Basis Peak Review

Basis Peak app

Workouts are dissected to deliver a deeper understanding of your activities.

The Basis Peak is compatible with Android and iOS, so downloading the accompanying Basis Peak app is necessary to make use of the data the unit compiles. While the app covers a comprehensive space, as well as supplementing the experience with a motivational aspect with various ‘habits,’ the layout and organization is a little confusing. Yes, the data is chopped down and presented in useful line and bar graphs, but there’s no way to view the results from a monthly view.

Basically, there are two main views we feel are most important with the app – dashboard and activity feed. With the former, it merely breaks down the daily totals for average heart rate, calories burned, steps, and sleep. Meanwhile, the latter activity feed shows us our activity chronologically. Even though the app covers a wide space and goes into detail about our activity, it’s just missing that monthly view to really encompass the entire experience full circle.

Connectivity


Pairing it with an iPhone 6 Plus, the Bluetooth connection is maintained for up to roughly 20 feet in our experience. Mainly a fitness tracker first, it’s nice that it also offers some ‘smart’ functions as well – such as text message notifications, calendar reminders, and phone calls. Although it’s mentioned to provide email notifications as well, it just never seemed to work with our time using it. Still, it’s nice that the entirety of a text message can be read directly on the Basis Peak’s screen.

Performance

No worries about setting anything because it’s all automatic.

At the core of it all, the Basis Peak offers minimal interaction, which is a good thing! That’s the beauty about this fitness tracker, seeing that its various sensors are able to determine what we’re doing and just track the correct activity. If we’re walking, it knows we’re walking. If we’re running, it senses the movements and knows we’re running. And if we’re sleeping, it knows that too! All of this, everything, is done without having us to tell it to do so. Who doesn’t like that?

Hardcore fitness junkies will adore that the Basis Peak offers real-time heart rate tracking, giving us the most accurate calorie burn based on our activity, height, and weight. Conversely, sleep tracking is an automatic thing, which is one less thing to remember. This thing is incredibly sensitive, where it’s able to know how many times we toss/turn in our sleep. However, it falls victim to phantom step tracking, so the results can be a bit more generous than you’d think.

Battery

4 days of battery life equates to an average result.

Endowed with a 190 mAh battery, the Basis Peak makes good on its promise of delivering 4 days of battery life. Our experience pretty much gets us there, which we find to be average amongst the fitness tracker space.

Conclusion


Attached with an MSRP of $199.99, it’s in direct competition to notable fitness trackers like the Microsoft Band and Fitbit Surge. Compared to them, the Basis Peak is a simple, no-frills fitness wearable that tracks activity with minimal interaction. Needless to say, that’s a great asset because it’s something we just wear day in and day out – without the hassles to remember about setting it into a particular mode. However, it’s not as attractive looking with its design.

For the price and whatnot, it suffices enough for the essentials, but both the Fitbit Surge and Microsoft Band offer a higher degree of functionality – while also sporting better designs too! Beyond that, those aforementioned wearables dissect activities into specific categories, gaining even more insight into our overall activity level.

Don’t get us wrong, the Basis Peak is a good fitness tracker, but considering that the other two options are within the same price category, it’s really tough to recommend going with this one knowing the expansive functionality and tracking that the others offer.



Pros

  • Minimal interaction
  • Indestructible design
  • Real-time heart rate tracking
  • Comfortable strap

Cons

  • Clunky looking design
  • There’s no monthly view with the app
  • Features set pale in comparison to the competition
  • Finicky trying to activate the backlighting

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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2 Comments

1. HildyJ

Posts: 344; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Another con is that they do not yet officially support Android 5.x.

2. TomaHawk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

The black aluminum model looks ok but for a more stylish option check out the Peak Titanium model on their website.

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