Reviewed by Dorothy White
I was really excited when the Activ8rlives BuddyBand Activity Tracker arrived. The BuddyBand is a wearable wristband with integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3D Sensor. The BuddyBand allows you to track your activity levels and energy expenditure during the day – so is great as part of an exercise schedule or weight loss programme and works with your Smartphone via an App.
I quickly took it out of the box and started reading the instructions while I put in on charge via USB on my laptop.
It comes with 3 straps, mine was on a pink strap so I changed it to the black strap but I needed very strong fingers to attach it to the new strap.
I downloaded the app to my Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone as I decided I would have my mobile with me at all times, but not my laptop. To begin with I had not realised this was the BuddyBand and not another app which was coming up. The two devices paired very easily, no complicated setup procedure.
Now all set up and ready to go, I loved being able to see how many steps I have done at any time of day by sending the data to my mobile, it is so easy to use.
I am still using the BuddyBand but am sure I am not using this BuddyBand to its full capability as I mainly use it to count steps.
I have entered data manually regarding my weight, height and step length and updated weight as it changes. I have also entered meals to the food diary and on food and drink.
Health Data shows a graph of my steps, weight and BMI so I can monitor my progress.
I am still learning how to use this BuddyBand to its best advantage, but I love it! Even using the features I have mastered.
I feel I must add that I am a grandmother and over 65 years of age, so I might not be using it as fully as someone much younger might be, but I feel fitness and keeping active are important and this is an excellent way to monitor my progress.
- Records steps, calories burned, vibration alerts and LED shows intensity of exercise.
- Adjustable size, 3 interchangeable in Black/Blue/Pink. May not be suitable for sensitive skin.
- Displays time – looks like a modern watch and you can check your progress throughout the day.
- Synchronises with FREE Activ8rlives App via Bluetooth 4.0 or PC (Windows or OSX) via integrated USB.
- FREE Activ8rlives Smartphone App (iOS 7.1 and above and select Android devices running Android 4.3 and above).
- Now compatible with Apple Health App (HealthKit). Fully complies with EU privacy laws.
- No cable required, no programming. Charges in 15 mins and works 3 days between charges.
- Sweat and splash proof but NOT waterproof. Not for use in swimming pool, shower or sauna.
- Learn from visualisation of combined weight, activity and Food Diary.
- Work in groups for added motivation. No subscription fees – FREE account for life!
For more information or to buy visit www.activ8rlives.com.