Letsfit ID205L Review
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use, good display
Cons: Limited social features, minimal workout tracking
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Our Analysis and Test Results
While the Letsfit ID205L is a good option if you are searching for a way to track your workouts and fitness on your own if you are shopping on a budget, it's not necessarily the best out there if you are looking to use the social aspects of fitness trackers. It doesn't have very many features compared to the top models when it comes to competing with your friends and families.
We started off by looking at the different fitness tracking abilities the Letsfit ID205L compared to the other products, focusing on its step counting accuracy, cycling and other workout tracking abilities, and if it counts the number of flights of stairs climbed throughout the day, as well as the different social features. We think the Letsfit ID205L did about average compared to the rest of the group, earning a middle-of-the-road score.
This model got off to a great start in our step counting tests, only having an average error of 13.3 steps after three mile-long walks. We used a mechanical counter and a surveyor's wheel to get the true step count and distance for each stroll, using those numbers as the baseline to compare the tracker against. It also did a very accurate job of estimating the distance traveled, only averaging 0.01 miles off the true count after the three trials.
Regrettably, this model did much much worse when it came to tracking other types of workouts. While it purportedly can use your phone's GPS when connected to gather more data while cycling, we struggled to keep it connected in our tests. This meant that this tracker only gathered basic time and heart rate data for our workout, along with some estimated calorie burn. You can also pick up to 8 different workouts to show on the tracker, with things like Walk, run, bike, hike, climbing, fitness, dynamic cycling, treadmill, or yoga to choose from. The data tracked will vary slightly for different workout profiles and depending on what type of phone you have connected but we still found that the Letsfit ID205L doesn't track your workouts as comprehensively as top-tier trackers.
This tracker also does not monitor the number of stairs climbed throughout your day. When it comes to social functions, you can either connect the Letsfit ID205L to Google Fit or Strava for some additional data collection or you can use the recommended VeryFitPro app.
These basically just give you some leaderboards to see where your step count for the day, week, or month falls and that's about it. We didn't really find a way to limit the leaderboards to just your friends and there weren't any challenges besides the step count leaderboards to participate in.
After looking at the fitness tracking abilities of each fitness tracker, we moved on to rating and scoring the different health monitoring abilities of the Letsfit ID205L, looking at its heart rate monitor's accuracy, if it has any dieting aids, if it notifies you if you have been sedentary for too long, as well as any sleep tracking tools present. We felt this wearable again delivered fairly middling results, earning it an average score.
This product didn't do too well in our heart rate tracking assessment, averaging about 40 bpm off of our chest strap heart rate monitor that we were using as a control when checking at an elevated heart rate level during exercise. However, it did seem to be much more accurate when reading a resting heart rate level.
We didn't find any integrated dieting tools or ways to connect it to a third-party app for tracking your resting metabolic rate and calories consumed. However, we did like that it will notify you if you have been sitting down for too long, with a customizable interval between 15 and 180 minutes.
You do have the option to use this as a silent alarm clock and it will automatically track your sleep. However, we found this to be quite annoying, as the backlight would turn on whenever you moved, even if you have "do not disturb" mode enabled. It also doesn't track REM sleep but will keep track of your awake and sleep times.
Ease of Use
After health and fitness, our next series of evaluations rated and scored the convenience and ease of use of this wearable product. We awarded points based on the ease of using the menu interface, how water-resistant each tracker is, how easy it is to take on or off, and its battery life. The Letsfit ID205L did very well, earning one of the better scores of the bunch in this metric.
This tracker can last for up to 10 days based on usage and uses a proprietary charger to recharge. This charger attaches magnetically to the Letsfit but we found it didn't take much effort for it to accidentally get knocked free. This tracker uses a standard watch clasp on its band, making it quite easy to remove or put on, and is water-resistant to 5 ATM.
The interface on the device is pretty easy to use, with a combination of the touch screen and a physical button to use to cycle between the different menus and settings. Everything is fairly intuitive to find as well. We had a similar experience with the companion smartphone app. There isn't much to it, so it's also easy to find anything. Data from the tracker syncs automatically when you open the app, usually taking around 10 seconds in our experience to complete the transfer.
For our ergonomics metric, we looked at the appearance of each tracker, how comfortable they are to wear, and their profile — to see if they frequently got snagged when donning a jacket or backpack. We didn't find the Letsfit ID205L to be the best of the best in this category, but it did do alright, earning a slightly above average score for its performance.
Our judges were quite fond of this watch, finding very comfortable to wear for even extended periods of time. The stock band is nice and wide and the heart rate sensor is recessed enough in the back of the watch to avoid creating a pressure point.
We didn't think the stock band looks like it's on the cheap side and though this tracker could be a little sleeker and more stylish. It's a clear emulation of some other brands of watch but doesn't manage to capture the seamless aesthetic. We also found that its slightly higher profile and side button will get caught from time to time but it wasn't a frequent problem for us.
Our last set of tests scored the Letsfit ID205L's display, with rankings based on the ease of reading the screen in different lighting conditions, the touchscreen responsiveness, and the different notifications and information displayed. This fitness tracker did quite well, again earning one of the better scores of the group with its larger and easy to read display.
This model shows the current time and date, giving you a few different watch faces to choose from. It will also show most notifications that your smartphone can get when paired to a phone. This watch will also show some of your basic fitness data.
We did like that this watch is very easy to read in both dim and bright light and has a decently responsive touchscreen. It usually doesn't misread swipes and taps and only has a small delay before switching to the next screen after your swipe.
This is a good value product if you are shopping on a tight budget and want a tracker that looks like a smartwatch but we would suggest spending a bit more if you are looking to use the more social features of a fitness tracker.
All in all, we think this product is essentially a basic fitness tracker in a much more advanced smartwatch's body. It's alright for basic functions but the lack of decent workout tracking results in our tests and limited social features make us a little reluctant to recommend it unless you are shopping on a super tight budget.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer