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TomTom Spark 3: A fitness tracker that will never let you lose your way

GPS navigation, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth music playback set the device apart from peers

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

TomTom Spark 3
TomTom Spark 3 Photo: Official website

The third iteration of from the stable of satellite navigation expert TomTom, the is the latest entrant in the smart market. Being a fitness tracker, the does not sync notifications or offer other attractions of a smartwatch, but it has some features that make it one of the best fitness trackers in the market. 

The takes care of your daily activities and also throws in some extra goodies like sports tracking, satellite navigation, for route exploration, efficient heart rate monitor, and music playback capabilities via Bluetooth in-ear headphones that come bundled along with the device.

We took the device for a spin and here are our observations about the Spark 3:

Getting ready

The features a touchpad that makes it easier and relatively quick to set up. Once the basic set-up is done, the device can be connected to the smartphone through a Bluetooth connection. Because the device is a standalone fitness tracker, there is no need to keep it connected with a smartphone. While connected with a smartphone, the syncs data with it and takes the ‘QuickGPS’ fix to help track the location within 30 seconds.

Design

The sports a removeable device module that sticks well within the strap. The tracker has a rounded square display that sits in the middle of a thick bezel. Below the display, there is a rounded square area along with a bezel that acts as a four-way control pad to navigate the display. It, however, took us some time to figure out that the rounded square area is a design gimmick and actually has no role to play except supplementing the design of navigation key.

The features a monochrome display with a big bold font setting. There is an option to keep the display backlight on, but that takes a toll on battery and it is recommended that you keep it off. The screen light can be turned on by covering the display with your palm. That helps look at the details on the display without consuming much battery power.

The strap is made of thick silicon, which feels comfortable to wear but is not the best in the market. The inner side of the strap is soft and textured which makes a great difference if you sweat a lot. The strap, along with the module, feels light and comfortable through the day.

Overall, the offers a no-frills design. The strap, available in different colour options and easy to change, adds charm to the aesthetics of the tracker.

Features

The keeps a tab on your count, step count and heartbeat. The remains active and keeps tracking the activity. The daily and monthly record of calories, sleep and can be viewed by pressing the left key of the control pad and then up and down keys.

The device also features seven modes for sports tracking – run, cycle, swim, treadmill, gym, indoor, and freestyle – and a stopwatch option. These can be accessed by pressing the right key of the control pad and then up and down keys to navigate the options.

These are some basic features that the offers. Additionally, a special feature that sets the device apart from peers is the with for

The fitness tracker’s module fixes signal with the satnav quickly. Also, the ‘QuickGPS’ fix allows the fitness module to trace location with the help of a smartphone, so the next time you use the without a smartphone, it takes the signal within seconds – indoors or outdoors.

With the help of a compass, the device keeps track of the route and assists in path tracking. So, you never get lost again. You can follow back the route and come to the point where you started.

The heart rate monitor is precise and accurate to a certain extent. It does capture the right bpm but at times shows the exact figures with a lag. Indeed, the heart rate monitor in the is the most accurate we have found in a smart wearable device lately. 

The fitness module has an internal memory to save around 500 songs in .mp3 and .aac formats. Also, the window media player playlists can be synced with the tracker. In a feature unique to the Spark 3, the device offers music playback capabilities via Bluetooth headphones.

Battery life and app

The offers an exceptional on-battery time. It works flawlessly and keeps tracking activities in the background without causing much damage to the overall battery life. But, turning the backlight on and using battery-intensive features like sports monitoring and drains battery; the then works for only 5-6 hours before the battery juice runs out.

The sports app’s offerings do not have anything exceptional, and that may be the only negative to the overall good device. Syncing the device with the app is cumbersome and at times becomes lengthy. Recently, announced a new app with newer features, but the issue of syncing the with the app remains.

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TomTom Spark 3: A fitness tracker that will never let you lose your way

GPS navigation, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth music playback set the device apart from peers

GPS navigation, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth music playback set the device apart from peers
The third iteration of from the stable of satellite navigation expert TomTom, the is the latest entrant in the smart market. Being a fitness tracker, the does not sync notifications or offer other attractions of a smartwatch, but it has some features that make it one of the best fitness trackers in the market. 

The takes care of your daily activities and also throws in some extra goodies like sports tracking, satellite navigation, for route exploration, efficient heart rate monitor, and music playback capabilities via Bluetooth in-ear headphones that come bundled along with the device.

We took the device for a spin and here are our observations about the Spark 3:




Getting ready

The features a touchpad that makes it easier and relatively quick to set up. Once the basic set-up is done, the device can be connected to the smartphone through a Bluetooth connection. Because the device is a standalone fitness tracker, there is no need to keep it connected with a smartphone. While connected with a smartphone, the syncs data with it and takes the ‘QuickGPS’ fix to help track the location within 30 seconds.

Design

The sports a removeable device module that sticks well within the strap. The tracker has a rounded square display that sits in the middle of a thick bezel. Below the display, there is a rounded square area along with a bezel that acts as a four-way control pad to navigate the display. It, however, took us some time to figure out that the rounded square area is a design gimmick and actually has no role to play except supplementing the design of navigation key.

The features a monochrome display with a big bold font setting. There is an option to keep the display backlight on, but that takes a toll on battery and it is recommended that you keep it off. The screen light can be turned on by covering the display with your palm. That helps look at the details on the display without consuming much battery power.

The strap is made of thick silicon, which feels comfortable to wear but is not the best in the market. The inner side of the strap is soft and textured which makes a great difference if you sweat a lot. The strap, along with the module, feels light and comfortable through the day.

