TomTom Runner 3 (Spark 3) review
The TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3) follows its predecessor to deliver a solid sports GPS device at a super competitive price point.
I reviewed the Runner 2 last year and was really impressed by it.
I’ve gone on to recommend it to soooo many people looking for a no frills fitness device and everyone has come back pleased with their purchase – I should’ve bought those TomTom shares when I had a chance 🙂
The TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3 – FYI they are identical) continues in that vein albeit with a slight bit of disappointment. Not much has changed between iterations, except for the addition of a breadcrumbs tracking mode and an improved strap (one of my gripes from the previous model). In my opinion, it’s actually the device that the Runner 2 should’ve been when it was initially launched, and naturally I’ll be expecting even more from future versions.
Here are my thoughts about the TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3):
- Loving the new strap. It’s definitely a solid upgrade from the previous version
- As mentioned last year, I dig this watch and it really brings a lot to the table considering its price point (multiple sports modes, activity tracker, HRM in the wrist, plus music via Bluetooth and a simple to use app)
What needs work
- I kind of got used to the joystick navigation this time around, but I still prefer buttons
- Someone really needs to be ballsy enough to drop a full-on Triathlon watch at this price point – then we’ll see the bigger brands panic 🙂
- I know that there is the new TomTom Adventurer which is aimed at mountain sports, but if they’d just put a barometer in the Runner 3…
I recommended it last year and I’ll recommend it again. The TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3) is just so versatile and a great lifestyle device. Having all those features plus music when you are running up a big hill can really give you the boost that you need.
If you’re looking for your first fitness device, with good build quality, decent looks and with a crap load of features, but without having to re-mortgage your house (or not being able to eat for the rest of the month) then the TomTom Runner 3 (and/or Spark 3) is the one you want.
If I’ve left out anything in particular that you think is a critical feature/experience that you’ve had with the TomTom Runner 3 or TomTom Spark 3, please feel free to comment below.
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