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I'll keep this review short and sweet (see my review/link below for more details)
PROS - Nice placement on the body if you don't like chest location - Decent software that is basic, simple, and has nice prompting - Color LEDs on the device provide feedback during a workout - Lasts longer on a charge than advertised - Nice for controlling music on the "run"
CONS: - Really hard to remove the charger attachment when done charging - Accuracy questionable compared to other HRMs (see my blog post) - Hard to find the sweet spot on body for proper signal at times - Not as comfortable long-term as a chest-strap - Battery life isn't bad, but compared to competitors, it is....
Check out my full review/comparison of this item in my blog review here: [...]
I did a lot of research before buying this product and despite some of the negative reviews, I decided to give it a shot since it was cheaper than a lot of the other heart rate monitors that sync with phones.
Battery life: I mostly uses this product for tracking calories burned while doing in home workouts (insanity/p90x), but have used it on a few hour long bike rides. In general, it seems to last for the hour, but I've noticed if I don't charge it every night after my workout, even though it has life left, it seems to have a harder time connecting and getting accurate readings
Connection: I have a samsung note 3 and it generally takes a couple of times of turning the blue tooth and/or arm band on and off to get it connected. It also seems to take another 30 seconds- minute to actually pick up a semi accurate reading.
Charger: The charger snaps onto the back of the armband. A lot of people complained it was difficult to get it detached afterward and they are correct. However, for me, this wasn't that big of a deal, it just requires a little extra force
App: In general this app has a lot of neat features, you can play your music from it, program ~8 different saved workouts, keeps track of workouts on a calendar, has a built in gps map tracking software, and obviously tracks time/heart rate graph and calories burned. Other than the connection issue mentioned above, the only other issue is that if you receive a phone call it will erase your info.
Accuracy: This is obviously one of the most important aspects of the product and one of the most frustrating aspects. It works for me because I'm repeating these workout videos and after doing them several times,so even if one gets screwed up, I still have a pretty accurate idea of what I'm burning. However, at least once or twice a week on my workouts, it doesn't compute correctly, sometimes it says it's connected, but 4 minutes into an insanity workout, my heart rate is still reading the same and the other half of the time, sometime during the workout it stops reading for part of the workout.
All in all, for the price it's an alright product for what I was trying to use it for. If I bought this for running/biking and had these same issues, it would really annoy me.
I got this on clearance price. it was one of those things i had sitting in my wish list for many months, price dropped to $5 so how bad could it be i thought.. first off this is fairly big, that was my first thought taking out of box, i remained open and reminded myself it was only $5... it doesn't take a charge and doesn't turn on. so i paid $5 for something that doesn't work
I am a newer runner with an irregular heartbeat so I want to check my heart rate frequently when I run. The Scosche monitor meets my needs. It will show it when you bring it up on your iPhone as you run. It is fairly simple. I also like the graph that shows you when you had the most calorie burn and fastest speed; this will help with training. I didn't read the instructions first so my first run was not recorded on the dashboard. Once I read the directions, it was fairly simple to log in and record future activities. My one piece of advice would be to log in with scosche and let it share with other fitness apps instead of having multiple apps open at the same time. I train with Runkeeper and it recorded 2 workouts when I only did one. Scosche has GPS so it will accurately record route, distance and calories. I also share with MyFitnessPal. I prefer it on my arm then chest so it meets my preferences. My husband has to get it off the charger but I can do it if he's not available. I would recommend to others.
I've been very pleased with the quality, durability and performance of this device. I've become so enamored with it, I'm already wondering what I'm going to do when the rechargeable battery needs to be replaced.
I think user replaceable button batteries would be a improvement for longer device lifetime.
Apps for the iPhone and Android return wonderful HR data. Also, there are fitness assessments that can be run to determine your heart rate zones and Max heart Rate. I wish the was an app for Windows Phone 8 so I could run without my tablet :)
I initially bought this based on some positive reviews here on Amazon. The unit seemed to work ok for the first 2 weeks i had it. There were occasional dropouts (ie my heart rate would register 50 for a short period of time during intense exercise)
The dropouts appear to be getting worse as time goes on. In addition, Scoshe provides a website that you can post your workouts to. I have not been able to log into the website for almost 2 weeks. There is an error message saying the web team has been notified, but it is never fixed.
I like the app for both android and apple. The info provided by the app is fantastic . Calories burned, distance, speed and elevation are all reported. However, the dropouts are really annoying. Sometimes they are short and minor. Occasionally they are extended and really skew your workout data.
Overall somewhat acceptable. If the dropouts and website were fixed, i'd rate this 5 stars.