I am a true believer in using fitness trackers to monitor my level of activity. Working as a private investigator and writer for this website can be very sedentary work. And when Riversong asked that I review their Riversong Fitness Tracker I was more than happy to do so. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a fitness tracker and wanted it, because I already have one, but I wanted to know if there were more affordable options available that provide the same information as the one I currently own.
I will have Amazon affiliate links to this device in this article if you would like to take a look at it.
So what does this fitness tracker monitor exactly?
- Heart Rate
- Sleep time and quality of sleep
- Pedometer (measures steps)
- Distance walked
- How many calories you burn each day
- Blood pressure test
- Call and Message Notification
- Sedentary Reminders
What I Have Used This Fitness Tracker For
Everyone is different and has different needs from a fitness tracker. I primarily used this fitness tracker to track my steps and to track my sleep. I just need to be aware of how active I have been each day especially if I have been sitting in my car on a surveillance or writing reports for extended periods of time.
I see my steps as a guide for how active I have been each day and it is important that I am active each day to stay healthy. My typical goal each day is to hit 10,000 steps but sometimes even that goal can be a struggle to reach for me on certain work days.
I like keeping track of my sleep because it lets me know how much I move throughout the night or wake up. I don’t realize sometimes how much I move each night for whatever reason. By seeing how restless I am some nights it makes me understand why I can be tired the following day.
I know that if I walk 10,000 steps each day that I have usually walked about 5 miles. So for me, it is all about the steps and not the distance. That may have come as a result of the fitness trackers early on focusing on step counts.
Blood Pressure Test
I don’t use this on a regular basis as it is something I personally am not that interested in. And I believe if used too frequently it will drain the battery on the device faster. It is interesting that it has this capability and I am sure many people would love to use this part of the fitness tracker.
Let’s get into the specifications of Riversong Fitness Tracker.
Specification of the Riversong Fitness Tracker:
- Chip: Nordic nRF51822
- Sensor: KXT J2-1009 PD70-01C-TR7
- Screen size: 0.87 inch OLED screen
- HR senor: PD70-01c-TR7
- Memory: 32KB+256KB
- Strap material: TPU
- Transmission: Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: 70mAh Li-polymer battery
- Standby time: 5-8 days
- Battery capacity: 70mAh
- Charging time: About 1 hour
- Charging current: 300mA-2000mA (Optimal 500mA)
- Charging port: Built-in USB
- Product Weight: 19g
- Product size: 230 x 18.8 x 10.8mm
- Working temperature: -10-45 degree centigrade
- Water Resistant: Yes
- Package contents: 1 x Fitness Tracker, 1 x User Manual, 1 x Packaging Box
Compatible with Android 4.4 and above / iPhone 4s above or iOS 8.0 above, Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device
This fitness tracker connects to the H Band app on your phone.
It is my understanding that this only works with Android and iPhone devices as stated above in device requirements.
The H Band App
The app works quite well and I was very impressed with it. On the dashboard of the app, you can see how many steps you have walked and how long you have walked. You can see your sleep data, heart rate throughout the day and your blood pressure readouts.
You can set alarms and reminders to get active (or get up and move around).
You can get notifications from the following apps:
- Phone calls
- Text Messages
- QQ (I don’t know what this is)
The nice thing is that you can pick and choose what you want to get notifications from and what you do not. I don’t use these functions often because I get notifications on my smartwatch already.
Bluetooth Connection Procedure:
1. Turn on the Bluetooth on your Smartphone at first.
2. Open “H band” App you have downloaded from app store, entering “Setting” interface. Then tap “device” menu to enter the “Device connection” interface.
3. Click the corresponding name to connect the device. If the device cannot be found, please swipe down to refresh the list and try again.
Tips: For Android phone users, you may need to input default password “0000”to finish Bluetooth connection during the process.
I personally did not have any problem connecting this device to the app. I am sure you will find it easy to do as well.
PROS and CONS of the Riversong Fitness Tracker
- My favorite aspect of this device is how easy it is to charge since it since it has a USB connector built into it. All you do is pull off one side of the band and plug the device into your computer or USB charging box.
- I like that it has all the same functions as the big name brand devices and even more capabilities than many other fitness trackers for half the price.
- It is small and stylish which is always nice to see when you wear it throughout the day.
- The price has come down quite a bit since I receive it. As I write this they are selling this device for $31.99.
- The bands come in three colors (black, blue and a pinkish purple).
- The band I believe is a con as the version of fitness tracker I have has a band that feels unreliable. With that being said I haven’t personally had any problems with it but I can see it breaking over time. They do sell replacement bands. Also as I write this they sell different versions of their fitness tracker and some of those trackers have watch bands which I would personally prefer.
- One of the big selling points of other fitness trackers is the community and competition aspect of step counts. And though I believe the app has this capability you would need others with this device to be involved in friendly competitions.
How does this RiverSong Fitness Tracker Measure Up?
When I used this device I had it on my right hand which is my more active hand as I am right handed. My Fitbit was on my left hand to compare. I don’t believe the RiverSong Fitness Tracker disregards some movements because many times my step count would be a little higher than my Fitbit step count.
Generally speaking, I found it to be pretty accurate with step count with all things considered.
I believe this is a good product and anyone looking for an affordable fitness tracker would be happy to have this.
As for the community portion of this product, if you aren’t interested in competition with others then I would say this is a good device for you to take a look at.
For the price, I just don’t think you can overlook this product if you are interested in a fitness tracker. I personally believe that private investigators should be keeping track of their activity due to the typical sedentary lifestyle it can bring.
I would be interested in your thoughts in the comment section should you purchase this device.