Pros - More sensors then competitive products
- It makes you want to be a better sleeper
- Website shows the full week's summary in simple-to-understand color codes
- Soft band is comfortable enough to wear while typing
- It's a conversation starter
Cons - The heart rate monitoring is not accurate enough during vigorous exercise to replace your chest strap
- Wish it was thinner. It can catch on some dress shirt cuffs
- Android app doesn't work with older phones, like mine
Summary This is a great way to gather information about how you are moving through the world. I also have a Garmin 910XT that I use when I'm working out, so the Basis watch is a great compliment to that for when I am going about my day (and night). It's not a replacement for your heartrate monitor & GPS watch, but rather it's a great way to measure all of the parts of the day when you are not vigorously working out.My phone is a Motorola Droid Razr XT907 running Droid 4.1.2.
Updated on Aug 8, 2013
Pros Does a great job tracking my activities, heart rate, sleep pattern, and steps. It does motivate me and help me keep track of my habits.
Cons Doesn't tell me when charging is complete. Wish I could hear a chime when a goal is met during the day or I exceed a parameter. Expensive. The IPhone Ap needs to be improved.
Summary As someone with a family history of heart issues and sleep apnea, I was looking for a product that can keep track of my heart rate and activities. Despite the one negative review here from someone who looks like they have a vendetta, I purchased the Basis from their website. That part of the process seems a little strange as you have to give them your info and then wait. A few days later, I received an email saying one is reserved for me. It seems a bit pretentious, but the good product reviews and my bad health told me to go for it. That was 3 months ago and I don't regret that decision. I enjoy seeing me gain points with my good habits and can see when I am falling behind in sleep. The heart rate program seemed a little erratic at first but their latest upgrade seem to resolve any issue they had with it. I don't understand how it knows I am asleep but I must say it is accurate. So, I like the watch. However, it is not perfect. When I recharge the watch, it doesn't let me know when the battery is fully charged. That would be helpful. Also, you have to depend on the Basis website to keep track of everything and it goes down every so often. I would love if I can do that on my own computer (API). Finally, they need a way for their software to take input. I swim and they will not guarantee my watch while swimming, so I wisely take it off but I don't get credit. I also would love to input my meals and even blood pressure and weight readings (even info like glucose would be good). Then it would be a full fitness device.
Still, it is leaps and bounds over the others at the moment. So, until something better comes along or this improves, I am happy with what I got.
Pros Most data collection out there - heart rate, steps, sweat levels and temperature.
Watch design makes it easy to wear. Don't have to have separate bracelet or device.
Bluetooth syncing to phone
Interface is great especially on mobile app.
Cons No data export or API. They say it is on the way though.
Heart rate not for athletes. But I am not one so okay.
More watch functions would be nice.
Summary Great gadget overall. Love all the data and things that make it easy to wear and use. They kept it simple. Maybe even too simple in some cases. Looking forward to more features and when they launch the API.
Pros 1. Shows time and date
2. Shows how many steps you took during the day, supposedly your heart rate, and allegedly calories burnt
3. The web interface is intuitive. However, you do not have access to your own data - it stays on the company servers
Cons Plenty. See the summary section.
Summary 1. There is absolutely no correlation between calories burnt and the heart rate. I tried this watch while practicing Bikram Yoga. Now since I was not running laps in the yoga room (though I had my heart rate well above levels seen in most cardio activities) the watch seemed to think I was probably sleeping (it showed the same calorie burn rate!). What a joke of an analysis. Oh btw, if you sweat too much I guess, the watch loses contact with your skin and fails to even record the very data points that it was designed to collect. The buttons used for toggling displays stop working too! So the buttons are not only meant to look like screws, they are screwy too.
2. The watch advertizes that it monitors body temperature and sweat levels. The data is also displayed after you sync it to the computer. But the watch itself will not show that data. Great - let me go home later tonight to see how much did I sweat 3 days ago at 1pm.
3. Strap - the latch system is seriously flawed. The entire watch drops right off your wrist on to the floor if it brushes off something. I have had this happen 3 times already (its my 5th day of wearing it) and I am sure I will be losing this watch soon one day (I will regret this much). So much so for a fitness watch that can be worn anywhere - even in the shower!
4. Detect sleep patterns - WOW! Not sure what this even means. Load of crock! Ask someone in the basis team to explain what is this? I tells you what your heart rate was while you slept, how many hours you slept and how many calories you burnt doing it. No additional insights. It magically concludes at times that I was awake for 30 minutes at 3:15am. Uh?!?! Doing what? Checking my pulse? Who coded the intelligence (a misnomer) into this plastic cube from the 80s?
5. The charging dock is a cheap flimsy piece of plastic that is poorly designed. But thats the least of the issues
6. If you want one with white strap - guess what, you pay $25 extra. You have no option but to buy the default black strap and then pay an additional $25 to buy the white one as an over-priced accessory. I hope that $25 goes to hire more competent watch designers
Firstly, I signed up for this watch way before it was made available for sale. After months of delay and with no one in the company ever being able to provide an update I stopped waiting. Finally, out of the blue I get an email that the watch can be ordered online only to find out that it was sold out within first 24 hours (if not sooner). It was now going to be on sale on invitational basis only based on when you signed up for one. Long story short, I received the watch after almost 2 years of wait time.
I believe that all the raving reviews on the internet have been misleading and I see none from the user community. The reviewers must have their keyboards clogged up with drool if one was to believe what they write. Not one of them refer to some very basic flaws in this watch. I wonder if the reviewers ever received their watches or are they still on the "invitation list".
I give this watch 1/2 star out of 5. It has been less than a week since I owed it and I give it another week before I go back to wearing something that atleast looks good as an accessory unlike this hideous thing. I am happy to give it back to Basis and not charge anything for the 2.5 years of wait time as an added bonus.