Although activity fitness trackers have been around for some time, I have recently felt compelled to start using them. Many people will argue the various benefits and useless features of this new emerging fitness device genre.
How much do we really gain by knowing you plodded 10,000 steps in a day? I simply wanted a tool that measures my overall activity exertions on a day to day basic. This was a case of making sure I rested sufficiently after my training during the week and ensuring I hit certain activity levels.
A little bit about myself, I am in my early thirties, very active, predominantly gym-based. My training is 70% geared to weight lifting, strength based, and 30% cardio vascular training, mixed between high intensity training (HIT) and solid state cardio. I also plan to take part in a 500m rowing competition soon.
Purchasing the Yamay Fitness tracker was straightforward, directly through Amazon, and in my opinion, the tracker was one of the best for features versus price. Sadly, my first activity tracker had an issue with connecting to the mobile app. I believe this may have been a faulty Bluetooth chipset as my replacement tracker, which arrived three working days after my complaint, connected fine with the app. One concerning quality issue with the two trackers, the faulty first one, although it wasn’t connected to my smartphone, the battery drained in less than five days, whilst the second tracker which was connected, lasts over ten days.
- The tracker is extremely price competitive (£24.99). Compare it to the Fitbit Charge HR, which cost between £80-90, making you realise what great value for money it is.
- Style is pretty nice and the clasp, although simple, is effective.
- Many people will argue any margin of error is bad, however, 2.32% margin of error for a wrist based tracker, I believe to be very good. This statistic is for walking/running only. If I were to use it for tracking my training at the gym, the margin of error would be much higher.
- The active heart rate monitor is inaccurate. It generally gets resting heart rate but I would not use the device for training required for heart rate zones.
- Sleep tracking is good.
- The accompanying app (Very Fit 2.0) is also free, but could do with several improvements.
- Battery life is 10-12 days on average.
- Doesn’t record rowing as an activity or other gym exercises like free weight training, machine weights or other exercises like press ups, pull ups, sit ups..
- Bluetooth did not work on the initial tracker.
- Regarding the accompanying app, its takes several minutes for the app to sync with my watch. Additionally, the analysis features need some work. I set a target of 11,000 steps per day however, a horizontal broken line always remains at the 10,000 step mark.
- A breakout for different activity levels would be much more useful – running to walking, even cycling.
- The wrist sense is an erratic feature. It is particularly annoyed when trying to sleep at night, and the tracker’s LED display lightens up because it thinks you’re awake.
- No general wellness score that could help gauge users on their health for the day.
- Although hardly a revelation for trackers, the call alarm, and alert have proved useful. It has certainly stopped me missing a number of calls from my girlfriend that I normally miss. The positive or negative nature of this improvement is debatable however. Developing these types of uses, will augment the Yamay’s product offering.
- Improve tracker capabilities and different exercise types.
- Tracker will quickly become antiquated as new features are included high-end trackers making this device look obsolete.