LG - Heart Rate Monitor - Black
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- Color CategoryBlack
- Measures Distance TraveledYes
- Measures SpeedYes
- Measures Steps TakenNo
Rating 3.3 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews(18 Reviews)
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
bummer because it has serious potentialPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I'm so bummed because I really wanted to like this product after reading the early reviews about it back in January on Engadget and other places. Finally, I thought, a good alternative to strap based HRMs, but after a week and 30+ miles running, the heart rate monitor is a disappointment.. Serious potential for sure but the product should have stayed in beta testing for longer. the equipment: LG HRM headphones, IPhone 4s with up-to-date OS, but NOT the lifeband... this is strictly about the earbuds + iPhone app. about me: running 30-40 miles a week mostly outdoors 1)out of the box: easy! The unit was nearly fully charged and downloading the app then pairing the two was simple. A few easy steps and one can be out the door quickly with the unit fully functioning. 2)speaker quality: meh. You will be disappointed if you are buying the headset for its sound quality. Both music and phone calls sound only marginally better than the stock earbuds that come with an iPhone or other apple products. These things are light-years away (not in a good way) from my old Bose IE2's. 3)putting on / taking off: nothing to add here. see previous reviews 4)HRM: its very accurate, I have to concede this point. For my first run I dusted off the old (hated and uncomfortable) Garmin to compare side by side. The LG seemed more sensitive and accurate than the Garmin to changes in my exertion levels. I loved that a light tap on the Bluetooth unit told me exactly what HR and HR zone i was in. In addition through the settings the unit was regularly provides updates at fixed time and distance intervals. 5)the App: (spoiler alert: if you LOVE LG stop reading here). The app stinks on two main levels: its GPS is highly inaccurate and the thing mysteriously shuts off between 25-45 mins of use despite good Bluetooth signals and battery life. on the GPS: According to the unit my first mile was at near Usain Bolt type speeds. At the time I thought "Ok, maybe its because of the excitement and newness of this that I'm running harder" unfortunately though a quick check of map and I saw that the trip from my front door to the road was nearly 1/2 a mile. Now I've walked out my front door a lot of times and always thought it to be somewhere around 100 feet to the road, but LG was telling me it was actually 1/2 mile! You can appreciate my astonishment at this new found speed... watch out Boston, New York and Olympics... Unfortunately a check of my other apps confirmed that the distance is just 100 feet. 5 runs and 30 miles later, the mis-matched GPS signals proved to be a regular occurrence. Weak. LG should be able to do better, but I recognized mapping skills aren't a priority when one is used to making refrigerators; they don't move as often. the random stoppages: Setting a target distance or time proved frustrating because the unit would randomly turn off at odd times between 25 and 45 minutes. Its very frustrating. The music continued to play but the app shows a completed workout. The first time it happened I took the blame and wrote it off to some accidental press of a button or something but this happened during every run sometimes more than once. odds and ends: There are things LG can do to tweak the app in order to increase the functionality like allowing users to customize HR zones, but I won't waste anyone's time with those ideas here on this forum because it would be a little like rearranging the deck chairs on board the Titanic. Bottom line: tons of promise but the buggy software overwhelms the potential.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Neat idea, imperfectly applied|Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I was excited to use this new method for tracking pulse. I find the chest band to be a pain and uncomfortable so I was hoping this would be a great new option. I will say that it does do a good of measuring your pulse and oxygen, but it has some drawbacks. First the app appears to force you to sign into the web. That worked where I tested it, but I like to hike in places that do not always have coverage. It shouldn't require you to be online. It also made me sign in several times. I also didn't love the ear pieces. They fit okay and were fairly comfortable, but the cord was thick and I found myself not liking how it fit. I liked the separate bluetooth module because I sometimes have problems with headset ones cutting out and because this was lower on my body it never did. I did not like that it lowered the volume of what I was listening to and then wouldn't let me pause what was behind it. I also couldn't tell what triggered it to give me an update. On the workout I would have preferred that it tell me whenever I changed zones, but I had to look at that myself. Overall a good idea, but imperfectly designed.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Works OK as bluetooth headphones, but...|Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
OK, they're nice Bluetooth headphones, but you can get nicer headphones for less. Check your app store before buying these as they are likely no longer supported. I had great ideas about using these for my parents fitness program and since we use LG Nexus 4 smartphones, what could go wrong? yep, even tho' they're LG and we use LG, these don't work on the N4 phones for their primary purpose - heart rate monitors and all the other info the LG app is supposed to track - can't track it if it won't work in your phone.. LG falls prey to the same marketing devices most other companies do - push it out and see if it sells, then provide support - maybe. So, as far as headphones go these are OK. The sound is nice for podcast listening and occasional music, but the reproduction is a bit tinny (very little low end/bass). Then there is the little in-ear-keeper, I believe they're called sharks (?). I know why and it's not because of the fin-like appearance, but - after about 5 minutes it feels like there's a shark attached to your ear by its teeth. After only a short time, these are pretty uncomfortable and after more than 10 minutes they were painful. I tried each of the different sized keepers and none worked comfortably, though they were very effective at keeping the phone in my ear for light exercise like jogging and cycling. I wish I had been able to check them out before the return period had expired - I would have returned them. (bought two sets for companion exercising)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
