NuBand activity and sleep trackers look after their users. The manufacturer creates affordable devices that aren’t overly complicated – let’s find out more.
NuBand Optim Smartwatch
$119.99 (US), £99.99 (UK)
The Optim is the top of the range offering from NuBand activity and sleep trackers – it’s certainly the best looking and offers the most features.
The Optim offers heart rate monitoring as well as sleep tracking (including sleep rhythms). To help you reach your fitness goals, the Optim will regularly remind you to keep moving and there’s a handy multi-sport function for accurate analysis of your activities and built-in GPS to boot. You can swim with the Optim on your wrist, safe in the knowledge that it’s waterproof and you also have the ability to share your data on social media through an app that’s compatible with both Android and iOS.
It offers the basics like alarms, stopwatch/timer and notifications for calls, messages and social media. You can get all this for roughly seven days between charges.
Physically, the Optim, which has a full-colour touchscreen, is 44mm wide and the band is 20mm by 245mm, quite big on compared to most smartwatches.
- Sleek design
- Long battery life considering features
- Low-resolution display
- There are better-known alternatives for slightly more money
NuBand Flash HR 2 Activity/ Sleep Tracker
$99.98 (US), £39.99
The NuBand Flash HR 2 activity and sleep tracker may have a low price tag, but it’s still pretty stylish.
It has a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking ability including sleep pattern monitoring. It’ll also tell you steps, distance, calories burned and heights climbed via the accelerometer.
The Flash HR 2 is waterproof to 3m, so you’re able to track your swimming sessions, as well as running, weight lifting and other sports. If you do fancy a run it has a handy weather forecast feature and it will also remind you to keep moving on those less active days.
The display is a full-colour touch screen measuring 24.38mm, resting on an 18mm wide and 45mm tall screen. The strap is slim at 20mm wide and 240mm long – and if you don’t like the colour it comes in, you can buy a replacement.
Smart features include the usual suspects; text, calls and some app alerts. You can expect a solid seven days’ use between charges if you don’t use it heavily, but probably around five days with average use.
- Great features for the price
- Accurate GPS
- Solid battery life
- For a specific sleep tracking device, it could be more accurate
NuBand Kids Activity Tracker
$17.99 (US), £19.99 (UK)
This version offers a multitude of interchangeable, brightly coloured bands, all available in extra small sizes for the little ones. Recognising the wear and tear kids watches go through, Nuband includes an additional band for free, and the watch is water, dust and scratch-resistant.
The screen is touch-enabled with impressive resolution. It’ll show texts and social media alerts.
Activity-wise, it’ll monitor steps through the in-built pedometer, as well as distance, calories burned and track their sleep. Overall, it gives a good idea of general health and activity levels. You can expect seven days’ use if you don’t play with it too often, but realistically probably a day or two less.
- Good overall data provided about your child’s wellbeing
- Rugged design
- Free band
- No GPS to keep track of your child’s location
- Only compatible with iOS
NuBand Pro HR GPS Tracker
$79.99 (US), £59.99
The Pro HR GPS tracker from NuBand features the brand’s most up-to-date tech and offers the best performance.
The USP of the tracker is the combination of the heart rate monitor and GPS function which boasts accurate distance, speed and calorie monitoring to give a precise overview of your performance. You’re able to look at the route you took, as it’s mapped within the app and you can use this to re-run the route and see areas for for improvement.
Water and dust-resistant, the Pro HR skimps a little on smart features; calls and text notifications are about all you’ll see alongside select social media alerts, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the size of the display (a relatively-tiny 2.44mm touchscreen). It’s 15mm wide and 40mm long. The strap is about average for a fitness tracker, coming in at 230mm in length and 16mm wide. For those wanting to make a unique statement, you can replace the straps to suit your taste or mood.
The Pro HR will go five days on average between charges, or seven if you barely use any notifications (or don’t work out)!
- Excellent GPS service
- Great analytical data for post-session performance review
- Isn’t scratch resistant like other NuBand trackers
- The app is sometimes difficult and confusing to use
NuBand activity and sleep trackers hasn’t yet made waves in the activity tracker world, despite some keen pricing considering the features on offer. Prices vary a lot between US and UK markets, too. Overall, the design and function of NuBand trackers are good enough to rival the much-loved Fitbit, but they’re just not as well-known. They’re a great alternative if the likes of Fitbit or Garmin aren’t in your price range.