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Accessories Looking for a smartwatch for heart rate

Discussion in 'Android Fitness & Health' started by smootskin, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. smootskin

    smootskin Active Member
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    Hi Guys,
    I am looking for a smartwatch to do sport with and to track my heart bit rate.
    Looking for a cheainese smartwatch for its price.

    Have any idea if anything has some good reviews or something you tried yourself?
     

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  2. electricpete

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    I don't have any solution on the cheap end.

    I will mention, wrist heart rate monitoring is notoriously inaccurate compared to chest strap heart rate monitoring.

    My setup:
    Zephyr HxM chest strap heart rate monitor (~$50) which connects to my Galaxy S4 via b/t.
    2014 Moto 360 ($118) which connects to Galaxy S4 via B/T.
    SportsTracker Pro app (~$5) which collects and integrates the location/speed from my phone as well as the heart rate data. I have real time display on my wrist.,.. can swipe between heart rate, speed, total time, summary screen etc.
    Trend of speed and heart rate can be viewed for each workout (present or past) on the phone. Also can upload to see it online via pc browser (sportstracklive.com)

    It's obviously a more expensive solution than what you're looking for.
    But it's a great solution for me. I like the smartwatch for other reasons.
    In spite of the cost, it's not perfect. The software gets confused (having two heart rate sensors... one on chest and onoe built into the watch) and occasionally displays an obviously-wrong heart rate on my watch (the stored data is fine though). I have to swipe a few times on my watch to re-load the display to fix it.
     
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  3. smootskin

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    #electricpete

    I got lost, you have 2 heart monitors (Cheast + Watch), the watch is monitoring the heart rate wrongly...
    So maybe I should just have a chest strap and monitor it via my Smartphone?
     
  4. electricpete

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    Chest strap plus phone (with no watch) works well....I did it that way for a long time before buying my watch.

    But my exercise routine is running, and it is a little awkward to look at the phone while running, and I worry about dropping it or getting it wet. Now that I've added my smart watch to the mix, I still have to bring my phone along on the run, but I can leave it in it's protective holster (in case it gets dropped) and cover it with a plastic bag (when raining). And it feels more natural to glance at a watch while running than at a phone.
     
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  5. EdwardSmith36

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    I read an article which speaks all about smart watch, they I got know about "TomTom Spark" which is the best smart watch to use while exercising.
     
  6. smootskin

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    Thx for the brand, a bit pricey I must say.
    Probably on a later date, this one need some savings,..
     
  7. EdwardSmith36

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    lol.. I do know it's bit pricey but trust me I have suggested you the best smart watch that is been bought by many people out there.
     
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