When everything around is being digitalized, how can health be left behind? and so we bring to you Best fitness Tracker reviews 2017 And it is the next big thing in our advancement as a species! That is why today we have fitness tracking devices and wearable gadgets which help us keep the record of our daily health schedule and activities. You can easily see, track, analyze, and thereby improve your performance with the help of fitness trackers. There are many prominent brands in the market that offer many cool features; we have reviewed top 5 of the fitness tracker to help you make a decision easily.
Rank 1 – Fitbit Charger HR (A top notch fitness tracker)
Fitbit Charger HR is the successor to Fitbit’s previous bestseller Fitbit Flex. It comes in 2 colors and a 21 mm wide smooth strap with a textured finish. For seeing and tracking daily activities, it has got a small, monochrome, OLED display. There are two options to activate the screen, either by tapping on it or pressing the button on the side. The charger syncs easily with any smartphone such as Android/ iOS/ Windows and computer OS such as Mac/ PC via Bluetooth 4.0. You can also proceed to download the official Fitbit app to record all the activities for a longer period of time.
So if you are using your smartphone or PC, you can always stay in touch with the Fitbit. There is no heart rate monitor or a GPS in this tracker. For getting these features, you have to upgrade to Fitbit Surge. Charging period of this tracker is 2-3 hours and it can easily last up to 5-7 days of moderate use. Another interesting feature is that this tracker comes with a caller ID soon connecting it with the phone the tracker will notify you of an incoming call along with the caller ID. The downside of this watch is that there is no default watch preset; for activating the clock, you have to flick your wrist upwards.
Rank 2 – Fitbit Surge (Best tracker with heart rate monitor/ GPS)
Another great tracker from Fitbit, this is the top model in the product category and justifies all the reasons for that. You can track data like estimated distance traveled, a number of stairs climbed, total steps taken, real-time heart rate, and total calories burnt. It also has a clock which may appear shabby but does the job decently. The display of the watch is on all the time and is clearly visible in all conditions of the light. In case no external light source is present, the backlit screen makes it easy to read the data on full OLED screen. Surge charges 100% in an hour and lasts for around 4-5 days. The strap is very comfortable but the overall tracker can be bulky for weight lifting and strength training. A feature that is missing in Charger HR but present in Surge is the heart rate monitor. Its use is however disputed because to track the rate correctly, you need to strap the tracker tightly which eventually causes rashes and sweat-trapping.
Rank 3 – Garmin Vevo it (Recommended for sprinters)
If you want a budget fitness tracker, Garmin shall be your undisputed choice and for all the right reasons. Vevo it is packed in basic packing material which may not look as fancy as its competitors’ packing but if you value functions over appearance, this is the clear pick. Garmin Vevo it offers 1-year battery life and we swear by that. It is however achieved by sacrificing on the backlight and stripping the device to the minimum. The strap of the tracker is not impressive, in fact, looks like straight from the 90s. It is made of plastic which was a rage in inexpensive digital sports watches decades ago but having said that it is pretty strong and will last for many years. It will not be a hindrance while you work on a computer.
A downside of the strap is like any rubber strap, it traps sweat and causes itching. For water sports lovers, it is a great option because the tracker is waterproof up to 50 meters. Two removable cells power the tracker and for connection, you can opt for either ANT+ or Bluetooth 4.0. Tracker’s software allows you to track daily progress and on connecting, it even feeds the same in Garmin’s online exercise logging platform (available on iOS and Android). There is no GPS on this tracker. For syncing the data and activity report, Bluetooth technology is used between phone and tracker. This fitness tracker comes with a small price tag and is definitely the best pick for those who want a tracker in a budget.
Rank 4 – Withings Activité (Best fitness tracker with style)
This is high on style and decent on performance. Designed like an analog watch, it is nothing like the conventional fitness trackers. It tracks the activities and sleeps using an accelerometer built in the watch. Activité connects to the mobile phone via Bluetooth. The sad part is it is only supported by iPhone as of now, however, Android support is expected soon. If you want a tracker which is equally smart in looks and beautiful in design, this is your definite pick. Everything you need to track can be easily viewed and managed in this tracker. It is a great option if you want your tracker to look different but not boring. You won’t feel the need to take it off even when socializing or having a date.
If budget is no restriction, we suggest Fitbit Charger HR as our number 1 recommendation. It is the perfect tracker which combines style and function. For those who are sticking to the budget fitness tracker and want only basic functions, Garmin Vevo it is definitely the best option.