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Pivotal Living Life Tracker 1

Pivotal Living Life Tracker 1

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76 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

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Engadget Summary

With every company coming out with a fitness wearable of their own, you might have been tempted to try one out but didn't want to spend $100 or more for the experience. Pivotal Living's Life Tracker 1 is just the right price for fitness tracking newbies -- and it might be good enough to be your permanent device as well.

Despite its low cost, the Life Tracker 1 doesn't feel cheap or poorly made -- Tom's Guide actually says it looks "subtly high end" and ZDNet finds it "very comfortable." In fact, ZDNet says it's "light enough that you will hardly notice it is on your wrist," even to the point where CNET was "constantly checking" to make sure they were still wearing it. However, while the Life Tracker 1 is water resistant and can stand up to a bit of rain or sweat, CNET says one of its "biggest drawbacks" is that it isn't waterproof. However, plenty of more expensive trackers aren't waterproof either.

Life Tracker 1 offers basic step, distance and sleep tracking like its competitors, but it can also track weight and hydration level manually entered through the app, though CNET says "it wasn't initially clear how to do this." After that initial speed bump, ZDNet says it's actually "one of the more attractive and functional" fitness apps they've ever used.

$12 will buy you a Life Tracker 1 and a 12-month membership to Pivotal Living -- you'll have to keep up the subscription to continue enjoying the full benefits of the tracker. But even with an ongoing subscription cost, it's still a relatively low sum when compared to rival trackers that offer free services but charge a high upfront cost for the devices. If you're the type who tends to replace their fitness tracker every one or two years, Pivotal Living is offering a great bargain for a product that has a lot to offer regardless of its price.
76 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

20
Inky
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
10
fshivone
I figured for 12 bucks what can I lose. Well, 12 bucks, since they have a "no...read more
90
littlj
See above comment about the screen being prone to scratching. Otherwise, I...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
74
Average user Score
 
20
Inky
07.09.15
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
10
fshivone
06.02.15
I figured for 12 bucks what can I lose. Well, 12 bucks, since they have a "no return" policy. Unit was hard to set up. Reset steps to 0 at will. Its will. Never could get it to sync steps on Android KitKat. Spent about two hours messing with it. Gave up. Threw it out. Also, unit requires manual time set. No big deal but not expected.
 
90
littlj
05.26.15
See above comment about the screen being prone to scratching. Otherwise, I am very happy with my purchase and customer support was awesome when I send them a question!
 
100
MARILYNCC
05.14.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
sallysuthers
05.05.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
bobatherton
05.02.15
ProsAll the features of a Jawbone Up or Fitbit Flex for $12ConsOwning this device during the holiday period was rough, but they fixed everything!SummaryI was an early supporter of this start up and the naysayers are right, they had two outages during Christmas break and it took longer than we all wanted to get the app fixed. However, today the app is running great... the band is performing as expected... and I relish the fact that I can spend nine years with Pivotal Living (and get 9 brand new devices, one each year) for the price of a Jawbone Up or Fitbit. For $12 you have nothing to lose. And it is fun supporting a smaller company trying to accomplish great things!
 
90
SEAHAWKS
04.15.15
It appears this company has fixed it's issues with their app. I've had my band for 2 months, and really like it. I was skeptical about buying a fitness tracking because they're so expensive, but for $12, this product broke the cost barrier of getting my feet wet in this new era of wearable tech. A great value.
 
80
zjohnson
04.12.15
I bought 3 of these so my two daughters and I could track together. Super affordable solution which doesn't break the bank and if my girls lose them, I like that they can be replaced easily. Band is a little large for children's wrists and screen shows a few scratches after a few months, but well worth the price.
 
90
finneyw
04.08.15
I was one of the earlier adopter and took a chance on the company, overall despite couple setbacks, I can say it was well worth it! I would refer my friends to buy!
 
90
markkristopher
04.08.15
Never thought one of the other $100 on the market was worth purchasing. At $12/year, I could not pass on testing it out. The band is great! Aside from a couple white scratches on the screen, it really pushed me to get active! I'm curious to see what happens after 1 year for renewal...
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