Polar Loop Activity Tracker review and compare with Nike FuelBand and FitBit

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Polar Loop Review and comparison with Garmin Vivofit,  Nike FuelBand SE,  FitBit Flex and Force fitness trackers.


Polar Loop    System  

 

Polar Loop Activity Tracker.

 

Polar Loop is 24/7 activity tracker like Nike Plus Fuel Band, Garmin Vivofit and Fitbit Flex and new Fit Bit Force fitness gadgets. It help you increase your daily activity. All you have to do is wear the smart bracelet on your wrist and all of your activity- including cycling and swimming- is captured. At the tap of a button, Polar Loop shows the time, your total steps, calories burned, daily activity goal and tips to reach it – all on a display of 85 LEDs. Living an active lifestyle has never been this fun and easy!

Key Features the Polar Loop Fitness Gadget:

Key Features

 

Sync your Loop via Bluetooth Smart to the free Polar Flow app

 

Where to buy Polar Loop?

 

You can buy this  gadget for fitness, as well as VivoFit, Fuelband, Flex and Jawbone, here.

 

 

Sync ( like FuelBand, Fitbit and Garmin gadgets for fitness) your Loop via Bluetooth Smart to the free Polar Flow app for extra motivation! Polar Flow app available for select Android and iPhone devices.

• 24/7 activity tracking

• Displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day

• Activity Guide helps you stay active all day long

• Activity Benefit gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity

• Advanced activity analysis with the free Polar Flow app and Polar Flow web service

• Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 Bluetooth Smart® heart rate sensors (Sold separately. Not included.)

• Inactivity alert with Polar Flow mobile app

• Measures the distance (miles) you’ve covered throughout the day and shows info on the Polar Flow app and web service

• Suitable for swimming (i.e. tracks your active time in water) (FuelBand  is not waterproof, it’s not recommended for use while swimming)

• Monitors sleep duration and quality

• Custom fit bracelet

• Data transfer via custom USB cable or Bluetooth Smart via Polar Flow mobile app

• Memory capacity: stores 12 days of activity data

• Rechargeable battery with 5 days continuous use ( Garmin Vivofit has Over One Year Battery Life)

Polar Flow mobile app compatibility:

Apple devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd & 4th generation), iPad mini

Android devices with Android 4.3 or later: Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG Nexus 5

Selling FitBit Force stopped.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Selling Fitbit Force has been stopped.

I hope that temporarily!

It is Time to look at the other fitness trackers – Polar Loop, Nike+ FuelBand or Vivofit From Garmin?

What gadget for fitness you would choose Now?

A letter from James Park , FitBit CEO & Co-Founder :

“To the Fitbit Force Community,

I co-founded Fitbit in 2007 to help people lead healthier, more active lives. We have been thrilled by your response to our products, and are committed to customer satisfaction. Late last year, we began selling Fitbit Force, our most advanced activity tracker. Recently, some Force users have reported skin irritation. While only 1.7% of Force users have reported any type of skin irritation, we care about every one of our customers. On behalf of the entire Fitbit team, I want to apologize to anyone affected.

From the beginning, we have taken this matter very seriously. We hired independent labs and medical experts to conduct a thorough investigation. Here’s what we know:

  • Independent test results have not found any issues with the battery or electrical systems.
  • Test results show that users are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis.
  • All Force materials are commonly used in consumer products. However, some users may be reacting to the nickel present in the surgical grade stainless steel used in the device. Other users are likely experiencing an allergic reaction to the materials used in the strap or the adhesives used to assemble the product…” Continue reading

I think that there are many good alternatives Fitbit Force.

