Mio Fuse Review
Mio Go app
It’s just lacking the diversified fitness tools to make it versatile.
The data gathered by the Mio Fuse is all dissected, detailed, and presented using the Mio Go app, which is available for Android and iOS. We’ve dealt with our fair share of fitness apps, with the good and bad separated by how diversified their experiences can get. Unfortunately, the Mio Go app is pretty light in what it offers – both in the visual presentation and its secondary fitness features.
The main pane of the app is dedicated to our activity history, which displays our activities in chronological order. Of course, our daily results can be accessed through here, but there isn’t a section for viewing our monthly totals. When selecting a workout session, it’s nice that it provides the essential fitness data during that routine, so they include the heart rate statistics, pace, distance, and calories burned.
Unlike its rivals, the Mio Go app doesn’t do anything more than display data acquired by the Mio Fuse. Hence, there’s no calorie tracking utility, motivational support, or social aspect to the experience. It’s just a simple and straightforward app, nothing more.
Relying on good ‘ol Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, we’re able to pair it to an iPhone 6 Plus with no issue. While connectivity is maintained up to 25 feet in our experience, there’s no utility to sniff out the location of the Mio Fuse in the event it’s misplaced somewhere around the house – nor can we do the opposite, like pinging our phone using the Mio Fuse.
While it works well for workouts, there’s no real-time heart rate tracking, smart functions, or sleep tracking.
First and foremost, it’s wonderful that our daily totals can all be viewed through the Mio Fuse’s display – so that consists of the time, steps, calories burned, distance, and goal percentage. In that regard, it serves its purpose in being a step tracker, giving us insight to our fitness activity on a daily basis. Holding down on the timer touchpoint places it into workout mode, which is the only time that the heart rate sensor kicks on – providing us with a more accurate calorie burn during our session. However, the Mio Fuse doesn’t offer real-time heart rate tracking like the Fitbit Charge HR and Basis Peak, which means that it can’t tell us what our resting heart rate is.
As much as we’d like to say it’s the ultimate fitness tracker in its category, it’s far from it. Whereas some of its main rivals even manage to offer some ‘smart’ features, such as email and text message notifications, the Mio Fuse lacks any of the sort.
It’s a champ with its battery life!
True to the company’s claim, the Mio Fuse provides an ample 7 days of battery life from a full juice – that’s definitely above average in our books. In order to charge it, however, it requires using the proprietary charging cable that tucks away the USB cable on one side.
Without a doubt, the Mio Fuse has the stylish design to make people take notice of it. And it helps, too, that its LED display is a head turner when it’s activated. Most people will be instantly affixed to the Mio Fuse’s design, but it just can’t compete with the diversified experience and performance found in other comparable fitness trackers in its class.
Specifically, its $150 cost puts it in direct competition to things like the Fitbit Surge HR and Jawbone UP3. For the cost, it has the sporty and stylish design to make it the perfect companion for all of our workouts, but it lacks the scope that its rivals offer. It tracks our steps, but only measures our heart rate when it’s placed in workout mode. Its LED display is cool, but the app experience is elementary by the standards.
Certainly, there are plenty of good reasons to go with the Mio Fuse. It’s just a matter of tolerating its miniscule fitness tracking experience.