We've reviewed armbands for smartphones on the Pure Mobile blog before, but today's mobile accessory of the week takes the cake. Way more than just an easy way to connect to your phone during workouts, the Scosche myTREK Wireless Pulse Monitor is the next best thing to having a trainer.
Like other sport and running armbands, the myTREK lets you to listen to music from your iPhone or iPod wirelessly, connecting via Bluetooth. Integrated controls on the armband make it easy to control volume, skip songs, and the like. Oh yeah, and it also works at up to 33 feet away from your phone.
But the myTREK is first and foremost a workout tool. WIthout any wires or chest straps, the armband comes in three sizes for optimal fit, and uses integrated dual LED and optical sensors to moniter you pulse in real time.
So why even bother making it compatible with your iPhone? Well, Scosche has designed it to work like an exercise log, with a myTREK app that essentially turns your phone into a fitness diary that also motivates you as you work out.
With it, you can keep track of workout stats like pulse, calories burned, duration, distance and speed, or even the map route you took while running. And over time, you can use the myTREK's integrated calendar feature to keep score of your overall progress, which you can then share via email or social media.
But here's where this amazing little mobile accessory really fills in for a trainer; myTREK allows you to easily set goals based on health information, and to customize your workouts by activity type. With each different training zone represented by a different color, myTREK will give you motivational audio prompts during your training session, helping you stay within your target training zone.
Like we said, this is way more than just an armband for your iPhone. Scoshe's is about the best fitness-related mobile accessory we've seen to date, and that makes it our top pick for accessory of the week.