Polar Loop review
Polar Loop reviewT3
T3's been living with the latest fitness tracker for a month to see if this is the only one you really need. Read our Polar Loop review
Polar Loop review
- Heart rate monitoring
- Swim tracking
- Battery life
- Cheap clasp
- Unresponsive button
- Fiddly strap fitting
In the past 12 months we've seen dozens of fitness bands launch. From the Nike Fuelband SE to the Samsung Gear Fit; the Fitbit Force to the Jawbone UP24, every brand from the world of tech and beyond wants you to strap on their activity tracker and start counting your moves.
We're a little surprised that it's taken heart rate experts Polar a while to get in on the action - after all this ought to be its home turf - but now it has has. So how does the Polar Loop tracking band stack up against the competition? T3 has been putting it through its paces for the past month to find out.
Polar Loop: Set-Up
Getting the Loop out of its box and ready for action isn't the easiest operation we've found among the fitness bands. For a start, you'll need a PC with an internet connection, a pair of scissors and a brave disposition.
The first thing you'll need to do is use your scissors and the included wrist-measuring tape to cut the strap to size yourself. It's more than a little daunting knowing that one wrong snip and your Polar Loop will be heading for the bin - or to someone with smaller wrists.
One you've completed that delicate operation, you need to download the Polar FlowSync software to your computer and connect the Loop using the special magnetic USB cable. Article continues after our Polar Loop review video.
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You'll then be prompted to sign into an existing Polar account, or if you don't have one, to create a new one. You'll also need to put in your vital stats like age, sex, height and weight to help the Polar Loop deliver more accurate information on your calorie burn.
The whole process took us about half an hour and ideally we'd like to be able to do it without the need for the computer.
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