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1. Vivonic Fitness Planner Mini Handheld

1. Vivonic Fitness Planner Mini Handheld
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000050GAX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Vivonic
Sales Rank: 29638
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Like a personal trainer in a box, the Vivonic Fitness Planner helps youkeep track of your fitness goals, workouts, and eating habits. The system worksby first using Vivonic fitness software on your PC to assess your needs andgoals through a series of in-depth questions. With information about yourpreferences, schedule, regular activities, current exercise regimen, and medicalissues, you can then determine your fitness goals and how long you want the planto last. The Vivonic software then recommends a personalized workout withcomputer animations to help you understand unfamiliar exercises. Download yourplan from your PC to the Vivonic Fitness Planner, and you're ready to go.

The Fitness Planner allows you to access exercise and calorie tracking programsthrough the touch screen interface. It tracks your sets, repetitions, weights,and even seat settings (for machine-based exercises). You can also easily addyour own foods into the database and view nutritional details of what you'veeaten. The planner gives you weekly totals of calories consumed, grams of fat,sodium, and cholesterol. The built-in pedometer tracks your walking or runningmiles.

The Fitness Planner is designed for sports use with a rubber-wrapped sports gripand a belt clip. The unit runs on two AA batteries (not included) and comes witha belt clip, Vivonic PC software on CD-ROM, stylus, a serial cable connector,and a manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Handheld with software designed to help you create a personalized fitness and nutrition program
  • Access exercise and calorie tracking programs through the intuitive touch-screen interface
  • Record your daily nutritional intake using the extensive foods database
  • Pedometer logs miles running or walking
  • Serial port for easy linking to PC

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor customer support
I purchased the product and and have repeatedly tried to contact the tech support line listed in the liturature by phone and e-mail with no response. I am very disapointed and the productr is unusable. What a ripoff.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste
Like the other bad reviews I got my planner and it broke in as little as 2 hours. I took forever to get it to synch and then it just stopped working. I think I'll just get the Palm and try the software on that. What a complete waste of time!

1-0 out of 5 stars Can you say "Quality control issues"?
Like the reviewer from Baltimore, I was psyched to enjoy this device. Not three hours after unwrapping it, though, and it's already dead. Got all of my meals from the past week logged in (I had been keeping track on paper in anticipation of receiving the gizmo), entered in all of my personal info, hit the journal key, and...nothing. Well, not nothing. More like 10 lines of gibberish on the screen. Did a soft reset. No change. Took the batteries out, put them in. Blank screen.

So...

I called customer support (and sat on hold for 10 minutes of a non-800 long distance call before I even spoke to a rep). Did a hard reset over the phone. Nothing. Again. Nothing. Finally, rep said they'll send a new one out to me. How do I send the old one back, I asked. "Oh, we're not doing that anymore," says the rep. "We'll just send you a new one and you can toss the broken one." Get the impression that this is more than just an isolated incident?

So I'm getting a replacement device. Wonderful. And if THAT one fails, then what? Do they just keep sending me new ones every couple of days?

In the meantime, I'm back to paper and pen.

Here's some advice: For way less than what this device costs, you can pick up a discontinued Palm IIIxe from Staples.com. Get that, then order the Vivonic software for the Palm from. For LESS than the cost of the Vivonic handheld alone, you've not only got all the functionality of the Vivonic handheld device, but a Palm Pilot to boot.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is EXACTLY what I was looking for!
As a personal fitness trainer, a martial artist and someone concerned with caloric intake, I needed something that wasn't going to bog me down. This is a phenomenal machine that tracks anything I want it to! I found out that some foods I ate too much of and others too little. I also track the amount of cardiovascular time, weight increases/decreases, etc. I am really amazed by this product! It is worth every penny!

2-0 out of 5 stars I was all set to love this product, but...
It broke the first day. I was at the gym with that day's routine stored in the database when the screen froze. Soft reset. Sync. Soft reset. Error message. Hard reset now impossible. Called tech support. Not familiar with that error message. (If not them...?) Tech support would call back. Had a replacement in my hands before tech support called back. (They never did.) I'm giving it another try because even though my experience was frustrating and the software isn't perfect, the idea is a good one. Still, consider buying a Handspring Visor (more reliable) and just get the Palm software. If the Vivonic hardware fails again, that's what I'll do. (Plus I'll be back with a one-star review.) ... Read more


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