Well known for here on behalf of GPS devices, the TomTom is a company that has also been dedicated to other market segments. Recently, the TecMundo had the opportunity to test an action cam of the company – TomTom Bandit – which surprised because of its qualities. Now, it’s time to look at a fitness watch that is also distributed by the manufacturer: TomTom Spark Cardio + Music.
This model of TomTom, the top among the three available, stands out because of your ability to store music and follow his heart rate through a built-in monitor. TomTom Spark still comes equipped with a complete GPS system records the activities of fairly faithful and feeds reports that can be viewed on the watch itself, the app for smartphones or in the browser.
The fitness watch TomTom Spark was kindly provided on loan by TomTom for the completion of that analysis.
Internal memory: 3 GB
Audio format: MP3 and AAC
Measurement of activities: steps, minutes in activity, distance, calories burned and sleep
Waterproofing: 40 m/130 ft (5 ATM)
Display resolution: 144×168 pixels
Display dimension: 22 x 25 mm
Thickness: 13.7 mm
Weight: 50 g
Size: 143-206 mm
Location: GPS + GLONASS
Sensors: movement (accelerometer + gyro) compass, heart rate monitor and Bluetooth optical
Battery life: 3 weeks for monitoring activities; 11 hours of GPS; 5 hours for GPS + heart rate monitor + music
Rugged Design, But Comfortable
This fitness watch TomTom presents a quite unique. It is impossible not to notice the huge button that sits just below the main part of the attachment, a construction that doesn’t do much for the look of the set.
The impression is that this area of the clock is not being very well used, especially considering the size of the button. To make matters worse, the inner part of this drive is fixed, and the buttons are just the edges.
Despite this, the TomTom Spark is fairly comfortable. Silicone bracelet is offered in two sizes: big and small. Clasp offers a lot of security and will definitely not let go once you’re secure. TomTom bet on a three-point system, which hold very well the wrist accessory. The drawback is the work it takes to remove the watch, something that should only happen a few times a day.
The attachment is also fairly light, since it only weighs 50 grams. Except for the part where the button is located, it is very compact and just that strange feeling that some smartwatches. For example, you can use it during the day to day without drawing too much attention.
The your sturdy construction makes it waterproof, so you can practice water sports or sweating enough without worrying about damaging the accessory. Monochrome LCD screen already has a lot of quality and is protected by a sturdy glass.
The clock can be detached from the band and that’s the way it is reloaded. Unfortunately, the connector of the charger has a proprietary format, which limits the possibilities for consumers. Would have been interesting, for example, betting on the traditional format micro USB.
Several Useful Functions
As a fitness watch, TomTom Spark meets proposed very well. The accessory is able to monitor activities such as jogging, treadmill, cycling, indoor cycling, swimming, freestyle and gym. In each of these options, are recorded according to the specific information the following list:
Race: record heart rate, speed, pace, distance, calories burned and duration
Mat: heart rate record, speed, pace, distance, calories burned and duration
Cycling: heart rate, pace, distance, calories burned and duration (Cadence-through an optional Cadence sensor)
Indoor cycling: heart rate, calories burned and duration (Cadence, speed, pace and distance-through an optional Cadence sensor)
Swimming: record laps, distance, speed, duration, calories burned and steps
Free style: heart rate record, speed, pace, distance, calories burned and duration
Academy: duration, heart rate and calories burned
Day by day, this clock can accompany other fitness indicators useful steps, minutes, distance traveled, calories burned and time of sleep daily/weekly. In addition to record this information, the tool allows you to create goals, helping those who want to take seriously the physical activity or physical conditioning in General.
The information collected is accurate, informing with accuracy indicators of physical exercises. The entire sync happens quickly, but not in real time. On the clock, in the application and the website, the information takes a few seconds – sometimes a few minutes – to refresh with new data.
Connectivity to other devices works very well. In the case of the headphones that came with the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music-the top model of the three available –, the timing is even better, not offering any kind of problem with the audio during intense activities, such as jogging and cycling.