1. Garmin Vivofit – “What is the Garmin Vivofit?
The Garmin Vivofit is a wrist fitness tracker designed to be worn all the time, just like a normal watch.
– It tracks your steps and works out how many calories you’re burning every day.
–  DesignThe Garmin Vivofit takes a slightly different approach to most of the fitness watches we’ve seen recently. Instead of relying entirely on connecting to a phone app, the Vivofit has its own screen…Read more

2. Nike FuelBand SE
“Problems with the FuelBand:
1) Nike insists on scoring your activity in terms of “Fuel” points and “Hours Won,” which are proprietary metrics that nobody cares about. Just give us our step counts and leave it at that.
2) Nike also insists on branding the exterior of the wristband. Continue Reading

3. Polar Loop

4.New  Sony SmartBand (But VS  FuelBand Se or Force From FitBit,  Sony’s SmartBand doesn’t have all of the following:
• Has Hate rate Monitoring during my workout
• Keep track of calories burned
• Advanced Sleep Analysis like Garmin Vivofit or Forerunner
• Track Your Walk, Run or Bike Automatically

5.Jawbone UP24
With the Jawbone is that you can’t check your step count on the device itself.

  • Track Activity including steps, distance, calories burned, active vs. idle time
  • Log what you eat and drink and track nutritional info by taking a photo, scanning a barcode, or searching the UP24 app database
  • Smart Alarm and Power Nap features wake you at the time that leaves you feeling refreshed
  • Wireless syncing for in-the-moment notifications and personalized insights to keep you moving forward towards your sleep and activity goals
  • Track Sleep including total hours, time to fall asleep, number of wake ups
    Opinions from Customer about Jawbone Up –

     “Last November, I reviewed the Jawbone UP, and later compared it to the Fitbit Flex. A year later, Jawbone has now released the UP24. This review will primarily focus on making a choice between UP, UP24 and Fitbit Flex. When I originally reviewed the devices, I thought the main differences would be in the hardware appearance and fit/feel. I was a bit wrong– the biggest functionality difference was in the quality, function and aesthetic value of the software that comes with it. With the UP24 now having bluetooth syncing, the biggest difference for me is now only the software. I’ll let you make your own conclusions.”

What is the Garmin Vivofit?

The Garmin Vivofit is a wrist fitness tracker designed to be worn all the time, just like a normal watch. It tracks your steps and works out how many calories you’re burning every day.

Garmin Vivofit – Design

The Garmin Vivofit takes a slightly different approach to most of the fitness watches we’ve seen recently. Instead of relying entirely on connecting to a phone app, the Vivofit has its own screen
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/garmin-vivofit_Gadget_review#Kda4j66ZPbjCwv2C.99

 

Three Apps for Fitness

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Three Apps for Fitness trackers .

Fitbit Force

All of these fitness apps are available on the iPhone and Android devices.

By Ash Anderson

 

If your new years resolution was to get in shape, and if that said resolution is still going strong then you might want to take a look at these apps to help you continue your journey.

All of these apps are available on the iPhone. Android devices unfortunately do not have GAIN Fitness

Endomondo

Endomondo is a really neat app.
You can track pretty much anything outdoors in there whether it be a nice leisurely stroll through the park or an intense bike ride in the mountains.

The app will track your journey via GPS and save it using Google Maps so that you can look over it later. You can also take frequent workouts and try to beat your personal best. Also, using the GPS, the app can track your speed and uses it to create mile long splits to tell you if you slowed down towards the end of that bike ride.

All of the data is stored on your profile online where you can look on a calendar to see what days you worked out on and how good you did. The online portal also compiles some useful statistics on your workouts and you can even compete against others in your area on trails that they have set up.

I highly recommend this app, there is a free version which should be all that you need.Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

GAIN Fitness

This is for replacing that costly personal trainer. The app will customize the workout based upon what it learns about you. The workouts are customized based upon your age, weight, goals and earlier workouts. Don’t have a full set of workout equipment? Don’t worry, the app will only customize to what you have.

There is, once again, a web portal for the app that allows you to see data on a bigger, expanded screen.

The app is five dollars and is not available on Android.

Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal

Input your goal weight into this calorie counter and it will do its best to figure out how much nutrition you’ll be needing each day. Unlike traditional calorie counting methods though, there is no real work once you get started. All you have to do is snap a picture of the barcode on the food you eat, input a portion size and watch those calories pile up. If you input your workouts too then the app will calculate if any more calories are needed.

This app is available on iOS and Android so you have no excuses.

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More about apps for fitness here:

Tools and applications for Gadget for fitness.
Fitness gadgets tools and applications. Part two.
Apps for fitness tracking.
Fitness tracking apps. Part 4.

