Fastfox Sports/Sleep Tracking Bracelet review
Today I am reviewing the Fastfox Sports/Sleep Tracking Bracelet.
Product Features:(Taken From Amazon Product Listing)
- 1. Sports tracking: Monitor your activity data and record the distance travelled, steps taken and calories consumption in a day.
- 2. Sleep tracking: Monitoring the quality of your sleep and its cycles.
- 3. Call or text message reminder: The LED light in the strap can indicate an incoming call or a text message(which could be set with APP, now it is only available on Android APP).
- 4. Waterproof design: IP67 waterproof for up to 1.5meteres. No need to take it off when swimming or showering.
- 5. Social network: Share your achievements and badges with your friends.
This tracking bracelet by Fastfox is a very basic looking device and coming in at only £8.99, you wouldn’t expect much more. It consists of a band similar to the strap of a watch and a removable circular piece that does all the tracking work. The strap is rather comfortable to wear and I experienced no problems with the strap. The main circular piece, however, presented me with one major problem and that was getting the back off to get the battery in, which in the end I had to resort to using a pair of tweezers to shimmy it off. I should also point out that if you wear the strap loosely the circular part is likely to fall out as it doesn’t seem to sit very securely in the strap. If you wear it tightly it shouldn’t be a problem.
It also claims to be waterproof, which I have no doubts about, however I don’t expect it will remain waterproof for too long as the plastics used to make tracking part feel really flimsy and eventually with all the pressure applied to getting the back cover most likely break, which will create a lovely entry point for water.
I had high hopes for this product but sadly, in reality, it’s a big let down. For those who don’t know the Fastfox wristband started off as a crowdfunded product, which basically means the creators sought funding online from a crowd of supporters who had no inside knowledge of the product or how well it would work, they were ultimately the first people to receive and quite possibly be let down by this. This started way back in 2014 and whilst a lot of crowdfunded ideas go on to become a great product in their own right, this one seems to have displeased many, I mean just looking through the Google Play and Amazon reviews reveals a lot of disappointed people, some of whom were original backers for this.
One problem that occurs quite often and is mentioned in the Play Store is the fact the band and application pretty much tend to fail to sync to one another after a tiny of bit use, now if this was happening just after the product was released to its original backers it would be easy to say oh well it’s new they’ll fix it, but this band has been out now well over a year and the complaints are still coming in. While some people are going on the lines of what do you expect when you pay £8.99, I’d answer that with I would at least expect it to work properly as I didn’t pay £8.99 just for a faulty item.
I myself have experienced said problem above with this band and have so far only had 2 occasions where it would work and on those occasions it did work, I found it to be great at counting steps, but at the same time due to been a wrist wearable it would also pick up any normal wrist movements and count them as steps, which makes the step counter semi-accurate as it does a great job at counting steps but also picks up everything else.
As for the sleep monitor, well that was just silly, it said I was asleep at a time I was literally sat at my PC doing work. At night when I was sleeping it did an ok job but it claimed I basically had a great nights sleep, which I couldn’t have as I have a toddler who loves to wake his parents up all night long.
As for the Android App, I’m not a fan of the fact the application is downloaded from the Play Store but rather than being updated through the Play Store, the developer has opted to update it through the application itself, which basically takes away the protection offered by the Play Store (even if that protection is very little) away. Meaning the developer can do whatever they want to their app without getting the original removed from the Store. In my opinion, if you download the app from the store, it should get its updates from the store.
I’m very disappointed by this product. It could have been so much better and if it had been done right, it would have shown its true potential, but instead it feels like the company have just rushed this as a way to get it out quicker and make money from it. If you’re after a tracker, you’d be better off going for one of the more expensive but well-known brands, I certainly wouldn’t recommend this. The only thing I can’t complain about is the band itself, which was actually quite comfortable for me. Now if only the company would get their act together and sort out the sync issues. I will point out that I based this review on using the band with an Android phone, I have no idea if it works any better with an iPhone.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free in return for my honest and unbiased review. This has had no effect on my overall opinion of the product.
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