UK Run Chat Product Test

Product Blue Tooth Heart Rate Band
RRP Varies on brand £22 upwards Best Price Worth checking ebay (I got mine for £12 from China)http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bluetooth-4-0-LE-Heart-Rate-Monitor-chest-belt-For-iPhone-4s-5-Samsung-S4-Note3-/190935531756?pt=UK_Sporting_Goods_Activity_Monitoring_MJ&hash=item2c74a500ec 
Technical Information
100% New Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Monitor Sensor For iPhone 4S/5  iPad mini or Samsung Galaxy S4 Note3 with Android 4.2/4.3Compatible with Wahoo Fitness, Fitcare, 60Beat, RunKeeper, MapmyRUN, Strava,  MapMyRun,Endmondo, Sports Tracker

Feature: 

1. Accurate real-time heart rate data

2. Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 technology, wireless data transmission

3. Work with iPhone 4S, iPhone5, iPod Touch(5th generation), the NEW iPad (3rd and 4th generation), manage and track your exercise with your iOS devices

4. Compatible with most popular sports Apps like Wahoo Fitness, Fitcare, 60Beat, RunKeeper, MapyRUN,  Strava,  MapMyRun, Endomondo, Sprots Tracker etc

5. Ultra low power consumption, battery life will last up to 1 year with 1 CR2032 coin cell type battey

Review
As a runner that has always been interested in tracking my heart rate i have been interested in the connectivity of a band to my Iphone running app.  Looking online I was really surprised on the costs for branded ones (£60 up!) so I had a look at good old Ebay.  There are plenty of ‘unbranded’ ones for sale from china and a fraction of the price and I took the risk and bought on. (looking at the images they look the same as branded ones but without the logo’s)The packaging was of a good quality and filled me with confidence, especially as soon as I put it on and turned on the Bluetooth on my phone it connected straight away.   I have been using the band with Strava but it does say it will connect with most running apps.  I have been really impressed with the fit and that I forget I’m wearing it fairly quickly and I love the information it now gives me.  The belt it’s self is easy to adjust and rather than Velcro that can damage your top it has a metal S clasp which is better but I will wait to see how long it lasts.If like me you like the information to aid training, this is a cheaper and quality product worth looking at.  You can get them for other Smartphones as well and it is worth checking its compatibility before buying.

Pros

  •          Great conectivity
  •          Value for money

Cons

  •          Band looks as if the clasp may stretch