Cardio + Music
What differentiates this particular model of TomTom Spark the other variants is the presence of the heart rate sensor and the ability to store music. Like other meters, frequency monitor works fine and provides accurate results and useful for who wants to hand this indicator.
The music function is also very interesting, since the files are stored in the accessory itself, eliminating the connection with a smartphone for playback. One of the problems, however, is the transfer of files to the clock, because everything needs to be done by the computer and cannot be accomplished through the application. In addition, the Organization of the tracks is not very intuitive, allowing only load playlists, not songs individually.
In total, are 3 GB for storing files in MP3 or ACC. According to TomTom, that is enough for more than 500 tracks, offering a good alternative for those who want to have a music player attached to the wrist. This is the ideal solution for those who want to go out and exercise and leave the cell phone at home. And everything gets even better when you consider the wireless headset that comes with the top version of the TomTom Spark.
Long Battery Life
In our tests, the TomTom battery Spark lasted four days of moderate use, listening to songs and occasionally performing at most two 1 hour activities during this period. Running music uninterrupted, the fitness watch hung around for 5 hours, exactly as the manufacturer promises in your official website.
According to the company, the activity log – considering steps, calorie counter, uptime and passed distance – can happen for up to three weeks. Using the GPS, 11 hours. With the use of GPS, heart rate and songs, the promise is up to 5 hours. We were very pleased with the autonomy of this device, which can handle much more than the smartwatches offered currently.
TomTom Spark does not fit perfectly in the category of smart clock. Although track physical activities and register a series of indicators, the attachment does not receive notifications from smartphone to which it is paired. This is a basic requirement of a smartwatch clock that sat out of this device. It is also not allowed to add new functions, such as applications or games.
The simplicity of the TomTom Spark, with a monochrome screen and most basic functions, makes it more like a smartband, or smart bracelet. However, it is important to highlight that offer other smartwatches functions was a design decision of the TomTom itself – and not a limitation of hardware/software, for example-which makes this watch meets very well to what has been proposed.
Price and Availability
As one of the best smart watches ranked by clothingexpress, the TomTom model Spark is offered in three variations, with difference in functions or accessories. The price of 1,299 R$ until R$ 2,799, depending on the features that it offers and the inclusion of Bluetooth headset. Check out the list of currently available models and their suggested prices.
TomTom Spark (Basic) = 1,299 R$
TomTom Spark Music (with music) = 1,799 R$
TomTom Spark Music (with music) + Bluetooth headset = 2,299 R$
TomTom Spark Cardio + Music (with heart rate meter and music) = 2,299 R$
TomTom Spark Cardio + Music (with heart rate meter and music) + Bluetooth headset = R$ 2,799
TomTom confirms that all models of this fitness watch are now available in the store and in other internet retailers. Prices correspond to the official values passed by the company itself, but may vary depending on availability and existence of promotions.
Is It Worth It?
TomTom Spark Cardio + Music is a fairly competent fitness watch. Offering useful functions, this accessory is the perfect partner for those who want to perform physical activities without leaving of side the monitoring of some indicators — such as heart rate, steps, uptime and others – and listen to music at the same time. The Bluetooth headset complete the experience in these cases.
The highlight of the TomTom will Spark line for the duration of the battery, since the monitoring of activities can last for weeks, something that doesn’t happen with smartwatches currently available. The tested model offered by sensors are also pretty accurate, offering reliable reports on the monitoring of activities.
However, the amount charged by TomTom models Spark can be a bit prohibitive for many consumers. The comparison with smartwatches models available on the market is inevitable. However, it is good to remember that these fitness watches do not fit exactly in the category of smart watches, not disputing directly with options like LG lines G Watch, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S.
If you are looking for a good accessory to accompany you in your activities while offering useful information and still make a music collection on your wrist, the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music (with Bluetooth headset) is the perfect product for you. If you do not need any additional functions of this model, it is best to choose options with fewer resources, which ends up slowing down considerably the final price of the accessory.
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