Alpha 2by Mio

  • Alpha 2
  • Alpha 2
  • Alpha 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The heart rate monitor is accurate for most wearers. No chest strap is necessary.
  • It can store 25 hours worth of workout data, which can be synced to a phone later.
  • It's comfortable and attractive. The band is flexible silicone with a little stretch for a good fit.

CONS

  • It's best for serious athletes--not as a daily fitness tracker.
  • It lacks GPS, using an accelerometer instead.
  • Controls aren't intuitive. You'll need to read the instructions.
The Mio Alpha 2 is a heart rate monitor that straps to your wrist. It features a large digital display, two buttons on either side and an indicator light below the display. The indicator light tells you the heart rate zone you're in by color, giving you a clue at a quick glance. The Mio Alpha 2 tracks steps, distance, calories, pace and speed. Its battery lasts 24 hours in workout mode and 3 months in standard mode. It connects to Android and iOS devices. Because it stores workout data, you don't need your smartphone with you as you exercise.
NameAlpha 2Forerunner 225Forerunner 235Spark Cardio + MusicA360
ManufacturerMioGarminGarminTomTomPolar
Techwalla Score
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85%

The sheer convenience of the watch being a strapless heart rate monitor while also providing helpful LED heart rate zone indicators is a hug…

The sheer convenience of the watch being a strapless heart rate monitor while also providing helpful LED heart rate zone indicators is a huge plus.

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80%

The Mio Alpha 2 is a great choice if you're looking for a sports watch and HRM in one.

The Mio Alpha 2 is a great choice if you're looking for a sports watch and HRM in one.

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70%

I really appreciate the design of the Alpha 2's band. Made of silicone with small circular cutouts, it's very comfortable and easy to secure…

I really appreciate the design of the Alpha 2's band. Made of silicone with small circular cutouts, it's very comfortable and easy to secure around your wrist.

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70%

It is predominantly ment for serious athletes, or those that run, bicycle or enjoy high-intensity activities on a regular basis.

It is predominantly ment for serious athletes, or those that run, bicycle or enjoy high-intensity activities on a regular basis.

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70%

The Mio Alpha 2 is exceptional at the few things it does, but it doesn’t do much compared with many other fitness tracking and smartwatch de…

The Mio Alpha 2 is exceptional at the few things it does, but it doesn’t do much compared with many other fitness tracking and smartwatch devices out there.

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60%

It carries a fairly premium price tag for a fitness tracker without packing the breadth of features to back it up.

It carries a fairly premium price tag for a fitness tracker without packing the breadth of features to back it up.

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If however you’re just looking to display the HR data and have that data be accurate (compared to less accurate products from others on the …

If however you’re just looking to display the HR data and have that data be accurate (compared to less accurate products from others on the market), then the Mio Alpha 2 makes more sense.

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Once again Mio Global has produced another worthy fitness companion, one that not only tells the HR but even distance, speed and pace.

Once again Mio Global has produced another worthy fitness companion, one that not only tells the HR but even distance, speed and pace.

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The Mio Alpha 2 is an attractive device. The band is a relatively soft flexible silicone and slightly stretchy to be able to adjust the band…

The Mio Alpha 2 is an attractive device. The band is a relatively soft flexible silicone and slightly stretchy to be able to adjust the band to ensure a good tight fit to detect your heart rate.

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