Been looking for a fitness watch / tracker for a while but put off the purchase, as I can’t seem to find one with decent battery life or suitable design.
When Axtro Sports team offered me a chance to try the BRITE R450 by LifeTrak, a model with a 6 months battery life, I jumped on it and spent the following 2 weeks, tracking my fitness with the review unit.
Before I share my usage experience, here’s the press release write up with slight edits / add-ons from me:
The LifeTrak BRITE R450, the latest flagship model from LifeTrak, is a comprehensive fitness tracker that takes activity and fitness tracking to the next level – imagine 24‐HR life tracking!
In addition to basic activity tracking, BRITE R450 uses your ECG accurate heart rate data to give you more accurate and personalized calorie‐burn information and to enable you to optimize your personal fitness. BRITE R450 is able to constantly track on levels of exposure to light and to the important blue wavelength. At appropriate times of the day, it lets you know when you’re not getting enough or too much blue light, so you can take steps to improve your mood and energy levels and prepare for a better night’s rest.
BRITE R450 automatically knows when you fall asleep or take a nap and nudges you awake with a gentle vibrating alarm, at the optimal time based on your own sleep quality data, to make sure you awake refreshed. BRITE R450 notifies you when you’ve fallen behind or almost accomplished your goals to keep you motivated.
BRITE R450 supports up to 8 types of smartphone notifications, including Calender Reminders, IM, SMS, reminders and notifications from your favourite apps, to help you stay connected on the go and keep you constantly in the loop.
It syncs with the LifeTrak app (currently available for iOS, Android version will be ready by early 2015 for selected devices) via Bluetooth, saving more than 7 days of your data so you may get deeper insights and long-term tracking for a healthy fitness habits.
Wear this personalized intelligence on your wrist anywhere, anytime and all the time because it’s water resistant and you will never need to wear a chest strap or having to recharge it!
As I do not have prior review experience with a smartwatch or fitness tracker, there wouldn’t be any product to product comparison. Just purely my experience sharing with the BRITE R450.
Setting the fitness tracker up took me around 30mins. If I were to compare it with setting up / getting the hang of tech gadgets for other types of usage, I found it relatively easy… perhaps on a scale of complexity, 2/5.
As seen on the press release, the fitness tracker while sync with Bluetooth to your phone will prompt you of any incoming email, message or call. This particular function seems similar to what’s offered by smart watches in the tech market, prompting notifications while on the move. In this case, for that morning, a calender alert for to remind me of the Canon Photomarathon I was set to attend.
Now let’s look at the strap.
There were sufficient adjustment holes on the strap and my guess, it should fit most users’ wrist. There wasn’t any itching or discomfort, even after a long day of usage or gym session with the fitness tracker. My friends threw me a question, as they were wondering if it’ll unbuckle itself, like some of their trackers did after prolong usage. Based on my 2 weeks with it, no such incident.
As for battery life, it’s said to last for 6 months on a normal watch battery (CR2032), so no charging necessary. Which is definitely a plus point for me, since I’m quite forgetful when it comes to charging or bringing an extra cable.
Now that we covered the fitness tracker, on to the LifeTrak app. (download it here – iTunes link)
To track my daily, weekly and monthly fitness goals, I downloaded the LifeTrak app which is currently available (working relatively well) for iOS. If you own older LifeTrak tracker models with BlueTooth sync ability (e.g. C300 and C410), you should be able to see them on the list for sync, like the R450. The Android version of the app is said to be ready by early 2015, as seen in the press release above.
If you happened to have more than one fitness tracker by LifeTrak, you may want to edit the device name for easy reference. Users may enable the cloud sync, which works a little like a back up. Since I don’t own more than one tracker, nor do I see a need to cloud sync, I didn’t see the need to switch or enable the feature.
Next, create an account, input necessary and accurate information on yourself. It’s necessary to track right with the right information, pointless to bluff yourself or the system, when it’s for your own health tracking purposes. But of course, I blanked out my information for this review / post, not going to share to the world how much I weigh, heh!
Leave this at ‘Default’.
I changed mine to ‘Option A’ as I wanted it to mainly track low intensity walking, purely game related walking.
There are 8 notifications that you can enable to display on the BRITE R450.
It worked well / as it should, alerting me of any messages and emails but I’m not the kind who will leave it sync the entire day, so I keep them off. The only constant notification / alert I kept on, was the ‘Wake up’ alert under Settings, which gently vibrates to wake me up.
The app reflects the 8 different data, as tracked by the R450 – e.g. Average Heart Rate, Steps, Distance, Calories, Active Time, Sleep, Workout and Bright Light Exposure.
Data sync was a little wonky, not sure if it’s due to the app or mobile’s Bluetooth but not a big issue. Even with the slightly wonky sync, there were no lost data but it did take a few tries before sync up was successful. As in the screenshots (above and below), the data displays appeared straightforward, to show the summarized week/month/year performance, simply click on the individual data column and it’ll provide you with the summary charts.
This was one of the week’s data for no. of steps / walking and I hit that goal within 6 days, all thanks to Ingress. If you would like to set a obtainable or higher goal, just head to ‘Goals’ on the app to adjust, you can adjust up to 5 data (Steps / Distance / Calories / Sleep / Bright Light Duration).
Here’s one on monthly chart for Calories burnt.
The monthly chart for Distance covered, be it walking or running.
Monthly chart for Heart Rate tracking. (To activate the counter / tracker, just hold the center / silver button for at least 10secs, the tracker will do the rest. If the BPM didn’t appear the first time, just try again)
Daily chart / log for Sleep. Good for those who’d need to know how much sleep debts they have incurred over the week 😛
There were a couple of things I have yet to do with the BRITE R450, e.g. swim or run with it or even walk in the rain with it. With that in mind… and since I have grown attached to the review unit, I opted to purchase for long term use.
To me, the LifeTrak BRITE R450 is a fuss free and straightforward tracker that suit my needs for fitness. It will likely suit the basic needs of any fitness enthusiasts out there while catering a little to those who’d like a little more of smart watch features.
Retails for S$179, it’s affordable if placed next to other fitness trackers and smart watches of similar features.
It’s available in Black/Freesia and Black/Titanium, on Axtro Sports online store.
For more product details and purchase, please refer to this link – www.axtrosports.com/lifetrak-brite-r450.html
Much thanks to Axtro Sports, for loaning and the review unit purchase.