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Gear Review: Soleus GO!

Not another fitness band!  Surely fitness bands are everywhere, coming in all forms and sizes, but I never thought that I’d be practically inseparable from this seemingly humble device that is the Soleus GO.

I had been wearing the Soleus GO practically all the time for the past two months and I just love it!  I even wear it more than I do my eyeglasses.  In fact, the only time I get separated from this device is when I’m charging it.  And yes, it is water resistant so I can take it to the showers with me.  But before anything else, here are Soleus GO’s specs and features:

With all these features, most useful and interesting for me are (in no particular order):

  • Sleep Pattern Tracking
  • Pedometer
  • Wireless (Bluetooth) Syncing

I first got interested with the Soleus GO because of its sleep pattern tracking feature.  I’ve never had a device before that can monitor my sleep so it was worth a try.  As the nights passed by, the reports measured by Soleus GO made me more aware of my sleeping patterns and gave me some idea why on some days I felt tired despite the long hours of sleep, while on others I felt good despite the shorter sleeping hours.  The quality of sleep (deep sleep) is just as important as the length.

Sleep pattern tracking screen on the mobile app

As a pedometer, Soleus GO is one of the best ones I’ve ever tried.  It records steps accurately without being too sensitive that it registers every movement you do.  This is particularly helpful since Soleus GO is wrist-based so it is more prone to movements than those placed on waists.  As for me, a pedometer is more useful than a GPS device for my daily routines as a pedometer can monitor how much you’re walking throughout the day, regardless whether it’s indoor or outdoor, in places where GPS can’t reach.

The home screen of the mobile app showing your current progress

The wireless Bluetooth syncing is just convenience at its finest.  You don’t have to plug anything, just pair it with your device and the downloadable software takes care of getting your data into your device for whatever further purposes you may want.  And since it’s pairing with a “smart” device, Soleus GO gets “smart” too as it gains capability to get weather and temperature readings (if your smart device is online).  But the feature that surprised me most on how Soleus GO used Bluetooth is its ability to become a second screen for your notifications.  You should remain connected with your device for this to work though so your battery life may suffer a bit.

The Bluetooth icon indicates that your device is paired

On the downside though, the phone software that Soleus GO leaves a lot to be desired, but it does its job.  The software is anything but intuitive so you should try tapping along in places you don’t expect to find buried features.  To be honest, I only use this software when I absolutely have to get my past read outs from the device.

Tip: Press and hold the S1 (the one with a single dot, ○) button to quickly toggle Bluetooth on/off

The Soleus GO app on iOS

Your Soleus GO should be detected by your device

Pairing Soleus GO in iOS (iPhone)

Set up your profile

As a wearable device, Soleus Go is pretty comfortable and very secure.  This is one of the reasons I don’t mind wearing it all the time.  It is quite narrow so it doesn’t feel hot on the wrist, and it’s very light so you’d eventually forget it’s there.  And as I mentioned earlier, it is water resistant so you can take it with you while taking a shower (which is a good time to wash it as well).

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Good pedometer
  • Sleep pattern tracking
  • Wireless data transfer
  • Notifications from paired device
  • Bright screen
  • Excellent battery life
Cons

  • Difficult to press buttons
  • Phone app

As you can see from my list above, there are only two “Cons” that I find with Soleus GO, a hardware and software issue.  The physical buttons on the Soleus GO is made of rubber and pressing it is anything but easy.  Oftentimes I have to use my nail to press it but since it’s made of rubber, it can be a bit of a concern.

Tip: You can simulate an S1 (○) button press on the Soleus GO by shaking your wrist at least twice.

On the software side however, Soleus could’ve provided a more “inspiring” look for its app.  It simply looks awkward on the iOS platform, but looks aside, it’s simply not that intuitive.  I didn’t even know that you can open your past records until I accidentally tapped areas I didn’t know were functioning as buttons!  The amount of customizations or settings you can adjust from the software is quite limited, and the “clear data on device” button does not work.

Charging Soleus GO with its supplied proprietary USB cable

If I could add one more “opportunity” for improvement, it would be better use of the limited screen real estate on the Soleus GO.  Notifications for instance, is limited to 20 characters and is displayed scrolling horizontally using a font size that’s the entire height of the screen.  For one, if your notification contained sensitive information like passwords or account numbers, everyone around you would see as it’s too big for privacy (which is why I keep Bluetooth off on my Soleus GO to prevent this).  It also takes a while to see the entire 20 characters due to the width of the screen.  In my opinion, a longer character limit with smaller font shown on two lines scrolling vertically would be much more useful in terms of viewing information faster and privacy reasons.  Or make it a user option.

