Azumio Instant Heart Rate App Review

Measure Your Heart Rate on Demand Using Your Cell Phone Camera

Azumio Instant Heart Rate App
Azumio Instant Heart Rate App. Azumio Screen Capture by Wendy Bumgardner

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If you want to track your heart rate for exercise or health, but don't want to mess with a separate heart rate monitor or pulse monitor, this app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android is a convenient solution. Just place a finger over the camera of your device, and it detects your pulse from the change of color of your fingertip. Within 10 seconds, you have a measurement. With the paid version, you can store your results and view graphs.

You can also share your results via email and social media.

Instant Heart Rate Using Your Mobile Camera and App

The app works best with an iPhone or Android that has an LED flash, such as the iPhone 4 and above. I tried it with an old non-flash iPhone 3GS but it only works with it in a brightly lit area, such as outdoors or next to a window. With the iPhone 4 and 6, it worked much better.

To use it, first set your age and gender so it can calculate your heart rate zones.

To take a reading, just open the app and place your finger over the back camera of your device. I have my iPhone inside a Zagg Defender case and it still worked great. You will see the heart beat graph as it detects the color change in your finger tip. Once it gets a steady beat, it measures for 10 seconds and then gives you a final reading.

If the heart rate is below an exercise heart rate, it shows it on a resting heart rate analysis indicator, as shown in the screen shot.

If it is above the threshold to be an exercise heart rate, it displays it with your percent of maximum and which heart rate zone you are achieving.

With the paid app rather than the free version, you can store your heart rate readings and view them on a graph. This can be handy to use during an exercise workout, taking the readings at various times and viewing the results.

You can share your heart rate measurements via email, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

Besides taking your heart rate on demand, you can also take a heart rate recovery fitness test to help measure your fitness progress. You get your heart rate up to 70% of maximum, and it takes a few readings to see how fast your heart rate recovers towards normal.

Limitations of the Azumio Heart Rate App

As of December, 2015, the app is compatible with iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch (4th generation) and above, iPad 2 Wi-Fi and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G and above. Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

I used the app while out walking and didn't have any trouble taking a reading. For more vigorous exercise, you may want to stop and march in place while taking a reading, as you would if you were taking your exercise pulse.

This app is not a continuous heart rate monitor, so if you want truly instant readings throughout a workout, you need a heart rate monitor with a chest strap sensor. Some of these devices, such as the Wahoo Fitness heart rate monitor, are ANT+ compatible and will transmit data continuously to an iPhone transceiver key.

Bottom Line on the Instant Heart Rate App

I found this app to be a very useful addition to my iPhone. I carry my iPhone along on my fitness walks, and this is a handy way to check my exercise pulse on demand. I found it to be easy and reliable with an iPhone 4 and 6. The cost of the app is far, far cheaper than any other pulse monitor device. But it is no substitute for a dedicated heart rate monitor with chest strap for accurate, continuous heart rate measurement.

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