Tech Tuesday | FourFit Smart Bracelet Review


*Disclaimer: I was sent this product in return for an honest review, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Finally, it's time for another Tech Tuesday, I haven't had one of these in a while and thought the latest review I'm doing was perfect for it. I'm a big fan of fitness trackers but not for the fitness part more so for keeping an eye on my heart rate, as a lot of you know I have a chronic illness that makes me faint and I try to wear a tracker to keep an eye on my HR to give me some kind of clue as to when my HR suddenly peaks because it's an indicator that I'm about to faint. Over the years fitnesses trackers have got more and more popular and have had much-wanted features added such as a BP monitor which measures your Blood pressure, this is a feature which is much needed for those who want to keep an eye on BP much like myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see on one of the days that my BP read as normal which is a big thing for me as my BP tends to mostly be low.

We all know the different types of fitness bands we can get, I myself had a Fitbit HR and now I have a Fitbit Blaze as well as the Fourfit which is what I'm reviewing now. There are certain things I look for in a tracker, for example, the band around a fitness tracker has to be comfortable, I don't know if anyone else has this issue but when I wear things on my wrists they tend to start aching so I need something light and easy to put on and take off, the FourFit does just that, it doesn't have your typical strap instead it has a little peg that you push through the hole of your choice on the band to fit around your wrist, it's quick and simple to remove but does take a few tries putting it on.


Features:
  • Heart Rate tracking
  • Blood Pressure monitoring
  • Blood Oxygen monitoring
  • Step tracker
  • Sleep tracking
  • Calories Burned
  • Call alerts
  • SMS alerts
  • Waterproof 
  • 5-day battery life
  • GPS distance tracking on app




The Fourfit has a similar green flashing light to the Fitbit but isn't as bright or as noticeable as it sits better on the top of your wrist making it hard to see, it has a strange but clever way of charging, it comes with a clip on charger which you just open on and line up with the three dots on the back of the phone, I tested out how well it could hang from the clip when charging and it didn't unclip it stayed on until it was finished charging.


Is it easy to use? Yes it's fairly simple, I was kindly provided with separate instructions along with the instructions the band came with which basically said the same things, I did have to charge it when I first got it even though it had a little bit of charge left in it, I wanted to make sure I got the most out of the band whilst it was fully charged and left it for about 2 and a half hours before checking to see if it was fully charged which it was. Whilst it was charging I downloaded the app Wearfit so that I could connect the band via Bluetooth, it took about 10 minutes to find it but once it did I was able to sort out my profile and input all my details, my data wouldn't always record but this is because my phone has an issue with Bluetooth sometimes so this wasn't the bands fault at all so my Health weekly section in the app couldn't update all the info for me (I really need a new phone).



The battery life impressed me a lot on the FourFit, it was only at 10% after a week and a half, my fit bands battery life don't tend to last me as long as that and at one point I was charging my Fitbit HR every day which was frustrating,  the FourFit does state battery life is up to 5 days even though it lasted longer. The sleep mode detects when you're deep or light sleeping at times, this element of the band is a welcomed addition as I know some people are very curious about how well they sleep and whether or not it's a light or deep sleep, I personally am a very light sleeper so any little noise ends up waking me up so I end up having a terrible nights sleep most nights, I tend to not track my sleep due to this otherwise it stresses me out.


The band vibrates to let you know when Bluetooth is turned off, this is a good idea for those who have forgotten to put theirs on or forgotten to turn Bluetooth on so the phone can sync up with the band, whilst it syncs it will be taking readings of your steps, HR, BP, Blood oxygen and how many calories you have burned. You can set the band to notify you when you have a call or message reminders. The biggest upside to the band is that it's waterproof up to IP67 which basically means the band can withstand water for up to a meter deep for half an hour which is a good idea for those who forget to take the band off when bathing or showering.


There is one feature out of the whole band I wasn't keen on and that was measuring fatigue, my issue with this is that when I am fatigued it will tell me I'm not but I figured the band bases this from the overall readings from each thing it tracks for you, if your BP and HR is good it's obviously going to think you're not fatigued but then it comes to someone like me that is always tired due to their chronic illness which makes them fatigued I can't really relate to that feature on the band so I don't tend to pay any attention to it. My overall opinion on this is that if you're looking for an affordable and effective fitnesses tracker I would say go for the FourFit, it includes a lot of features for a lower cost, it comes in one size but has a large enough band to make the size small, large and medium, you can set your step goal but can't go any lower than 4000 steps which is what I set mine to, I'm still a little shocked that this band only costs £49, that's a steal, I give this band 4/5 stars! Why not check FourFit's range of trackers starting from £39 HERE.


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