.
As an outdoor running watch this thing is fantastic, capture GPS signal in a hurry and does a really good job and mapping out my runs. As an indoor running watch it seem there needs to be some work done. The distances are off by at least 33% every time. It's easy enough to adjust but they definitely fall behind the quality of both the MotoActv and the current Garmin line ups. This is something that can be easily fixed with an update but looking at the Tomtom forums I would suspect a fix is not going to happen (same issue with the runner 1).
How does the Tomtom compare to the MotoActv for music. Pretty good but a slight edge to the Moto here but only by the thinnest of margins. The biggest difference for me is that the Moto would work fine with headphones on either hand. The Tomtom needs to be on a specific hand or you will get drop outs when outdoors. Not a deal breaker but a little annoying. Control through the headphones and not the watch is one common complaint but I get it...there are not enough buttons to control running and music so I just use the headphones to control the music, it's easy enough.
One big win for the Tomtom is the heart rate monitor. Wrist based heart rate is pretty accurate and seems to match closely to what I was getting with the strap or my jabra pulse headphones. Carrying one less item is a big win so the Tomtom rules here.
Software......ugh.....Tomtom for lack of a better word sucks here. I switch over to the Tomtom have 300 runs I would like to add over the last couple years so that I can race against them and compare them on the tomtom website. No such luck. How can you not have an import feature makes me feel like I am starting over. The only thing that saves Tomtom here is the fact I can upload to many different sites (strava, nike, runkeeper, endomondo, etc). Also the website and app are pretty basic compared to my wife's Garmin 230 it just looks so much cooler. Is it better...I am not sure but it sure does look a look nicer. Another thing that I liked about the MotoActv was that at the end of the run you could see how you performed with each song. I don't get that break out with the Tomtom. It doesn't care what song I play or how fast I run when playing it.
Acitivity tracking is pretty good here too....better than the motoactv but not as good as the Garmin again.
For me I was trying to decide between the Garmin 235 and the Tomtom and ruled out the Garmin since it doesn't have music. My wife has the 230 so I know what I would be getting if I got the 235.
In the end I decided to keep the Tomtom as it does everything I want and with any device you seem to have to make some sacrifices. With this watch vs a Garmin it comes down to 1 deciding factor. Do you want the music on the watch. The Garmin supplies more functionality and a much better web and app experience. It also provides more metrics and more features for working out. In the end the most important thing for me was tracking my runs and listening to music and that is what I got from the Tomtom
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Good product, lots of fetures.
Posted by: brat from: on
Good product that includes Steps and Sleep features not found on the other models. The wrist band is a nice comfortable one with a three way locking buckle type that is very secure and can't accidentally come unlatched by just bumping it or catching it on something, (nice job TOMTOM).
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Run215 from: on
So far so good. Love that it links to strava. Really an awesome watch so far.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great watch except for HR monitor
Posted by: TiffanyAbe from: on
I bought this watch for both the simplicity and fetaures. Load music, up to 3GB which is about 400 songs, GPS so I wouldnt have to carry my phone during long runs, daily step count and sleep tracker, AND especially for the built in heart rate monitor. Having high hopes for this watch, i have been disappointed in the heart rate monitor. It takes forever to pick up a heart rate, sometimes up to 5 or 6 minutes, I'd say 5 out of 10 times its not picking up the correct HR. I am very aware of my HR and know that when I am pushing myself to 90% max HR, my actual HR is NOT 110 bpm. The battery drains fast, i charged it fully yesterday and ran the HR monitor and GPS during 2 of my workouts and already this morning it is at 50%. I am returning it and will be getting the TomTom Spark + Music w/o hr monitor. Fingers crossed!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Too Good to be True
Posted by: lemofo from: Grand Rapids, MI on
I really wanted this watch to replace my iphone and heart rate polar watch for my training runs, half marathons, swimming (never with the iphone obviously) , and biking. But it was too good to be true. The heart rate monitor that is built in is off by 30 to 40 beats. Not even close. I wore both the TomTom watch and my Polar FT7 with chest strap to compare. In the lower zones, they were close, but when spiking the heart rate, the TomTom would read that my heart was at 130 when it was really around 160. So what is the point of relying on the Tomtom Heart rate function? Because I wanted this watch to work so bad, I purchased an external Polar H7 (Bluetooth) chest strap that is compatible with the Spark Watch. It will connect, but it won't stay connected for long. Maybe 5 to 10 minutes, then the connection quits. I was 6 minutes into a 13.1 mile run when I had no idea where my heart rate was at. Do you want that? I called customer service and they recommend a factory reset - didn't work. I'm taking this watch back. I used the watch to lap swim - it didn't accurately count my laps. I even reduced the lap length setting in the watch from 25 yards to 24 yards to maybe trick the watch and get an accurate count. No dice! I am doing P90X3 right now and the heart rate is not even close when working out. Similar to the above heart rate deltas. The music connection to my blue tooth jay birds works, but I didn't buy this watch to be just an MP3 player. At the end of the day, if I go on a run, I will still need to wear a separate heart rate monitor and watch, so what is the point in wearing 2 watches. What this watch offers is just too good to be true....it doesn't do everything it claims. Boooooo.