BASIS WATCH REVIEW (B1 Band)
Updated: Oct 27, 2016
NOTE: Basis has recalled and discontinued the B1 due to rare cases of overheating.
Combining the form factor of a watch with the functionality of a health tracker - including a heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, and advanced sensors - this 2013 entrant is a strong contender among fitness trackers. And the company keeps improving it.
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Basis B1 Fitness Tracker in a Sound Bite
The Basis B1 band is among the latest attempts from the fitness tracker arena to combine the best of activity and sleep tracking in the convenient guise of a wristwatch. As with other shower-proof wrist activity trackers, a benefit of this form factor over competitors' "clothing clip" form factor is its 24/7 wearability, meaning that you are less likely to misplace it, throw it in the laundry, forget to put it back on after showering, or lose it some other way. The original Basis B1 comes with a black watch strap, and you can accessorize with additional bands that are sold separately: a white strap or two different designer straps (Kaleidoscope or Electric Spring).
As an added bonus over the 2013 model, a 2014 version of the Basis fitness tracker is available in "Carbon Steel Edition" - all the original features in a more stylish watch face, and paired with a softer, stretchier watch band that aims to be more comfortable and which can also accommodate especially small and narrow wrists.
I own my Basis B1 fitness tracker
As with all of my first hand reviews, I like to let you know how I got the device in the first pace. In the case of the Basis, I bought it with my own pocket money. Basis didn't ask me to review their product or write this review. I just wanted one, so I went out and bought it, and now I'm telling you what I think. However, if you do buy anything through my site I usually get paid a small advertising fee (it doesn't bring your price up, though, so don't worry!). My opinions are my own, and I'm going to tell you the what I honestly think about the product in addition to listing the cut-and-dried features of the product. And, when a company does give me a test unit to review, I'll always be up-front about letting you know. On to the review!