TomTom Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch: With a 3GB music storage capacity, this watch lets you leave your bulky phone or MP3 player behind when you workout. GPS tracking and multiple sports modes help you push yourself to your fitness goals.
Great as long as you know what you are getting
Posted by: Envious1320 from: on
I dont do a lot of online reviews but have seen some for the spark that I just think are unfair. First off this is a great product for what it is. If you are expecting something a long the lines of a Garmin 920xt or fenix 3 then you will be disappointed. I chose to get the one with out the heart rate monitor as I prefer a strap for accuracy and if I have wrist based one I would prefer if reads my heart rate all day(like the vivosmart hr which I have also had) The spark accurately tracks steps and all day activity, plus I found the gps to lock on quite quick. I like that you can set your goals to something other than steps. It could be calories, time active, distance, and so on. Most trackers dont let you do this.
As far as the app and the eco system on the computer it is okay. Is it behind garmin and polar?.... yes but it is good. It shows you all your metrics and breaks everything down. This can always be improved. I read a lot about people not being able to have a reliable connection to the app when using bluetooth. I had this problem at first too, but found you have to make sure the watch is "awake" once i figured this out it works every time. T o make your watch "awake" just press over to the left to view your stats for the day.
As far as the music is concerned I found making and dropping playlists quite easy using wm player. Dont really understand what all the gripping is about here.
Lastly just a couple things I really like. The fact you can switch the strap. Once tomtom comes out with more straps you can make this look like a completely different watch plus if one happens to get worn out over time you can just get another. The fit is very secure and very comfortable although I would not say for over night wear and sleep tracking(which is pretty poor anyway)
So overall this is an excellent fitness tracker that trackers all your activity, you can pair external sensors with, and can play music with out your phone. I like polar's stuff better but the long term reliability keeps me from purchasing their watches.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Lacks advanced functionality I'm looking for
Posted by: Thia from: on
I purchased the TomTom Spark because I was excited at the prospect of only needing one device (two if you count an optional heart rate monitor strap, sold separately) when I work out instead of also needing to bring my phone or iPod along with me to supply music. This device accomplishes that, but ultimately, I ended up returning it because it lacks other functionality I need.
I primarily use a heart rate monitor for metabolic training, and I need to be able to setup intervals within specific heart rate zones, i.e. a 3 minute interval in zone 1 and then a 2 minute interval in zone 2, repeating. This particular model doesn't come with the optical heart rate monitor built in, but it does work with an external Bluetooth heart rate monitor strap.
While the TomTom Spark has an interval training mode and a zone training mode, they function completely independently of one another rather than together. You can either use the interval timer to do a 3 minute interval and then a 2 minute interval, repeating, without regards to heart rate zone, or you can zone train in one of five heart rate zones but not alternate between multiple zones based on time or distance. The interval timer also only allows for 2 timers that cycle and repeat with a warmup before and cool down after. It does not allow for fully customizeable intervals, i.e. two 2 minute intervals and then two 3 minute intervals, repeating).
If TomTom releases a software update to integrate the interval and zone training modes, I'd most definitely repurchase this item.
Aside from lacking the specific advanced functionality I was looking for, I think this is a pretty good product. Despite other reviews saying this watch is big, compared to other comparable products out on the market, the TomTom Spark is actually relatively small and light. I was pleasantly surprised by this given that it is the only heart rate monitor/GPS watch on the market (as far as I know) that can also store 3GBs of music. It also pairs nicely with other devices. I was able to connect my Jaybird Blueblood X headphones, heart rate monitor strap, and phone via Bluetooth with ease. It was able to find all of my devices quickly.
I agree with other reviews that said this device is difficult to setup and that the interface isn't intuitive to navigate through. However, as someone who has experience with these types of devices, this problem is pretty much universal across brands and models of comparable devices and not specific to the TomTom Spark. My other complaint is that the TomTom desktop software and mobile app used to update this device are not one-to-one experiences. The desktop experience has much more functionality than the mobile app, and in general, the mobile app could use some work.
If you're looking for and intermediate fitness device that is more than just an activity tracker but less than an advanced marathon or triathlon training device, this will probably work for you.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great for running
Posted by: OilGuy from: on
Purchased this for my wife and she loves it. Easy to pair with wireless headphones. She has used it on about 15 long runs now and has no complaints.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Coolbutnotsocool from: on
Being able to add music and play it via Bluetooth is a nice feature. The display sticks up far enough that I am continuously bumping it- am surprised I have neither scratched or broken it yet.
I was disappointed in the calories burned and also distance walked. It seemed to randomly pull these numbers in and NOWHERE I can find how these are calculated.
The user manual is a joke and finding really helpful information is nonexistent.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Lack Of Battery On Long Runs
Posted by: marathonrunergirl from: on
I really wanted like this watch. Even though it was a bit tough to figure it out, I did. It's a little old school as it's not touch screen watch which I didn't mind. It took me about two days to figure all the things, such as, synching date to the nike app, download music, pair the headphones etc., without touching the screen (seriously, going from touch screen iphones, ipads, back to clicking will drive you crazy, though was willing to do so if it was going to be good in the water or tracking the run with music during the marathon). I loved the idea i can go for a run and leave the iphone at home while listening to music and tracking the runs on Nike app after the run, and also that I could use it for swimming which is almost impossible to find - a watch thats waterproof and has music (most music playing watch are water repellent not water proof). However, the deal breaker happened after my 5 mile run. The battery was half way down after charging the watch all night - it was fully charged before the run. I read all the reviews and information about the watch before purchasing it. It said it should last up to 5 hours with the bluetooth headphones listening the music. I run long runs and the watch dying after 10 miles wont work for the marathon distance....,
if someone runs up to 10 miles its the good watch.You don't have to worry about the watch getting damaged in the rain and can track swimming too. Just didn't work for me on long runs. .. wish it did, despite the old school system setting everything up.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Nicko from: on
Great watch! Very complete and inexpensive. I recomend it.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Pydca from: on
My child's and wife use this watch at training and ear your music.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Peedo from: on
Really easy to set up. Love being able to have songs with me on my workouts.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: bbvonb from: on
Doesn't stay connected or connect at all to my moto x 2nd gen phone. Tried everything website suggests. It tracks well but really wanted it for swimming and haven't been able to use yet in the pool. Just wish more strap options and want to connect to phone. Ugh
Is suggest to friends but with the knowledge that it doesn't work with all types
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Hutch70 from: on
Best fitness watch so far! I like how I can program intervals during my runs etc.