Best Fitbit Alternatives: – When we talk about fitness trackers, the first name that rings a bell is Fitbit. There are no two ways about it that Fitbit has been reining the market despite many consumers complaining of skin rashes on wearing the device. Being the market leader that it is, Fitbit immediately called back their batches of Fitbit Force activity trackers last year.
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Once again incidences of skin rashes were reported earlier this year and one of the consumers even went to the extent to post it on her Twitter account with the photo that showed the skin eruptions that she suffered post wearing the Fitbit Charge fitness tracking device. While the company claims that the skin irritations are due to either wearing the gadgets too firmly or it can be due to soap and sweat accumulation under the device strap. Although Fitbit assured that the irritations would disappear within a few hours to few days, we wonder what would be the use of a fitness/activity tracker if not worn continuously.
Despite all the controversies, Fitbit with its latest release Fitbit Charge HR still remains the market leader in 2015 that promises higher accuracy levels of your fitness activity and overall well-being compared to its competitors. While, it’s a fact that they offer a wide range of products that includes even the ones that can be worn as clip-on like One and Zip, there are many alternatives available nowadays which you can choose based on your individual needs. Not just that, the new technology and sensors used by these fitness trackers and a relatively lower price tag make them better alternatives to Fitbit. So if you are someone who is not so comfortable with Fitbit, why not take a look at the some of the best alternatives listed below and give them a try today?
Price – $15
Keep a watch on your daily activities that are moving, eating and sleeping with Jawbone UP and take a step ahead towards a healthier life. The Jawbone UP range is not just about wearing a fancy fitness watch, but it works as more of a coach that guides you towards a healthy routine by keeping a track of what you eat, how much you rest and whether and how much you involve in physical activities.
The range offers Jawbone UP 24, Jawbone UP Move, Jawbone UP4 and the latest product Jawbone UP3. Jawbone UP Move is a clip on model for $50 which is tagged as their elementary fitness tracker that tracks the basic activities like, count of steps, total calories, sleep time and the intensity of exercise. You also have the choice of a wrist band that costs only $15.
UP3 is an updated model worth $180 that offers advanced tracking functionalities for sleep and activities, in addition to its ability to read your resting heart rate using the skin and the temperature sensors available in the gadget. With a battery life that extends up to seven days and a water resistance feature available up to 10 meters, Jawbone UP is an excellent alternative to FitBit.
Price – $44
An offering by Nike, Nike + FuelBand is a fitness tracker that helps you track your physical activities on a daily basis such as, count of steps, amount of calories burnt and more. Not just that, you can also set your own goals for your fitness routine and can keep a watch on your daily progress. From morning till night, the Nike + FuelBand will monitor your activities quite efficiently. Additionally, this cool gadget also provides feedback on your movements and motivates you for your daily fitness routine that will help you to reach your goals sooner.
While the FuelBand SE helps track steps, calories and the Fuel Points by Nike, its new model also monitors your sleep time. Apart from calorie burn count it also helps improve the accuracy level of the Fuel Points along with new functionality that lets you register a variety of workout sessions like, yoga etc. The activity tracker is compatible with Apple iPad, iPhone, but the FuelBand SE or the FuelBand does not work with Android, but still makes a great alternative to FitBit.
Price – $49
If you are looking for a fitness tracker that you don’t have to take off in a few months, Garmin Vivofit is the right choice for you. While its battery lasts for up to a year and is a waterproof gadget protecting it from a shower or the pool, it also monitors your number of steps taken, distance covered, calories burnt, sleep time along with tracking the workout sessions when attached with a heart-rate detector.
Moreover, if you have been sitting for too long the Vivofit displays it on its activity screen which is LED and can be read even in the night. Tagged at $100, it synchronizes with its iOS app (free), Android app or even with the computer wirelessly. Apart from the Mac, iPhone and tablets, t connects to Windows via a plug-in stick that eliminates the requirement of checking your daily fitness activities using mobile phones.
Microsoft Band 2
The Microsoft Band is a complete gadget that is more than just a fitness tracker and hence is quite an attraction for those who want more out of a gadget. Along with monitoring your steps, heart-rate, calories and sleep it also alerts you of any calls, emails, calendar or social media notifications.
While it also comes with add-ons like, GPS mapping, sun’s intensity measuring sensors, workout training and constant tracking of heart-rate, it also has a tie up with TaylorMade that makes it a suitable wear for the golfers. With all those strong features, Microsoft Band comes at a price tag of $200. Also, even though it is a Microsoft product it pairs with iPhones, Windows phones and even Android devices.