A fitness tracker is an opportunity to literally keep abreast of physical activity, constantly monitor body readings, sleep frequency and the number of steps taken.
The fitness tracker market is filled with attractive devices, most of which perform well and meet the basic requirements. But even among them, the best stand out, and it is them that we have chosen. In fairness, it’s worth noting that we’re not looking at the smartest watch, we’re choosing the tracker, which means that the options are arranged in the order that corresponds to their relevance for exercise and physical activity.
Fitbit Charge 2
One of the best
The size: three sizes; Display: OLED The weight: N/A; Compatibility: Android, iOS; Battery: 5 days; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0.
The Fitbit Charge 2 is arguably the best option available today. It costs a little more than the rest of the Fitbit models, but remains the best choice for those looking for a tracker ideal for jogging and other sports activities.
Fitbit syncs with your smartphone’s GPS for location tracking. It features a large, easy-to-read display that shows data, heart rate, and fitness features that were previously only available on the Fitbit Blaze.
Fitbit Charge 2 recognizes different types of activity — jogging, walking, cycling, etc. There is no need to enter exercises or launch special applications to track them, everything happens automatically. Another advantage of this tracker model is the PurePulse technology, which measures the heartbeat with great accuracy.
A separate plus of this tracker is a comfortable strap.
Fitbit Charge is much more suitable for physical purposes than sleep tracking. But the silent alarm is a great feature that does not disturb others.
Unlike many trackers, Fitbit supports synchronization with both Android and iOS.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Popular, Convenient, Affordable
The weight: 7 g; Display: OLED Battery: 7 days; Compatibility: Android, iOS; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0.
Xiaomi is not far behind the top manufacturers, because this year the Mi Band 2 was presented to the public. Its advantages are immediately obvious — a battery that can withstand 7 days without recharging, water resistance that allows you to carry it anytime and anywhere, a convenient minimalist design and a convenient display. However, Mi Band 2 is more suitable for monitoring your performance and compliance with the regimes. This tracker does not yet recognize different workouts or altitudes.
However, the Mi Band includes a heart rate sensor, whatsapp notifications, calories count, sleep analysis, and serves as a silent alarm clock. In general, it has all the necessary functions.
Mi Band works with both Android and iOS through a special application in which you can monitor performance and set up the tracker in a way that is convenient.
A separate advantage of the Mi Band is its price, it is thanks to the ratio of it and the proposed functions that the tracker from Xiaomi is one of the most popular today.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Easy to use, perfect fit
The size: 11.2 x 24.5 mm; Display: 1.5 inches AMOLED, 216 x 432; The weight: 28 g; Compatibility: android; Battery: 3–4 days; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.
For the Gear Fit 2, Samsung has made changes both inside and out. The result is a device that syncs with Android and offers a lot of useful features for its price.
512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in memory allow you to download music and applications specially developed by Samsung. Like the previous model, Gear Fit 2 sends notifications from a smartphone, but apart from it, this tracker is capable of much.
On the right side of the screen, the tracker has an inactivity timer that reminds you how long you haven’t moved. In addition, Samsung has equipped the GearFit 2 with a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer. The tracker easily determines different types of physical activity and exercises.
The GearFit also survives submersion very well and lasts 3–4 days without a charge.
Gorgeous design and large display are the Gear Fit’s special strengths. Compared to many other trackers, the price of the novelty from Samsung is also attractive. However, Gear Fit is not compatible with iOS or Windows devices.
Microsoft Band 2
Great accomplice for sports
The size: 12.8x32mm; Display: 320 x 128 AMOLED; The weight: 55 g; Compatibility: Windows, Android, iOS; Battery: 2 days; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0.
The display has become better, the tracker has become more convenient, and the design is even more stylish than the first model of the Microsoft Band. The second Band includes 11 sensors, one of which is completely new — an indicator for measuring height. Therefore, Microsoft Band is able to track movements on stairs and hills. The heart rate indicator is also very accurate in this model. In addition, the Band includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, body temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, ambient light sensor, microphone, and galvanic skin sensor.
On Windows-based smartphones, the Microsoft band is fully synchronized with Cortana, on Android and iOS, you can use the calendar and message notifications.
The Microsoft Band 2 is great for the gym, running, cycling, golf, and more. It perfectly tracks the number of steps and measures the phases of sleep. The only drawback is the battery, which only lasts 2 days without recharging. However, it charges fully in 90 minutes.
Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit returns improved and updated
The size: Two sizes; Display: N/A; The weight: N/A; Compatibility: Android, iOS; Battery: 5 days; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0.
If you’re looking for a simple and small fitness tracker to measure your steps every day, then the Fitbit Flex is the way to go. Without a display, with LED sensors, Fitbit Flex seems to be very simple. However, it automatically recognizes various types of exercises, counts steps, accepts notifications and works as an alarm clock.
More efficiency can be achieved from it using the application, but in general, its functions are limited — this is a minimalistic tracker. The Fitbit Flex does not have a heart rate sensor or a watch, but it does have a very smart algorithm that counts hand movements, counts calories and distance. Like other trackers, FitBit Flex 2 is always happy to remind you that you haven’t moved in a long time and it’s time to warm up. The Flex 2 battery lasts two days without recharging, the device will notify you of the battery status using email or an application.
Impressive design, impressive features
The size: 220 x 12.2 x 3.0–9.3mm; Display: N/A; Compatibility: Android, iOS; Battery: 7 days; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0LE.
When it comes to fitness trackers, not many have achieved the same results as Jawbone. UP3 is equipped with a mass of sensors, while it lasts almost a week without charging. Pleasant pluses UP3 are light weight and the number of functions. It syncs with iOS and Android via the app. UP3 tracks your heart rate at rest and on the move. All the same accuracy of the pedometer, which struck the fans of a healthy lifestyle in previous models, is preserved in UP3.
As a tracker that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the UP3 performs brilliantly — it gives a very complete indication of sleep phases and functions as a silent alarm clock. With the help of vibration, it also reminds you that it’s time to warm up.
All in all, this is a great tracker at a nice price.
Fitbit Charge HR
A worthy alternative to the Charge 2
The size: two sizes, S, L(20.8 x 2x 1 cm); Display: 0.7 inch OLED; The weight: 22 g; Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows Phone; Battery: 5 days; Connection via: Bluetooth 4.0.
Another tracker that has learned to recognize different types of exercises. Although, for the sake of accuracy, it is always better to give him exact data. However, the Charge HR is doing better than ever. This tracker model has a display, an altimeter that will tell you how high you climbed, a heart rate sensor, a calorie counter and much more.
It is comfortable, and its design is neutral and very inconspicuous, which is more of a virtue for a tracker. To monitor your physical activity and some indicators of the body, Charge HR is recommended even after the release of Charge 2. Fitbit, in principle, is famous among rivals for the most accurate readings from sensors. The Fitbit Charge HR has a battery life of up to 5 days on a single charge, so you can use it for sleep stats, alarm clocks, and everything you need from a fitness tracker.
If you’re a Fitbit fan but aren’t ready to commit to the Charge 2, give the Charge HR a try.