Not much thought went into naming Archos' first activity tracker, but at least it says what it does. This £50 tracker is a cross between the Nike FuelBand and Fitbit One, and is almost what we wish the Fitbit Flex had been.
It's a lightweight rubber band which clips onto a plastic device that's rather like the Fitbit One. In fact, the OLED display appears to be a blatant copy of Fitbit's apart from a couple of details. When you unclip the tracker from the band, you can plug it directly into a USB port to charge it (one of our favourite features of the Nike FuelBand), and it means there's no charging cable to lose. Battery life is good at roughly a week between charges.
Archos Activity Tracker review: what it tracks
There’s only one button, and it’s surprisingly hard to push as it’s almost flush. Pressing it repeatedly cycles through the clock, calories burned (aerobic), distance covered and steps taken. There's no altimeter for height climbed, and no built-in vibrating motor for alarms. Nor does it track sleep.
As you'd expect at this price, there's no heart-rate monitor. There is, of course, built-in Bluetooth for synching to your iPhone or (selected) Android device. It will need Bluetooth 'Smart' (4.0 Low Energy) which means anything before the iPhone 4S or iPad 3 is out. You can't transfer data via USB to a PC or Mac, so if you don't have a compatible smartphone or tablet, the Activity Tracker isn't going to be much use to you.
Archos Activity Tracker review: setup
Similar to Polar’s Loop tracker, the first thing you have to do is cut the band to size. Two are supplied in the box: a black one and a purple one. They’re marked for circumference, so you measure your wrist and then cut to the appropriate line. However, the markings must be wrong, since the band was far too big after cutting to the measured number and we had to cut an extra 20mm off for a proper fit.