Hello, busy bees!
I have recently collaborated with MIO to review their new Fitness Tracker called the Mio Slice. Since I do not collaborate with companies or products that I would not personally use, I want you to know that the review is my true and honest opinion. I am a big tech nerd and love activity trackers. I own the Polar, Fitbit and a Garmin watches so I was excited to put a new one to the test.
Mio Slice stood out to me because it is the first activity tracker to feature Personal Activity Intelligence. PAI is a scientifically validated metric based on heart rate that tells you how much activity you need to live a longer, healthier life. The ideal goal is to maintain a PAI score of 100 or more over a rolling 7 days. The cool thing about Slice is that it actually measures how much heart you put into your workout or your daily life not how many steps you take. Therefore, when Mio reached out to me I was excited to test and see what a day in the life of a busy mom looks like. Before I share the details of my day, let me tell you what features and cost of Mio Slice.
MIO SLICE FEATURES
● Personal Activity Intelligence™(PAI) —your personal score for optimal health (calculated over a rolling 7 days using your heart rate and personal data).
● Continuous All Day Heart Rate Monitoring, 24/7
● Tracks steps, distance, calories burned
● Resting heart rate, sleep tracking and analysis
● Smartphone notifications
● Water resistant up to 30 meters/100 feet (I CAN SWIM!)
Mio Slice is $129.95 USD and is available at MioGlobal.com with Free Shipping and a 60-day money back guarantee. It is also available at all Brookstone, REI, Amazon and other specialty retailers across the US.
My first few days with Mio Slice
On my first day after my first workout session at 5:30 AM, full day working a desk job and walking few times here and there, coming home to my family and playing with the boys outside I got 60 PAI points. The next day I was super pumped that I would get to that 100. So I definitely had the urge to wake up at 5:00 AM to go to the gym. I thought the idea of reaching PAI points instead of certain step amount was an awesome idea. However, after the second day, I was only at 94 PAI points. The 3rd day I did not get any PAI points but did walk up and down the stairs for 15 minutes in my three story work building twice, morning and afternoon. At the end of the day, I thought it was odd that I did not get any points, even after I kicked the ball with my boys outside for over an hour. That is when I realized, on the days thatI did not push the “start workout” button on the watch it did not record my activities as workouts. That was a bummer because I was wanting to get my points so bad I had to run on my treadmill to get my PAI points. But the concept is great obviously pushed you to move. Mio Slice is great for those people that do not like to count steps but rather activities throughout the day. You just have to make sure to push the button. I loved how easy this tracker is to clasp on and it does not unbuckle and a huge bonus is the water resistant.
Things that could improve with Mio Slice
- Definitely battery life. By the end of my first day, I was at 38%. I usually charge my other trackers every other to the third day.
- The “start workout” button is quite large and could be toned down a little bit for a sleeker look.
- The app could use a lot of improvement. Such as better more and better stats. Ability to see more than 5 previous days of activity. It has a few other glitches. In the settings, I turned the vibe off and it still vibrates for my phone notifications, which I think is draining my battery.
- Speaking of vibrations, it is quite loud for me.
Other than the few glitches, which I’m sure Mio Slice will work out over time with updates, I think this is a great watch for those that want to challenge themselves to more activity and movement to earn points and even beat the standard 100 PAI points goal. I pushed myself really hard go over and was finally able to push past that. I would definately recommend this tracker.