The Tango Wellness Motivator from Finland-based start-up Healthcare Success Ltd is making its presence felt. Like all fitness bands, the Tango Wellness Motivator also uses a bunch of motion-tracking sensors and accelerometers to track activity. This includes steps walked, an approximation of the number of calories burnt, distance travelled and sleep pattern, if you wear it to bed. The tracker does not have a heart-rate monitor, but at this price, we cannot complain about that omission. Visually also, the Motivator does have a lot going for it—it is available in black, lilac, orange, blue and pink. The tracker module cannot be detached from the band, so it is simpler to plug in for charging, unlike a lot of fitness bands where the tracking module has to be removed before doing so.
Tracking capability is very much in the range of the likes of Fitbit Alta (Rs7,794), for example, and motion detection is quite accurate. The algorithms are fairly accurate, and unlike a lot of fitness bands, it does not calculate random hand movements as steps.
The only real drawback with the Motivator is the Tango Go! app (free for Android and iOS). It is not a slick software and the layout, fonts and overall visual appeal are quite dated.
Not all fitness trackers have long-lasting batteries, but the Tango band has managed to pack this with not days, but weeks of battery life. Depending on the rigour of your fitness regime, the battery can last up to three weeks on a single charge.
Not everyone wants to start off with an expensive fitness tracker, and that is where the Tango Wellness Motivator comes into the picture. At this price, you cannot go wrong with the tracker. Yes, there are some rough edges to the overall experience, but most rivals don’t even come close to this sort of tracking proficiency.