If you’ve decided to walk more and shed those pounds, an activity tracker can be a great motivator. For the average person who is interested in tracking their fitness and does the occasional run here and there, any Fitbit fitness tracker will do. If you are a swimmer or are after something more sophisticated, Versa is the way to go.
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It’s been a while since Amazon and Best Buy offered savings on Fitbit’s most popular wearables. That’s changed now and and we’re seeing dollars slashed off regular sale prices.
Versa is the San Francisco manufacturer’s second attempt at a smartwatch. The device comes with most of the sensors you’ll find on Ionic, but with its rounded edges, polished look and more compact form factor, it looks much better.
In terms of fitness tracking there’s everything you’d expect from a Fitbit device, along with capturing real-time stats on 20 different types of activities including swimming. And you’ll be able to keep tabs on all this in real-time on the gorgeous hi-res 300 by 300 pixel LCD touchscreen.
Admittedly there is the lack of built-in GPS, but you are unlikely to notice this unless you are an avid runner. Plus this helps to keep the price down. There is on-board storage for music too, smartphone notifications and Fitbit pay.
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Charge 3 is our pick as the best fitness band for the average person who does the occasional run here and there. It comes with a large OLED, high-res display, water-proofing and excellent 7 day battery life.
You’ll find everything you need for 24/7 activity monitoring, along with a great software ecosystem. Last but certainly not least are the smart features. These have progressed so much that they are starting to blend the line between fitness tracker and smartwatch.
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 device, 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.
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.
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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