Mio Alpha comes very close to being the perfect running watch. With the Alpha, Mio has taken a clever approach, including the indispensable and leaving out the redundant. Slender-wristed runners are in luck with the Alpha because this running watch features a smaller circumference. The watch manages to rope in several extra features with its Bluetooth connectivity. Great performance, easy connectivity, and sleek design make it one of the best watches available today. If you are shopping on a budget- or even if you aren’t, you should check out the Mio Alpha.
Retail price: $199
Inexpensive and gets GPS Via Your Phone
The dials of the best running watches are usually longer than they are wide. However, the Mio Alpha’s dial stretches horizontally, not particularly ingratiating itself to the customer on first look. When you hold it in your hand, you will be quick to notice its lightness (it weighs just 90 grams) and its slender design. A lot of petite customers gravitate towards this watch because its wristband measures only 132-172 mm. The mineral glass display is legibly displaying instantaneous heart rate, and exercise timer data.
It comes with a built-in heart rate monitor- and not a shoddy one, mind you. Mio Alpha’s HRM uses award-winning technology to deliver accurate results even under high performance conditions. It has three user-settable heart rate zones. Three LED lights tell you if you are above, within, or below your target heart rate zone. It may sound rudimentary but it does a neat job of keeping you within your training goals. The Alpha skips wifi connectivity for Bluetooth 4.0. The Bluetooth provides access to leading fitness apps from your smartphone. The Mio doesn’t have GPS but the Bluetooth syncs the running watch to your phone’s GPS. The watch doesn’t show pace, speed, and distance on its own but can measure them easily with fitness apps.
Mio Alpha Features
- Mineral Glass display
- Award-winning built-in heart rate monitoring eliminates uncomfortable chest straps
- Real-time reporting of exact heart & exercise times
- Maintains accuracy at high performance levels
- Well suited for slender wrists (132-172mm)
- Water resistant up to 30 m
- Bluetooth Smart (4.0) connectivity syncs data to your devices
- Works with leading fitness apps
- USB battery charger
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