great idea. works ok. but expensive and bulky.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love to try out new gadgets. I drove 60 miles to buy this device at Best Buy. Unfortunately they did not have the companion bracelet in stock yet. After charging it I tried it. Great real time tracking of heartbeat. Nice Android app. Good stereo sound. If it's price was $89 instead of $189 it would be a great item. The headset is also a little bulky but once fitted in my ears it worked very well. Not sure on battery life. GPS tracking of walk/run very nice on Android. Overall a nice but expensive device.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good Quality Earbuds, Great heart rate accuracy|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
These Earbuds are very nice and sound pretty good. The built in Heart Rate monitor seems to be very accurate and I love the voice prompts that let you know what your Heart Rate is during certain intervals of your workout. To bad they couldn't integrate everything in to the earbuds instead of having a small box hooked up to them for the Heart Rate monitoring but its not a huge deal. I bought these Earbuds thinking that they would work with MapMyFitness out of the box but that isn't the case. I just hope that this feature comes very soon. The option to share LG's Fitness Heart Rate data with MapMyFitness is there but it is grayed out and says that it will be supported in the future.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Very accurate for heart rate, but app needs workPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Good: 1. HRM is very accurate and convenient -- The earbud has a PerformTek sensor in it, which is proven to accurately measures heart rate continuously during intense exercise. The manual shows that you need to use the right ear gels to make the heart rate very accurate, but several gels worked well for me. Just being able to use earbuds instead of a chest strap is quite nice. 2. Nice audio feedback and heart rate zone features, and the audio quality is pretty good. 3. The dongle has a very easy-to-use control button and changes color depending on your heart rate zone. The Bad: 1. It took me a long time to login to the app. Starting the app for the first time may be annoying for some. 2. Unlike some Bluetooth heart rate monitors, the LG device does not work with leading fitness apps but only works with LG's app, which needs work. There are a number of bugs, some of which I see are getting fixed by LG with new app releases. 3. This is a Bluetooth headset, but it has a long wire coming down to a dongle. All-in-all, if you want an accurate continuous heart rate monitor + audio headset that doesn't require a chest strap, this is a good buy. But the app has bugs when it comes to many other features.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Two great products in one!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I can't reflect on battery life at this point, because I haven't used them more than a handful of times and it's still going strong, but they are convenient to use. Having bluetooth headphones and not needing to worry about having a chest strap or carrying phone since there isn't an arm band for it yet. Thanks to the adjustable sizing, they fit nicely. I've worn them once with my Polar HR monitor (which I didn't sync to my LG software) and it was right on target. It was nice hearing the announcement of my HR so I could stay in a specific zone for training.
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Good idea, bad realizationPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Nice idea to measure heart rate via ears, but not so good realized. Strong sides: accurate measurement. That's all :) Weak sides: 1) music quality is really bad. Just like ordinary hearphones for 2-3 USD. 2) the worst thing is that you cannot measure your heart rate if you do not have Internet connection. The matter is that measuring heart rate is possible only if the LG app is running at your smartphone. And to enter this application you need to enter your login and password. At some (unknown to me) reasons LG keeps these data (login and password) at their remote server. That is why if you are out of the range of Internet you simply cannot start the application and cannot measure your heart rate (though you may use this gadget like usual headphones). For example if you are running in the mountains or simply went for vacations to other country and do not want to spend money for internet roaming, you will be unable to use them. 3) the cord is strangely long. Too long! What for? 4) all other measurements (speed, distance covered, calories) are absolutely incorrect! This is due to a simple fact that this device does not measure your speed accurately! For example I use it while walking in the fitness club at treadmill. I usually walk 6.7-7.5 km per hour. I think that you agree that treadmill makes rather accurate speed, doesn't it ? Meantime LG shows that my current speed is almost 2 times lower !!! For example when I walk 6.5 km/h, it shows 3.8 km/h ! That is why it shows incorrect total distance and calories. The only accurate measurement is heart rate. I thought that maybe I should put the device (bluetooth module) not at the side pocket of my shorts, but for example at my shoes? But I cannot do that because the cord is too short for this (and I am 1.80 m height - average height!). So... what you get? Well, more or less accurate measurement of heart rate, and that's all. And ONLY if you have internet access at the time of training. You will also get bad music (and rather silent), and completely wrong measurements of speed, distance, calories. Do not recommend this device like it is now. Maybe in future they will correct the problems?