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Excellent value for money!
on 4 August 2014
I've been on the lookout for a heart rate monitor for sometime - I'm a keen sportsman playing football twice a week and partaking in the gym 4-6 times a week, therefore staying healthy and monitoring my health and progression is very important to me. I didn't want a heart rate monitor that is controlled via a watch on your wrist, so the opportunity to purchase a product where the functionality and controllability can be controlled via my iPhone on an app was a massive selling point to me, especially when the price is so competitive and affordable.
I've purchased a few KitSound and Kit products before so I am aware of what sort of quality etc to expect, as always, the brand has not disappointed. The box is packaged so you can see what is inside before opening. Inside the box you get a small yet helpful instruction manual, the adjustable strap to clip on the monitor, and of course, the device its self. The monitor is held on by two metal poppers so it is easy to clip on and off, the strap is also effortlessly adjustable and easily clips and unclips meaning it simple to put the band around your chest. There is plenty of room in the band for adjustment so it doesn't matter how big or small you are.
The hardest part of this whole process was actually turning the device on - there is no red or blue light to say whether the device is on or not, I only found out it was actually turned on when I clicked the `connect' button on the app accidently and it magically connected. I downloaded the free recommended app called `i-got-U Sports' - it's easy to use and set up, and so far after a week's usage I can confidently say it is surprisingly accurate. I have it connected up to my iPhone 5S, which either stays in my bag at the side of the pitch when playing football or in my arm band at the gym, both have so far worked fine and have accurately measured my average hear rate, how many steps I've taken, how many calories I've burned and how far away I am from my daily targets (if i wanted to set them)...this brings me nicely onto what the device can actually do.
The monitor: easy to use and set up (apart from turning it on!), easy to adjust for different sizes, easy to clip onto chest and very comfy - I actually forgot I was wearing it when I was in the gym. The ability to connect the monitor to my phone is excellent and works very well, much better then wearing a watch. Battery life states it is three years if used for an average of 1 hour a day, however if it does eventually run out before this then all you need is a watch battery to get it going again.
The App: There are four `sports types' (categories) to choose from: Running, cycling, virtual running and virtual cycling. For playing sports this is fine, obviously if playing football or rugby or golf etc you would select running, the only thing I believe this is missing is a `gym' category - I know plenty of people that use a heart rate monitor in the gym, so why is there no option for this on the app?! From here the monitor successfully measures the following: the speed of which you are walking/cycling/running, the distance you have travelled, the average speed, average heart rate, how many steps you have taken, how many calories you have burned how long you have been training for - all very useful and in my opinion, very generous for an app that costs you nothing.
Overall I'd say this really is a good piece of kit for the money. I have struggled to find anything `faulty' with it. Its comfortable to wear, simple to set up and connect, and measures everything I want to monitor and find interesting whilst exercising. Yet again great work from Kit - a highly recommend, all round product.