YAMAY Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

We do not all want to pay £100+ for a premium sports and fitness tracker and as the market for them develops products like these mirroring the premium brands in functionality but not price become available. But is this one any good?

In the reasonably attractive windowed gate fold product box there is the wrist band itself, and a fanfold type User Guide which is small but well printed and reasonably well written. No charging cable was included which I thought at first was an oversight but the clever design of this product makes one unnecessary.

Build quality seems fine for the price but lacks the premium feel of high end rivals costing several times the price of this unit. It is well designed and an example of this is the charging method which cleverly avoids the need of cables by having the sensor pod pop out to reveal a full size USB plug. This also allows the strap to be replaced if needed – assuming a replacement can be found.

Priced at just £34.99 this unit closely resembles the Fitbit Charge HR and mirrors most if not all of the costly rival’s functions as well as a few new ones. It supports a Heart Rate Monitor, Clock, Pedometer, distance travelled, Calories used, Sleep Monitor, SMS monitor, Sedentary alert, Call Alert, Anti-lost Alert/Find Phone, Remote Camera control. It also shows weather alerts and has an anti stress relaxation mode and a Find Your Phone feature. As well as the normal phone call and SMS alerts it also displays messages from Facebook,Twitter, WhatsApp and other applications on the connected phone. All this is done through the latest low energy Bluetooth 4 connection and allows a claimed 10+ day plus of use between two hour charges charge use to be not unrealistic.

It has eight preset activity modes on board with six more accessible from the VeryfitPro iOS or Android app which must be installed for use with the tracker. The app is also needed to configure the weather and Find My Phone features as well as to collate and display the health tracking features. After installing the app it then connects seamlessly to the tracker and continually updates the steps taken, distance travelled etc, and can display real time heart rate. The app is OK but comes nowhere near that from Fitbit which you have to expect given the price.

No IP rating is given for how water resistant it is so I would assume it is OK in the rain but not for the shower or swimming. This is a pity and restricts the number of sports it can be used with.

Like with the Fitbit Charge 2 which I currently use the Heart Rate Monitor here is OK and a gives a decent indication of resting and active heart rates but cannot be considered accurate when compared to a chest strap HRM of the type used by serious athletes.

This tracker feels and looks a bit cheaper than a Fitbit or other Name brands but mirrors almost all the features as well as adding a few new ones. If you are looking for a simple but well specified sports and fitness tracker and don’t want to pay for a premium name then this new wrist mounted tracker from YAMAY might be just want you need.
The Good
Touch screen
Good build quality
Great price
Good User Guide
14 exercise activities supported
Remote phone camera control

The Bad
Not part of larger eco system
Not fully waterproof
Basic level app
Wrist strap and buckle could be stronger
Android App lacks design flare

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