Apple Watch Series 2 vs Garmin 735 XT vs TomTom Spark 3 – Battery & GPS test

Apple claims that without the heart rate tracker turned on, the Apple Watch can last a 5 hour marathon. With our dedicated runner Gareth Beavis taking Apple’s latest product through it’s paces, we thought it would be a great opportunity to put it up against two dedicated running watches. The Garmin 735 XT and TomTom Spark 3.


  1. Interesting comparison. Did you also compare GPS accuracy? I wonder how good is AW2 GPS.

  2. Ok tomtom heartrate monitor was on, and just that good on batterylife, better then the way more expensive apple

  3. Garmin 735 XT vs TomTom Spark 3 which one would you choose? Does Garmin have the music option as Spark?

  4. Why did the TomTom display heart rate at some point? I thought the HR monitor was disabled

  5. Great review! One of the best comparisons I've seen on YouTube ???? Anything similiar planned for Apple Watch Series 3? I'm considering that one as it finally has an altimeter

  6. TomTom is better one, with MP3 player onboard and ability to create own tracks to upload to watch and to follow… multitalent watch !

  7. Is there any chance to get audio feedback in every 1km/ml for our pace/distance info by connecting Bluetooth headphones to the watch?

  8. Can you make a comparison between the TomTom Spark 3, Garmin Forerunner 35 and the the Garmin 735 XT?

  9. Excellent review, Gareth. I am a half marathon runner aspiring to run a full next year. I do 2-3 hour long runs on weekends and like to listen to podcasts via bluetooth headphones. Would the AW2 battery survive 2-3 hour run with gps, heart rate monitor, and streaming podcasts? I am debating between AW2 Nike+ and Garmin 235.

  10. No way this guy lives down my little road in St Albans!! That is nuts! Great review! How do you like the Garmin? Thinking of getting one to help me train for Triathlons 🙂

  11. Great Apple Watch 2 review and comparing with Gamin etc… I'm looking for a new GPS watch as I'm having issues with my Garmin FR15 and as I carry a iPhone all the time its assuring to hear they do have a GPS inside now…. Many thanks for showing it over a good distance as I too run marathons! – and would hate for it to not last as long as I do!

  12. Two things that annoyed me with the Apple Watch 2..

    If using it stand alone, it doesn't track Elevation..
    When checking your time/pace etc when running, you have to wait a second for the screen to appear..

  13. Hi Gareth, from one G to another…. I am looking to either buy the apple watch 2 , garmin fenix hr or the Garmin 235. in your opinion as i am a casual runner (that does like a bit a gadgetry!!) which would be the best for me. I run the odd long distance but most of it is tracking shorter 5-10mile runs.

    thanks in advance !

  14. I thought I knew English…. but i was wrong!!! lolo Having a very, VERY hard time to understand what you say…..lolololol… a good English speaking class for me! 😉 thanks for sharing, this is AWESOME info! Cheers!

  15. Great review! A few days ago I asked many of the major app makers if they tested their watch os3 apps on a marathon. None said "Yes!"

  16. Exactly what I was looking for. Great video, I'm on the market for a running watch and was considering the Apple Watch but I was a bit worried about battery life for my long runs.

  17. Did he just say 22miles in three hours that's really good , holy good job man great review

  18. Wonderful video. Expected GPS+Heart Rate turn on testing! I think this scenario is most popular for these kind of watch.
    Thanks in advance!

  19. Great review Gareth. Waited and planning to buy AW2 because 1st version not compelling enough. Sorry for the basic/elementary question. Plan to buy this primarily for running connected to wireless Jaybird Freedom bluetooth headset, while using Nike+ app. Can I run with AW2, connected to wireless bluetooth headset, listen to music, use Nike+, AND LEAVE iPHONE AT HOME? First Apple Watch, I believe you need to bring the phone with you when running, which is one reason I didn't buy watch.

  20. Suggested test: Apple Watch on GPS run while listening to music on Apple Watch via Bluetooth headphones. Not connected to iPhone.

  21. Great video. Is there any difference between the Apple watch in this video and the Nike version?

  22. Thanks for great review, just what i need to see! Wish u had hr on tho! Btw anyway to sync data to 3rd party apps?

  23. If you use the Apple Watch on your right hand I think that makes the heart monitor less accurate

  24. When you go for a run does it track your mile pace and if so can you see that live on your run?

  25. Good to hear that the distance stats are right in line with the other watches. How do the measurements compare to the first edition AW that relies on the iPhone for GPS? I have a first edition AW that I'm likely going to sell so I can upgrade to Series 2 with the GPS.

  26. Hi you said you turned off the heart rate monitor yet at 2:34 you can clearly see the bottom leds flashing. Doesnt seem like a fair comparison does it?

  27. Awesome review! Thanks for the fantastic effort! Two questions: how quickly does it acquire satellites? Also, any word on if the watch will get altitude tracking via GPS in future software updates? Would be helpful for runs with elevation gains and/or hiking! Thanks!

  28. Thats pretty insane, running that much for a review! Well done..
    Just a quick question: Can you connect a Garmin HRM Chest Strap or any other chest strap to the Apple Watch S2?

  29. Can we make repeats with speed or hr range like with Garmin with apple watch? and does it have the lap pace info (Not the actual or average)?

  30. Just watched another review for the AW2 where they used the GPS and also played music and tracked their heart rate. Seems like the battery drained down a lot faster. In real world conditions, I would think a lot of people would be using the music and HR function. Really am wondering if the AW2 can last a full day if we go for a jog that day while using music and HR function.

  31. if the watch is connected to the phone with bluetooth it will use gps on iphone during run to preserve the battery?

  32. impressive….but i was really hoping for the performance review with the heart rate monitors on. im considering the tom tom spark 3 with music. this seems biased toward the apple watch.

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