Polar Loop: Functions

The Loop is very straightforward device. It counts steps, calculates calories, keeps the time, and reports on your goal status. If you buy a chest strap separately, the Loop will serve as a heart rate monitor (HRM). The HRM provides a real-time, continuous feed that’s usually available after tapping the band’s button and waiting for the time readout to scroll by first. The capacitive button isn’t the most reliable and if you’re trying to maintain 140+ beats per minute, getting the button to work and then waiting for the time to scroll out of the way may seem like an age.

FUNCTIONS CriteriaPolar LoopJawbone UPNike+ FuelBand
Calories111
Activity Status111
Steps111
Weight000
BP000
Glucose000
Sleep110
Sweat000
Skin Temp000
HR000
Elevation000
Speed/Pace000
Distance010
Stress000
Recovery Time000
GPS000
Watch101
Alarm010
Idle alert010
TOTAL574

Polar states that the Loop tracks sleep, but the company seems to emphasize tracking “rest”. To me, this suggests they’re not as confident as some brands in their ability to accurately track and report on sleep cycles and patterns. Regardless, the Loop still gets credit for tracking sleep. However it receives no credit for providing an idle alert because these alerts appear on your phone, not the device itself. The alerts are pretty easy to miss using this approach.

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