This is one of the last articles I will be writing on about fitness brand products and I would like to end with a new fitness tracker made by one of the largest companies in the fitness world, Adidas.
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Just like any good rivalry, UF vs. UGA, Microsoft vs. Apple, cats vs. dogs, the rivalry between Adidas and Nike is legendary. These two companies sell the same style of product, reach out to the same people, sponsor pro athletes, and make about the same amount of money (sort of). As of now Nike builds the better product, supports more marquee players, and has a better reputation then Adidas. This new fitness tracker may push both companies harder as it is a fine piece of hardware with one major flaw and a few other trouble spots. Let’s jump right into it.
Adidas SMART RUN:
This fitness watch is one of the first to come out that actually claim to fulfill everything a person needs for the ultimate fitness tracking. The Adidas Smart Run offers to be a complete fitness band and a watch just like the Samsung Gear Fit but without the restriction of working only with Samsung phones. Besides offering app support for Android and Apple, Adidas has even offered to work with Windows Phone. If I could just give them a silent nod, just kidding, Adidas has finally done what I wanted every single company making these bands to do, offer an app for Windows Phone. By making this move Adidas does enough to separate itself from the competition, which is important for a key reason, I will touch on that later.
The Adidas Smart Run offers a lot of hardware for the user. Those include:
- Heart Rate Monitor
- LCD screen
- Music Playback (only to Bluetooth headphones)
- 4GB of storage
These all make up a device that has a good overall performance. It’s built both to help you run and train to your max potential. The Smart Run can also act as an everyday watch for use when not working out but just realize it’s not the best looking or smallest watch out there. The watch also is supposedly the only device you need if you commit to it. With on board storage you can store songs and coaches. These coaches, athletes, will give you motivation to keep up the good work or tell you to push harder. You may be asking yourself well this sounds great but why is it not as popular as Nike’s Fuelband? Well that’s where things get complicated.
This device does offer an app and a pretty good one at that. However, the watch itself is quite confusing compared to the app and the app can do many of the same things as the watch and even more. This leads into one of the biggest problems with the watch. It costs $400 and it doesn’t include any headphones just the watch and charging accessories. Let me repeat that. It costs $400 dollars! This price point becomes almost impossible to justify for the device. The build quality is decent but the watch is a tad heavy in hand and will take some getting used to.
In conclusion, is the watch worth its $400 dollar price tag? I can say with confidence, it isn’t. This is not to say that it will become a better device in the future but as the first device released by Adidas it needs some work before it can be considered worthy. As of now software, product design, and the confusing system do not line up with the $400 price point.
What do you think about these fitness trackers? Do you believe they really help people increase their overall fitness level?