Tom Tom Spark 3 Music + Headphones

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For some, a run is not the same without an epic soundtrack to keep them going. Enter the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music – a smart sports watch that enables wearers to enjoy music while sweating it out during their favorite workouts. Designed to track daily activities like that afternoon stroll or the steps it takes to arrive at your office door and even sleeping patterns, the Tom Tom 3 Spark Music records and measures, with real-time feedback, runs, biking activity, and even swims. All this as you enjoy a relaxing classical piece or a dynamic heavy metal tune, no strings – or wires – attached. With its battery life boasted at 5 hours for music, 11 hours for activity tracking, and 3 weeks for daily activities, most find the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music suitable for the tasks at hand. And with its bluetooth connectivity, the included wireless headphones with comfortably contoured ear hooks let you give your all hands-free as needed throughout the day.

Pros

This watch plays music and audio books! No need to carry a phone in addition for access to that playlist. It plays MP# and AAC files but music must be transferred via included specialized windows software from a PC and there are exceptions to the music allowable.

Wireless headphones provide comfortable hands-free access to tunes and audio books both on the watch and your phone.

Most metrics (i.e., pace, distance, calories burned) collected can display in real-time even with audio cues for training with the exceptio of elevation. It is recorded but not available until later analysis.

This watch is water resistant with a comparable rating to others in its class so open swims can be recorded along with running and cycling.

Users like the breadcrumb feature as well as the ability to race against previous workout results.

Offers extra illumination in the dark but it does drain the battery quicker.

Considered to be very comfortable, even by those who had negative experiences with the watch.

Cons

Functioning truly as a sports watch, the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music will not connect to smart phones. But while you won't receive notification, alerts, or calls, you can stay focused on the task at hand. 

The battery life is impressive for standard daily activity tracking and good for gps training but it seems the music can really suck it dry... and with 5 hours of music and activity time as the max, this watch will need charging often. 

While the overall look appeals to most, some say the watch is slightly large. 

Quite a few users were displeased with the overall music function citing difficulty of use and lack of options. 

Inconcisitency with bluetooth pairing connection to headphones. Also, many found that using other brand headphones yielded a poor experience. 

Some were quick to point out that the GPS accuracy was disappointedly low especially considering Tom Tom's repoutation as a leader in this arena. 

Activities
Activities

Activities

The Tom Tom Spark 3 Music collects and measures data from sports like running, cycling, and even swimming. With a water resistance rating of 5atm, it is designed to handle underwater activity with ease. Also, noted is that is it a daily activity tracker that can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle by recording and providing analysis for your movement during the day as well as your sleep patterns at night - even capturing indoor training time. As it does all this, it can also provide a musical backdrop with its purported capacity for up to 500 songs so that you rock and roll throughout your day with your wireless headphones.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

Offering 3GB storage for music (MP3 and AAC formats), athletes have access to their favorite motivating tunes or even audio books to get them through any of the many activities that the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music can keep up with - from training for a marathon to gardening or even mountain biking to sleeping. With a water resistance rating of 5 ATM meaning the watch is water resistant up to 40ft so swimmers can feel confident as they set out on the swim and otherwise measuring key statistics and data like time, distance, pace, cadence, calories burned, step count, and rest, the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music can be a valuable part of an active lifestyle. It is not meant to act as anything other than an activity tracker with music and this focus has created some very pleased fans.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

As mentioned, this watch tracks standard running metrics but also delves deeper into recording by its ability to leave breadcrumbs and access preloaded maps and routes for easier activity navigation. And for further extrapolation and analysis of data and the ability to share within a community, the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music can seamlessly sync with online training tools and sites such as strava, Nike +, mapmyrun, or endomondo to name a few. With these tools, mapped running routes are available to view on the move. And when playing music, you can check the display to see just which tune motivated most. The watch will not connect to phones and act as a smart watch so while you won't receive notification, alerts, or calls, you can stay focused on the task at hand. But its bluetooth headphones will connect to a playlist stored on your phone and can access your latest earworms. In addition while the watch can display the current song choice, one can scroll through or forward selections right from the headset with the push of a button.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

There is some dispute over the accuracy of the daily tracker app and the ability to measure swim data. Some cite incorrect calorie and step counts as well as insufficient metrics due to lost connections. Some reviews claim displeasure with the GPS accuracy, especially considering Tom Tom's great reputation in this area. Though there are those that feel this is a great all around watch that hits the mark each time.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The Tom Tom Spark 3 Music does not have smart watch capabilities but it will sync with your phone for later analysis of activity date. The watch has a USB port and initial setup of music requires a PC . For recording activity purposes, the watch connects via Bluetooth smart technology. There are mixed reviews on its accuracy. Some say it works exactly as needed while yet others are unhappy with its inconsistent transmitting, saying the music will cut on and off.
Apps
Apps

