There are some great deals to take advantage of on Amazon in the run-up to Black Friday. Ionic and a selection of other devices are on sale right now. If you’re looking to knock a few dollars of popular Fitbit wearables now might be the time.
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The company’s fitness trackers and smartwatches sell well for a reason. They are simple to use, reliable, look smart, provide great vitals statistics and have an excellent app behind them. For the average person who is interested in tracking their activity and does the occasional run here and there, any Fitbit fitness tracker will do the trick. If you are a swimmer or are after something more sophisticated, Versa is the way to go.
Most devices in the range are selling at a discount right now. We expect Versa and perhaps Charge 3 to join them in the coming days.
Fitbit Charge 2
Despite being some two years old and the fact that Charge 3 has gone on sale in early October, Charge 2 is still a great device. It gets the basics right and sells at a decent price point.
The device features great health and fitness tools, detailed sleep metrics and more. You get everything you would expect from a fitness tracker along with a few features that are powered by your personal heart rate.
Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit calls the Alta HR the “world’s slimmest” wrist-worn tracker with a continuous heart rate sensor. With this fitness band, the company has shown that it is possible to bring its Pure Pulse technology to a device this narrow.
In addition to heart rate, the Alta HR can track steps, distance, calories and sleep. The only thing it won’t do is count floors. As you’d expect, there are some non-fitness features as well. The gizmo, which weighs only 15 grams, also displays notifications for incoming calls, text messages and calendar alerts.
With its blocky, retro design, Ionic may not be a looker but at least it packs some decent specs under the hood. When it comes to activity monitoring, the watch includes almost everything Fitbit has on offer.
For outdoor fitness tracking, the built-in GPS/GLONASS will keep tabs on your pace, distance, elevation and split times. Fitbit has, however, taken its first timepiece beyond the fitness tracking environment. You get 2.5GB of internal storage for music, notifications and payments.
Fitbit Flex 2
The Flex 2 is the company’s slimmest tracker yet. A simple LED display uses color-coded lights to show progress toward your daily goal, and keeps you connected with call and text notifications.
Most importantly, the device is water resistant down to a depth of 50 meters, whether you’re in the shower, pool or ocean, and it automatically tracks your swims.
This is an Alta lookalike that is specifically designed for kids 8 and older. The showerproof device automatically tracks steps, active minutes, sleep and provides encouragement to be active. It has up to 5 days of battery life and comes in two vibrant colours.
Because it has an OLED tap display, your kid can see their progress in real time. The tracker dishes out rewards for moving with celebratory messages and fun, collectible badges. And, if you have a Fitbit yourself you can promote a bit of friendly family competition.
The Blaze looks a lot like the Apple Watch, but puts fitness first. This is Fitbit’s first wearable with a color touch-screen, which pops out so you can swap bands.
The device tracks activity and records heart rate, but lacks the GPS of the Surge and Ionic. Instead it has something Fitbit calls Connected GPS. This means its capable of tapping into your smartphone’s GPS for readings. With a battery life of 5 days, this is a stylish wearable which represents a great compromise between a fully fledged smartwatch and fitness tracker.
Fitbit Flyer headphones
If dad already has a great fitness tracker, pair it with the Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones. These buds are sweat-proof and water resistant so will survive the most robust of workouts, come rain or shine. You’ll get 6 hours playtime with music and call controls via the 3-button control box. A 15-minute quick charge over Micro USB will get you another hour of battery life.
The headphones are able to connect with two devices at the same time so you can keep them talking to both your smartphone and smartwatch. There’s the additional bonus of a quick pairing feature with Ionic.
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