TomTom's latest health watch performs music, too
As gross sales of satellite tv for pc navigation models slowly dry up, TomTom is making the mild transition right into a health and wearables firm. That is why the agency determined to smash up its present vary of cumbersome operating watches in favor of a floor-up rebuild. The result’s that TomTom is launching the Spark, which look just about just like the earlier era of units, albeit after an excellent weight loss plan. Probably the most notable addition to the vary this yr is Bluetooth music playback, though that is made issues a bit of extra complicated than in earlier years.
Relatively than promoting only one or two variations on the identical watch annually, there are literally 4, with a naked-bones GPS, sleep and exercise monitoring mannequin on the backside. Then, you possibly can choose to get a model with an optical coronary heart price monitor, or 3GB of constructed-in storage, whereas on the prime quality you will get each. There’s additionally two additional fashions that include a pair of firm-branded Bluetooth headphones in the event you do not already personal a set. The corporate’s Walter Hermsen is not fearful about complicated his clients, nevertheless, saying that this manner it is easy for individuals to solely pay for the issues they will truly use.
The hardware itself appears like an evolution of final yr’s mannequin, shrunk down to raised cover underneath your shirt cuff. The charger’s been redesigned, too, with a clicking latch that makes sufficient noise so there isn’t any longer a danger that you’re going to assume it is related, however is not. Sadly, the 4-means joystick button stays under the watch itself, and it is nonetheless as clearly health-oriented as earlier than — though Hermsen feels that that is the purpose. In any case, as he says, “should you’re spending your days sat in your sofa, this watch is just not for you.”
The corporate has additionally tweaked the best way it represents exercise monitoring, supplying you with a seven-sided polygon to symbolize your working week. “The thought is to stroll 10,000 steps a day, however actually individuals do not behave like that. As an alternative, they stroll extra on the weekends and fewer within the workplace.” As such, you are given a weekly view of your motion so you’ll be able to fill out the form somewhat than really feel responsible of failing to hit the goal in the course of the 9-5. You’ll monitor two weeks at a time earlier than it is advisable to re-juice the Spark, though that battery life drops to eleven hours when you use GPS and simply 5 in case you’re utilizing GPS, optical HRM and the music playback on the similar time.
The corporate is promising that smartwatch options will come to the varied Spark fashions earlier than the top of 2015, though it’s going to be restricted to only Caller ID and Message ID. It was felt that something extra can be a distraction, although the watch comes with a Pebble-esque one hundred forty four x 168 excessive-distinction LCD show. There’s additionally no choice to vary the face from the default, which is one thing of a disappointment.
The corporate hasn’t labored out the pricing for every of the extra granular fashions, though we will all in all probability work it out on the again of an envelope. All we all know up to now is that the flagship Spark Cardio + Music that comes with all of the trimmings shall be priced at €249 / £189.ninety nine and that the vary will hit shops this October.