5 Best Fitness Trackers in 2017

In the fitness market today, you will get various types of trackers from HRM earbuds to clip-on trackers. If you don’t have any idea about fitness trackers and don’t know which ones to go for, then you have come to the right place. Here you will learn about five of the best fitness trackers based on what they offer — style, simplicity, sleep tracking features, fitness tracking, vivid display and more. With the help of this information, you can easily choose which one is most suitable for you.

Listed below are the 5 best fitness trackers that you can get in the market today:

5. TomTom Touch

TomTom touch is an expensive band fitness tracker that comes with multiple features. The straps are customizable, so you get to choose whether to go with the small straps or the large straps. It is able to track your activity levels throughout the day. If there is any kind of fitness data you need, the TomTom will monitor and display it for you. It is also designed to monitor your heart rate as you exercise.

The display screen is just 5.58 mm long x 22.38 mm wide x 11.5 mm thick. For those people who love to be health conscious, this tracker will give you every little piece of data you may want, for example, the number of steps taken, the distance and time you’ve been active, calories you have burned, and so much more. The TomTom is water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about rain or showering while wearing it. However, do not swim with it.

Another attractive feature of this smart device is its body composition analyzer. It measures the percentage of body fat and muscle of the user just by clicking a button. Most runners and swimmers are very particular about their body fat levels, so this unique feature enables them to maintain a degree of control.

The TomTom Touch has gained popularity for the fact that it operates with both Android and iOS operating systems. You can set it to sports mode whenever you are engaging in any fitness activity, and it will provide you with notifications that are received on your phone. The tracker also provides Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and is compatible with almost every phone out there.

4. Microsoft Band 2

This comfortable fitness tracker is designed to be like a smartwatch. The Microsoft Band 2 is able to keep track of your heart rate with every step that you take. It doesn’t matter whether you are golfing, running, or riding a bike, the Band 2 will give you all the information you need to tweak your workout and stay healthy.

Even as you sleep, this device will automatically track your vital signs. This fitness tracker operates with Windows, Android and also IOS operating systems. This wide variety of functionality and compatibility is what boosts its popularity with users. You can also pay your bill at Starbucks using this fitness tracker, which is very innovative.

It is light in weight as it weighs only 55 grams. It is designed with a 320 x 128 AMOLED display screen. It uses the connectivity of Bluetooth 4.0 and has built-in GPS. If you are sincerely looking for a high-quality fitness tracker that will be pricey enough to reflect your status, the Microsoft Band 2 will suit you just fine.

On the downside, there is one feature that leaves a lot to be desired. The Microsoft Band 2 only provides two days worth of battery backup. It is also very expensive compared to the other fitness trackers in the market and goes for about $250 in the US. It claims to be able to provide workout tips and health information but they aren’t that clear or helpful. It doesn’t even have any social media connectivity, which in today’s society is necessary. You would think that for such a pricey tracker Microsoft would at least sort out these basic issues.

3. Fitbit Charge 2

Out of all the fitness trackers, the Fitbit charge 2 has achieved its fame and popularity due to its large screen with OLED display. It has a multiline display that allows you to see the time as well as all kinds of fitness data you need to be aware of. The bands are swappable, so you can choose the look or design you want to go for on any particular day. The heart rate monitor is always active, allowing you to keep constant tabs on your pulse.

This tracker comes with a great companion app. It operates with both Android and IOS operating systems.  If you are a morning jogger or runner, Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best choices for you. Most people nowadays have some type of smart device. This particular device makes it easy to sync to your other smart devices.

This fitness tracker is very expensive as it costs about $150.  For this price, you will definitely appreciate the apps and software that it has. On top of that, it guarantees the user five days worth of battery backup. Compared to the Microsoft Band 2, this tracker definitely gives you your money’s worth.

On the downside, the Fitbit Charge 2 doesn’t offer any water resistant properties at all. You can’t swim or shower with it. It doesn’t have any GPS functionality, and the notifications that come from your phone are very difficult to read on the multiline display. If you are looking for a well-designed, well-performing fitness tracker that has great battery life and cool software, this is the one for you.

