Fitness trackers provide a great way of monitoring your health and activity with barely any effort on your behalf. They can keep track of stress levels, heart rate, workouts and more with pinpoint accuracy. But with so many different options, picking the right one for you can be tough – we have some tips to help.
Huawei Band 3 Pro
If you have been looking for a fitness tracker with GPS, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is worth considering. This fitness tracker is compatible with both Android and iOS, and has activity and heart rate tracking. It offers great battery life – around two weeks, – and the 0.95-inch colour screen is impressive too. The heart rate monitor is very accurate and you can take it swimming thanks to its water resistant design. It’s let down by the lack of a ‘breathing’ feature and the GPS can be slow to lock.
- Can be used with Android as well as iOS
- Brightness of display
- Good value for money in terms of features
- Doesn’t track weight
- Doesn’t track periods
- A little basic in terms of style
Though it looks like a smartwatch, the Bip is definitely more of a fitness tracker. It comes with activity and heart rate tracking, managed via a black and white screen. Battery life is one month and it is compatible with both Android and iOS. The device is waterproof and it has a GPS too. The Bip’s feature-packed companion app is definitely one of its biggest plus points – it includes VO2 Max features, as well as sleep tracking, multi-sport tracking, an accurate heart rate tracker, and much more. But it does have The Apple Watch has definitely inspired this product, but while the tracker itself may be stylish to look at, the UI is a bit finicky and the auto-pause feature does not work.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Undoubtedly, the most impressive aspect of this fitness tracker is its level of intelligence. It’s body battery feature tells you how much energy you do (or don’t) have with the aim of helping you learn the best time to exercise. Unlike other Garmin products, it’s aimed at those who want to lead a healthier lifestyle rather than serious athletes. It features a thinner screen than other models, a slim design and a long-lasting battery – around seven days per charge, depending on how much exercise you do. This fitness tracker is compatible with Android and iOS. It features activity tracking and a heart rate tracker and is waterproof, but does not have GPS.
- Reasonably priced
- Band is comfortable to wear
- Long battery life
- No alarm
- No altimeter – can’t track elevation
- No GPS
The Vivosport is aimed at serious athletes and is particularly suitable for cyclists and runners. It’s not as stylish as other fitness trackers on the market, but it is an affordable alternative. The device features a colour touchscreen, with a GPS, activity tracker, and a heart rate tracker. While the device is waterproof, tracking swimming is not something that it does easily. The device is small when compared with other GPS trackers and it has a good battery life, as well as being compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
- Super stylish design
- Automatic tracking
- No swim mode
- Expensive compared to some others
- Display not the brightest
Moov Now is a fitness tracker that is a little dated when compared with the other models, but it’s still a firm favourite for many. Although its features are limited and it doesn’t have a screen, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a cheap device to help you track your workouts. It is especially good for step tracking, but it also comes with sleep monitoring features, run coaching, a swimming mode, re-based training, and boxing. So, with an incredible six-month battery life and compatibility with Android and iOS, it covers a lot of bases – let down by not having a heart rate tracker.
- Low price
- Battery life – up to 6 months
- Very lightweight
- No heart rate tracker
- Tracking data is basic
- Voice coach can be irritating
Fitbit Charge 3
Last but not least, we can’t talk about fitness trackers without mentioning the famous Fitbit. This fitness tracker is compatible with Android and iOS. Battery life is six days, it features activity tracking and a heart rate tracker, yet it does not come with GPS. it has a light design, big screen (not colour), and it is waterproof. It is more refined than the previous version; Fitbit Charge 2. Not only does it look better on the wrist, but it provides a greater number of insights into your health.
- Larger display
- Can change bands easily
- Female health features
- No colour screen
- Lack of GPS
- No music control
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of some of the most popular fitness trackers on the market today, as well as the different features they offer. This should help you when making your decision.
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