TomTom Spark Music
First, let’s clarify that TomTom has quite a few devices on the market with very similar names. For someone not familiar with the brand, the product lineup may seem a bit confusing. Make sure you’re reading about the right product before you start making purchasing decisions! This particular review centers around the TomTom Spark Music device.
The TomTom Spark Music is a GPS tracker that also acts as a pedometer. It’s one of the few available GPS fitness watches that also functions as a music storage device.
- Super versatile (tracks a variety of activities, even swimming!)
- Works very well as a music player and can store up to 3GB of songs
- Provides convenient 24/7 step tracking
- Water resistant (40m)
- GPS is accurate
- Easy to read display with large font
- Responsive touchscreen
- Poor sleep tracking abilities
- Bulky design that's not very fashion forward
- Cannot use with Spotify
- Battery life issues
- No ANT+ connectivity
The watch also uses GPS to track activities like running and cycling and provides feedback on the distance you've run, your pace, etc.
Reviewers loved the fact that they could store all their music on the device and leave their phone in their bags at the gym or at home when heading out for a run. Keep in mind, you can't make or receive calls using the watch, so some may still want to have their phones on them for safety reasons.
The TomTom Spark Music also happens to be water resistant (up to 40m) and there's also the ability for users to set and keep track of goals. A neat little extra.
Interval training options are available on the watch and audio feedback is also an option for those who might enjoy getting updates on their workout's progress.
For indoor runs, the watch uses its internal accelerometer and gyro technology to track how far you've run. Some found it to be pretty bad at estimating total distance but if calibrated properly TomTom says it should work fairly well.
Some reviewers noted that it was strange that TomTom didn't include Smart notifications with the watch. Think of it this way, the internal music player is meant to unburden you of your phone, so there's little reason to include this feature.
The sleep tracking, however, leaves much to be desired. Most reviewers found themselves ignoring the data after a while because it seemed so off. The step counting isn't bad but you shouldn't rely on the watch to provide you with precision calorie burn information.
The accelerometer, used to track indoor treadmill runs, wasn't great according to some reviewers. It really needs to be calibrated properly. If you're a real stickler for accuracy and exact stats, the wonky accelerometer readings might drive you crazy, though.
Most people who decide to purchase this watch are likely interested in a less is more approach. One of the main advantages to the TomTom Spark Music is that you'll no longer need your phone to listen to music. Some reviewers did have trouble with Bluetooth connectivity to headphones when it came to the device's music player. It seems that certain brands of headphones pair poorly. A suggestion offered by TomTom was to ensure the watch is worn on the same side of the body as your headphones' Bluetooth receiver.
Something quite a few reviewers pointed out was the lack of ANT+ connectivity. It's a bit of a bummer considering it limits the ability to accessorize with ANT+ capable peripherals.
TomTom does have an app that can be used in conjunction with its fitness devices, though. It's called the TomTom Sports App. It allows you to view your activities and track your data across time. Like Garmin's Connect app, TomTom's application also provides insights for users. It's a nicely designed app with a streamlined interface and it can easily be used by those who don't even have a TomTom watch just yet.
The black and white display features a modern design. Large lettering and numbering show the time and date. Unfortunately, there's no watch to customize the look of it or what's displayed.
Ease of Use
Reviewers found the touchscreen control easy to get used to and explained that using it for tracking different activities was really simple.
In activity tracking mode, the Spark Music is supposed to last about 3 weeks. That's a pretty generous estimation for battery life and quite a few reviewers complained that the watch battery drained much faster than advertised. In GPS mode, the watch is reportedly able to go about 11 hours. When you've got GPS and music going, the battery life drops to about 5 hours. Ultrarunners need not apply.
In terms of other accessories, various bike mounts are available for the devices so you can look at your handlebars and see your speed, distance, and time elapsed without needing to check your wrist.
A heart rate strap is also available for purchase if you choose the Spark Music and later realize you want HR data. For cyclists, there is also a cadence and speed sensor sold by TomTom.
- Daily activity tracker
- Sleep tracker
- Tracks variety of sports
- 3GB music storage (can play a variety of music files as long as they do not have DRM)
- Water resistant (up to 40m)
- Internal accelerometer for tracking indoor workouts
- Bluetooth Smart connectivity
- Vibration and sound alerts
- Heart rate strap and cadence sensor available for purchase
It does have a basic design that's anything but fashionable, but it also happens to be easy to use even with its numerous features. It allows users to leave the phone at home and focus on the workout while feeling pumped from the beat of their favorite song.