You can link the Edge activity tracker data with compatible iHealth medical monitors.
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IHEALTH EDGE ACTIVITY TRACKER REVIEW
The iHealth Edge (AM3S) is an activity tracker that looks like a regular watch but monitors the number of steps you walk or run each day, distance travelled and calories burned. At night it analyses the quality of your sleep, so it offers 24-hour personal monitoring. See all activity tracker reviews.
Activity trackers are making a lot of us fitter – or at least more active – with their encouraging statistics of our exercise and sleeping patterns. See: Best Activity Trackers.
Joining the Fitbits, Jawbones and Apple Watches the iHealth is actually just one part of a large family of health-monitoring devices, including wireless scales to measure your weight, a pulse oximeter to check the oxygen levels in your blood, and blood-pressure monitors, as well as glucometers to measure your glucose levels. See also: Which Fitbit?
If you want a doctor’s armoury at home iHealth has the digital tools you need to monitor a wide range of key health signals. See also: iHealth Air Wireless Pulse Oximeter review.
Here we’ll concentrate on the iHealth Edge, but the range of health-measuring devices is welcome in creating one healthy product ecosystem; we’ve also reviewed the other iHealth gadgets.
IHEALTH EDGE: COST
On the company’s website you can buy the iHealth Edge for €79.95 (about £60), but we found it cheaper online at retailers such as Amazon (at the time of writing we found it there for under £50); Amazon.com sells it for $60. See the price listings below for the latest, best online prices.
IHEALTH EDGE: STATS
Like the Fitbits and Jawbones the iHealth Edge measures steps, distance and calories burned. We wore it alongside a Fitbit Charge HR, which offers more measuring data (heart rate sensor and an altimeter for floors climbed) but also the basics. The more advanced Fitbit models also offer Caller ID and other notifications, linked to your phone. The Edge doesn’t have this handy feature.
It also measures your sleep, recording when you were awake, asleep or in deep sleep.
One feature we really liked about the Edge is its automatic Workout Mode. After a period of activity the tracker works out when you have finished your walk or run and buzzes your wrist to show you how long your workout/walk lasted plus the steps, distance and calorie stats.
Some of the later Fitbits (Charge HR, Blaze, Surge) also have this automatic exercise recognition feature.
IHEALTH EDGE: APP
Like all good trackers the Edge syncs with a free app (iHealth MyVitals compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone). Here you can check your performance against your own fitness goals.
The app is impressively clear and can also connect with the other iHealth devices. You can look at “Recent” for that day’s activity stats, and also Trends, that can show stats by Week, Month and Year. We’d have preferred the ability to swipe back through more detailed stats on previous days rather than just the day today and then more basic “trends”.
The iHealth Edge can also share its data with the Apple Health Kit if you prefer to use Apple’s app – something you can’t do with the Fitbits.
IHEALTH EDGE: ALARMS
Like the Apple Watch and the forthcoming Fitbit Alta, the Edge can politely remind you to get out of your seat and move around at set intervals of inactivity. We love this feature as it’s too easy to sit at your desk during the day and not move for a few hours. A gentle prompt to go take a walk, make a cup of tea, or whatever is a neat way to make you increase your activity during the day.
You can also set a quiet vibrating alarm to wake you but not your partner. One turn and it will show you the date and time, plus battery life and whether the device is connected by Bluetooth.
IHEALTH EDGE: DISPLAY
The Edge has a large, circular display, much like a normal watch. The backlit display is activated by a simple turn of the wrist. Otherwise it stays off to save battery life.
Tap the screen and you’ll see how many steps you’ve taken today, tap again for the distance you have travelled (on foot). The next tap shows the estimated calories that you have burned that day. It will also show you how far you have progressed to your performance goals.
IHEALTH EDGE: WRISTBAND
Unlike other trackers the Edge ships with four different colour bands: black, grey, pink and orange. You can swap bands as the mood takes you, and having spares is always handy.
The tracker itself can be easily popped in and out of the strap, but isn’t loose enough to fall out of its own accord.
We prefer the watch-buckle type fastening found in the Fitbit Charge HR, Blaze and Surge, and the Apple Watch. Owners of the Fitbit Charge and Flex have often complained about the pop-in clasp working itself loose, and therefore getting itself lost.
The Edge’s pop-in clasp does, however, feel more secure than the Fitbit clasp, and I had no problems with it slipping off in the week that I tested it.
If you prefer to use the iHealth Edge as a clip-on tracker it also comes with a clip-on carrier that feels tighter and more secure than what you get with the Fitbit Zip or One.
The multiple wristbands and clip-on option set the Edge apart from other trackers where such extras come at a greater cost.