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TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

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TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

Updated: May. 07, 2018

Ranked 9th of 10 smartwatches with a Quid Score of 78.

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TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

Ranked 9th of 10 smartwatches with a Quid Score of 78.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 9th overall.

Key Information
  • Type: Smartwatch
  • Battery Life: Up to 3 weeks in activity tracking mode, 11 hours in GPS mode, and 9 hours in GPS + heart rate mode
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Fitness Measurements: Yes - 24/7 activity tracking of steps, active minutes, calories burned, distances, speed, pace, route exploration; workout-specific tracking
  • Cellular Connectivity: No
Other Information
  • Band Options: Yes - 3 sizes (S + L); elastomer material
  • Display Size: 0.87in. x 0.89in. screen
  • Case Material: LCD display and silicone strap
  • Color Options: Yes - 2
  • Sleep Tracker: Yes
  • Storage Capacity: 3GB
  • Heart Rate Sensor: Yes
  • Siri Voice Response: No
  • Sweat/Water Resistant: Yes - water resistant up to 40M
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Additional Information: Built-in music player with 3GB of onboard music storage; all models wirelessly sync data they collect with connected apps

Expert Rating: 81%

Ranks 2nd among competitors.

Expert Rating: 81%

Ranks 2nd among competitors.

Experts say that the Spark 3 Cardio + Music model’s biggest issue is the TomTom MySports app, which glitches when connected to a smartphone and doesn’t interpret collected data. The underlying TomTom technology is accurate and gives compass-based directions. The screen is large and easy to read.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Battery Life - Above average
  • Functionality - Below average
  • Fitness Options - Above average
  • Design - Average
  • Water Resistance - Above average
  • Usability - Below Average
  • Extra Features - Average
Notable Positives
  • Compass-based trail guidance
  • Accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Intuitive interface
  • Extensive battery life
Notable Negatives
  • No altimeter (can't track stairs climbed)
  • No cellular connection/notifications
  • Needs a PC to save or upload routes and transfer music
  • Doesn't offer a wide variety of training programs
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Battery Life - Above average
  • Functionality - Below average
  • Fitness Options - Above average
  • Design - Average
  • Water Resistance - Above average
  • Usability - Below Average
  • Extra Features - Average

Customer Rating: 69%

Ranks 10th among competitors.

Customer Rating: 69%

Ranks 10th among competitors.

Most intermediate fitness fans will like the route-mapping of the built-in GPS, but the battery dies out quickly, and the screen isn’t the most durable material. The bulky fit bothered most customers who preferred a more comfortable item to run with music.

Ideal for people:

Frequent travelers or outdoor runners who use PCs, and like exploring new routes and cities.

Not ideal for people:

Those who want cellular connectivity or hardcore exercisers who want intricate metrics.

Notable Pros:
  • Able to run with music
  • Durable
  • Requires protective material
  • Easy to use
Notable Cons:
  • Dies quickly
  • Real-time measuring not as accurate
  • Easy to scuff screen
  • Bulky
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Brand Score: 80%

Ranks 9th among competitors.

Brand Score: 80%

Ranks 9th among competitors.

TomTom specializes in mapping software, portable navigation devices, and GPS watches. The Dutch-based company began selling GPS sport watches in 2013 and a camera with a built-in media server for sharing videos in 2015.

Heritage - 5/5

TomTom was founded as a Dutch-based software development start-up in 1991. It has since grown into a multi-national global brand that sells navigation applications and portable GPS devices in 41 countries.

Innovation - 4/5

TomTom is developing a mapmaking platform for autonomous driving initiatives.

Reliability - 5/5

The website Support page has an FAQ section and videos along with a discussions forum, a Contact Us page, and product manuals.

Social Good - 4/5

TomTom has been a member of the Responsible Business Alliance since 2012. In 2017, TomTom was granted a special certification for maintenance of green practices.

Relevance - 2/5

The company engages users with left-leaning, progressive topical content, product promotions, media articles featuring the brand, contests and giveaways, and tech event info. Most of its social media posts focus on autonomous driving and smart mobility, which are steps the company believes are the future of the business.

Retail: Best Price $174.93

Ranks 2nd in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $174.93

Ranks 2nd in value among competitors.

The watch has a 2-year limited warranty, which includes replacement of defective material. The warranty may also last until there is a clear breach of any Terms and Conditions, whichever period is shorter. The warranty doesn’t transfer over to other products, and calls for proven use of the registered product bought at the time.

Best Purchase Options
REI - $174.93
Other Purchase Options
Amazon - $188.99
Best Purchase Option
REI - $174.93
Other Purchase Options
Amazon - $188.99

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