Polar Loop Activity MonitorHenryNovember 3, 2013This product is an activity monitor and it does what it says: keeps a tally of your activity (in steps from the built in pedometer and heart rate if you bought the H7 HRM). Let's start w/ the positives: it looks cool, easy to sync w/ computer to modify your stats and achievements (by using this cool magnetic plug thing that seems to guide itself into the Loop), and it "motivates" you by letting you know if you've moved enough over a certain amount of time. I only have a Samsung Note 2, not an iPhone so maybe that's why I feel this product is severely lacking, overpriced, and inaccurate. And now for the negatives: The Loop seems to measure all movement in your hand as a step. I've been playing on my computer for 1/2 a day and it stated that I took 1200+ steps. It's nice to see the bar fill up throughout the day and see the "goal" picture but I feel that is all I'm getting for $170: a pedometer and 2 or 3 lines of code telling my Loop to say "yay" if you took 3000 steps by midday. I feel money would be better spent on a decent pedometer and a fitness log program you can get on any smart phone: android or iPhone. Oops! Almost forgot! The screen looks cool at night or in the shade but is unreadable in sunlight (LED watches in the '80s had that same problem but I was hoping they solved this).
Polar Loop Activity MonitorCSTSeptember 17, 2013There has been a lot of Hype in the Activity Monitor market for the past 3 years, with Fitbit controlling most of the market share, followed by the Nike Fuel Band and Withings Pulse. Unfortunately there has been a gap (needs) between Active People and Inactive People that has not been addressed with these activity monitors. The current activity monitors (FitBit, Nike and Withings) have been desired by the less active; those whom spend 8 hours a day at a desk and cannot find the extra time to work out each day. The features of these activity monitors have been limited to tracking steps and calories and/ or perhaps sleep patterns. The Polar loop offers the features for both types of individuals. The less active person will be inspired to get the extra step in. Perhaps by taking the stairs versus the elevator, maybe park a little further in the supermarket lot. Whatever it may be, the loop is like having that personal trainer on your wrist reminding you to do more and unlike the Flex, you get instant feedback with the readings on the band. For the more advanced exerciser, Polar beats our the competition by offering Heart Rate option to track intestisty of your workout. (H6 or H7 Heart Sensor Transmitter, not included). Here are some key things about the Loop you should know from out of the box: 1st. The unit has a clasp that clips in place to allow you to take it on/off your wrist. 2nd. The clasp is removable and the loop bracelet does require trimming with scissors to fit your size. Not too difficult, but be sure to check 2x before cutting. The loop does come with a disposable ruler to wrap around your wrist for easy measurement. 3rd. The Loop comes with a USB cable that connects to the computer for charging. Now your ready to go. The loop offers a 1 button easy set up to simplify things, and your off to tracking your activity. Couple key features: Tracks Calories Burned Steps Goals - Gives a fireworks display when goals are met. Sleep Tracking Activity Time - Tells you how long you’ve been awake then shows you how much time you’ve been active. Optional Heart Rate Monitoring.
Polar Loop Activity MonitorTyeSeptember 17, 2013If the heart rate monitor was built in to it, I'd buy one this second.