TomTom Runner 3 Spark

TomTom Runner 3 Review / Spark3 – optical HR, GPS, music and activity tracking

The improved TomTom Runner 3/SPARK 3 range is available to pre-order now for an imminent September 2016 delivery. Prices starting around £120/US$130. The Runner 3/SPARK 3 is designed for beginners-to-fairly-serious runners who may also delve into gyms, classes and maybe the odd duathlon/triathlon. It’s focused entirely for RUNNERS but then adds features around what runners also do…

TomTom Runner3 Spark3 – What's new under the hood?

We’ve already seen the announcements from the very busy TomTom R&D department with the new Runner3/SPARK3, The Adventurer and the Touch. But what has changed from last year’s Runner2/SPARK? The Touch is obviously a new product entirely. So that’s 100% new. The Adventurer and Runner3/Spark3 both LOOK like the same hardware/form as the previous iteration. But are…

TomTom – New Adventurer Model Announced

TomTom have just announced a new product-variant building on the evolution of the Runner-Runner2/Spark-Runner3/Spark3 line. The ADVENTURER model boasts a good feature set in a modern-looking shell. The ADVENTURER is essentially the same product under the skin as the just-announced RUNNER3/SPARK3 but with the addition of the following: Extra sports modes – hiking, snowboarding, skiing,…

TomTom – New Spark3 / Runner3 Announced

Lots of announcements today of new stuff from TomTom. Let’s start with the SPARK 3 / RUNNER 3. The previous version in the UK was the similarly-looking RUNNER 2 which itself followed the UK’s original RUNNER product. The RUNNER 2 was released in the US as the SPARK (Sept 2015). To cut a long story…

TomTom – A 3rd New Product – The TOUCH Activity Tracker…FAT + Muscle Tracker!

So here we have the last of today’s announcements from TomTom. It’s an activity tracker…with a highly useful twist. It’s a 247 highly specified activity tracker. It includes, for example, optical heart rate monitoring as well as the usual suspects; steps, calories and sleep. It also links to your smartphone for notifications and has sport…

Android Wear for Sports – Important Trend Continues

Sometimes we get a little too tied up thinking about the ‘closed’  operating systems of Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Tomtom, Epson and others. One interesting chain of thought would be to debate if ANY of these can survive in the long term. Garmin, Suunto and others realise that they can’t produce hardware/software for EVERY single sports use.…

TomTom MySports Hits 1 million users

TomTom just announced their quarterly results. There is little info in there that looks at their sports watches as that activity is grouped alongside other consumer products. However one stand-out piece of info that slipped through this time was that MySports has now surpassed 1 million users. This growing platform probably totally reflects the sales…

Garmin joins with LIFEQ – what about TomTom?

The clever little optical sensor in TomTom’s highly successful Runner2/SPARK was developed by South African company LIFEQ – seen here on the right. Whilst we have all figured out by now that optical HR on the wrist has its limitations, TomTom’s implementation was good. Indeed, LIFEQ’s measurement solution is validated (here). All well and good. Presumably…

TomTom + Sporttracks get married

Does that count as an infographic? Looks like the runner is heading in the wrong direction Aaron! Still we get the welcomed point. You are all invited to attend the post wedding ceremony of TomTom and Sporttracks.mobi (the online version). TomTom’s MySports is improving its capabilities but lacks the oomph of the analysis given by…

Next Triathlon / Multisport Watch for Q3 Q4 2016 – the contenders for 2016 and beyond

Still not sure what 2016 tri watch to buy? OK gadget fans we’re half way through the year. Polar and TomTom and maybe even Epson might still yet surprise us with something. Following Suunto’s news this week, any surprise is now likely to be a September announcement at the earliest. Garmin might also further surprise us at…

TomTom and TrainingPeaks Announce Integration

http://home.trainingpeaks.com/TrainingPeaks/media/Images/Resource%20Articles/Creative%20Finished/05126-tomtom-announcement-700×394.jpg Interesting news today. Increased interconnectivity with all forms of health and sports Data now sees TomTom opening up to Training Peaks. I understand that this is part of a wider move with TomTom linking to more platforms. Amongst triathletes and cyclists the link to the super-popular Training Peaks will be well noted. I am…

New Sports Watches For May June 2016 – The Contenders Polar, Garmin, TomTom, Fitbit

OK Fellow Sports Gadget Nerds it’s now or never. The next 4-6 weeks are the window of opportunity for the likes of Polar, Garmin, et al to come up with the goods before we all go on holiday – aka ‘training somewhere else’. July and August will probably have nothing exciting released. September and October…

TomTom Golfer 2 Announced

TomTom’s latest edition was announced yesterday. The Golfer 2. No doubt in America it will be called The Swing. (Those knowledgeable about the Runner2/Spark naming history will appreciate the deep level of wit). When I heard rumours of a new TomTom earlier in the month I was very (very) excited, hoping we would see the TomTom…