This new activity tracker from Tonbux reminds me very much of the far more expensive Fitbit Charge 2 as regards both looks and functions. But how does it compare to the high end rival?
The tracker was delivered in a fairly simple mid market windowed box of the sort expected at this price point rather than the premium packaging of the Fitbit. Inside the box was the tracker itself, a Tonbux warranty card and a well written but miniscule User Guide. I inclose a scan of the User Guide in my unboxing video.
The tracker will monitor and record steps, distance, calories burned, sleep quality and duration. It has offers both touch screen and Gesture control and like the Fitbit it also offers real time heart rate monitoring. When connected by Bluetooth to your Android or iOS phone it will also show SMS, call and other alerts including an hourly sedentary reminder and can even be used to control your phone’s camera.
The tracker seems well made and does not look like a budget device. It has a flexible wristband with a metal clasp – although there is no retaining loop for the strap. The strap is quite small and although it worked fine for me with my slim to normal sized male wrist anyone with a much larger wrist than mine might struggle to make it fit. It comes with an annoyingly short USB charging cable with a proprietary magnetic pongo pin charging clasp . This would be easily lost and probably impossible to replace so make sure to take good care of it.
The first thing to do upon receiving the device is to charge it up which can be done from any standard USB port. Then download the awkwardly named iWOWNfit Android or iOS app and use this to pair the tracker to your phone’s Bluetooth connection following the instructions within the app.
Aside from passively monitoring daily activity and heart rate the device can alkso be used to more intensively monitor sports such as running, walking,cycling etc. Note that unlike the Fitbit it does not use the connected phone’s GPS to record specific location data. You can check on your current status – heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, at any time including when in Sports mode during an activity. At the end of a sports activity – which unlike with the Fitbit are not automatically detected – you can check on your data for that activity period.
The data can be displayed both on the watch and from within the app. The app is OK for what it is but does not offer the full eco system of the market leading Fitbut competitor which is not to be wondered at.
Like all wrist mounted LED heart rate monitors – including those I have tested from Fitbit, Garmin and others – it is by no means as accurate or reliable as a chest rated monitor but as a general guide to passive and active heart rate over extended periods it is fine and compares well to the one on my Fitbit Charge 2.
For the current Amazon price of £37.95 this is a great buy. It lacks some of the more advanced features of expensive rivals and the phone app lacks the polish and feature set of high end trackers but all the core features are supported here on this well made and attractive device.
Good build quality
Well written and informative User guide
Real time Heart Rate monitoring
IP67 water resistant
Bright OLED screen
HRM could be better
User Guide tiny and hard to read
Not fully waterproof
No strap retaining loop
Charging cable too short
Wrist strap quite small