If your hashtag mantra is #fitspo instead of #foodporn and you are looking for some #watchinspo then we have got the best watches for your next #fitstagram shot. Usually I trial most watches myself, but as I am hesitant to cycle 20 k's (unless Bradley Cooper is standing at the finish line with a bottle of Moet and then it's only a maybe) I have inducted a new #fitguy into the #chronographcouture family to do the hard work for me. Welcome #fitdaddan! Dan has pushed both the new Fit Bit Surge and the Polar V800 to the limits. Apparently #fitdaddan is a superhero and we will never see his face. #cyclingjustice
Polar V800 GPS Multisport Watch
#fitdaddan's Trial Results
The V800 is Polar’s attempt at putting every fitness related feature they can think of into a watch at a reasonable price. The screen is made of gorilla glass which is probably the next best thing to sapphire.
#GPS Accuracy: The general consensus on the GPS accuracy of this watch is that it is rock solid and my testing supports this. All tracks appeared to follow my actual path and there was a low variation between distances. Although the GPS Accuracy is good, it is a little slow to get a GPS lock when starting an activity (usually around a minute).
#Battery Life: I was able to get a full week of battery life out of the V800 (which I am quite happy about) with the way I typically use it.
#Water Resistance: Claimed water resistance is 30m and it is suitable for swimming. I prefer a 100m rating on my watches just to be safe, but seeing as I probably won’t even swim with it, I’m ok with the V800’s water resistance rating.
#Syncing: The V800 can sync data via Bluetooth to a mobile/tablet device or through the usb charging cable. The user has to manually trigger a sync for either method which is fine by me. I am guessing that using autosync as found on some other devices would chew through the battery faster anyway.
#Smart notifications: Polar has a really good system set up where the user is able to select which apps’s notifications they would like sent to the phone. However, there is a small problem. Polar decided that the only notifications that can be sent to the V800 while an activity is recording are for phone calls. Phone call notifications do not work on Android phones. I have an android phone. I am not happy. When I got this watch, smart notifications had been implemented on IOS with the Android implementation scheduled for release within a month. I did not see any indication that phone call notification would not be implemented for Android.
#Activity Tracking: If I wear it, it tracks my steps – badly. Whatever algorithm they use doesn’t seem to pick up things like excessive arm waving and washing the dishes as steps, but, it also doesn’t seem to pick up half the steps I take either. What I did like was the way that it allows you to set an overall daily activity goal in steps and it converts recorded activities into steps that count toward the daily activity total.
#Sleep Tracking: I tried wearing the V800 while I slept on two different nights. The biggest problem was that the watch is a little bit bulky and I didn’t really sleep that well. It seemed fairly accurate, picking up my poor sleep and gave separate totals for restful and restless sleep.
RRP $649 More information visit: http://www.polar.com/au-en
Fit Bit Surge
#fitdaddans Trial Results
It looks like Fitbit have bolted a GPS onto one of their fitness bands. #editorinteruption (Mel disagrees and thinks Petrol Blue and Tangerine are the hottest colours ever seen in a fitness watch)
#Screen: Plastic. I’m sure Fitbit have their reasons, but for a watch that some people are going to wear all the time I would have thought that the screen would have been at least some kind of glass.
#GPS Accuracy: Compared to the Polar V800 the GPS tracks aren’t as clean and do sometimes have me running through houses when I’m pretty sure I wasn’t. However, the variation between distances is only slightly worse than the V800. Like the V800 it was pretty slow to obtain a GPS lock to record an activity.
#Battery Life: Battery life is nowhere near the 7 days I want from a device, however, it does have an optical HR monitor so my expectations in this case are probably a bit high. I was able to get 3 days of battery life of my typical use before it needed charging.
#Water Resistance: Claimed water resistance is 5 atm and Fitbit recommend that it is rain sweat and splash proof but not suitable for swimming. This is a little confusing as for other device manufacturers, a 5 atm water resistance rating indicates that it is suitable for swimming. Personally, I would be after something that I could swim in at the very least just to be safe.
#Syncing: The Surge can sync data via Bluetooth to a mobile/tablet device or through the supplied usb Bluetooth dongle. The surge can sync automatically with either method, but, most of the timed I had this feature turned off as I figured it would give me better battery life. The Bluetooth sync seems to be much faster than the Polar V800 and just generally seems easier to use.
#Smart notifications: The surge can only display call and text notifications, but, at least Fitbit decided that people would like to still see their notifications while recording activities.
#Activity Tracking: If I wear it, it tracks my steps – pretty accurately. It does seem to count washing the dishes as steps which is fair as I am a pretty energetic dish washer. Activities are not converted into steps like the polar, but, it displays steps and exercise differently, so it all comes down to personal preference.
#Sleep Tracking: I tried wearing the Surge while I slept on one night. I’m not a fan of wearing things on my wrist when I sleep and I didn’t really sleep that well. It seemed fairly accurate, picking up my poor sleep and gave separate totals for restful and restless sleep. It also give a detailed graph displaying the start and finish times of the different types of sleep.