Tip: If you’re having trouble pairing your device via Bluetooth, try resetting your Soleus GO by pressing and holding the S1 (○) and S2 (○○) buttons at the same time, and then retry.

In the end, Soleus GOs downsides are far outweighed by its benefits.  It is excellent as a wearable device because of its comfort, excellent as a pedometer because of its ideal sensitivity, and it is excellent as a watch because of its very long battery life.  Since I keep Bluetooth off to avoid sensitive information from my phone’s notification from being broadcasted in public, not only do I save my phone’s battery life, I also extend Soleus GO’s by many folds!  It runs a week on a single charge with regular use and Bluetooth constantly on and paired with a device, turned off it runs for weeks, no kidding!  My more than two months (and counting!) of wearing it practically 24/7 is enough testament on how much I love and recommend Soleus GO!  It is a good product for both runners and walkers alike for monitoring their daily metrics.

Soleus GO!

Soleus GO! is available at L TIMESTUDIO and TIMEGEAR boutiques and has an SRP of ₱7,450.


10 Responses to “Gear Review: Soleus GO!”


  1. 1 Kaity
    2014 August 11 at 10:08 AM

    Have you had problems with it tracking car rides as steps? Mine is and I cannot decide what to do about it.

    • 2014 August 11 at 1:54 PM

      What I do when I want to track only my steps as accurately as possible is I memorize (or you could write it down) the number of steps before I ride a moving vehicle then subtract that to the new steps once I arrived (rounding off to the nearest hundreds may be easier). At the end of the day I sum up how many steps I should subtract and that should give a rough estimate on how much steps I actually took. It’s quite a chore but you can think of it as a memory game. 🙂

  2. 3 yann coder
    2014 September 12 at 5:18 PM

    Hi, i’m french so, sorry for the error i could tape…
    i get a GO, but impossible to get the bluetooth, i respect all the procedure like pressing and holding the button1, sync data appears but no bluetooth. So impossible to pair with my phone… i also try a reset, same result … could you help me please ?

  3. 5 Lauren
    2015 January 02 at 10:52 AM

    I have a soleus go- 2 thing I cannot figure out: 1) I was wondering if there was a way to turn on the screen to see the time without pressing a button. I saw on your post under one of the “tips” that you can shake your wrist twice? But this does not seem to work for mine… 2) my device always says partly cloudy and 77 degrees, but it is December and clearly this is not the case. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • 2015 January 03 at 12:45 AM

      Hi Lauren,

      First, shaking is a bit tricky so you have to ensure that the device shakes along with your wrist. Sometimes a single shake works, sometimes more than three is needed so it may take practice. Tapping it hard sometimes work but if you can tap it might as well press it.

      Second, maybe your device is not syncing with your device. It gets weather update from your phone so your phone should be online as well to get updated weather report. Make sure your phone has the latest weather report then try to force the device to reconnect and sync.

      • 7 Cory
        2015 October 07 at 10:48 AM

        I also have the same issue with the weather, it is a constant 77 and sunny.

        I have an IPhone 6, the GO has synched just fine with the phone.

        I tried to download the Yahoo weather app to my phone (as I found that the weather for the device is pulled from YAHOO weather) this did not work. I also tried to create a YAHOO email account and re-register the GO! app with this email account, and that did not work either. all other features seem to be in working order. Phone alerts come across the device (but not always).

        Suggestions appreciated!

        • 8 Scott
          2015 November 05 at 5:05 AM

          All the information Cory shared I am experiencing as well. All features are functional, except the weather at 77 degrees, which would be great because we do need some cooler weather in Miami, but much prefer accuracy. Downloaded Yahoo weather, as well (not happy about that, but…). Like Cory, appreciate any successful options.

  4. 9 Brianna
    2015 November 02 at 12:52 PM

    I just got my soleus go, and i can’t even get the thing to turn on or charge any. the only thing thst shows when it was on the charger, was that it had 50% battery. other than that, no screen, no nothing

    • 2015 November 02 at 1:09 PM

      If you just got it recently then it may be a defective unit. Mine ended up the same after getting wet several times. Didn’t bother with it afterwards. It was great when it was working though 🙂


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