I have the activity tracker, I got it around Christmas. I was excited because of all of the benefits! However, we live in the out skirts of town and don't have internet at our house - we have it at our office which we are only at during the week. It bums me out because there isnt a way to track through your phone because of the dongle unless you manually add. But most of my activity time comes from bellydancing evenings or weekends, and each time has said that I did not do 10 minutes continuous so its a bit aggravating - yes I can track during the day but like MKFWILLIAMS said, needing to be near your laptop is slightly annoying... If I could go back, I probably wouldn't have bought it, I was hoping for more. If and when this one decides to quit, I wont be purchasing another..
Edited by: CHELZ711 at: 5/14/2014 (13:44)
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current weight: 169.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,767)
5/4/14 1:35 P
I've had mine since Christmas. I like it ok. But knowing what I know now, I probably wouldn't buy it again. First, I find the dongle aggravating. In these days of tablets and smart phones, having to be near our laptop, which is in our spare room and not always on, seems like a lot of work to upload my information. Other devices do a better job with that. But I think the thing that's concerning me most is that I believe it short changes me on my mileage. My husband and I have been walking regularly for awhile on a trek I have mapped out on the computer, double checked with the cars odometer, and my husband and I both using our cellphones with gps enabled and various fitness apps, and all of that indicates the spark tracker is considerably off. Our trek this morning was somewhere between 2.5 and 2.8 miles based on our phone apps but spark registered like 2 miles. So that's a bummer. If this one quits or breaks I won't buy another. It's just not worth it.
Fitness Minutes: (37,396)
3,900 4/5/14 12:10 P
Later in the day.... About 6 hours later, the Tracker showed the 12 minutes continuous on the treadmill. Compared to my pedometer, it is pretty close on steps, calories, etc. Based on that I will keep it.
Just a follow up on the Spark Tracker. I took my dog for a walk this morning for 15 minutes. I think it tracked the steps and minutes, but not the 10 min. continuous workout. So, I assumed it was because we stopped enough along the way. So, then I got on the treadmill and walked at 3 mph for 12 minutes- no stopping to see if it would recognize a 10 min continuous workout. Again, I think it tracked the steps and the time but not the continuous workout. Very odd. Next test before deciding to send this back is to compare steps on the Spark to my old pedometer. If the Spark is at least tracking the steps accurately I will likely keep it because it is very small and convenient.
Edited by: DAISYGIRL26 at: 4/5/2014 (17:04)
March Minutes: 0
Fitness Minutes: (20,865)
4/3/14 6:39 P
I just purchased the Activity Tracker and should have checked this thread out first. I just completed 20 minutes of cardio interval training and it tracked 5 minutes and zero training sessions of 10 minutes continuous. I think it is because there are stops of 10 seconds between intervals. Very bummed so far. I added my extra activity manually but not what I expected to do. I am on the fence too, to return it but someone below noted that it is a good way to track steps taken throughout the day. So I may keep it for that purpose and continue to manually track "non-walking" activity. Although I could just use my pedometer for that. The plus of the Spark Tracker is that it is very small and could easily be worn during the day without being noticed.
I've been using my Spark Activity Tracker for 2 1/2 months now and I love it! I am working on getting 10,000 steps a day (I'm up to an avg of 8700/day now!) and this little tracker is wonderful. I find it extremely accurate, at least for walking. I pretty much have a 1000 steps = 1K stride, and it faithfully reports 5000 steps when I do a 5K walk. I found out accidentally that it is indeed waterproof (thankfully!). My only complaint is that it takes too long to sync with the dongle - I always want to know how many steps I have left to reach my goal at the end of the day and I'm impatient to see the number show up on the website.
I was on the fence about whether or not I was going to send mine back, but I ended up keeping it for several reasons:
1. It would track my mileage. I like running and since I don't have a regular route, to calculate my miles, I have to remember where I go, and then look it up on mapmyrun, and it's a pain. The SPAT tracks your miles, and it's very accurate (I've measured against a known course and it was only off by .01 miles.
2. It tracks my movement when I'm pushing a stroller. The bracelet style trackers can't do that, as far as I can tell.
3. The lights motivate me to move. This is increasingly becoming a BIG DEAL I'm finding myself so motivated to get the full light show that I'm taking the dog for evening walks, walking with the baby, walking WAY more in the grocery and pet food stores, parking at the back of the lot, etc.
4. I figured out how to get it to recognize my chosen activities. I do have to change some of the entries manually, but I just view that as a limitation of the device and work around it.
5. It's easy to put it on and forget about it. It stays securely clipped to my shoe or hip.
My friend purchased the spark people tracker and hates it. It doesn't track very accurately, and is very pricey for what it actually does. If all you want is a step counter, then it's a good option, but there are definitely better options out there.
I just purchased the Polar loop 24/7 activity tracker and I love it. It tracks everything you do throughout the entire day and you don't have to tell it what you are doing. It tracks time, calories, daily activity goal and steps directly on the LED band, and it'll give you a more detailed account when you plug it in to your computer. Polar is also the only set of products endorsed by the World Health Organization as an accurate activity tracker. It is also water resistant to 20m. It costs 100$ in Canada right now, but. Highly suggest it instead.
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Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (81,182)
22,467 10/7/13 4:32 A
I have had my tracker for 2 days and will be returning it :( I play a lot of tennis, and it does not track this as there has to be 10 continuous minutes of activity...so it recored 34 minutes out of 90. I am going to get a heart rate monitor (for $40 on ebay) which tracks your true exertion. I think the spark tracker would be good to track steps/distance type activities, but not ones where you stand in position waiting for a serve.
March Minutes: 0
Fitness Minutes: (1,273)
10/2/13 2:12 P
Has anyone tried this yet?? Its the new fitness tracker that wirelessly tracks your workouts and knows what you are doing for workouts (indoor cycling, walking, running, normal activities) I saw it and thought that it would be a perfect way to keep me motivated and not feel like I am either over estimating or underestimating my exercise. I just wanted some opinions before shelling out $60 for one. (Keep in mind, I had been looking at getting a fitness/calorie tracker for a while now. Was looking at body bug but was just out of my price range as a college student)
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