Overall, the offers a no-frills design. The strap, available in different colour options and easy to change, adds charm to the aesthetics of the tracker.

Features

The keeps a tab on your count, step count and heartbeat. The remains active and keeps tracking the activity. The daily and monthly record of calories, sleep and can be viewed by pressing the left key of the control pad and then up and down keys.

The device also features seven modes for sports tracking – run, cycle, swim, treadmill, gym, indoor, and freestyle – and a stopwatch option. These can be accessed by pressing the right key of the control pad and then up and down keys to navigate the options.

These are some basic features that the offers. Additionally, a special feature that sets the device apart from peers is the with for

The fitness tracker’s module fixes signal with the satnav quickly. Also, the ‘QuickGPS’ fix allows the fitness module to trace location with the help of a smartphone, so the next time you use the without a smartphone, it takes the signal within seconds – indoors or outdoors.

With the help of a compass, the device keeps track of the route and assists in path tracking. So, you never get lost again. You can follow back the route and come to the point where you started.

The heart rate monitor is precise and accurate to a certain extent. It does capture the right bpm but at times shows the exact figures with a lag. Indeed, the heart rate monitor in the is the most accurate we have found in a smart wearable device lately. 

The fitness module has an internal memory to save around 500 songs in .mp3 and .aac formats. Also, the window media player playlists can be synced with the tracker. In a feature unique to the Spark 3, the device offers music playback capabilities via Bluetooth headphones.

Battery life and app

The offers an exceptional on-battery time. It works flawlessly and keeps tracking activities in the background without causing much damage to the overall battery life. But, turning the backlight on and using battery-intensive features like sports monitoring and drains battery; the then works for only 5-6 hours before the battery juice runs out.

The sports app’s offerings do not have anything exceptional, and that may be the only negative to the overall good device. Syncing the device with the app is cumbersome and at times becomes lengthy. Recently, announced a new app with newer features, but the issue of syncing the with the app remains.
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TomTom Spark 3: A fitness tracker that will never let you lose your way

GPS navigation, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth music playback set the device apart from peers

The third iteration of from the stable of satellite navigation expert TomTom, the is the latest entrant in the smart market. Being a fitness tracker, the does not sync notifications or offer other attractions of a smartwatch, but it has some features that make it one of the best fitness trackers in the market. 

The takes care of your daily activities and also throws in some extra goodies like sports tracking, satellite navigation, for route exploration, efficient heart rate monitor, and music playback capabilities via Bluetooth in-ear headphones that come bundled along with the device.

We took the device for a spin and here are our observations about the Spark 3:




Getting ready

The features a touchpad that makes it easier and relatively quick to set up. Once the basic set-up is done, the device can be connected to the smartphone through a Bluetooth connection. Because the device is a standalone fitness tracker, there is no need to keep it connected with a smartphone. While connected with a smartphone, the syncs data with it and takes the ‘QuickGPS’ fix to help track the location within 30 seconds.

Design

The sports a removeable device module that sticks well within the strap. The tracker has a rounded square display that sits in the middle of a thick bezel. Below the display, there is a rounded square area along with a bezel that acts as a four-way control pad to navigate the display. It, however, took us some time to figure out that the rounded square area is a design gimmick and actually has no role to play except supplementing the design of navigation key.

The features a monochrome display with a big bold font setting. There is an option to keep the display backlight on, but that takes a toll on battery and it is recommended that you keep it off. The screen light can be turned on by covering the display with your palm. That helps look at the details on the display without consuming much battery power.

The strap is made of thick silicon, which feels comfortable to wear but is not the best in the market. The inner side of the strap is soft and textured which makes a great difference if you sweat a lot. The strap, along with the module, feels light and comfortable through the day.

Overall, the offers a no-frills design. The strap, available in different colour options and easy to change, adds charm to the aesthetics of the tracker.

Features

The keeps a tab on your count, step count and heartbeat. The remains active and keeps tracking the activity. The daily and monthly record of calories, sleep and can be viewed by pressing the left key of the control pad and then up and down keys.

The device also features seven modes for sports tracking – run, cycle, swim, treadmill, gym, indoor, and freestyle – and a stopwatch option. These can be accessed by pressing the right key of the control pad and then up and down keys to navigate the options.

These are some basic features that the offers. Additionally, a special feature that sets the device apart from peers is the with for

The fitness tracker’s module fixes signal with the satnav quickly. Also, the ‘QuickGPS’ fix allows the fitness module to trace location with the help of a smartphone, so the next time you use the without a smartphone, it takes the signal within seconds – indoors or outdoors.

With the help of a compass, the device keeps track of the route and assists in path tracking. So, you never get lost again. You can follow back the route and come to the point where you started.

The heart rate monitor is precise and accurate to a certain extent. It does capture the right bpm but at times shows the exact figures with a lag. Indeed, the heart rate monitor in the is the most accurate we have found in a smart wearable device lately. 

The fitness module has an internal memory to save around 500 songs in .mp3 and .aac formats. Also, the window media player playlists can be synced with the tracker. In a feature unique to the Spark 3, the device offers music playback capabilities via Bluetooth headphones.

Battery life and app

The offers an exceptional on-battery time. It works flawlessly and keeps tracking activities in the background without causing much damage to the overall battery life. But, turning the backlight on and using battery-intensive features like sports monitoring and drains battery; the then works for only 5-6 hours before the battery juice runs out.

The sports app’s offerings do not have anything exceptional, and that may be the only negative to the overall good device. Syncing the device with the app is cumbersome and at times becomes lengthy. Recently, announced a new app with newer features, but the issue of syncing the with the app remains.

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