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Polar FA20 Activity Monitor

3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • 24/7 Activity Measurement registers all effective active motion and shows it graphically
  • Ideal for walking, jogging or running
  • Training recording helps you see whether you are improving your health or fitness
  • FA20 also shows you calories burned, distance covered, active steps and duration of activity during and after a training session
  • Active time
  • Activity trend (shows 9 weeks of daily fitness)
  • Calories of active time (est)
  • Backlight
  • KeyLock
  • Water resistant - 30m
  • Exercise Date
  • Training target: calories or distance
  • Alarm with snooze
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Dual time zone
  • Low battery indicator
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm
  • User replaceable battery

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  • ASIN: B002E9PI84
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Feb 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,578 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Activity features:

24/7 activity measurement

24/7 activity measurement registers your physical activity that is beneficial to your health continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24/7 activity measurement shows active time, calories, active steps, and distance. 24/7 activity measurement is most suitable for walking, jogging, and running type of activities.

Active steps

Active steps are taken during active time, with the right intensity to improve health and fitness. Quantifying the level of health and fitness beneficial activity in steps allows for very simple targeting of daily activity. Basic recommendation: aim for 7000 steps or more a day.

Active time

Active time tells you the cumulative time of health and fitness beneficial body movement. Basic recommendation: aim for 30 minutes or more a day.

Activity trend

Activity trend stores your daily activity helping you to follow your long-term activity.

Body measurement features:

Training target: calories or distance

Recording features:

Activity log

Activity log tells you the active time during the day. This helps you monitor if you are active enough during the day.

Watch features:

  • Backlight
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Display text in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian
  • Dual time zone
  • KeyLock
  • Low battery indicator
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
  • User replaceable battery
  • Water resistant – 30m
  • Box Contains

  • Polar FA20 Activity Computer
  • Manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.3 out of 5 stars
    3.3 out of 5 stars
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars glad i bought it 28 Jan 2010
    Verified Purchase
    This watch has given me the incentive to get off my butt. It's so easy to just sit there and watch tv and not exercise. Since having this watch, so far, because it was raining I did my wii fit and then my cross trainer. This bought me up to an active day. I have also walked into town and back about 4 miles. Usually I get the bus.
    I find the scale on the front makes me feel that I'm being lazy until I have filled it up to 60 minutes. I think this product is extremely worth it and I would recommend it.
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    24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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    I've used a Polar FA20 for about 4 months. I find it a great stimulus to walk every day for at least a minimum distance. I know I wouldn't do this otherwise. But the readings are very inaccurate.

    Pros

    It doesn't start measuring until you've been walking for about 10 - 15 seconds - so moving about round the house or office is not counted, which is a good thing. (It also carries on working for about that time after you stop walking.)

    You can leave it on all day and it will give you the total distance you have walked and the total time spent walking, not counting periods of sitting or pottering around. Alternatively, you can measure the distance for each walk or run individually.

    I originally assumed it had to be on your wrist or on a moving limb to work - but this isn't the case. Mine works if its in my shirt pocket as I walk. One day I had to carry a large potted plant for about 300 yards, which required me to have both arms clasped round the pot - so no arm swinging - but the FA20 still measured the distance.

    It stores 2 months worth of daily readings.

    Cons

    Its inaccurate. I note the reading over a fixed part of my daily walk and it regularly varies between 0.9 miles, 1 mile and 1.1 miles, which is more variation than I'd like to see. More seriously, the actual distance of this part of the walk measured using two different online maps is 1.35 miles. This means that it is underestimating the actual distance walked by between 19% and 50% - a huge discrepancy.

    Polar sell a separate device ('Flowlink') for keeping track of your results online but the software is not presently Mac compatible.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but was not really "new", as expected. 3 Jan 2014
    Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
    The watch is fine and works well. But - - it was advertised as new but may have labels removed from the packaging etc. However, the box had no shrink-wrap and had clearly been opened previously and was pretty scruffy. I assumed that it would have signs that it had been on sale somewhere at some time, but would be unopened. The instruction book was also clearly not pristine and had obviously been read and was a bit dog eared.-, so the description I based my purchase on was misleading - it must have been used and opened . I would have been happy to purchase this at a lower cost as "used but in good condition".

    Delivery etc was absolutely fine and there was a personal note from the vendor - a nice touch. But the description was not accurate and was misleading, I think. Hmm.
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