If getting information or advice on your overall activity level is your primary goal, a fitness band is your best bet.
These devices has the capabilities to provide at-a-glance feedback regarding the total steps you’ve taken, measure the intensity of your exercise, and report on the quality of your sleep. Overall, it helps you stay health in a positive way.
So, if you’re in search of a device which can count steps and calories, monitor sleep and perhaps even have the added bonus of reading heart rate then here are some of the best among them.
#1. Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa has finally launched a beast in the field of smartwatch market, it works well, looks good, and is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, though it’s not without its problems.
The 1.34-inch touchscreen is bright and clear, though notifications aren’t handled particularly well, it does all the essential tasks well. Fitness stats, the time, and the date are all easy to read at a glance.
It’s waterproof up to 50 meters (164 ft), so you can take it in the pool with you. The black silicone strap used has a traditional watch-style clasp that’s easy to open and close, least sweaty, light and comfortable.
Versa can easily track the usual Fitbit range of stats: steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, active minutes, heart rate, and more specific workout exercises. Sleep tracking and swim tracking are also included in the watch’s capabilities, so you’re able to measure just about every metric you like.
#2. Moov Now
It’s a lightweight fitness tracker that collects 3D motion data and gives you instant audio feedback through the mobile Moov App.
This is a small device which comes in a case of size identical to a coin! This little device mainly consists of the motion sensors, a small storage, the bluetooth module to connect to your smart phone and the battery that will work for about six months.
The new Moov is obviously great for runners and has a focus on endurance sports. However you can do more with it for example track your daily activities and even your sleep. I’ll go into more detail what the Moov Now can do for you as a runner later.
It creates daily tasks for you like, a daily goal is the known 30 minutes of increased activity like a brisk walk or any kind of sports. In the App you have a log for each day that shows your activity minutes, calories burned and the workouts you did that day.
For your sleep, it creates a graph that shows when you were awake and the different sleep phases “light” and “restorative” as well as the percentages of your total sleep time on your moov app.
Usually smart phone apps just measure your distance and pace and your heart rate if you connect a watch or breast-band to it. You can do this as well with the Moov App but there’s more: impact score, cadence, range of motion, & many more.
#3. Garmin Vivosmart HR+
The original one went down a treat upon release, but for the Plus model they’ve thrown in GPS for good measure. They’ve also had a bit of a play around with the looks, but other than that it’s pretty much the same.
The Vivosmart HR+ does pretty much everything a fitness band should do (think time, steps, calories, distance) and a whole bunch more besides.
Just after you’re hooked up to your phone via Bluetooth, you can receive notifications, control your music and even check the weather to make sure you don’t get caught with your shorts on in a storm.
The main attraction is of course GPS. This gives a much more accurate measure of your speed and distance than a simple accelerometer, and can map out routes for you as you run.
Once you’ve finished your workout, you can download Garmin Connect onto your phone to check out your progress. Also, there’s a the daily challenges, a neat little extra, though, with the app creating a leaderboard to show who’s shedding flab the fastest.
#4. Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
It’s a perfect option for Android users. It provided all the right features to accurately track runs and workouts, the precious gear missed out on one key aspect: it wasn’t waterproof and you couldn’t use it to track swimming.
This one comes with proper waterproofing of up to 5ATM of pressure – (or around 40m). You can take the Fit2 Pro on a swim, soak it in the shower and run through torrential rain and it’ll be perfectly fine.
The Gear Fit2 Pro looks and feels very much like its predecessor, it has the same vibrant 1.5in (128 x 432) AMOLED touchscreen display, which is bright and clear enough to read in most conditions.
In its price bracket, there isn’t another fitness band that offers the same set of features. Fitbit doesn’t do anything that’s as fully featured and nor does Garmin. The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro stands alone in this respect.
#5. Apple Watch Series 3
Apple has added many features and improvements to the Watch since its debut in 2015. It has been re-architected how the user interface works, but for the most part its feature additions have been focused on a specific type of user: an active person who wants to use the Apple Watch to track all of their workouts and fitness activities.
Series 3 provides you an extra feature, it is built with optional LTE connectivity, which allows you to leave your iPhone at home and still be connected.
It has GPS support so you can plan your workouts. Battery life has been greatly improved with the Series 3 over earlier Watch versions. While Apple still only says the Series 3 is good for “up to 18 hours” of battery life.
Despite the better battery life, Apple still doesn’t offer an always-on display function, which means the screen is off until you lift your wrist, a notification wakes it up, or you tap it.
All in all, it’s not the best but if you’re a fan of apple you will definitely be pleased by their efforts in making this smartwatch.
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