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

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Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

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Top Five Fitness Gadgets 2013

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Top Five Gadgets for Fitness 2013

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Alex_P_C_Johnson]Alex P C Johnson

1) Nike Fuel Band 2013:

Although not out in England yet, I have had some experience with this gadget and still think it deserves a place on the list. It is a small wristband that monitors movement throughout the day. By linking it to your iPhone you can add targets and goals of how much ‘fuel’ you think you will earn that day. It may sound like a gimmick and I suppose it is, but the idea is sound and in this day and age where people care about games and social networking, this is the perfect gadget by combining the two. With the added benefit of extra exercise in between. More info about Fuel Band SE

2) iPhone:

This is a bit of a cheat selection. A bit like wishing for more wishes, the iPhone offers so many different apps that turn the phone into a different selection of ‘gadgets.’ To help you monitor your running, training, counting calories or just watching your diet. There is a wealth of knowledge and information stored out there in the App store that is easily acquired (there are some brilliant free apps) and then instantly utilized. So for an all round gadget this has to be one of the best.

3) Wifi bathroom Scales:

For some people saving a record of their weight is a nightmare. But if you want to keep a track of how you are doing and enjoy statistical analysis then this could be the gadget for you. You step on and the weight is displayed on the screen, but it also connects to the software and saves a chart of the weight and adds it up to give you a running total of where you are currently and if you have set goals, then how much you have to do. The glory being that it is also connectable to other software that can be used to help lose weight, but with your exact weights so there is no ‘oh I am about this’ you know where you are and what you have to do.

4) Lava pillow:

There are many Thermo therapies on the market to aid with cramp and other such ailments. The Lava pillow however, is one of the best I’ve used. When you heat it up in the microwave, as you do with other ones, rather than being scolding hot and then cooling instantly, it produces a very effective, constant, dry heat to the area which really is soothing and doesn’t need to be taken off and put on to be able to manage the heat. I have used this before for several ailments including my back and it really has worked wonders.

5) Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves:

This final piece is again a bit of a cheeky one and links nicely with number 2. These gloves are designed with special conductive finger tips so that you can use your iPhone without removing your gloves. As many people will know it is usually bare skin or nothing when it comes to changing tracks or starting your running app. But with these gloves you can just flick between tracks or check your progress without having to remove your gloves to do so!

So there we are a list of my 5 top   rel=nofollow [http://www.healthclubsathome.com]fitness gadgets! Obviously this isn’t even a chink out of the vast array out there but for the minute, these deal with my fitness needs!

Author Bio

This article was written by Alex Johnson; Fitness Writer for Health Clubs at Home – Suppliers of Commercial Gym Equipment

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My Top 2013  Gadgets for Fitness here

Jawbone Up: Fitness Gadget Review

Friday, October 25th, 2013

 

Jawbone Up- Fitness Tracker Review

“After a week of wearing the Jawbone Up, I was pretty impressed with this nifty device. It told me how well I’d slept, how many steps I’d taken, how far I’d walked, how many calories I’d burned — all within a colorful and smartly designed app. Though the Up has some downsides, the device can definitely make a difference in how you approach your fitness. Here’s a look at how it performed in several categories:

The Jawbone Up is a soft rubber wristband that resembles a mini coil, like a snake. I’ve seen the Up called the most fashionable of the wearable fitness trackers, but to me it was a bit bulky, and the black model I had didn’t exactly fit with my “style.” I found it somewhat more annoying to wear than some of the lighter, flatter fitness wristbands, like the Fitbit fitness trackers. However, I did get used to it fairly quickly and overall it wasn’t a burden.

Unlike some other trackers, the Up doesn’t have Bluetooth, so to sync the wristband with its app, you have to plug the end of the band into your phone. This was sometimes annoying, and meant I didn’t check my stats quite as often as I did with trackers that synced automatically via Bluetooth.

But I will give the Up bonus points for the design of its app, which of all the activity tracker apps I tried, was the most pleasing and fun to use. The colors and display of the data were clear and engaging, and the app was super-easy to learn without reading instructions. [Top Fitness Gadgets for 2013] …”

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