Several people have asked for feedback on my new Leaf Urban. Overall, I'm happy with it, but I don't absolutely love it.
- The rose-gold urban is beautiful. I get compliments all the time. I noticed I'm wearing more gold jewelry to try and match it, but I wear it with silver stuff, too.
- I like its versatility. Sometimes it's just more convenient to wear as a necklace, bracelet, or clip depending on what I'm wearing.
- For example, putting it on as a clip has all the ease of adding something to your key ring. Yes, I've gotten better at this, but I still won't try to clip it to a sweater. Plus, it advises against wearing it as a clip on bulky clothes.
- I like that it's water resistant. Brushing a kiddos teeth comes with a fair bit of splashing, need I say more?
- The app is user friendly. It has a clean look and gives you enough details without bombarding you with options. You can set goals, such as activity level and sleep and it will let you know your progress.
- I thought it kept track of heart rate. It doesn't. While it doesn't explicitly say that it would, the commercial of a lady about to go on stage looks like she's getting a vibration from her leaf that she's stressed and needs to do a breathing exercise. I can assure you, my leaf would have been going off like crazy the last few days if this were the case.
- Unfortunately, this was one of the big reasons I wanted the leaf. :-(
- Instead, it predicts stress based on data, such as sleep, activity level, cycle, and if you've meditated.
- The other major reason I wanted the leaf was to track sleep. Right now I'm up a lot with a hungry baby, so it's always telling me that I had "interrupted sleep" or "disturbed sleep." Yep, I do. If it didn't say that, I'd question the software, so this is a good thing, really. I'm impressed with this since it tells me when I was in a light sleep and in a deep sleep.
- I don't use Activities (where you log what you did) often. I really only do this if it says I didn't do much that day according to my steps. That's when I get defensive. Hells bells I did! I worked all day then came home and chased kids, did laundry, chased kids, picked up, chased kids, and nursed the baby. The cool thing is that I can choose from a list of activities that include: Breastfeeding, Cleaning, Cooking, Gardening, and Playing with kids. There's also: Ballet, Diving, Ice Skating, Netball, Shopping, and Wake Boarding for those with a different lifestyle than mine. Wait, does online shopping count?
- The leaf yields different results on my step count and active time depending on where I wear it. For example, if I wear it as a necklace or a clip (recommended) I get slightly less steps than I think I should. If I wear it as a bracelet, I ran a marathon and I didn't stop to throw water on my face. Well, not quite, but I doubt I had 17,000 steps on a work day as I'm at my desk a lot.
- The alarm is a nice touch, but it took weeks for mine to work properly. I'm not sure if time zone was an issue or if I was just dead asleep and didn't feel it vibrate. But, it's working now. You can set multiple to help you with additional alarms like medication reminders.
- It also tracks your cycle, but that's not really an issue for me right now. It's a nice touch though.
- The meditation sessions are easy to download, which is saying something b/c I don't have a great phone. You can choose the type of session and the length. It's quite nice actually. I'd REALLY like it if I could say I did a meditation session independently and add it, but I can't in this software version.
- There's an online dashboard, where you can see stats, but you can't add activities, naps, or meditation sessions. That's all done through the app. It would be nice if I could do that online, too. Perhaps in the next version.
Overall, I recommend it as an activity tracker, but if you just want a pedometer, get something else.