Is TomTom Spark 3 runner a worthy successor to the TomTom Runner 2?
As the name suggests, the TomTom Spark 3 is a watch aimed at runners – with two versions, with and without music storage and playback capabilities.
The watch has a GPS with music, which essentially allows you to forget your phone at home and allows your watch to guide you and track your run. Did we say guide you?
The Spark 3 can! The GPS, coupled with the compass, offer route exploration functionality, and allows you to upload 15 routes to your so you can explore new (and measured) running routes. Route Exploration is a feature that usually crops up on more expensive sports watches, so seeing it on this one is a definitely a plus!
The physical design has not undergone a change from the predecessor, and it retains the same removable watch module and screen with the optical heart-rate sensor built into the back.
There are heart rate based modes – Easy or Custom, based training like Sprint, Endure etc., for you to choose from. Race mode, allows you to compete with yourself and improve on your fitness and throws up one of your past workouts to challenge you.
The watch is robust and suitable for all weather conditions, as it offers water resistance upto 5 ATM. The straps seem to have been worked on, with some interesting options now available to the users.
The underside of the straps are textured, are softer and help avoid that sweat stickiness and strap impression which we were not a big fan of.
There are seven sports modes along with a stopwatch option, activity and sleep tracking as its predecessor. TomTom’s MySport web app becomes your co-conspirator and coach and helps you to drill down on all your activities to review aspects like splits, heart rate graphs, mapped running routes and details on pace and stride rate.
There is a little confusion on who is who, between the TomTom Spark 3 and the TomTom Runner 3. To end the confusion – The TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 have the same features and specifications, however have different designs. The TomTom Spark 3 is perfect for everyday use whereas Runner 3’s bold design fits your running activities.
- One of the easiest running watches to get out of the box and start using.
- Activity Measurements: Steps, active minutes, distance, calories burned and sleep
- Views: Daily and weekly
- Goals: Steps, active minutes, distance or calories burned
- GPS and heart rate accuracy is still decently accurate.
- Route Exploration is included, a feature that usually crops up on more expensive sports watches.
- Automatic sleep tracking
- It comes with a built-in heart rate monitor.
- Water resistance up to 5atm.
- Wireless syncing: Sync stats wirelessly and shows your progress in easy-to-read charts and graphs.
- 5 Heart Rate Training Zones: Training in 5 different heart rate zones helps you see results faster.
- One Button Control: Navigate easily through menus with a single button.
- Customizable Straps that can be changed straps to fit your kit or match your mood.
- Display resolution: 5.67 x 6.61 inches
- Display size: 0.87 x 0.98 inches
- Thickness: 0.54 inches
- Wrist Size: 145-206 mm
- Weight: 50 grams
- Battery lifetime: Activity tracking: up to 3 weeks, GPS: up to 11 hours, GPS +
- Heart Rate: up to 9 hours
- Waterproofing: 40 m/130 feet (5 ATM)
- Sensor (wireless): Bluetooth Smart
- Sensors (internal): Motion sensor (accelerometer + gyro), compass, optical heart rate monitor
- Alerts: Beep & Vibrate
The design is not something you write home about, however with the GPS and Route Exploration the TomTom Runner 3 does have its advantages over the others.
Different heart rate based modes and several sports modes, music, new straps. There’s plenty new stuff going on there!