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Best Fitness Tracker 2017

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Welcome to our Best Fitness Tracker 2017 review where we try to find the best activity for you.

Best Fitness Tracker 2017 At A Glance

Editors Choice

fitbit charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

  • Big screen
  • Multi-sport

Entry Level

xiaomi-mi-band-2

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

  • Price
  • Vibrate for smartphone notifications

Advanced

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

  • Smart phone integration
  • Lots of sensors

Best Fitness Tracker 2017 - The Review

1. Fitbit Charge 2

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Design

The Fitbit Charge 2 comes with a large touch screen OLED display and a small button on the left that allows you to activate certain options and skip through parts of the display menu. The strap can be swapped out for alternative colors and materials with the basics range covering darl/blue/purple and a premium range with black/gunmetal/lavender/rose gold.

Features
  • Big screen
  • Multi-sport tracking
  • Great strap selection
  • Always on heart rate
  • No GPS
  • Lack of notifications
  • Not water proof

Continuous heart rate monitoring, activities, sleep, steps, stairs and calories. The side button allows you to toggle through each of the screens available: heart rate, stopwatch, clock and relax. The Charge 2 comes with all of the motion tracking sensors you would expect from a fitness tracker at this level altimeter, optical heart rate, three-axis accelerometer and vibration alert.

Verdict

Among fitness trackers the Charge 2 nails the combination of features, app and design. With a five day battery and always on heart tracking the Charge 2 tops the list of best fitness tracker.

2. Jawbone UP4

Jawbone UP4
Design

The Jawbone UP4's design is quite minimalist and for some people the lack of display screen is a big no no. However, the lack of display does increase battery life out to about 7 days between charges. The UP4 has three lights that indicate which of the modes you are in exercise, sleep and phone notifications.

Features
  • Stylishly designed
  • NFC payments
  • Battery life
  • App
  • Not waterproof
  • No real-time feedback of activity
Verdict

One of the best fitness tracker in the looks department, with integrated NFC payments functionality means you can potentially leave your wallet at home on those morning runs.

3. Garmin VivoSmart HR+

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Design

‚ÄčThe Vivosmart's design is more function over form and at 30g is slightly heavier than other fitness trackers. However, this may be in part to the screen size at 160 x 68 pixels which is larger and more user friendly than say the Fitbit Charge HR. The larger screen increases usability and when integrated with a smart phone allows for some basic notifications to be read. The screen can be configured to show a variety of data such as distance traveled, calories, heart rate, weather and notifications .

Features
  • Built in optical HR
  • Garmin Connect
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Find my phone option
  • Water resistant
  • Cannot pair to phone GPS
  • Back light easy to switch on by mistake
  • Battery life could be better

As you would expect the Garmin Vivosmart HR covers most of the industry standard metrics distance, steps, calories and sleep. As the HR in the name alludes to it also includes an optical heart rate monitor however the ability to pair the device with a more reliable heart rate strap is not supported unlike the original Vivosmart.

Verdict

Overall the Vivosmart HR is a very full featured fitness tracker it's larger screen is considerably easier to read that a lot of other trackers and it is crammed full of tracking metrics.

4. Garmin Vivofit 3

vivofit3
Design

The sceen on the Vivofit 3 is smaller than it's predecessors of the same name, at 64 x 63 it's at least half the size of the Vivosmart HR, this may be because Garmin has shifted it's focus for it's fitness trackers to follow the trend of form over function as per it's competitors. It is however waterproof rated to 50m unlike some other bands. The strap although quite bland is very comfortable for long term use.

Features
  • ‚ÄčLong battery life
  • Waterproof to 50m
  • Data accuracy
  • Missing vibration alerts
  • Not the best looking
  • Smaller screen than most
Verdict

Although Garmin has attempted to sacrifice some function for looks it ultimately falls short in that department, however if you are looking for a waterproof activity tracker that can be worn continuously due to a year long battery life then the Garmin Vivofit 3 could be for you.

5. Fitbit Alta

Fitbit Alta
Design

The Alta has been hailed as the most stylish of fitness bands to date due to it's sleek look and slim design. At just 15mm it's one of the lightest and slimmest tackers available the strap also comes in three different sizes so there should be one to fit everyone. The small OLED display is the only interface to the watch via tapping, it allows you to cycle through each of the four screens.

Features
  • Battery lasts a week
  • Great design
  • No stairs counting
  • Not waterproof
Verdict

Sitting somewhere in the middle of budget and high end fitness tracker the Fitbit Alta is one of the more stylish wearables available for the fashion conscious.