The Avantek Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker is compact, simple, and reliable. As compared to the entire market of Fitness Trackers, it is an excellent product. Given the widely discounted availability of the Avantek, it is also a great value. Other products we tested are flashier with better attachment methods, greater accuracy, and additional features. If you are looking for "state of the art", something like the Garmin VivoFit 2 or FitBit Charge HR may serve you better. If you are looking for a basic, no frills step tracker, the Avantek is excellent.
AVANTEK Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker Review
Cons: Inaccuracy and no heart rate tracking
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Avantek activity and sleep tracker is a solid product often available at a reduced price.
Interface and Data Management
In examining the interface and data management of the various Fitness Trackers we tested, we looked at a few different criteria. Mainly, in this metric, we looked at sync style, data viewing experience, and the social networking capacity of the device and associated app. The best products in our test, like the Editors' Choice Fitbit Charge HR, sync automatically with the associated app, show some data on the device itself, and allow comparison of activity from one day to the next and from one user to another. The Avantek does well to display data on the device and clearly in the app while syncing basically automatically, but it does not have a ready social media aspect. We also looked, in this scoring metric, for devices that provided motivational feedback. While the Top Pick Garmin VivoFit 2 has the best on-device motivational tool (specifically, a "move bar" that turns red when the user has been inactive and doesn't go away until the user moves around enough), the Avantek device screen shows, when prompted, a couple different fields that serve to motivate further activity.
Depth of Data
- Sleep Tracking
- Heart Rate
- Distance/Step Count
- User Entered Data
Accuracy, Durability, and Construction Quality
Overall quality of a fitness tracker is a function of, among other things, the attachment integrity, instrumentation accuracy, battery life, and app/software reliability.
First, when it comes to step count accuracy, we must make some qualifiers. Inherently, no device will count perfectly every single step a wearer takes. Basically, most will use their step counter to compare one day to the next for motivational and recording purposes. Given the inherent inaccuracies in the field, as long as a device's margin of error is consistent, it doesn't matter too much. If it is off of actual by, as with the Avantek, 12% in use and testing, every day's data is apt to be off by 12%. The 12% error percentage of the Avantek was the highest in our test, but it was consistent. One user's data, compared from one day to the next, was still useful even though it varied from actual by a fair amount.
Next, we considered the wrist-band attachment integrity. The best products, like the Charge HR, attach with a secure and simple wrist-watch style band. The Avantek uses a simple and low-profile clasp, but is vulnerable to dislodging. It was more secure and simple than the UP3, but less so than the Charge, Garmin, and Mio Fuse.
Lastly, we initially had some troubles with the Avantek app. Our testing, as it should, lasted long enough to allow Avantek to improve their software. Sure enough, they offered an update that has addressed all of our concerns. You may read reviews elsewhere, conducted on a shorter timeline, that reference a non-functioning app. With the patient and thorough OutdoorGearLab testing timeline we were able to test the Avantek with an updated and fully functioning app.
Ease of Set-up and Use
After the app issues were fixed, we have had no problems with the use and set up of the Avantek. The set up isn't as slick as some of the other products, and we were thankful for the detail in the users manual, but the ongoing use has been clean and intuitive.
Portability and Wearability
The Avantek is squarely in the middle of the pack, in terms of portability. It is bulkier than the Misfit Shine, and smaller than the Mio Fuse. Only one tester found the Avantek to be uncomfortable while typing on a computer. Everyone else found it to be unobtrusive and compact.
The Avantek is a slick, readily available all-around fitness tracker. The casual or first time fitness tracker user will have more than enough data to play with and the technophobe will appreciate that step count and daily progress information is available right on the device's built-in screen. One need not access one's smartphone to see progress information. As a "middle of the pack" product, the Avantek will have wide application.
The initial retail price of the Avantek is more than any other device in our test that does not include heart rate monitoring. However, through the months we tested, we never saw the Avantek for sale for more than half its asking price. Based on the sale price, it is an excellent value, though for the full retail price we would recommend one of the other products we tested.
The Avantek is solid, but not flashy.
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