This review will be updated over time as I continue using it more.
As per usual, Amazon does an excellent job shipping its products in a timely fashion and I received my watch in perfect condition.
The watch came in a simple small box with a cutout to show the watch and sensor tucked in a plastic mold. Opening the package is simple enough, nothing cumbersome, so good packaging there.
Included in the box:
- The PHRM32 Watch
- Heart Rate Sensor
Please check out the gallery for photos.
**It is highly, highly, recommended (I demand it) that you read the manual when purchasing this watch (don't worry the manual isn't that long). This watch is jam packed full of features that will be helpful to you if you are dedicated to running and exercising. It takes a bit of getting used to but like all things it will be natural to you as you continue to use it**
For this section I will be starting off with SENSOR as the watch will require an extensive section.
Easy to put on
Adjustable strap will fit almost anyone
Easily replaceable battery cover
Gets a little getting used to having something wrapped around your torso
Strap will not fit people with very small mid torsos
The main center part of the strap is made of plastic. On the underside of it there are two sensors which measure your heart rate. The strap is made of nylon I believe, it is stretchy and gladly is not irritating against your skin. To take the nylon strap off of the center piece, have the front of the sensor facing you. At the ends of the center piece are triangles (once again for reference you should go check the gallery) that belong to the nylon strap. Now what you'll want to do is flip the triangle up, out of the center piece, twist it 90 degrees, and just take it out. Trust me it's simple.
Adjust the nylon strap as you wish, getting it to fit snugly against your skin without it being too tight. Important part of it really is just to have the two sensors touching your body. Now once you have that all done, wet your fingers and run them across the two sensors, making sure to get them moist. This will allow the sensor to get a better initial contact onto your body and let it read your heart rate easier.
Putting it on is simple, hold one end, wrap it around your body and position the center of the sensor in the center under your chest. Refer to pictures once again. It feels a bit weird at first, but it is nothing too bothersome. The part that made me give it a 4-star rating however is the fact that the strap will not fit people with small bodies. I tried to fit this onto my girlfriend but the strap was just a few inches too big, even at the shortest length. I assume there may be replacement straps you can buy, but I don't know.
Otherwise it is a good piece of equipment and nothing much to gripe about.
Easy to read screen
Fits many sizes
Easily replaceable battery
A lot of features that you will need time to get used to (Pro?)
This is going to be a long one and will need some extensive updating.
Starting off with the looks. Photos of the watch can be found in the gallery!
It looks good, it really does. The watch is black with silver/gray accents. The glass is very clear and it is easy to read the watch. The strap itself is also black with the end of it being silver. Looks good overall and you can wear it like a normal watch, people won't give you a second glance.
The buttons are easy to press and are rounded. Nothing bothersome. Just to note, the top left button is the one you use to activate the back light.
The screen is clear, bright and easy to read. I don't understand what the other review is saying about the watch, but it is very easy to read just like any other watch.
Alright. Following this order Time, Excercise, Data, Alarm and Set.
This is your normal tell-time watch mode. It tells you the time at the center, date at the top and instantaneous heart rate at the bottom. In order for you to get the BPM read, you must have the strap on, once you have it on merely press the bottom left button to activate the BPM sensor.
To set the watch time and date, press and hold the top left button for several seconds until you get past the part that says "Set? Hold." At this point, you will first be asked to adjust the hour. The bottom left and right button serve as the back and next button respectively. The top right button serves as the next button and the top left button is the key you press when you are done.
Here you can set the date, time, and clock type (12/24hr).
Nothing else here, just your standard watch with a little added bonus of the BPM read.
This is where the main reason you bought this watch comes into play. This will show you which number of exercises you are on, your lap time, and your current BPM with target BPM zone. This will record all the data of your running and you may choose to save it or clear it after your workout.
It is an excellent mode and is actually perfect for what I was looking for. It measures my BPM, and I can set my target BPM and it will warn me when I am out of it so I can measure my own workout. It is a great idea to be able to have a benchmark of your exercise so you know if you're not working hard enough or working too hard.
The important part of this mode for me is the target zone so I will focus on that. You can set the target zone if you switch through the modes and go to "Set." Once there you can select the option to set the 3 zones, low, mid and high. You do the same as you did for setting the time but in this case just setting the range of BPM per zone.
Please read the manual on how to set up the functions accordingly, as if I tell you how it would be way too long.
Basically if you're out of the zone, it will beep. If you are too high, or too low it will beep differently depending. You can turn this on or off as well which is a useful feature.
There are also two modes to this, a count down timer and a count up timer. You can have it so that it is just a normal stopwatch that records your lap times, or you can set the amount of time you want to be running and it will count down.
Useful depending on your workout.
I have not used this much yet but after each workout, you can choose to save the data for later review.
Overall this will show you:
Total time ran, total calories lost and total fat lost.
Going further into it, you can select each individual exercise and it will show you the date, length of excercise, time you were blow, in and above the zone, your average heart rate within the three zones, calories burnt, your selected zone, your ending heart rate, fat burnt, weight and height.
Of course you will have to set your weight, height and BPM in the "Set" mode for it to be able to calculate the amount of calories/fat you have burnt.
Here is your regular, normal alarm. Set it, it rings.
Zone - here you set the BPM ranges for the 3 zones.
User - Here you enter the information required by the watch to calculate calories and fat burnt.
You can set whether you want calorie reading on or off, weight in KG/LB, height in in/cm.
Your personal information includes:
Max HR - [...]
VO2Max - [...] - VO2 Calculator
and it will show you your BMI.
I have only had it for one day and cannot range the time it takes for the battery to run out. However it is simple to replace. Four screws behind the watch can be easily removed to replace the battery. On the sensor, take a coin and twist open the circular piece on the backside of the sensor. Battery to replace is the CR2032 battery. Cheap and can be found here on Amazon Energizer 2032 Battery CR2032 Lithium 3v (1 Pack of 5).
A great watch and addition to your workout. If you really want to get the most effective workout, you should definitely consider getting a heart rate watch. Whether it be this one or any of the other ones out there on Amazon, it is definitely worth it. This one in particular I am greatly satisfied with and glad I bit the bullet even with no reviews.
It is all I really need, a watch, stopwatch, BPM meter with warning beeps to let me know when I'm out of range, an alarm, and all the information I could ever need about my workouts.
Excellent product overall and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get the most effective workout.