With so many wearable technological devices out there, it can be difficult to know what you’re getting with any particular company. Some devices focus more on fitness and health tracking while others are primarily meant to be a complete watch replacement. Read this comparison to learn more about some of the most popular options out there.
Released at the very end of October, Microsoft’s fitness band is sporty with a matte finish and a horizontal screen, giving it a look somewhere between the Nike Fuelband and the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit. Microsoft’s main focus appears to be fitness and health rather than a smartphone accessory. As such, it tracks all the typical health numbers like heart rate, calories and steps, but goes further with the ability to track stress, sleep, temperature, sun exposure, and even offers a GPS, gryometer, and accelerometer. The cross-platform Microsoft Band starts at $199 and comes in three sizes.
Yes, the Apple Watch tracks health metrics like heart rate, steps, and calories burned, but features like touch-screen navigation and “digital touch” communication make it clear that this wearable device is meant primarily as a watch replacement and smartphone accessory, not a health and fitness tracker. You can respond to messages, use various music and lifestyle apps, and interact with Siri, all from the convenience of your watch. The implication is, of course, that one does need an iPhone to operate the Apple Watch. The device starts at $350 and will be available early next year.
the Fitbit Flex is a well-rounded fitness tracker that monitors metrics like sleep and steps. It wirelessly syncs over Bluetooth 4.0, which provides convenient and regular updates. At $100, the Flex is one of the most affordable fitness trackers in the industry but it’s sleep activity and nutritional trackers are slightly disappointing. But its battery life does last for five to seven days, making it a convenient and inexpensive product in the industry.
The subtle and sleek design of the Jawbone Up give it an aesthetic advantage over the competition but means that you won’t be able to get data readouts until you plug the device into your computer. There is no wireless syncing option and you’ll have to go to the Jawbone app to check things like sleeping patterns, calories burned, miles walked, and nutrition. That being said, the Jawbone Up’s rubberized body makes it a comfortable fitness wearable tech option.
The black matte surface makes the Nike Fuelband stand out aesthetically in a crowded wearables market. The device tracks daily activity, lets you set goals, and gives you real-time feedback and reminders to help you improve. The Nike+ Fuelband has a social feature that lets you connect with friends and share your activity in an instant. Starting at $99, the Nike+ Fuelband is a great way to track your active lifestyle and stay motivated.
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