The popularity of fitness trackers is understandable: the fashion for a healthy lifestyle, the craze for fitness and maintaining a healthy mode of activity and sleep, plus many functions of interaction with a smartphone. The usefulness of these gadgets is pointless to deny. And their choice in the technology market, respectively, is growing rapidly.
Those who play sports professionally and seek to track various types of workouts choose either expensive smartwatches with a lot of features, or premium fitness trackers that are essentially similar to smartwatches. And what about those who prefer to observe the regime, activity and much more?
Chinese manufacturers of equipment and gadgets are thoroughly approaching the conquest of the fitness tracker market. And they have a lot of advantages: they are affordable, diverse in design, and many of them are able to give odds to pro-level trackers.
One of these trackers was Mi 2 Band from Xiaomi. This tracker cannot be underestimated — it consistently receives high ratings from reviewers, its sales are only growing, and it has only been on the market for a year. The follower of the equally successful Mi Band and Mi 1s Pulse combines the functions of both trackers, adding new ones.
To begin with, it is worth noting that this is a real 24/7 fitness tracker. It can easily withstand 7 days without recharging, while the market leaders FitBit Charge 2, for example, can withstand only 5 days. The Meizu Band goes even further in this regard — this tracker lasts up to 15 days without recharging if the heartbeat sensor is disabled on it. If it works, Meizu also serves 7 days.
By the way, the heart rate sensor is a useful and popular feature both on trackers and smart watches. And as practice has shown, Huawei Fit gives the most accurate readings in this regard. Perhaps, in some respects, it is inferior to competitors, but when it comes to heartbeat, the results of the fitness tracker from Huawei have been repeatedly called the most correct.
What about the rest of the features?
It just so happens that among the more expensive and budget fitness trackers, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. As we said above, Huawei Fit gives the most accurate heart rate readings, plus it has many different workout modes. In other words, this is a tracker focused mainly on fitness. Xiaomi appeals to a larger audience — it is ideal for observing style and lifestyle. Sleep sensor and alarm clock, daily activity reminders, pedometer — all these functions are important, in fact, for everyone. Similar in function to Meizu Band. Each tracker also serves as a silent alarm clock. So, in travel, hostels and even at home with a tracker, you can wake up without waking up the rest. In addition, you can also get information about the phases of sleep. In this regard, all trackers are equally functional.
A lot of the complaints that all fitness trackers face have to do with GPS. It both shortens battery life and is not always perfectly accurate. Basically, GPS is important on a run, but in this case, it’s better to simply take your smartphone with you. It will provide both more accurate readings and a soundtrack.
Interaction with a smartphone.
The fact remains — without a smartphone, almost any fitness tracker is a watch with advanced options. And if the tracker is also without a display, then it completely turns into a simple decoration. Therefore, almost all fitness trackers are very dependent on applications. All data recorded by the sensors is immediately sent to the application and creates a picture of training, sleep, stress, heart rate and so on. Chinese manufacturers are focusing on iOS and Android, so for those who prefer Windows, it is better to take a closer look at models from FitBit and Garmin.
But owners of smartphones on Android and iOS will receive a full range of functions from Xiaomi, Meizu or Huawei, including notifications from some applications.
When it comes to design, Fitbit, Samsung, Microsoft and many other manufacturers strive for maximum functionality. Therefore, in terms of appearance, among the top manufacturers, perhaps, Jawbone stands out. In this regard, Chinese companies, oddly enough, are taking a step forward. Firstly, the design is still functional, but thanks to the interchangeable straps and the available number of very budget options, the style of the tracker can be changed almost every day. For MiBand from Xiaomi, for example, there are a lot of belts of completely different colors and materials.
Their cost is also low. For comparison, FitBit’s official replacement straps cost about the same as the Mi Band 2 tracker itself.
Meizu Bong 2P itself looks interesting and non-standard, while Huawei Fit copies the design of conventional watches. For fans of the classics, this is of particular value and stands out from the competition. The shape itself is not unique, because both the MoovNow tracker and Misfit Shine use it, but only Huawei offers the screen and the ability to use it exclusively as a watch.
Meizu Band has a static but very concise design. This tracker is impossible to change the strap, but its appearance is neutral and will suit almost any style.
How to make a choice?
First of all, when choosing a fitness tracker, you need to decide what is required of it. For standard exercise monitoring, earlier Mi Band models, Mi Band 1S Pulse, Meizu Bong 2P are suitable. These are very affordable fitness trackers that have proven themselves positively. If you are an advanced athlete or a professional, you should pay attention to more expensive models: FitBit Surge / Charge 2, Garmin Forerunner, Samsung Gear Fit 2 (Android) — these fitness trackers are designed for specific loads. Most of them are compatible with all operating systems, and with FitBit Surge you can take readings on your computer. For the price, however, these trackers differ significantly from budget ones. However, they contain a lot of useful features.
Mi Band 2 and Meizu Band are two trackers that are perfect for everyday activities. We recommend them to everyone who wants to monitor their own health, keep fit and do it all 24/7 at an affordable price.