There are so many wearables on the market aimed specifically at fitness and sports enthusiasts, with many sporting the latest technologies that help track and monitor your fitness throughout the day as well as monitor sleeping habits and sitting periods. But with so many options on the market right now, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on five of the best around.
1. Fuelband SE – Nike+
This is definitely one of the more popular choices among many pro athletes, or perhaps its simply well marketed by a company with deep roots in major sports franchises. As the name suggests, the Fuelband SE is the company’s 2nd crack at a fitness band and now finally supports Android devices as well as iOS. Although support for Android 4.3 and above is now available, the Fuelband is apparently optimized for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5, Nexus 5, HTC One and Moto-X.
The Nike+ Fuelband is a touch more expensive than others on the market at $149, but the more affordable first-gen is available for $99. The key difference is the additional sensors in the SE which allow the device to better sense your body movement for a more accurate picture of your fuel burning exploits. No emails, SMS or other notifications. This one is all about the calories.
2. Gear Fit – Samsung
The Gear Fit is one of the more high profile fitness wearable devices, backed by the massive resources of Samsung. The Gear Fit is arguably a more complete device that manages to provide you with email, SMS and other notifications as well as reading your key bodily data. The Gear Fit is a little larger and heavier than some competitors so perhaps the extra functionality comes at a cost.
Featuring a range of colorful rubber wrist bands, the Fit has an attractive 128 x 432 display that conveys more information than most fitness bands, blurring the edge between the smart watch segment. One major draw back is that the device is only compatible with predominantly recent Samsung devices, it also costs a substantial $169.
3. Up24 – Jawbone
The UpUp24 is the antithesis to the Gear Fit, in that it has no screen and looks very much like simple wristband. Android support has been around since March, which is good to see, and it retails for a fairly competitive price of $110-120 if you shop around.
The wrap-around design is available in black or red, sends data to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, and the device is certainly one of the lightest on the market at around 27 grams. Its rubbery finish makes it well suited for all day usage, and its light, fashionable, simplistic good looks make it a decent choice for the ladies.
4. Vivofit – Garmin
Garmin as company may be more well known for their navigation systems than their wearables, but in truth the Vivofit is real competitor in this space. A water proof device, the Vivofit is in fact similar to regular wrist watch, being powered by a small battery that will need replacing approximately once a year. This is great as it means it will never have to be charged – not bad for an always on device.
The Garmin Vivofit may not have too many smart watch features however, keeping things simple with heart-rate monitor and pedometer to estimate calories spent. The Garmin app is also Android and iOS compatible as you’d expect, but the device will only work with the Garmin app. The going rate from for the Vivofit is $120.
5. Loop – Polar
The Loop are a US based wearables manufacturer who offer a range of smart watches as well as a specialized fitness band known as the Loop. The Loop can configured to understand a range of factors including height, weight, sex an heart rate. Features include am inactivity alert to remind you when you been sitting too long as well as monitoring of key data regarding overall activity and calories burned. The device interacts with your smartphone via the Polar Flow app.
The Loop can be had direct from the company for just $109.95, although you may find cheaper deals on Amazon here