Update April 2023: Amazon has stated that they will no longer support Amazon Halo. This adds it to the list of products they have tried and then abandoned over the years (like the Fire Phone, Cloud Cam, Dash Buttons, and more) . Starting in August 2023 the app will no longer function, rendering the Halo Band and Halo View as useless, expensive, visually unappealing bracelets. As a multi-year user this is disappointing. We are leaving these reviews here to share the things that did work about Halo, despite the annoying subscription business model and lack of features compared to competitors.
Many options exist when trying to select the best daily wearable for step tracking and other wellness tracking. Each of the major tech companies now offers some form of their own wearable, including Amazon. There version is the Amazon Halo Band and Amazon View bands. While Amazon Halo Band compares well to the FitBit and other step trackers, the Amazon View compares to other smart watches like Apple Watch and the FitBit Versa. This article looks at some of the main features of the Amazon Halo Band.
Is the Amazon Halo Membership Worth It?
- Fitness Classes. Videos for on-demand workouts. This is the most valuable feature in our opinion and compares favorably to other subscription fitness services.
- Sleep Tracking Details. Measurement of REM sleep and sleep types. It is frustrating to know that this analysis can be done anyways since base line sleep data is free, but charging simply for an extra graph seems like a waste.
- Body Composition Features. The camera based app feature for finding body fat percentage. Again here it feels like this should be a free feature although it’s worth highlighting that this has nothing to do with having a band, you can get body composition just from a smartphone camera so it makes sense to tie it to something other than a cost of the wearable.
- Tone Analysis. Listening to your speech to monitor feeling and emotions. While these features align to many of the voice features of Alexa, it is unclear why it is an added cost to monitor. Thankfully if you decide to go to the free version, and disable the tone analysis, the resulting uptick in battery life is substantial.
How accurate is Amazon Halo?
Halo Band vs. Halo View
Halo Band Battery Life – Does It Last?
Battery life for a daily wearable is such a crucial feature as it greatly effects the experience of consistently wearing the device. Since the Halo Band and Halo View both offer sleep tracking, as well as step and movement tracking, the ideal situation is to be able to wear them constantly over the course of not just a 24 hour day but an entire week.
The Halo Band claims to have a battery life of “Up to 7 days”. This is a bit misleading though once you start turning on all of the features. The voice monitoring service drains a good chunk of that battery life. Halo View has a similar one week claim and using the watch more often (causing the face to be on) will drain it more. So how often do you need to charge the Halo View? In our experience once every two days is a good habit to get into in order to avoid charge anxiety and finding out that the device died over night!
Is Amazon Halo FDA approved?
Alexa for the Amazon Halo and View Bands
Voice activation is a big part of the Amazon device portfolio. Still the bands themselves are not designed to be full fledged Alexa devices. There are options to ask your Alexa to tell you your health summary but these are just short cuts to finding the same information within the Halo membership app. Other devices have similar features, with the ability to parrot back your step and activity data, which we have covered separately in our article on the best fitness tracker integrations with Alexa.