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Fitness tracker for training by heart rate (warn if below)

Hello, Happy

I'm looking for a fitness tracker, which helps me in staying within a specified heart rate range WITHOUT SMARTPHONE. In other words: I'm looking for a tracker, where I can specify a minimum heart rate (say 120 bpm) and a maximum heart rate (say 140 bpm). If I fall below the targeted heart rate, the tracker is to warn me (slow vibration); likewise if my heart rate is too high (fast vibration).
Is there any (cheap?) fitness tracker that can do that?

Optionally, I would be interested in the same warning when my speed (running, bicycling, swimming) falls out of a certain min-max range.

I CANNOT use a SMARTPHONE with the tracker. Therefore, it would have to do so autonomously.

Do you know of any tracker, which fulfills these simple requirements?

Thank you very much for your help!

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S908 at Alibaba for 35-45$

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I bought S908 for my mom. Of course you will use the app for pick up all the information, but it work without phone and even keeps results for about 20 days. It is tracking swimming, running, walking and biking with GPS. I know that tracker is vibrating if her heart beat is too high 100%. About smallest not sure

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Re: S908 at Alibaba for 35-45$

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Thank you for this information. The S908 does indeed have this functionality (and a big battery). Happy

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The Fitbit does have ZONES.

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Re: The Fitbit does have ZONES.

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Thank you. Judging by what there is to read on that site, this seems to be visual only (which doesn't make much sense, as you'd have to control yourself that way).
I contacted them. Let's see, how that turns out...

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Why I capitalized ZONES

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The word "zones" appears to be how these fitness trackers seem to be doing what you asked. As in the key word you want to look for. But the makers seem to be missing documenting what happens as you fall in or out of the zone.

Sorry but I'm pretty good at reading documents but if they don't tell and I don't own the product we hope for others to answer or have to ask the makers.

Post was last edited on November 17, 2018 9:27 AM PST

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Here is the important part of their response:

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We'd like to share with you that some of the trackers and smartwatches that we offer in our online Fitbit Store <https://www.fitbit.com/store> have the feature to monitor your heart rate, such as the Fitbit Alta HR, Charge 3, Ionic and Versa. However, they don't have the alert for the maximum and minimum heart rate that you mentioned in your email.

Your idea about the tracker warning you when you're above or below your desired heart rate is actually great. We're constantly striving to improve Fitbit products and services, and we very much appreciate all of the input we receive from our customers. The best place to make your voice heard is the Ideas board on our C <https://community.fitbit.com/t5/Feature-Suggestions/idb-p/features>ommunity <https://community.fitbit.com/t5/Feature-Suggestions/idb-p/features> Please take a moment to visit and give us your feedback.

If you find that a similar suggestion has already been made by another member of the community, you can vote for their idea and add your comments. We look forward to reading your suggestions.
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If I remember it correctly, I've seen those suggestions both for Fitbit and Xiaomi. Nothing has become of them. Sad
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Garmin seems to have this:

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Post was last edited on November 18, 2018 6:37 AM PST

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Yes, Garmin does.

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With Garmin you can set heart rate alerts. You can set your max and in HR values in the settings and have it notify you. Garmin Forerunner 935 and Vivosports are great smartwatches from the brand. For under $200 I guess vivoactive is good too.

Link to review site removed by moderator.

Post was last edited on November 20, 2018 1:27 PM PST

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Here is something almost funny - a reply from Samsung

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I was interested in the Samsung Gear Fit 2 (Pro), as this is a "relatively" affordable (around 120 &euroWink tracker with 216 x 432 pixel AMOLED display (24-bit color), WiFi, GPS and all. It has 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of Flash and runs Tizen-OS.
What got me interested is the fact, that you can write your own programs/apps for this thing – natively in C(++) or whichever language you like (they have an SDK and development tools with visual GUI creating, etc.).

Hence, I asked Samsung support about my "minimal features". Here's the reply (only the interesting bits):

I understand that you want to get a stand alone fitness tracker that does not rely on a smart phone.
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I find the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro from my resources that it still needs to have the phone near it using a Bluetooth connection.
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Health management apps
[he then lists various Android apps which can connect to that device via Bluetooth]
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I would recommend the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G, Available on EE, this is a stand alone Gear that could help your tracking of your HR.
Freedom from your phone, With the Galaxy Watch 4G¹, connected exclusively on EE, you’re free to roam without your smartphone, while still staying connected to everything love. Take calls, receive messages and get notifications using the same number and data plan as your phone. It’s all there, right on your wrist.

Track health monitoring
Track your heart rate while out for a run, following your route using the built-in GPS, and manage your health stats, nutritional goals and the calories you’re burning. And of course it syncs seamlessly to Samsung Health across all your devices.
I can also recommend you to our dedicated Sales Team to get your other sales inquiries.
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Thanks, but no thanks!

Allegedly, there is an app called "Heart Rate Graphic" by Igor Cherneyshov, which can do this. I cannot access the Gear store from a browser. I didn't find this app anywhere (without having a Gear). According to a forum post from 21. July 2018, this app it's free:
"Heart Rate Graphic" by Igor Cherneyshov is well worth installing on your gear watch. It's even free.

Otherwise, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro would sound like a good deal...

Post was last edited on November 23, 2018 12:32 AM PST

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Re: Gear

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Why isn't it a good deal now? You can't expect this app to run on any other hardware, so what would be the use of finding it elsewhere then in a dedicated app store?

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Re: Why isn't it a good deal now?

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Because I can't say, if it is.
Samsung won't even let me browse their store without having the product.
Can you imagine a good reason for Samsung doing so?
Wouldn't you rather like to browse for apps on a big screen, instead of fiddling on the display of a freaking watch?

Oh - and this isn't that encouraging either:
Life expentancy of the Gear S2/S3 Classic battery

Post was last edited on November 23, 2018 1:45 AM PST

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