Recently, my wife told me that she felt overweight compared to her friends. I gave her two options: 1) she exercises more to lose weight, or 2) get new friends that don’t make her look/feel overweight. She decided that she liked her friends too much to change, and so the only choice was for her to do more exercise. Now one of the things which can be useful when paired with her iPhone is an exercise tracker watch/band, to track her exercise regime and progress. We decided to get the Riversong wireless fitness tracker with heart rate function from Amazon for this.
The wireless tracker came very quickly by next day delivery and was well packed in a nice black box.
It came with instructions, the USB charger cable and the watch/tracker band. My wife opted for the blue colour version, although it also comes in black, orange, green and purple. It took about 2-3 hours to fully charge it the first time round. The battery is supposed to last 5 days in use.
The back of the fitness tracker is the charging port and also the heart rate sensor. The sensor blinks green when it is working.
This fits nicely on my wife’s wrist – although she has to use it at the smallest setting with the clip set all the way into the last hole. As can be seen below, it still has about half its battery life remaining – and it has been 3 days since it was charged.
There is a free App to use with this exercise band called Veryfit 2.0. From what I had read, some users require to reinstall the app twice in order for it to work. This happened with my wife’s exercise band. But that was after it had synced and updated the firmware of the tracker from v31 to v35 via Bluetooth the first time round. I was rather impressed with this actually. But since the reinstallation, it has worked a treat.
There is also a sleep mode monitor to analyse how well you sleep.
There is a menu for the analysis of the heart rate throughout the day, which can be particularly useful to track if you are hitting 60-80% of your maximum heart rate during exercise.
There is also a weekly, monthly and yearly tracker for the steps taken, distance travelled and calories burnt.
Now there is a slight discrepancy of both the steps and distance covered compared to the iPhone – the difference is about 10% or less. But the fact that this exercise tracker is relatively inexpensive @ £39.95, has the heart rate monitor function, and a reasonably useful App, this is a minor issue. After all, as long as it is consistent in its reporting, it will allow for long term tracking that is good enough.
What is good about the Riversong Wireless Fitness tracker?
- Affordable price.
- Good battery life so far.
- Heart rate monitor function.
- Able to update firmware of tracker via Bluetooth.
- Good features in App.
- Allows for remote camera control.
- Anti phone loss function to vibrate if the phone is beyond the bluetooth range from the watch (can be set to on or off in the App).
What could be improved?
- The screen is not as easy to see in bright sunlight – the main complaint about this tracker by my wife.
- As we had to clip the band at its smallest setting, we did find it a challenge to get it clipped in at first.
Overall, I think my wife is very pleased with this device, which has given her extra motivation to exercise. And yes, she can keep her friends. 😉