My early thoughts on the Apple Watch as a fitness tracking tool

Thoughts so far on my Apple Watch, beautiful rich interactive notifications, lovely hardware and nice overall feel to the whole package.

Negatives are the fitness side of things, it’s just plain confusing like how you meet your fitness goals, what those goals are or what counts as what.

The separate workout app is really limited and totally inaccurate with either the inbuilt heart rate sensor or a separate Polar H7 strap on heart rate monitor. To compare I did two identical workouts tonight, one using the Apple Watch and one using my Polar M400 watch which is renowned for its accuracy. The results were really disappointing.

Apple Watch calories burnt 81
Apple Watch average Heart Rate 109bpm

Polar Watch calories burnt 221
Apple Watch average Heart Rate 134bpm

So Apple watch shows roughly a third of the Polar calories burnt, what’s up with that?

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