Fitness tracking doesn’t need to be expensive. But typically, budget devices leave a lot to be desired. Sure, they might track steps, distance and a few will keep tabs on your heart rate, but that’s usually where the features end.
SmileRunner is a $49 fitness band that aims to give you more for your money. Just launched on Indiegogo, it comes with built-in GPS, a 24/7 heart rate monitor, multiple sports modes, IP68 water-resistance and an HD color touch-screen. Wearables with similar features typically retail for two to three times this price.
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In addition to serving as a 24/7 fitness tracker, SmileRunner aims to be a great running companion. The wearable dishes out real-time heart rate and heart rate zone information, running pace, steps per minute, distance travelled and calories burned. The built-in GPS helps make the device reliable and accurate in all of this.
While the gizmo is predominantly designed for runners, you can choose from a number of other sports modes. The full list includes running (outdoor) / treadmill, biking, walking, hiking and skiing. Swimming is not on this list as IP68 water-resistance is not really conducive to prolonged periods under water.
In terms of non-fitness functions you’ll get the usual smartphone texts on the display and the wristband will vibrate to alert you. You’ll also get missed call notifications along with the caller’s name.
Perhaps the best part of the package is the gorgeous 0.96 inch HD display which actually resembles very much Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 in looks. There are different vibrant colors to show specific data, making it easier for you to read everything both indoors and out. Battery life is a decent 4 days if fully used, and two weeks in standby mode.
“We are excited to launch what is inarguably the best fitness band with GPS functionality on the market,” said Mr. Rocky Lee, SmileRunner media representative.
“Our mission was to add the most cutting-edge features to an impeccable watch design that can be worn throughout the day, every day. SmileRunner will prove to be a valuable accessory for people of all ages and all walks of life who wish to take charge of their health and track their athletic performance, all while staying up-to-date with their commitments.”
In all honesty, there are better fitness trackers with built-in GPS out there. Garmin Vivosport is the first name that springs to mind. Nevertheless, SmileRunner is an interesting device. Particularly when you factor in its super-low price. And while the hardware and software seem to be there the question is how everything will perform in real life. But this is a risk you take with any crowdfunded project.
The campaign for the wearable originally finished at the end of November, but the company decided to extend funding to allow others in and unlock further stretch goals. Delivery to backers is still on for January 2019.
Price: $49 and up
$34,291 raised out of $5,000 goal
a month left
Estimated delivery: January 2019