What is it:Under Armour HealthBoxPrice:
$449 Review By:
Joy D'Souza, Living EditorFirst impressions:
Intimidating yet exciting.Pros:
Everything you need is in one box, and it all syncs via bluetooth. The wrist band feels almost weightless on your hand and was designed with indents on the back to allow for airflow between the band and your skin.
The best part of Healthbox is the community that comes with it. Under Armour is the parent company of My Fitness Pal, Map My Run and Map My Fitness, which all sync up to the company's new record app. The app also allows you to create challenges between friends who also have the product. You can create challenges based on weight loss, exercise duration, steps taken and so much more.
This feature alone will get you moving, because there's nothing more motivating than a little competition among friends. The app's dashboard page also gives you a quick look at your daily stats, how many steps you took, how many calories you consumed or burned and even how long you've slept. Click into any of these categories and you get a closer look at the real time tracking.
And, unlike other fitness trackers, this system also includes a heart rate monitor you can wear across your chest. Cons:
The band doesn't automatically detect when you switch from running to walking to biking or yoga, so if you're working out you'll want to scroll over to the fitness tracker and indicate the workout you are doing for better accuracy.
Charging the band is also a bit of a struggle since it connects only with a magnet. On more than one occasion I thought my band was charging when in reality the magnet was not in the proper position. I'd also love to see the app allow for more flexibility with challenges as it currently restricts you to the six built-in options. Final words:
The price is very steep, but considering most digital scales and some fitness trackers run for over $200 a piece, this package is worth the splurge.