Now, the wearables segment is warming up in India with global leader FitBit also entering the market. Xiaomi incidentally is number two globally in terms of wearables with its Mi Band.
With Yu Fit, Yu has also tied up with Healthifyme, an app that aims to help Indians reach their fitness goals by keeping a tab on meals consumed and calories burnt with offline fitness experts and trainers who can give regular advise at a premium. Read our review of Healtifyme here.
So does the YU Fit band prove to be a good enough fitness wearable? We’ve been using this one for two weeks and here’s our review.
Yu Fit Band
The Yu Fit Band is priced at Rs 999 and unlike the Mi Band, this one has an OLED screen, which shows several different types of notifications including when you have a new email or a missed call, the number of calories burnt, steps taken, distance covered and the time.
The wrist band for Yu Fit is very similar to the Mi Band and really you cannot tell the two apart. Yu Fit band has its own Yu Fit Android app where users can sync the device. In addition to this, the Healtifyme App is also needed to see the data collected by the device on your smartphone, across days. The Yu Fit app offers the ability to sync the data, use the device to remotely turn on the camera to take pictures, shoot videos, and has a “find phone” feature as well.
The Yu Fit’s most important feature is the OLED screen which gives it quite an advantage. The fact that on the OLED screen you can see that even with 10,000 steps the number of kilo calories burnt is a little over 250, just puts a lot of health facts in perspective.
For starters, I wore the band almost everyday on a vacation which involved a lot of walking and obviously the band went crazy. With 20,000 steps and more each day , the buzz ‘Goal achieved’ would go off quite often with several ‘kms’ to my credit. But I could see that on the calories front this meant nothing. This visibility of number of calories burnt helps because it shows that ‘fitness’ and number of steps taken have very little in common.
The band needs to be synced with the Healthifyme app to see the actual data. In the HealthifyMe app, users have to log in meals which then calculates the number of calories consumers. The app includes Indian meal items like Dosas, Chicken Curry, Momos etc based on portions consumed. In my case, I could see that what I ate was far more than what I burnt off. For example, even a heavy breakfast with two dosas meant a lot of calories consumed.
You can also add other exercises like swimming, cycling, that you’ve done for the day in HealthifyMe app and it calculates the number of calories burnt based on the distance you give. Of course a lot of this accuracy depends on how honest you are. Where meal logging goes, I did it diligently for about the first five days, after which I got too lazy. This is likely to be the case with many other users as well.
However, even without the meal logging, the syncing of Yu Fit with HealthifyMe app is probably the smartest thing that YU and Micromax have done. This is because it offers a more holistic picture of what is really needed to achieve that fitness goal rather than just looking at steps.
The Yu Fit battery lasted me two weeks before it finally gave the alert for low battery which I think is fairly good for a Rs 999 device.
What is not that good?
The first is that Yu Fit needs to be synced with two apps. This is something that a lot of users will find tedious and add to the drop off rate, a major issue with wearables.
The other big problem is syncing the band with the Yu Fit app. This as I found out to my folly is tricky business and does not always yield successful results. You have to keep the button on the OLED screen pressed for a long time and it then syncs to the app.
While I managed to do so the first time around, the device now no longer syncs with an Android phone. I tried syncing it with another Android device, but the device was not detected in that one either, so I’m not sure what the problem is. While the OLED screen shows the data, for sleep data, you need to sync it with the app. Since that has not happened for a while, I have no clue what the sleep data looks like.
The most serious flaw of the Yu Fit is the accuracy of the pedometer. While it’s true, I did walk around a lot with this device, very little movement could lead to an increase in the number of steps. For instance, while I was on the flight the number of steps kept increasing, even though I had not moved. Or better still while writing this review, the number of steps has increased by almost 300, even though I’m still sitting on my desk for the last one hour and more.
It’s not clear what the criteria is for counting steps and for now I’ll have to say that any sort of hand movement will prompt the Yu Fit to increase the number of steps. The accuracy of the device is a serious problem, especially since this is a fitness band and some might rely on this to track their daily activity levels. There’s a good chance that the band will show an exaggerated number, which is not something you will want.
So should you buy it?
The Yu Fit Band has serious flaws when it comes to accuracy and getting it to sync. The latter is particularly bad, because if that fails, there’s no way of mapping data across the number of days. The only advantage for Yu Fit is the OLED screen which shows the daily stats instantly.
For those on a budget, the Yu Fit Band can be the first wearable to experiment with, but seriously don’t expect this one to last. If you’re looking for accuracy and have a serious fitness agenda, then I suggest you loosen the purse strings a bit more.