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The Philips DirectLife is a 1.2-inch square, waterproof activity monitor that measures a user’s motion and calories burnt.

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Pros

internal battery can last up to 3 weeks

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compact meter - very discrete

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human feedback from trainers that observe your online progress

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waterproof - can be used while swimming

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simple - set and forget, try to hit your daily targets

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human coaches review your process and give helpful feedback

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much more accurate than a pedometer

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on-line graphs show a lot of detail

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Cons

$12.95 monthly subscription fee

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designed for relatively inactive people - not intended to be used by advanced fitness enthusiasts

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not wireless - needs to be physically connected to your PC

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rudimentary workout feedback (15% increments)

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can only be used by one person

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doesn't record elliptical use well

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extremely rudimentary workout feedback (15% increments)

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requires a $12.95 subscription fee

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The Philips DirectLife is a 1.2-inch square, waterproof activity monitor that measures a user’s motion and calories burnt. By using Philips’ included software, users first upload their fitness goals onto the device via a USB interface. Then based on the user’s height, weight, age, and gender, the unit tracks the user’s activity and fills up a status bar according to the percentage (15% increments) of the total workout complete. Included also is additional space for going up to 115%. After a day of activity, the user then hooks the unit into their computer like an iPod, after which their profile is automatically updated with data on the day’s activity. The defining difference between DirectLife and similar products like the Nike+ is that Philips provides online HUMAN COACHES that review a user’s profile data and then provide meaningful feedback. Philips DirectLife retails at $79.99, but requires a $12.95 monthly subscription fee.

Features
  • Waterproof Activity Monitor
  • Tracks Motion/Calories Burnt
  • Status Bar (15% Increments)
  • USB Interface for
  • Auto PC Syncing
  • Human Coaches
  • Included Software
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