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Made by: Lifetrak / Salutron
Price: $99.00

Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Usability Rating: ★★★☆☆
Reuse Value Rating: ★★★★☆
Build Quality Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Bottom Line: While the stand alone performance of the Zone C410 is pretty awesome, the integration with iOS seems a bit of an afterthought.

The Lifetrak C410 is a great fitness tracker for the dedicated athlete. It handles everything from heart rate monitoring to sleep tracking, but it seems as though the iOS integration is a bit of an afterthought.

The hardware of the C410 is very well made; with a great band, water resistant housing, and amazing battery life (a year or more). The band is built like a LCD watch and uses similar tech for the display. This makes it a bit hard to read at times, especially in low light. The main face of the device is also pretty thick, and perhaps needlessly so. The display seems to be fairly deep in the device, leaving a big air gap that seems wasted.

The software on the app is great though, tracking movement, sleep, and heart rate for up to seven days on the device. Further days can be read with the Lifetrak app. The issue with this is that syncing must be done manually – there’s no option to do automatic sync.

In my three weeks with the C410 I found it useful and pretty accurate compared to my Fitbit. The bulk did get in the way a couple times, but that’s likely something I’ll get used to. Having the heart rate monitor available, even though it must be initiated manually, was more interesting that I thought it would be.

My best guess is that the LCD screen and the lack of an automatic sync could be due to battery savings. This band does go for a full year on a single CR2032 battery, and that is nothing short of amazing. Most fitness bands require charging at least once per week. With the Zone C410, you can leave it on and forget about it – but remember to sync it once per week.

The extra-amazingly long battery life makes all of the blemishes seem pretty small, really.

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