I started with the Air, which came in one unit, with one option to clip to your clothes, typically on a pocket, or waistband. The Air tracks steps like a pedometer, and syncs via bluetooth to your personalised account on the internet. You can either force the data across with a press of a button, or have it set up to automatically sync.
Soon enough there were challenges set in the form of steps taken. If your daily steps exceeded a certain target then you would be recognised via coloured dots on your progress chart.
I liked the Air but I did find it a little uncomfortable at times depending on what I was wearing. I also had to remember to clip it to myself when I got up each morning.
Moving onto the Air, and the design was immediately a lot different. This time it could be worn as a watch, clipped to clothes or on a lanyard.
The basics were the same with syncing to an app on your phone and then the website. The daily targets were very similar, but this time the orb tracks your sleep patterns. It’s able to tell you how many times you woke up during the night and for how long. This was a great attraction for me wearing the Orb. To be able to wear as a watch I found very comfortable, and it didn’t feel awkward wearing at night.
I tried both models out at very different times, and by completing varying activities. We went on holiday when I was testing out the Orb, and the results were great as we were doing a lot of walking.
What are the differences between the two models and which did I prefer?
Colours = Orb – white, pink, black – Air – purple, black, white
Sleep Tracker = Orb – Yes – Air – No
Bluetooth Sync = Orb – Yes – Air – Yes
Phone App = Orb – Yes – Air – Yes
Multi wear options = Orb – Yes – Air – No
In a nutshell and because of the sleep tracker, and the fact I can wear it as a watch the Orb wins hands down for me.
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