2. Samsung Gear Fit 2

Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a fitness tracker that provides you a gorgeous design. The slim and curved shape comes with a large AMOLED display that enables you to clearly see all your smartphone notifications. It provides you with fitness data ranging from pulse rate, sleep-tracking, and also allows you to download over 1000 songs. It automatically detects when you are engaging in any exercise activity so you don’t really have to activate it manually.

It is also an expensive smart fitness tracker, costing about $179. It also uses Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. This 28-gram lightweight device provides you with 3-4 days battery backup. It has a GPS feature, which works well for avid bikers and runners.

On the downside, it has a really short battery life. The sensor that is supposed to monitor the heart rate tends to fluctuate when the user is exercising. This is clearly a problem. It doesn’t support the iPhone and its companion app isn’t very understandable. Finally, you can’t even swim or shower with it. The Gear Fit 2 may have a cool exterior design, but it won’t suit people who are exercise enthusiasts.

1. Fitbit Flex 2

Finally, Fitbit has made a tracker that is users can swim with. The Fitbit 2 is able to monitor all your fitness data and even provides support for accessories. For $100, it seems like an inexpensive way to keep track of your fitness data as you exercise.

Fitbit Flex 2 is compatible with both Android and IOS operating systems. It also automatically recognizes when the user is working out and begins to record their data.  It uses Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to connect to the operating system. If you want a fitness tracker with a small budget, then this product is suitable for you.

For those people who take exercise by bike riding, this product is appropriate for them. This comfortable and light fitness tracker has a great battery backup of five days.

On the downside, this tracker doesn’t have a display to provide you with a visual of the data you are generating. You can’t really compare the features of this version with the other Fitbit trackers. It isn’t designed with a heart rate monitor, which is quite weird. The battery also takes too long to charge. Even the LED lights are confusing. Battery life is not good at all. Apart from the fact that you can swim in it, there isn’t much to see here.

How to choose your first fitness tracker: 5 Factors to Consider Before Buying 

Before you rush out to grab the first fitness tracker you see, there are some factors to consider. Think about the following aspects prior to buying any fitness tracking wearable product:

Device types: Three most common types of tracker are clip on, wrist band, sport watch. Basically you wear bands on your hand, while the clip on tracker can attach it anywhere, and they are simple and less expensive compared to other type of trackers. Thought it also depends on which information do you to track, fitness trackers now moves into fashion, you can find smart earrings, bracelets and countless wearables that can track fitness.

Choose fitness trackers by design

What kind of display does the device have? After you specify which design you prefer the next step would be choosing how the information is displayed and interaction users can comunicate with trackers. With less than 2 inch screen display, they can be monochrome LCD, color LCD, OLED, Dot-matrix LCD, LED indicator lights.

  • Monochrome LCD
  • Color LCD
  • OLED
  • Dot-matrix LCD
  • LED indicator lights

Is the fitness tracker supported by your Smartphone?

Is the device suitable for the purpose you need it for? Waterproof, HRM and sleep tracker. Knowing your HR is very important, because it is related to your health. Sleeping tracker is a great feature that automatically track your sleep, bpm, body temp and respriation rate. Wake up in the morning, check your tracker you will know how well you slept last night.

Price range: A price for a fitness tracker is ranged from $20 to $500. Cheap wearables is commonly poorly built, and they don’t have display screen. Over time they tend to be mul-functional and sometimes not providing accurate fitnesss measurements. But here it comes to the point that there is still no guide line that standardizes how accurate the measurement of wearable is. At higher prices, trackers have sensors for HRM, GPS and additional features such as waterproof and sleep tracking.

The future: Apple has been reportedly developing sensors to monitor blood sugar level, so maybe in the future the Apple watch will integrate this feature. In turn, millions of diabetes patients will benefit from it. The accuracy of oxygen levels and HR measurements will be close to the medical instruments.

Published on 01/21/2017

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