Insignia Fitness Armband Review

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The Insignia Fitness Armband is a decent running armband that will allow you to bring your phone along with you on your adventures. It straps securely to your arm, keeping it with you and within arms reach, for the duration of your workout.

The sweat-resistant materials keep your phone safe from moisture. Additionally, the thick plastic screen covering will give you a little extra protection from scratches while you’re out and about.

Some consumers aren’t too happy with the overall quality of the product. It is durable, and will not suffer from premature wear and tear, but some of the features are not up to par. The thick plastic covering makes your phone’s touchscreen almost unusable, which can become quite the hassle.

The Insignia Fitness Armband isn’t a terrible product, and it does get the job done. It does what it is intended to do, without too much issue. However, the high price tag and lack of outstanding features make customers steer to other, more preferable options.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Long lifespan

Lightweight

Comfortable

Cons

Hard to clean

High price tag

Awkward fit

Phone pouch is tight

Unresponsive touchscreen control

Design

The Insignia Fitness Armband has the same basic layout that you would expect from most running armbands on the market. It has an adjustable strap that wraps around your upper arm so you can keep your phone with you wherever you go. Additionally, it has a pouch that stores your device with a transparent front so you can still access your phone's touchscreen while you're out and about.

The Insignia Fitness Armband has a small key compartment built right into the design. When leaving the house, chances are you're going to need to bring along a house or car key. This will allow you to easily stow it away right in your band — no need to risk losing it by throwing it in your pocket.

The sweat-resistant design allows you to get up and go without having to worry about your phone suffering from moisture damage from your sweat. Exercising can get somewhat sweaty, and nobody wants their cell phones getting wet and ruined by that moistures. The design of this armband will give you an extra layer of protection so you can bring your phone along without the risk of damage. Please note that it is not waterproof, and if you are in contact with excessive water, then you still run the risk of moisture damage to your phone. It will be just fine for your run of the mill sweaty workout, but anything more might be too much.

This armband is only available in one color, black. Some consumers would have liked to have seen more color choices, but for the most part, they were content with what they had available to them.

Materials

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of information on the exact materials that make up the Insignia Fitness Armband. Some customers have complained that it isn't the softest and most comfortable materials, right out of the box. However, after a break in period that changes. Other reviewers were content with the way it felt from the get-go.

The biggest problem that people have with the materials used for Insignia Fitness Armband resides with the plastic used for the screen protector. Most customers stated that it was too thick, making it difficult, if not impossible, to use access to their touchscreen. This is something that you should be able to do while using this band, so it can be frustrating when it doesn't work correctly.

The plastic is a little on the thick side, giving you better protection against scratches, but making it more challenging to use your phone. If you have a newer iPhone with a fingerprint sensor, forget it. It will not be able to read your fingerprint at all thought the materials. If you need full and unrestricted access to your phone's screen and fingerprint sensor, you might want to consider a different option.

For the most part, consumers are happy with the velcro strap, however. Most people have commented that it is very sticky and able to keep it's grip while you're on the go. Of course, there were a few off the wall comments about how it wasn't sticky at all and was poor quality, but that seems to be more the exception than the rule.

Comfort

For the most part, customers think the Insignia Fitness Armband is comfortable and is an excellent addition to their workout. It is soft and comfy along your skin, preventing irritation and chafing that could occur with some other brands. It also has a decent grip so it will stay put on your arm. There is no need to deal with the distraction of always pulling the band up your arm. You will be able to throw this armband on and forget about it, focusing on your workout.

There are some customers who had negative experiences when it comes to the comfort level of the Insignia Fitness Armband. They claim that it has an awkward fit and didn't sit comfortably on their arm. Of course, you want to be as comfortable as possible when working out; you don't want your armband distracting you.

Even though a majority of consumers were happy with the overall comfort level if the band; it is worth noting that it isn't a product that is for everyone.

Fit

The Insignia Fitness Armband features an adjustable hook and loop strap that circles around your upper arm, giving you a comfortable feel. It will allow the armband to fit a majority of users since you can adjust the size at will.

The problem, however, is there is no information on the exact length of the strap. Therefore, it is hard to say the size range that the Insignia Fitness Armband can comfortably fit.

According to customers comments, if you have rather thin arms, this might not be a great band for you, although they don't mention how small is too small. It can be difficult to tighten the strap enough to comfortably fit little arms, which means that there is no way to keep the band in place. It makes wearing it slightly uncomfortable.

The same thing goes for those with more massive arms. If your arm it too girthy then you will not be able to comfortably and securely wrap the strap around you, making the armband useless.

The standard sizes for running armbands like these are between 8-inches and 15-inches. However, as previously mentioned, there is no information on this exact band. If you purchase it and find that it doesn't fit snuggly and securely, you can always return it for a better fitting option.

Activities

The intended use of the Insignia Fitness Armband is for those who lead a more active lifestyle. If you are someone who likes to get up and go but wants to still bring your phone along for the ride, then this is a perfect product for you.

