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A fitness band for college kids

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Prasun Chaudhuri   |   Published 30.09.18, 11:24 AM

GADGET: Noise Colorfit

TECH SPECS: Fitness band for above Android 4.4/ iOS 9.0; monitors steps, sleep, blood pressure, blood oxygen; controls camera and music


PRICE: Rs 1,999

BEST FOR: Fitness-related tracking such as distance walked or run, calories consumed, heartbeat and quality of sleep  


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Oh no! Not another fitness band. That was my instant reaction when I was first informed of this gadget. This is the fourth “fitness tracker” to have arrived at our gadget review desk and I feel a bit sick and tired whenever someone mentions this not-so-new concept of tracking your fitness 24/7.

The earlier fitness trackers had failed to get me off my bed early in the morning. Even though I lead a more or less sedentary lifestyle, and love to guzzle a few glasses of beer while snacking on fish and chips, I envy those youngsters who huff and puff down park paths with a fitness band on the wrist.

When Colorfit arrived, I had been going through a particularly bad patch. Sleep had gone for a toss, blood pressure would often shoot up and, sometimes, my heart rate was too fast. The band fit snug around my wrist was reassuring, especially after I connected it with my android phone. My stats were not that bad: heart rate 75, blood pressure 130/85 and blood oxygen was 97. This is not meant to replace a proper monitor but you can get a general idea of vital stats. The pedometer indicated that I needed to walk at least 3,000 steps more. Sleep was a bit of a problem with poor quality of “deep sleep” and too many “wake ups”. I set up a realistic goal and, within a few weeks, I’ve been able to improve my stats. Funnily, the band vibrated to celebrate the achievement of a set goal.

As a fitness tracker, Colorfit is near perfect. Made by Noise, an Indian start-up, it performs basic functions well and is priced within the range of its target group. The brand is regarded as “cool” by its target group — the youth, especially college kids who can’t blow up a lot on gadgets.

It has a colourful LCD with three watch-faces and is IP67 water resistant. It gives push notifications for incoming phone calls and has a battery life of three days.

Perhaps to attract youngsters, there is a feature for music control — you can play and pause music (on your phone or a bluetooth speaker. Another feature —controlling the shutter of a camera remotely — seemed redundant. Just focussing on fitness is enough for a tracker of this genre.

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