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Intex FitRist Cardio Review: Great Budget Tracker For Beginners

Krishna Sinha Chaudhury | News18.com @krishnaa_tweets

Updated: June 16, 2017, 5:32 PM IST
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Intex FitRist Cardio Review: Great Budget Tracker For Beginners
What caught our attention was the design of the Intex FitRist Cardio, which does not shout for attention. (Image: News18.com)
Fitness bands have become quite a rage as more people are now turning to technology for the sake of good health. There are serious fitness enthusiasts but there is also a bunch of people who want to keep a tab on basics like how many calories they burn or much they walk every day without spending a bomb on a fitness band.

The craze for affordable fitness bands is growing as wearables from the likes of Fitbit or Garmin are a bit on the pricier side. Intex is the latest to join the affordable fitness bandwagon.

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The Intex FitRist Cardio is essentially a successor to the Intex FitRist. It competes with the likes of budget fitness trackers such as the Fastrack Reflex and the Xiaomi Mi Band 2.

FitRist Cardio is an affordable fitness band and helps keep count of daily footsteps, calories, and has a heart rate monitor too. It comes in a minimalist design and is encased within a rubber strap that you can wear as a wristwatch.

But is it at par with the likes of Xiaomi Mi Band 2 for Rs 1,499? Here’s our detailed review.

What’s Cool?

What caught our attention was the design of the Intex FitRist Cardio, which does not shout for attention. The band feels solid and pleasing to wear despite being made out of plastic.

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The Intex FitRist Cardio features a heart rate monitor placed on the underside, which is a great value addition in a budget tracker. This addition makes the FitRist Cardio make accurate calculations. Bands at this price point usually miss out on a heart rate monitor.

The tracker sits snugly in the rubber band and does not come off easily. Its light form factor is good enough to make you forget that you are wearing a fitness band.

The band also displays notifications from Facebook, WhatsApp, calls and SMSes and also comes with music and camera control. Users can also switch on vibration for incoming notifications from within the Android app. Users can enable vibration for these notifications.

Another great thing on the tracker is good battery life - it easily lasts up to six days on a single charge.

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The tracker is IP67 rated, which allows it to survive a few splashes and makes it sweat resistant as well. That makes the FitRist Cardio a great workout partner too.

It also survived the accidental bruises on walls without giving any noticeable scratch on the OLED screen.The data obtained by the band can be synced with the Intex FitRist app (available on both Android and iOS).

What’s Not So Cool?

The music control option works only with Google Play Music, which is a major let-down. The IP67 rating makes it only not splash proof, not water resistant, which makes it kind of impractical for swimmers.

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Verdict

Intex FitRist Cardio is one of the most accurate budget fitness tracker available in the market today but, is not a revolutionary band. This value-for-money tracker is a great buy for beginners.
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