With­out exag­ger­a­tion, a bag of Life­Trak fit­ness watch­es came to the edi­to­r­i­al office for test­ing. To be pre­cise, we got all five mod­els that have been released so far — from the first Core C200 to the lat­est Brite R450 with a sun­light sen­sor and smart­phone con­nec­tiv­i­ty. All watch­es auto­mat­i­cal­ly count steps, calo­ries, dis­tance trav­eled, mea­sure pulse — in gen­er­al, every­thing that fit­ness track­ers are sup­posed to count. They are also shock­proof and water­proof to a depth of 30 meters. There is no need to charge them: the bat­tery lasts for a year. In gen­er­al, you can’t find fault with the func­tion­al­i­ty. We have only one ques­tion: which ones are bet­ter? Let’s fig­ure it out togeth­er.

LifeTrak Zone C410

The track­ers of the Core line, as well as the Move C300 and Zone C410 mod­els dif­fer from each oth­er slight­ly (espe­cial­ly exter­nal­ly), and they all work with the same soft­ware, with a descrip­tion of which we will begin the review.

The Life­Trak appli­ca­tion is com­pat­i­ble with iOS 7 and works on iPhone mod­els 4S and high­er, iPad (from the third gen­er­a­tion) and iPod Touch 5. The list of com­pat­i­ble Android devices is not as wide as we would like: the bracelet will con­nect to LG Nexus 5, HTC One ( M8), Sam­sung Galaxy S4 and S5, and Sam­sung Galaxy Note III. True, it was exper­i­men­tal­ly estab­lished that track­ers can also be con­nect­ed to some oth­er Android smart­phones. But the offi­cial list, of course, does not shine with vari­ety.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

The main page of the appli­ca­tion is a sum­ma­ry for today. Since all the infor­ma­tion is dis­played on the watch dis­play, it is only worth turn­ing to your smart­phone for the sake of a more visu­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion. When you launch the appli­ca­tion, a list appears — the num­ber of steps tak­en, the aver­age heart rate (indi­cat­ing whether this indi­ca­tor exceeds the med­ical norm), the dis­tance trav­eled, calo­ries burned, sleep data, total activ­i­ty time and, final­ly, the work­out for today — work­out, which must be entered into the appli­ca­tion man­u­al­ly. Each item in this sum­ma­ry is pre­sent­ed in the form of a pie chart that is filled in through­out the day depend­ing on the degree of ful­fill­ment of the stan­dard steps or activ­i­ty. When the stan­dard 10,000 steps are com­plet­ed, a green check­mark appears on the pedome­ter icon. Ide­al­ly, such ticks should be earned on all points.

When you swipe to the right, sta­tis­tics for pre­vi­ous days appear — you can scroll back to the very begin­ning of your acquain­tance with Life­Trak. If you click on any of the sum­ma­ry items, graphs appear for this type of infor­ma­tion — dai­ly, week­ly, month­ly and for all time. You can also scroll through any of the charts by day. In gen­er­al, the struc­ture is very sim­ple and clear, take it and use it.

The appli­ca­tion is well imple­ment­ed. But the main advan­tage of Life­Trak track­ers is that all rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion can be obtained with­out going through the appli­ca­tion, direct­ly from the device’s small mono­chrome screen. By default, the time in the for­mat HH:MM:SS is always dis­played at the top of the screen, as well as the date and day of the week. The screen does not go into sleep mode, so the fit­ness watch always remains a full-fledged watch and does not need to be unlocked to find out the time.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

The low­er block of infor­ma­tion can be scrolled using the but­ton below the screen. It dis­plays the num­ber of steps you have tak­en so far and the calo­ries you have burned, the dis­tance you have cov­ered, and the dura­tion of sleep for today. For each para­me­ter there is an indi­ca­tor scale show­ing the degree of ful­fill­ment of the dai­ly stan­dard. The infor­ma­tion is updat­ed “live” — to check, just take a quick walk and watch how the num­bers on the step counter grow.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

Now about the watch itself. The case is made of met­al, the top is plas­tic, the strap is entire­ly plas­tic, and the inner sur­face is soft­er to the touch than the out­er one and fits very well to the skin of the hand. In gen­er­al, in terms of ease of wear­ing, the Life­Trak Zone C410 (and oth­er watch­es too) are very good: you can very accu­rate­ly adjust the strap to your hand, it fits tight­ly and does not slip. After a few min­utes you com­plete­ly for­get that there is any­thing on your hand; for the same rea­son, the need to sleep with a watch on your wrist does not cause any dis­com­fort.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

Anoth­er impor­tant and use­ful thing: all mod­els have a built-in heart rate mon­i­tor. True, it does not con­stant­ly mon­i­tor the pulse; the sen­sor must be start­ed man­u­al­ly. To do this, you need to hold down the large but­ton under the screen, and after six or sev­en sec­onds, data on the cur­rent heart rate will appear. If you con­tin­ue to hold the but­ton, the infor­ma­tion will be updat­ed as your heart­beat changes. Con­ve­nient for fit­ness class­es when you need to track your heart rate and not allow it to go beyond a cer­tain cor­ri­dor.

A good, easy-to-use fit­ness track­er. The design, how­ev­er, is some­what ama­teur­ish, but it is reli­able and func­tion­al. The cost of Life­Trak Zone C410 is 39$.

