Amazon Halo View 2022 review

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  • Amazon’s Halo View is the company’s second-generation fitness tracker.
  • It now has a color touchscreen but still looks like a basic laptop.
  • What makes it shine is an app that offers unique health insights not offered by other trackers.

When Amazon introduced its first fitness tracker, the Halo Band, it wasn’t much different from what was already available. Featuring a screenless design reminiscent of the Whoop band, Amazon’s first wearable felt familiar.

Now there is the Halo View, an updated version that comes standard with a small touchscreen. This gives it yet another well-known design but this time it evokes the first generations of the Fitbit Charge.

But what sets these trackers apart from their competition is the Amazon Halo companion app, a platform that analyzes and studies a wearer’s movements, body composition, sleep patterns and diet to provide actionable insights into improving one’s health.

That alone intrigued me to try it. I tested tons of fitness trackers and after spending a month with the View, I was amazed at how much it straddled the line between entry-level and high-end. It only costs (at the time of this writing) $45 but offers tons of usable feedback that goes beyond a simple “It’s time to get up” notification.

Below are highlights of my time with the view, along with a few cons, as well as how it felt to use something so new and different.

The hights

The app is the star of the show

Calling the Halo View experience unique isn’t enough to fully capture how great it is to engage with both the watch and the companion app. This dual experience is also presented to you right out of the box; you’re prompted to set up the watch while also being prompted to enter information that will give the app a starting point.

Screenshot of the Amazon Halo app

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I recommend that you go through these setup processes right away. This includes setting your nutritional preferences, recording your voice for tone analysis, performing a short movement assessment, and body composition analysis. That last part is admittedly a bit awkward because it asks you to strip down to your underwear before using your phone’s camera to perform a scan.

Despite how uncomfortable it can be, it’s one of the main factors that informs what the app recommends each day, whether it’s a fitness routine, what to eat, or how much to eat. amount of water to drink. It also provides insight into your body fat percentage and its impact on your overall health.

The app’s recommendations are what ultimately keep its main feed packed with content. This includes personalized information about your heart rate or tone of voice health, feedback on how you slept the night before, new meal ideas, and workout suggestions.

It’s an endless source of inspiration that very few other fitness tracking ecosystems offer. And almost anyone can benefit from it too, from beginners looking to change their lifestyle to those just looking to refresh their routine or find something new to make for lunch.

It should be noted that although a one-year subscription to the application is included when purchasing the Halo View, it costs $4 per month after the trial period ends. You’ll still have limited access to some of its features without a subscription, but most of what makes the app so great (and the main reason why Halo View is as good as it is) is behind the monthly paywall.

An ordinary laptop

The watch itself isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it does feature a familiar style, outfitted with a small color touchscreen attached to a polyurethane strap.

Although it seems a bit cheap, I found it quite comfortable, even when I was sweating while running, biking, or lifting weights. And his just light enough that I barely noticed I was wearing it on the nights I wore it to bed.

The Halo View does all the standard fitness tracker things like count steps, track heart rate and display calories burned, but the best part of the wrist-based experience is how intuitive it is to navigate.

The home screen displays the current date and time while swiping left and right to show a quick view of your tracked stats. Swiping up or down brings up the exercise tracking menu, a more detailed view of your activity, and a menu of various tools like a stopwatch, alarm clock, and timer. This is also where you can adjust settings like night mode or the notifications you receive.

I know none of this sounds terribly exciting in terms of features, but ease of use is important, especially for beginners as they juggle the intricacies of the app.

Amazon Halo View staged against an orange background

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A cheap laptop

The most glaring drawback of the Halo View is how incredibly basic and cheap the actual tracker feels. And I bring this up not because it’s something that didn’t make me want to use it, but because for anyone looking for a more modern fitness tracking experience (at least on the wrist ), it’s not that.

There’s something about it that just doesn’t feel like a premium tracker. I’ve equated it to the first generations of Fitbit’s Charge and even that comparison sells the Charge short – there’s a distinct lack of ruggedness in the Halo view that almost makes it look like some sort of knockoff or cheap replica.

Not for dedicated training

It’s also worth pointing out that when you’re recording an exercise like an outdoor run, the watch and app don’t give you an accurate distance reading, but only show the number of steps you’ve taken (as well as output of your associated activity and calories burned).

This is the biggest drawback of Halo Views because it excludes a large group of people who might benefit from the app’s insight, but who would also want to know how fast they go a mile or how far they go during a long bike ride.

The bottom line

All in all, I came away mostly impressed with the Halo View. What Amazon has done is create a system that not only relies on compiling fitness metrics daily, but also teaches wearers how to properly understand and apply what it collects.

Other watches may award a badge for 10,000 daily steps, but Halo View (and the Amazon Halo app) provides insight into how your steps, sleep, and diet impact your overall wellbeing. , as well as an action plan to make real improvements. Amazon isn’t the first company to do this, but I found its interface and layout to be the easiest to digest, which is an important factor for people trying it out for the first time.

Lance B. Holton