#HR Recording: The continuous HR monitoring seems pretty accurate and always seemed to match up with my heart rate recorded from a HRM strap. However, the heart rate from recorded activities seems to be a fair way off when compared to the results from a HRM strap. My not-so-in-depth testing seems to indicate that from comparing the graphs, the surge seems to really smooth things out. The calculated average from the Surge is also far lower than the one from the strap.
RRP $399.95 More information visit: https://www.fitbit.com/au
If these two are not giving you the #fitnessmotivation you need then here are three more #fitwatch ideas.
1. Suunto Traverse: If you've got the outdoorsy techy guy on your gift list the SUUNTO Traverse is the one for you. It combines traditional outdoor functions with GPS/GLONASS navigation in a robust, modern construction. Navigation, topographic maps, GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation systems (that's just the start) are all combined into a streamline composite case. The super cool automatic breadcrumb trail feature means you can always find your way back for more Christmas pudding! RRP $549.99 for more info visit http://www.suunto.com.au/en-AU/
2. Garmin Forerunner 10 Black & Red (Also available in: Pink & White)
Forerunner 10 is a GPS running watch that's so easy to use, you can start your run with the press of just one button. As you run, see how far and how fast you've gone. When your run is done, upload to our free online community - Garmin Connect, to see it on a map, get more detail on each mile and share it with friends. It even highlights your personal records.RRP: $159 Buy online at http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/garmin-forerunner-10-black-and-red-010-01039-00
3. Sony Smartwatch 3SWR50
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is a watch that allows you to take the shortcut to a smarter life. Relevant, contextual & unobtrusive information is driven straight to your wrist (powered by Android Wear), while the sensors superior accuracy opens up an impressive and always accessible world of knowledge about yourself. RRP $349 Buy online at http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/sony-smartwatch-3-swr50---executive-swr50e
Kids and watches. It can be a volatile combination like popcorn and cleavage or Lego and bare feat. It's not easy to find the perfect watch blend for a little person. Price, quality and age specificity are all relevant factors but fear not, like all good parents I have used the free labour of my children to road test a couple of new cool watches in the market, perfect gifts for Christmas. Hopefully this will save you searching and give you a little more time to work on finding that popcorn.
Moochies: Wrist Worn Mobile- The Safety Combo
If you want to stalk your child (cue cottonwool parenting debate) then I have found the device for you!!! The Moochies watch is a two-way mobile-watch communication device that is the latest in Hi Tech kids gadgets. All jokes aside you can see that they have innovatively tried to think about the balance of design, safety, functionality and age appropriateness in an era where balancing independence and safety is not as easy as it used to be. Designed for children aged 3-12, it enables children to make calls to two phone numbers that are entered using an app on the parent’s smart phone.
If your child is at an age or does so many after school activities you may consider it time for a phone then this could be a great in-between solution. It features an SOS button, safe zone and GPS tracking (so cool don't hate me) all packaged in four great designs. Master Seven thought the design was really cool and after a bit of a play I think most parents or guardians would be able to work their way through the app. The phones are made with a high quality silicone strap so hopefully they won't loose it and has LED screen which can display date, time, signal strength and caller ID. RRP $119.99 More info http://www.moochiesforkids.com.au/
Disney: Original Mickey Collection- The Classic Combo
When the choice is Mickey or Minnie how do you pick? Me, I am slightly biased toward Minnie she's so sassy! The Disney Original Mickey Collection is a great choice for the tween to teen market. Available in Red, Black and White straps they are conservative enough to get through the strictest uniform policy but still cute enough to love. Starting at $59.00 they are available at Myer nationally and selected independent jewellers.
Smiggle: Watch this space- The Cool Kids Combo
When you say Smiggle do all girls under twelve simultaneously scream? I don't get it but they and the smart people at Smiggle do! This is Smiggle’s most popular watch. Just press the screen and the time will flash… but be ready to read it as it disappears in 5 seconds! Miss Nine thinks this one is awesome and with the ever rapidly changing trends in tween land at $29.95 it's perfect. Watch This Space Graphic is available in pink, blue, purple, black and mid-blue. Visit http://www.smiggle.com.au/shop/en/smiggle
Flik Flak :Frozen Watch- The Quality Combo
If the sounds of Let It Go still ring through your house (so sorry) this may be the watch to satisfy the frozen fever of your little princess. Flik Flak so well known for the time telling educational aspects of their watches has the perfect winter (or summer) piece featuring your favourite frozen characters. Not one to leave out the boys their options also include Superman, Cars and even Spiderman. Always closely in touch with children’s fads and crazes the Flik Flak brand makes telling the time fun. For more info on Flik Flak visit http://shop.swatch.com.au/ RRP $65.00
VTech: Kidismart Zoom Watch- The Tech Combo
If you've got a techy kid under 12 they are going to love this one. We road tested the V-Tech watch earlier in the year and it has still made our list! You can see our full review here http://www.chronographcouture.com/home/vtech-kidizoom-smartwatch RRP $89.95 Available at all good toy shops.
Merry Christmas from the Chronograph Kids