Apps

The watch has a focused function comprised of daily tracking and a music database. The music app is boasted to contain over 500 songs but has left some feeling shortchanged as it lacks control options and is difficult to transfer music. It will play MP3 and AAC formats that can be loaded on via provided software but will not allow for material that is copyrighted. It also can play back audiobooks but functionality is not such that one can return to previously bookmarked pages.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Overall, Tom Tom got comfort down pat for its watch. Even in the negative reviews, customers were pleased with the overall feeling of the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music with headphones bundle. Most loved the feel of the bands and were pleased with its overall light weight of 49 g.
Style
Style

Style

This sports watch looks like a sports watch. It does all it sets out to do but overall, does not seem interested in being a casual wear piece. users are pleased with its overall design and some reviewers even called it cute or sporty. Purchasing the headphone bundle options seem to be limited to black but the replaceable watch band itself is available in a number of colors such as shocking blue, scuba blue, dark blue, purple haze, and pink.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The face of the Spark 3 Music provides a scratch resistant, durable, tough display that measures .87 x .98 in. Its display resolution is 5.67 x 6.61 in. The watch is also water resistant at a rating of 5atm which is a higher standard on comparable watches as well. Some feel the bands of the watch are not only comfortable but are versatile and long-lasting.
Face
Face

Face

With an .87 x .98 in face and a resolution of 5.67 x 6.61 in., the scratch resistant display is designed to withstand the elements. Many feel the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music has created a watch athletes can feel confident wearing as they tackle their latest feats in even the toughest environments. In addition, the display can be illuminated for readability in the dark so night owls will be able to get their workouts in too.
Band
Band

Band

The Tom Tom Spark 3 Music is offered in band size small or large, fitting 145-206 mm around. Many with larger wrists are pleased to find something to accommodate their needs. Band options are widely available in a number of colors as well.
Sizes Available
Sizes Available

Sizes Available

The Tom Tom Spark 3 Music is available in sizes small and large. Reviewers are happy it accomodates larger wrists and report that it fits wrist sizes 5.63-8.11 in.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The navigation appears straight forward with the use of an external set of buttons once users become accustomed to the menus. As far as the daily tracking app, despite being displeased with overall accuracy, most are pleased with the ease of use. The music app has left a little to be desired as it is not easy to load tunes with a simple drag and drop procedure. Windows software app is required to transfer files and, while playing simultaneously with the tracking app, there is little control over the play. Not being able to change playlists while in the groove has caused some to speak out against this feature.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Tom Tom Spark 3 Music with headphones charges via a cable that can be connected to pins on the rear of the watch and plugged into a power source. A handful of wearers had some issues with the actual connection and pins coming loose on the charging cable rendering it useless. For most, charging was an effective, painless, and quick process.
Price
Price

Price

This watch retailed at a rate comparable to other watches in this niche market. As it has been available for a while, those wishing to purchase could likely do so for a relatively good price.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

Coming standard with the wireless headphones, the Tom Tom Spark 3 Music is a complete package.
The headphones that feature a contoured hook sit comfortable in the ear and are capable of good quality sound as athletes take on their challenges or even as one uses them to soak up some sun. A heart rate monitor option that is sold separately will improve the experience by allowing wearers to guide their workouts by heart rate and exertion level. For indoor activity, an optional cadence sensor is also available. In addition, one can purchase glass display covers and interchangeable band units can be found in many colors for a customizable look.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Daily tracking with a battery life up to 3 weeks can give feedback on how you move all day to aid in creating a healthy lifestyle.

Ability to measure statistics and provide realtime information as well as data for later analysis to the athlete as they go the distance on runs, while cycling, or swimming.

Audio cues can be programmed to help with training.

Allows for impressive musical library access through your watch so there less need to tote that smartphone around for your favorite tunes. Audiobooks can also be uploaded.

The wireless headphones are compatible with the watch and with smartphones as well.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

There are some that believe this watch will have you rocking and rolling along with confidence and others that strongly felt this watch, while great in theory, fell short on delivery. With accuracy of GPS, bluetooth connectivity, accessibility as the main points of contention, it seems this is a watch each user will need to try for him or herself to decide if it is best for its intended purpose. With a lower price point and many retailers with no hassle/cost returns, checking it out may be worth your while.