For Fitness Freaks
Wearable devices are a rage these days. While most of them are getting smart and stylish, GPS manufacturer TomTom has launched a no-nonsense watch. The Spark fitness watch is focused towards tracking only fitness activities. But it isn’t the best looking watch available in the market today.
After getting used to the touch interface for close to a decade now, including on smartwatches for the last couple of years, going back to a non-touch watch was not pleasant. Spark has a big, backlit monochrome LCD screen. After all, it wasn’t just meant to display time but do a lot more. It is quite a tech-driven watch with inbuilt GPS tracker, a heart rate sensor and 3GB internal space for storing music. But for navigating through the options and the menu on the phone, there is a physical four-way button below the display. Hard to press at first, I got used to this UI within a couple of days. While I wasn’t really convinced about this hardware button, the company believes it is easier to access data on the watch using the button, over touch display, during a workout.
Unlike many other fitness tracking bands and watches, TomTom is not just about tracking footsteps and sleep. It does a lot more and is pretty accurate at doing these. It can track almost any kind of workout including running, swimming, cycling, treadmill workout or indoor workout. The watch strapped on the wrist also records heart rate during workout sessions. All the different modes store data according to the nature of the activity and the information displayed is tailored based on the same. For instance, for gym workout sessions, the watch displays heart rate over the duration of the session. In case of swimming, it displays the length. There is additional information that you can feed in – for instance, the length of the swimming pool. The watch allows you to set goals and targets. The additional feature of the Spark is the onboard music storage which, the company claims, can store up to 500 songs on the 3GB storage. While transferring the songs to the watch is a cumbersome process, including connecting the watch to the PC, the music can only be listened over a Bluetooth headphone. The MySports app is pretty neat and simple, displaying all the information for quick understanding. However, it is a sports watch and not a smartwatch that can fetch notifications from you smartphones for incoming calls and messages.