Review of the Prestigio Smart Health Pedometer
The Prestigio Smart Health Pedometer is possibly one of the least known of the recent entrants into the tracker market, but don’t let that put you off.
The Prestigio Smart Health Pedometer (a bit of a mouthful, I must admit – so let’s just call it the Prestigio) is available in the UK either via the online store or on Amazon for about £50, putting it at the cheaper end of the market. There is a free app for iOS available, all meaning that the Prestigio is here to take on the might of the tracker world. If you’d like to find out more, read on for our full review.
WHAT IS TRACKED?
The Prestigio tracks that standard trio of steps taken, calories burned and distance travelled. Coupled with the smartphone app, these measurements can also easily help the user to monitor their progress – whether that’s weight loss or simply being a bit more active.
Slightly frustratingly, there appears to be a sleep mode on the device when you hold down the button on the tracker, but this doesn’t result in anything being tracker. So while it’s encouraging that it’s built it, it’s a shame the function wasn’t baked into the app at launch.
Currently the Prestigio doesn’t connect or share its information with any other services, but the app does also collect data from other products in the range – such as the Bluetooth enabled scales and blood pressure monitor (reviews to follow). Meaning all your information is in one handy place.
Comparing the Prestigio to our current leading tracker (the Misfit Shine), it performed well and seemed to accurately reflect my activity levels over the test period.
One slight quirk of the tracking is that the ‘Calories burned’ is equated to how many steps you’ve done directly, so doesn’t factor in you daily standard calorific burn (2,000 for women & 2,500 for men). So at the end of my first day I was slightly shocked to find if only burned a couple of hundred calories! But this did have an added benefit of adding them to a dietary tracking app, for example.
The Prestigio app is available free on iOS only for now and it’s a great app for people that like charts (so, me!). It gives a simple overview of all the devices you might have feeding into it – if you have the scales and blood pressure too. Then you can click in to look a little deeper into your data, which can be very handy. For example, I found I was regularly losing weight through the week, with weekends were a bit more indulgent, but looking at the monthly view I could see the overall movement down as I had list weight over the time (which, I should add, I was trying to do).
It did have the odd syncing issues during the trial, bit mostly when I was had more than one device in range and trying to send data to the app. Also, Compared to some of the others available on the market, the app isn’t going to win any design awards, but it is functional and user friendly – what more can we ask for? Take a look for yourself:
The Prestigio is a simple and solidly made device, with most of the features you’d expect. For the price, it’s also on the cheaper end of the tracker market, but without that meaning a bulky product. All in all the user experience is above its other competitors (for example the Fitbug Orb), read on to find out more:
Worn on the wrist, the Prestigio fixes to a solid rubber band via an interesting USB style plug-in system. Not terribly well explained, I know, but the image (right) should give some indication of how this works.
The band felt secure throughout wearing and never looked like coming off for any reason. It also has a surprising range of sizes available, with the small metal clip (see images below) allowing the use to cut down the band to the correct size and fix it back together perfectly securely.
To put it simply, it’s a really very well built and secure wristband tracker.
The device tells you the time and gives an update on steps, calories burned and distance covered via the blue digital display. It has no sort of notification or buzz function, although as with the sleep mode it does appear to have these built in, so could be something coming in the future.
Syncing happens via Bluetooth and is one of the easier options I’ve tried. Once the device is connected with your phone, it will simply sync in the background with your device from time to time. For those worried about leaving apps running all day and killing off their smartphone battery (as I am), this is how I used it: before jumping in the shower or while sitting at my desk at work I’d open the app and leave the two to sync for a while. Then next time I picked up my phone the steps would be logged.
There was the odd sync issue, where steps didn’t appear to come through at all, but closing the app and reopening it then leaving it to sync again seemed to do the trick. All in all, the syncing was exactly what it needed to be: easy and non-invasive.
Interestingly, the Prestigio comes with a USB connection built in so if it’s funning low it can simply be charged with any USB port you can find! The battery lasted around 7-10 days, depending on usage, and this is in line with other devices like the Jawbone UP. It’s not the months that the watch battery devices like the Misfit Shine [link], but works perfectly well and the USB connector means even if you are caught short, you can recharge almost anywhere.
At the lower end of the tracker market, you can get your hands on a Prestigio for about £50. For the price, it’s pretty hard to knock it as it’s durable, accurate and does everything you’d expect from a more expensive tracker.
The Prestigio is a great little device. It’s not perfect and I’d love to get some of the features that seem to be hiding inside the wristband to work (sleep and buzz notifications, for example), but for the price it’s the best tracker around. The app isn’t going to win any design awards, but it is clear, insightful and gives the user everything they need to know from their data.
Would I buy one? Probably not. The scales and blood pressure monitor in combination make it a surprisingly tough decision, but I would have to go for one of the higher end options for the tracker alone. But if someone was to ask me for a recommendation and didn’t want to spend around £100 on a high-end tracker, the Prestigio now sits top of that second tier list.