- Durability The band is strong and flexible.
- Portability It's a wristband, it easily goes anywhere.
- Ease of use Easy to connect and use, but use of media application is inconsistent.
- Design and form factor The band has a great design, it's hardly noticeable when worn.
The addition of the SmartBand brings tracking to physical movements and sleep. The accelerometer in the Core tracks the amount of steps taken in a day as well as how much time one walks or runs. The accuracy is fairly good for steps taken and time moving, but stride length will need to be calibrated for each user to better measure distance traveled. The sleep monitoring could be a little more dynamic. While it does display deep and light sleeping, the app should know that I’m awake if I’m browsing the web at 2:00 a.m.
The band also vibrates for different notification purposes. These include alerts for being too far from your smartphone or incoming phone calls. One cool, but glitchy, feature is the Smartband’s ability to control certain apps, one at a time, on the phone. The most useful being a music player or camera. The band can be used to pause, play, or skip forward and backward on music tracks or snap a photo and record a video. The downfall is that it is difficult to know if and when the band is actually in media player mode. Though, when working, it is an awesome feature.
Lastly, both the app and band have bookmarking. Bookmarking takes a ‘snapshot’ of your life at the precise moment you ask it to. The bookmark lists the activities you are currently participating in such as walking and listening to music. Users are also able to add notes which make your bookmarks a neat way of journaling.
I imagine the band and app will develop over time and here is my wish list for improvements. There needs to be input capabilities for calorie intake and other various physical activities. While the app can track calories burned, both passively and through exercise, it is not beneficial if I can’t compare it to calorie intake. Walking and running are not the only way people exercise, so additional activity inputs will be helpful.
The overall usefulness of the band and app is high. Whether you want to know how active you are or how much time you are wasting playing Candy Crush, it keeps you thinking of how you function throughout your day.
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