Review of iHealth Edge
iHealth has fast become a significant player in the digital health and wearable world, with a wide range of devices already on the market — from scales to blood pressure sensors and now wrist-worn wearables to go directly up against the likes of Misfit and Jawbone. We got to try out iHealth Edge (Model AM3S) wireless activity and sleep tracker.
WHAT IS TRACKED?
The Edge tracks everything you’d expect from your modern wearable: steps, calories burned and sleep. In particular, the sleep mode functions automatically, which is an all-to-often overlooked feature that is incredibly useful as not everyone remembers to turn on the sleep mode as they get into bed.
In terms of steps, the Edge does come in a little under the devices I compared it to. Meaning that the knock on affect is that the calories burned are also a little down on what I’d normally expect them to be. However, I would add that this certainly the more productive way for trackers to tend, as it drives you towards achieving and exceeding your goals!
For sleep, the automatic detection is reasonably accurate and also the timings for any wakes during the night are accurately detected without ruining the entire night’s worth of tracking. So all in all, while the Edge is not the most accurate device I’ve tested it is not miles off the mark and is on the right side of estimating your daily activity and sleep.
The iHealth app is a single tool to sync and view the data not only from the Edge (available on both iOS and Android), but from any of your other iHealth devices too. It underwent a complete redesign last year and is now significantly more visually appealing and easier to navigate. However, the key word there is ‘easier’ as it is still a little clunky in keeping all the data logged under each individual device and the ‘trends’ screen offers little more than Apple’s Health app (which is to say not very much).
Having said that, it does what it says on the tin better than some of the apps we’ve tested. So while there’s room for improvement it’s certainly a usable option.
The Edge is a little on the chunky side compared to many of its rivals, but compared to a wrist watch it’s not huge (although a touch on the heavy side for my liking). The display is clear enough in most light situation, although I did find the ‘edge’ of the LCD under the display glass was also visible sometimes.
As ever, the Bluetooth sync and set-up are relatively straightforward, but are still beholden to the odd technical glitch as well. Otherwise the sync happens quickly enough once the app is open and you’re looking at the correct panel.
The rechargeable battery charges via a USB cable and lasted just shy of a week during the trial. It’s always a bit disappointing when devices don’t quite make it to over 7 days, but it’s not like the Edge dies after 2-4 like some, so it’s not too bad.
The iHealth Edge is currently available for a little over £40 on Amazon, which is certainly cheap for the quality and tracking technology that it offers. Compared to the usual starting point of £100 for any tracker of note, the Edge offers a lot for quite a bit less.
All things considered, the Edge is an impressive device for the price point. It offers many of the same features that it’s pricier competitors do, but for about half the price. Yes, it could be smaller. Yes, it could be a little more polished. Yes, the app could be improved. But for just £40 it’s honestly one of the better trackers out there and the ecosystem of other devices that iHealth (for example, X, Y and Z) offer means it’s a family of devices that are worth buying into.