With so many different options, it is not easy to pick the perfect fitness tracker or smartwatch. After all, this is something you will probably strap to your wrist 24/7 for the foreseeable future.
The right wearable will be based on your individual needs; whether it’s step counting, sleep tracking or 24/7 heart rate tracking, there’s something for everyone. That said, you shouldn’t have to scour the internet for days and weeks to do research and filter down your choices.
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We are dedicated to helping consumers make sense of this fast growing market and stay up-to-date on the latest health and fitness tech industry news and product releases. This space is now awash with manufacturers each fighting for a slice of the wearable pie.
While some of these devices may seem pretty similar, a closer look reveals small but important differences. To that end, we have created a tool which allows you to pick any 10 fitness trackers, and compare them side-by-side to view features, technical specifications and Amazon ratings. You can do the same for smartwatches, heart rate monitors, biometric headphones, smart scales and more. The full range of options can be seen in our Compare Tool menu option.
|Fitbit Alta HR||Fitbit Charge 2||Garmin Vivosmart HR+||Jawbone UP3|
(Sizes depend on type of band)
Small: 14 cm - 17 cm in circumference
Large: 16.5 cm - 20.6 cm in circumference
XL: 20.6 cm - 23.6 cm in circumference
|Width: 21.0 mm|
Thickness: 15 mm
|220mm x 12.2mm x 3.0mm-9.3mm|
|Material||Wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer. The tracker is made with surgical-grade stainless steel, and the buckle is made with aluminum.||Stainless steel casing, elastomer strap||Silicone||Anodized Aluminum, TiN coated Stainless Steel, TPU|
|Charging||USB||USB.||USB||Magnetic USB cable|
|Battery||Lithium-polymer||Lithium-polymer||Lithium battery||Rechargeable lithium polymer, 38 mAh battery|
|Battery life||up to 7 days||up to 5 days||Up to 5 days watch/activity tracking mode (24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 8 hours using GPS||Up to 7 days|
|Water-resistance||Sweat, rain and splash proof||Sweat, rain and splash proof.||Up to 50 metres (5 ATM)||Water resistant up to 10m|
|Weight||15 grams||36 grams||Regular: 31.0 g|
Large: 33.0 g
|Sensor||3-axis accelerometer, Vibration motor, optical heart rate sensor||Optical heart rate tracker, 3-axis accelerometer, altimeter, vibration motor||3 axis-accelerometer, altimeter, heart rate monitor, vibration alert, GPS||Accelerometer, Bio-impedance, Skin Temperature, Ambient Temperature|
|Display||OLED||OLED||Touchscreen,160 x 68 pixels, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)||Three single-color LEDs, Blue for sleep, orange for activity, and white for notifications|
|Screen size||1.4-inch, 128 x 36 pixel resolution||3.8 cm||25.3 mm x 10.7 mm|
|Colors||Black, Blue/Gray, Coral, Fuchsia||Black, Plum, Blue, Teal, Lavender Rose Gold, Black/Gunmetal||Black, Imperial Purple, Midnight Blue||Various|
|Other||MEMORY: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data|
|Stress & recovery|
|Galvanic skin response||Yes|
|Running features||Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod), personal records, virtual pacer (compares current pace to target).|
|Other||Clock, auto sleep detection, silent wake alarm, auto exercise recognition.||Guided breathing||Clock, music control, auto goal, move bar||Pace, Respiration, Ambient Temperature|
|On-board music storage|
|Affiliate link*||Amazon | Fitbit||Amazon | Fitbit||Amazon||Amazon|
So, if you want something discreet and simple, you’ll probably opt for the Alta HR or UP3. For a more feature-packed device, the Charge 2 or Vivosmart HR+ might fit the bill. Neither one look quite right? No problem – there are hundreds more to choose from.
The interactive tool can be found on this page.
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