Back in March of 2013, there was a glut of “Activity Trackers” being put up on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. At the time I opted to back two of them, the Misfit Shine and the Amiigo. Eventually, Misfit announced they weren’t going to support Android, and that they had no timeline for that, so that tracker was cancelled. It has since released and people do seem to like it though. The Amiigo on the other hand always maintained a promise for Android support, then even released the App before very many people even had the device.
For those interested in the Amiigo, you should know that customer service has been pretty iffy for a lot of people w/ them. I’m in a couple of groups dedicated to the device and the main complaints are that they haven’t received them, usually followed by how hard it is to get a refund. I can’t vouch for the refund, since I figured there was a chance the money was lost once I “backed” the product. Not that it really matters though, since a month or so ago, I got mine. And here it is:
I know, that’s a very manly color, it’s just how I roll.
So, what does it do you ask? And more importantly, does it do it well?
Let’s start with what it does well, and then finish with my annoyances, that seems to be the way people do this right? The easiest ways to talk about what it does is to show the data, cause it gathers up some data. There are 3 screens I want to go through, here is the first one, it’s the “start screen”.
The icons at the top (LRTB) are Steps, Calories, Sleep, Workout. The Steps one is pretty standard, every tracker does that, it’s the point of trackers. I don’t have a comparison device so I can’t vouch for accuracy, but I think it’s right. The Calories burned seems about right as well. It takes an estimate of your BMR, and then adds additional calories if you work out or are more active in a given day. Sleep tracking is actually pretty cool, it will monitor your heart rate and movement during sleep, so you get a pretty sweet overview. You also get a ton of additional metrics. Here are a couple of screen shots of the Sleep overview and also the advanced metrics:
You can see how it rates you on restful sleep and even gives you a letter grade. I also probably should have slept more that night, stupid poker till 330AM LOL. On the right is several of the advanced metrics the sensor can gather. I have no idea what to do with any of it, but it’s hard to say no to extra data. And maybe one day I’ll get some use out of it all.
And finally, the best/worst thing about the device… Workout Mode… The Amiigo has something that most other trackers do not have. It has a footpod that has to be used in workout mode. It’s annoying, but it does allow for more advanced data than other trackers. For example, you get a better cadence count w/ a foot pod. And in Amiigo’s case, it can use the 2 devices simultaneously to figure out what exercise you are doing. How sick is that right? of course, it’s still a work in progress, but it works ok most of the time. Currently, you have to open up workout mode and train the individual exercises, which is kind of a pain. But a recent update notification was released saying that they are working on including a bunch of exercise in the automatic recognition. The workout mode also works well for Cycling and Running (Swimming too, supposedly, I’ve just never done that). Here is what a run looks like:
You get reps, cadence, distance and calories burned. All of which seem to be near to what has been reported by my TomTom most of the time. Though distance is a little off I think. But yeah, that’s some good info to be had right there.
Would I recommend this device to others? Yeah probably, but I wouldn’t advise pre-ordering. Once it gets in to a store and you can walk out with it. It’s pretty good device. I wish it didn’t need the footpod, but I get it.
You can get more info at their webpage