LifeTrak Core C200

The basic fit­ness func­tions are com­mon to all Life­Trak watch­es, and are described above in the part about the Life­Trak Zone C410. So we won’t repeat our­selves and tell you what the dif­fer­ence is between the mod­els.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

So, Life­Trak Core C200 is the junior mod­el of the line, which we received in black. Exter­nal­ly, it is a strict, lacon­ic device; there are few­er holes on the strap than in the Zone C410, due to which it looks more like a track­er than a watch. The only func­tion­al dif­fer­ence is that it does not sup­port sleep track­ing and does not con­nect to mobile devices, so you won’t get nice sta­tis­tics from it in the appli­ca­tion.

LifeTrak Move C300

“Two from a cas­ket, iden­ti­cal from the face”: this track­er is out­ward­ly absolute­ly iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor, Core C200. Except that it comes in a slight­ly dif­fer­ent box, and the body shape is the same. This mod­el has added syn­chro­niza­tion with mobile devices, but sleep sta­tis­tics are not yet kept. The gad­get costs 29$.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every tasteFitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

LifeTrak Core C210

In the Life­Trak Core C210 mod­el, the design and loca­tion of the but­tons remained vir­tu­al­ly unchanged, but the track­er learned to track sleep and keep sta­tis­tics on its phas­es using data about your heart rate and move­ments. There is no smart alarm clock, it will appear only in the next gen­er­a­tion. There is also no syn­chro­niza­tion with a smart­phone, so the device costs a lit­tle less than the Move C300 — 27$.

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LifeTrak Brite R450

The Life­Trak Brite R450 is most dif­fer­ent from the gad­gets described above: it looks more like a round watch and has slight­ly dif­fer­ent but­tons. The basic func­tion­al­i­ty is the same, but added with some inter­est­ing things. Thus, the mod­el received an unusu­al “fea­ture” for a fit­ness track­er — a sun­light sen­sor, designed to moti­vate the own­er of the watch to spend more time out­doors. True, in win­ter con­di­tions in EU this is unlike­ly to be use­ful — the watch will be hid­den under clothes most of the time.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

And, of course, a smart alarm clock. The tech­nol­o­gy of its oper­a­tion is as fol­lows: the user sets the wake-up time and the inter­val with­in which the device can wake you up (from 0 to 50 min­utes). If dur­ing this peri­od you find your­self in a light sleep phase, the device will under­stand this by your pulse and move­ments and begin to wake you up. By the way, it helps not to wake up every­one who sleeps near­by: the vibra­tion of the alarm clock is felt only by its own­er. It is eas­i­er to wake up from a light phase than from a deep sleep, and the per­son who wakes up feels much bet­ter. This is what every­thing is based on. Of course, the total dura­tion of sleep should not be less than the per­son­al phys­i­o­log­i­cal norm (it can be either 4.5 or 9 hours), then when trig­gered, you real­ly wake up notice­ably more refreshed.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

Final­ly, one last impor­tant addi­tion: the Life­Trak Brite R450 syncs with your smart­phone and dis­plays on-screen noti­fi­ca­tions for calls, SMS and oth­er impor­tant events. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, mes­sages in Euro­pean can­not be read — Life­Trak Brite R450 only under­stands Eng­lish.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every tasteFitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

Results

Since most of the mod­els in the Life­Trak fit­ness line are sim­i­lar to each oth­er, let’s sum­ma­rize the results as a whole, and not for each track­er sep­a­rate­ly. The basic set of func­tions and qual­i­ties avail­able in all mod­els is very, very good: all devices are water­proof and pro­tect­ed from mechan­i­cal dam­age, all have a one-year bat­tery life, fit well on the hand and are equipped with full func­tion­al­i­ty of fit­ness track­ers. The most inter­est­ing of the devices pro­vid­ed for test­ing is, of course, the Life­Trak Brite R450, which, in addi­tion to stan­dard fit­ness func­tions, received noti­fi­ca­tions from a smart­phone and a sun­light sen­sor.

Fitness watch review from LifeTrak: for every taste

The watch has a very infor­ma­tive dis­play — vir­tu­al­ly all the infor­ma­tion can be seen on it, and set­tings can also be set direct­ly on the watch. So the lim­it­ed list of devices avail­able for syn­chro­niza­tion is not as seri­ous a prob­lem as it might seem. In gen­er­al, these are good, sol­id smart­watch­es, with the abil­i­ty to choose a mod­el that suits you in terms of char­ac­ter­is­tics and price.

Com­par­i­son table of line mod­els

Comparison table of line models

Life­Trak Core C200 Life­Trak Core C210 Life­Trak Move C300 Life­trak Zone C410 Life­Trak Brite R450
Pedome­ter + + + + +
Calo­rie burn counter + + + + +
Trip counter + + + + +
Sleep sta­tis­tics + + +
Heart rate mon­i­tor + + + + +
Syn­chro­niza­tion with mobile appli­ca­tion + + +
Smart alarm clock +
Day­light sen­sor +
Dis­play­ing noti­fi­ca­tions from a smart­phone +

Pros:

  • infor­ma­tive dis­play;
  • all mod­els have a heart rate mon­i­tor;
  • year of bat­tery life;
  • pro­tec­tion from water and shock.

Minus­es:

  • sup­port for a lim­it­ed num­ber of mobile devices;
  • younger mod­els do not track sleep and do not sync with a smart­phone.