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Pretty good from Sony - Could be cheaper to be more competitive
30 November 2016
I bought this as a monitor mainly for my steps and for sleep measurements, I use it with the Sony Lifelog app. There were some reports i read before buying about odd happenings like getting a drink in the middle of the night and it thinking you've walked a few 100m, but as with all these kinds of things there are one-offs like that and so it didn't put me off. Nothing is perfect.
I'm very happy with the band, it came with 2 different sizes of wrist strap which was good, but honestly, if you put the clasp indents far enough along the strap you'd only ever need 1 (it is worn like an inside out belt with the clasp on the inside, this is good as it doesn't catch on clothes). Although I have nothing to compare it to, i know the distances i walk to work and it seems to be measuring steps/distance correctly. I haven't setup the custom stride length on the app which is a good feature to have, but with the results speaking for themselves i don't think it's needed to change from the auto settings.
The band does need to be quite snug for you to record the full day's heartbeat measurements, I get some empty patches where I've probably pushed it away in an odd direction while at work etc. On normal settings it reads heartrate every 15 minutes, notified by a green light under the sensor. If you can see this is probably means it was too far from your arm to tell the rate and you will have a gap in the results. There is also an "active"/sports mode which it says is for running/swimming, any intensive exercising you'd like to be more closely monitored, this then ups the polling rate and takes measurements more often.
I fear that all these monitoring bands should have much longer lifespan. On the page it says the stamina mode makes the band last 5 days, i have not tested this, but i can say that it can easily do 48 hours or more on normal mode which is the average for similar wearables. For those wondering, stamina mode is when the heart monitoring sensor is turned off. This seems to be a big drain on the battery, halving the life when on even though it is used only every 15 minutes...
I would have liked to have the option of different band colours, which ARE available from 3rd party sellers but I am quite utilitarian and won't be going out of my way for a specific colour.
Overall this band is very useful with the mentioned lifelog app, but it is far from a sports band. Most others you see in that category have altitude and more advanced speed measurements and settings, and have software for more advanced calorie counting, including intake vs exercise. On the other hand, because of the simplicity of the band itself without a screen, it has a much higher waterproof rating than other bands. The fitbit charge for example is only splashproof, but there is no problem keeping this on in the shower.
The price of £80 is again average for what it does, it matches some of the med-high market of full sports bands which it does not fall under the name of. This band is more of a tracker than sporting gear, so i would have hoped it would be more in the region of £10/£15 cheaper.
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