Fitbits are some of the most popular wearables out there. Charge 4 is the latest in the range and some of its editions are on discount on Amazon. If you’re looking to snag a deal on a smartwatch or fitness tracker, now might be the time to act.
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As more and more players enter the market wearables are becoming cheaper, but it is still the big brand names which dominate sales. This is for a reason. Hardware can sometimes be easier to emulate than software and it is companies such as Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung and Apple that still offer the better overall package.
Fitbit has released in 2019 the Versa 2, Versa Lite and Inspire range. The first of these is a great device and is our recommendation for someone looking for a fitness watch. Inspire HR and its non-heart rate variant are great options for someone just starting to track fitness.
The latest device to join the pack is Charge 4. An update to Fitbit’s best selling Charge 3, it adds built-in GPS, NFC as default and some software-based improvements.
For the average person who is interested in tracking their fitness around the clock 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, one of the devices in the Versa lineup is the way to go.
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Fitbit Charge 4
Fitbit Charge 4 is one of the best fitness bands for the average person. It comes with a large OLED, high-res display, water-proofing, excellent 7 day battery life and a great software eco-system.
You’ll find everything you need for 24/7 activity monitoring, along with built-in GPS. 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.
However, if you don’t need built-in GPS or payments on the go, Charge 3 is still a great option. Particularly now that its prices have come down. The Rosewood color of Charge 4 can also be picked up at a discount right now.
Fitbit Versa range
When it comes to features, devices in the Versa range put fitness first. They come with everything you’d expect from a Fitbit device, along with capturing real-time stats on 20 different types of activities including swimming. Admittedly there is the lack of built-in GPS (in favor of Connected GPS), but you are unlikely to notice this unless you are an avid runner. This also helps keep the price down.
Versa Lite is the more affordable version of Fitbit’s popular smartwatch. It doesn’t have on-board Wi-Fi and on-board storage for music of its big brother but comes with everything else.
The main reason for choosing Versa 2 over Versa is the bigger, more high-res display. You also have an always-on option, slightly longer battery life and some extras such as Alexa built-in. However the original remains a solid option.
All things considered, this is a great smartwatch. Its simple to use and comes with most things the average person would want from a fitness device.
Fitbit Ace 2
Fitbit’s kid-friendly sequel is a great option for the 6 and above. It has a swim proof, colourful design and comes with a rugged casing.
The screen is nice and large, so much that the gizmo looks more like a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. The bumpers around the display serve to protect the wearable.
In terms of activity, Ace 2 tracks all-day steps and active minutes, sleep, there’s a 1-hour active minutes goal (as per WHO recommendations), virtual badges and more.
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 offers quite a bit.
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 real smartwatch beyond the fitness tracking environment. You get 2.5GB of internal storage for music, notifications and payments.
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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