I wanted a smartphone application with a heart rate monitor which would work with the equipment in the gym, the runtastic app gets very good reviews, so the PM200 seemed like a good solution. However, after installing the app (which comes with a lot of adds, plus annoying emails, unless you upgrade to the PRO version, which is not free, not even after purchasing the PM200), the heart rate is consistently too high : always 50 bpm or so more than the heart rate according to Polar (the Beuer and Polar use roughly the same frequency on the uncoded ...channels),so the heart rate is totally unreliable. On top of that, the runtastic app drains the phone, the connection between the phone and the runtastic appendage regularly comes loose, loosing the signal. Unfortunately, a total waste. The Beuer userforum says to lower the volume if the heart rate is incorrect, but that did not help much, am trying to return the device to the shop, in the mean time I would not recommend anyone to get this device App readily available, tracks your workouts, strap works with gym equipment It does not reliably reflect the actual heart rate : is usually 50 bpm too high
If I had my time again...
I was in the market for a HRM strap that could be used with smartphone fitness apps and bought the PM200+ from a major electrical retailer.
I had already spent a few dollars on some highly recommended fitness apps that interface with HRM straps unfortunately none of them recognised this particular model with its quirky little box you plug into the headphone jack (note, this is not a Bluetooth device, but uses the box to receive the specific signal from the strap).
The only apps I have found it works with are 'Runtastic' (great if you ar...e a runner...I'm not) and 'Walktastic'; each of which cost $5.50. There was a promo code in the bottom of the box giving you free upgrade to the Runtastic app, unfortunately, I didn't find it until after I had purchased it. The strap and 'box' came with a handy forearm strap/phone holder as a 'bonus', but at $150, and considerably more than a Bluetooth strap, hardly a 'bonus' I contacted Beurer helpline twice, once for a refund on the app purchase, the second for a techinical question and was referred to the User Forum on the Runtastic website. Great customer support! I have had intermittent connectivity problems with the 'box' working loose from the headphone jack, causing loss of signal. It should be noted that phone cases need to be removed before plugging this in...a further annoyance.
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