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Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Greg


Track It All With The Basis Peak

The wearable market is shaking up. With the Apple Watch now on the market, folks can finally get a real chance to play with and test out one of the more expensive options out there. Many were waiting to see what it would offer, and now the mystery has been settled. But a rising tide lifts all boats, and while Apple certainly has technical chops, today’s competitor would happily go toe-to-toe.

The Basis Peak is the newest fitness tracker and wrist wearable from the company, now owned by Intel. It’s seen quite a few improvements since launch thanks to regular firmware updates, and we were happy to see that the iOS and Android software, apps, and interface are solid. The Peak aims high, offering a wide range of features, from sleep tracking to heart rate monitoring, automatic exercise detection, and a cloud-based system that allows you to dive deep into the data. And unlike some other models, the Peak promises lengthy battery life, up to four days.

There are a few important notes and caveats. If you really are looking for music controls or apps to run on your device, this guy isn’t for you. Likewise, if you are looking for something that won’t appear out of place in an office, the basis peak might be a little sporty. There is no GPS, and the display isn’t that impressive… but the sensors are. And that’s the real heart of the Peak- it’s a fitness tracker first and foremost, and waterproof down to 5 ATM to prove it. Real-time heart rate tracking is certainly nifty (and we found it to be quite accurate, besting most every other), but that’s just the beginning, as they’ve included detection for galvanic skin response, skin temperature, along with a three-axis accelerometer. The lack of buttons takes some getting used to, and you’ll probably find yourself wishing for more options on the watch face and appearance- but notifications and texts are handled pretty well.

There are certainly no shortage of companies vying to replace your watch. But the Peak deserves a shot at the spot. Any of them can now do a decent job at step counting, but Basis offers excellent calorie counting and superior sleep tracking, showing when you’re in deep, light, or REM sleep. Data can be exported, and there is tons collected. We liked the weight and feel- comfortable even when running.  You may not care to know how much you sweat (hint: a lot), but you’ll probably enjoy the achievements and gamification aspects. Not everything works smoothly- stationary cycling won’t register automatically for instance- but the Basis Peak does a great job at balancing the many, diverse needs of activity trackers and smartwatches. It’s available in two colors, black or white, for around $200 online and in stores now.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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