It gives you a secure fit, strapping snuggly around your upper arm so you can keep your phone within arms reach. It has a grippy design that won't slide down your arm, allowing you to participate in a vigorous workout without fear of losing your phone or band.

The Insignia Fitness Armband is sweat-resistant, so there is no risk of moisture damage, no matter how hard you push yourself. Exercising can become very sweaty. This product will give you a protective barrier between your phone and the sweat.

Of course, you don't have to use this strictly for athletic events. There are a plethora of customers who will use this for everyday tasks. Whether cleaning the house or doing yard work, they can appreciate having their phone with them — no need to shove it in your pocket.

Features

There aren't a lot of features available in the Insignia Fitness Armband. It is a simple, run of the mill, running armband. You have an adjustable hook and loop strap that goes around your upper arm. Additionally, there is a pouch for you to store your phone with a transparent plastic screen protector. These are all things that you will find on most similar products.

One thing that the Insignia Fitness Armband has to offer that you won't find on all bands, although a lot do offer it, is a key compartment. There is a small slot beside the phone pouch that is the perfect size to slip a key into for safe keeping. When leaving the house chances are you will need to bring along a house or car key, this gives you the perfect place to store the key. If you are looking for a product with more storage, there are other armband options that you can choose from.

The transparent screen covering allows you to have access to your device's touchscreen still while remaining in the armband. The problem, however, is that the plastic appears to be a little too thick at times. It becomes impossible at times to actually use your phone. Your screen becomes less responsive and will not work unless you remove the phone from the band altogether.

If you have a newer iPhone that uses a fingerprint sensor, forget about it. The sensor will not work through the plastic, making sure you have to remove the phone if you want to access it. It becomes frustrating for many customers, so it is something that you might want to keep in mind when making the purchase.

Durability

One thing that the Insignia Fitness Armband has going for it is that it is durable. This is one thing that you aren't going to have to worry about when it comes to this product.

The materials that make up the construction of the armband ensure that it won't fall apart on you while you're in the middle of a workout. This is especially important since you are trusting your expensive cell phone inside a piece of material attached to your arm.

Care

Since the Insignia Fitness Armband is mostly for those who like to get up and go, the chances are it's going to be in contact with sweat, frequently. After a while, the band will start to smell, especially if you aren't taking proper care of it.

The problem with this armband is that it isn't easy to keep clean. Customers don't recommend throwing it in the washing machine as it will decrease the longevity of the product. You can hand wash it with a mild detergent and hang it to dry. Even if you hand clean it, it doesn't always stay clean for long. Some reviewers stated that it started to stain quickly after washing it.

Value

The Insignia Fitness Armband has a fairly steep price tag when compared to other armbands on the market. Considering that this one doesn't have a lot of extra features to help it stand out, customers seem to shy away from it.

Yes, this band is durable and will not fall apart, allowing you to keep it for a while, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good deal. It is sometimes hard to use, especially since the plastic screen cover is thick and prevent some access to your touchscreen.

For the most part, the Insignia Fitness Armband does it's intended job, but most customers don't think that it warrants the high cost. Most said that they would not recommend purchasing this unless you could find it for a much lower price.

Compatibility

When you decide to purchase a running armband, you want to make sure that your phone is compatible with the product. It can be frustrating when you go to put your phone in the pouch, only to find out that it doesn't fit.

The Insignia Fitness Armband comes in two different versions, so you can make sure that you get the one that will best fit your phone.

The standard size armband is perfect for phones with a screen up to 6-inches. Some examples of these devices include iPhone X/8/7/6s or Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/S7.

The plus size band is ideal for those who have one of the larger, plus-sized phones. It is great for devices with a screen size of up to 7-inches. These products include iPhone 8 Plus/7 Plus/ 6s Plus, Samsung Note 8, or Samsung Galaxy S8+/S7+.

The pocket that holds the phone in place is a bit on the snug side, so it might be a little challenging to get your phone actually to fit inside the armband. Most phones will probably not fit with their protective cases on them. You will have to take it out of the case.

Many customers are not pleased with the way the phone sits in the armband. It is such a snug fit and in some cases will not slide entirely down into the pouch.

Bottom Line

If you like to get up and go but also prefer bringing your phone along with you, the use of a running armband, like the Insignia Fitness Armband, might be an excellent option for you. You can strap this product right around your upper arm and throw your phone in the pouch. It'll let you keep your phone on you at all times without having to throw it in your pocket or bag.

Customers prefer using it when they're exercising, letting them bring their music along. The sweat-resistant materials ensure that your phone will stay dry and not experience moisture damage. Not only will it carry your phone safely, but there's a small compartment that can be used to store a key, eliminating the need for an extra bag or pouch.

Whether you're going on your daily run or pushing yourself at the gym, the Insignia Fitness Armband might be a good companion for you.