Guten Morgen Siegen!
I am one of those crazy geeks who like to try every new piece of technology available. So I went for it, and decided to buy one of those new arm bands that let you track some of your vital sings. Basically it’s just a pedometer that averages the movements of your arm to estimate the number of steps you make a day.
And somehow it also attempts to measure your sleep process. One really need to trust that the information on the band its precise, it can be calibrated but it will always estimate data. Anyway, I got the first one somewhere around June and started to used. It then broke down in two weeks, I was shocked I had just spent 130 Euro on it at suddenly stopped working.
I then started reading in the user forum that the bands are really fragile and they stop working without any apparent reason. Fortunately the customer support sent me a new one, free of charge, but they asked me to send it back (which I never did, BTW).
The new version lasted almost five months, until yesterday when it just died and I didn’t managed to reanimate it (I even did CPR). During this period of time it help me track my fitness progress and it really encouraged me to overcome my limits.
A couple of friends had also bands (all of the bands died before mine, at least once) and we made a “Team” to see our progress and encourage us each other to keep up on doing whatever we were doing. That was a nice and interesting concept, that could be rethought and better exploited.
For the price, I which it had at least an integrated digital clock, and that it could track some more things. Anyway, although I found it interesting and encouraging, I wouldn’t neither buy another band nor recommend it to anyone. It is just too expensive and it is simply not worth the price.
My two cents.