TomTom launched its Spark fitness watch range at just last month IFA 2015, and today launched the range locally at an event hosted by Australian athlete and TomTom ambassador Matt Shirvington with an appearance from water skiier and boxer, Lauryn Eagle.
TomTom’s big push with the Spark is music, with 3GB (~500 songs) of storage available in the Music variants of the watch to store your workout tracks and playing them on Bluetooth headsets. Both Matt and Lauryn explained that the Spark was an invaluable companion for their somewhat solitary workouts and training in their respective sports, as well as its fitness tracking capabilities.
Shirvington joked that the Spark has become his best friend to a few giggles from the gathered press, but he’s quite serious – TomTom previously explained to us that music elevates your exercise, and its addition to your workout can help motivate and encourage you through a slump.
The company’s Asia-Pacific Vice-President Chris Kearney was on hand to talk about to TomTom’s commitment to sports, going back a few years now with a number of fitness watches. The Spark is the latest to combine the company’s well-known GPS prowess with sensors to track a number of different workout types like running, cycling, swimming, treadmill, gym, and indoor cycling. If you’re doing something else, you can activate Freestyle mode to track the workout. It’ll also track your steps, distance, active minutes and calories burned as well as sleep duration, 24/7 while worn.
Battery-wise, TomTom’s eager to point out that the watch will last around a month on a charge if all you’re doing is step counting. Using other features like GPS and Bluetooth will of course drain that battery faster, but it’ll still outlast most Bluetooth headsets.
The Spark is being offered in a number of SKUs that can contain Cardio (heart rate monitoring), Music (3GB storage, with Running Trax supplied by Ministry of Sound included) and a set of Bluetooth headphones if you don’t already have one.
- Spark GPS Fitness Watch: $229
- Spark Cardio GPS Fitness Watch: $299
- Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch: $299
- Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch with Bluetooth headphones: $349
- Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch: $349
- Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch with Bluetooth headphones: $399