Bowflex Boost Activity Tracker
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- Smart tracks all your activities including steps distance calories and sleep
- Personal set your goals visualize data and get insights tailored to you
- Social share your progress with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter
- Long battery life lasts up to 11 days
- Easily syncs with iPhone 4S and newer devices
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Bowflex Boost was designed with one simple goal: to keep you moving. Day and night, Boost keeps track of your activities (calories, steps, distance traveled) and sleep. The band is designed with Bluetooth Smart technology, provides extended battery life of up to 11 days and is currently available for iOS devices (4s and higher).
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As far as comfort goes, the Boost is tops. It is a soft, malleable silicone with 14 holes along the band to give you the absolute perfect fit. The band is super thin all the way around until you get to the "meat" of the components, where it is about 1/2-inch thick. It feels like wearing a soft watch and you don't have to worry about it being too large or too small for your wrist, unlike the Up, which is a little tougher to fit.
Charging and Use:
To charge the band, you just remove it and clip the magnetized indentations into the USB hub and then plug it into a computer or USB wall charger. Very easy. The band claims to get 11 days out of one charge, and that seems to be true so far. To use it, you press a small little button when you want to check your progress, which is indicated with a little bar light. A red light means you aren't close, yellow means you are and green means you have reached your goals. You can set goals related to steps, distance and calories burned. Only when you have reached all three goals do you get the green light. To put it to sleep (or wake up in the morning), you hold the button for 3 seconds (it turns purple to let you know you did it right) and to sync you hold it for 6 seconds (it turns blue to let you know it is synching). Understandably (because you wouldn't want to press it accidentally) the button is a little hard to push. I have to use a fingernail and really hold it down.
Here things get a little dicey. The Boost was somewhat inconsistent in counting steps. Like the Up and FIT, the band counts arm movement, so using the elliptical or stationary bike (with handles) reads as taking steps, but so can unloading the dishwasher. For the days that I wore the band, I also wore my Up, used my phones pedometer and a clip-on Omnitron pedometer. Boost was consistently high. For instance, yesterday I took 11,950 steps accord to Up, 9,430 according to my phone (which didn't count my elliptical steps), 9,510 according to the Omnitron and 12,445 according to Boost. This over-estimating happened every day that I wore it, which leads me to think that the Boost is counting more stationary arm movement than the Up does.
The Boost has a very rudimentary sleep tracking. You push the button to tell it that you are going to sleep (like the Up and other fitness bands out there) and it tracks how long you took to fall asleep and how long you were asleep. The Up does the same thing, but it also claims to track how often you were in deep sleep versus light sleep and how many times you woke up. I find this to be marginally accurate on the Up - it often can't tell between waking up and light sleep. The FIT is more accurate. The Boost seemed to be least accurate. It claimed that I feel asleep last night in 6 minutes, but I watched the clock as I was falling asleep so that I could check the accuracy and I was able to count 10 minutes before sleep. The Up band told me it took me 11 minutes to fall asleep and FIT told me 12. Again, this under-reporting was consistent every day I wore it and the band was a little slower to recognize my waking in the morning.
This is where the Boost really suffers. There is no social aspect (other than sharing your numbers on Facebook), which is a shame because group motivation can be a huge factor for meeting your goals. The Up has a fantastic social system built right into its app. The app has three bars to show you your progress, which you can view all day to keep track, but once the day ends, the numbers are gone. You can't look back and see what your final step count was (unless you check at 11:59 while in bed) and you can't track your progress overall. This is a deal breaker for me, because setting a goal isn't about the day-to-day, but the overall trend. I want to know that I am consistently getting better and more active. I suppose it might work for some people, particularly if you only care about hitting your goal and nothing else, but it doesn't work for me. I also find it inconvenient to have to check the band in the evening if I want to see how many steps I took overall.
On a second screen, the band shows you your steps (and here you can view past steps as well) but it doesn't give you a number of steps, it gives you a bar graph with percentage of steps. Percentage of what? It doesn't tell you. For instance, yesterday I took 7% steps at 10:00 am, 6% steps at 4:00 pm. I don't know what this means and it isn't useful for me. But if it is useful to you, you can look back at the past year of percentages by day, week, month or year. If they changed this from percent to actual steps, it would be much more helpful. Still, lacking the ability to analyze and understand trends like you can with FIT or Up kind of sucks.
The final screen gives you the ability to set goals, set a wakeup time for both weekdays and weekends and to unpair the bracelet if you want.
Finally, there is no feedback from the app like you have with FIT or Up. Both FIT and Up give you information based on your habits and can offer tips and encouragement.
The Boost is really little more than a pedometer (and a questionably accurate one at that) that you have to sync to your phone (iPhone only) to see. It doesn't have the little things like feedback and number analysis that makes the other trackers out there so appealing. But it does also cost at least half (or more) of what the other trackers cost, so you get what you pay for. If all you want is a pedometer that can tell you when you are close or over your goal, I'd say it is pretty good. If you want a tracker that can do all the fun stuff, I'd keep looking.
i can not download the app - this item not available in my country
also i contacting Nautilus Customer Care in Bowflex and they say : The reason that the app won't download is because it is not compatible with the Android system. Currently the Boost mobile web app is only compatible with the iPhone and iPad..
by the internet is available to Android phones