Sometimes you just don't want a Fitbit. Maybe you're turned off by how they seem to be the most popular name in fitness tracking, or maybe you're not into their aesthetic. It's cool, everyone is different.
Luckily for you, there are plenty of other options out there. Practically every wrist-worn wearable device has some sort of fitness tracking embedded in it. But where do you turn? Who do you trust?
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We've put together a list of our favorite Fitbit alternatives. We've chosen two alternatives to each of the major Fitbit devices, from the Alta HR to the Ionic. Any questions, let us know in the comments below.
For the Flex 2
Misfit Shine 2
If you're looking for a simple, good looking alternative to the Flex 2, you can't do better than the Shine 2. Just like the Flex 2, the Shine 2 is waterproof, but on top of that it's simple and stylish and boasts some of the best step and activity tracking we've seen. Its LED lights also offer a better notification system, giving you a close the ring-like indication of far you are from your goals.
For something a little more sporty, the Moov Now is worth checking out. It doesn't hold a candle to the Flex 2 when it comes to activity tracking, sporting only basic info, but this little sports wearable is big on coaching. Unlike the Flex 2, it features several training programs to help you achieve your goal. The voice coach will explain what you're trying to do and how you can do better, going far beyond what the Flex 2 can dream of.
For the Alta HR
If you're looking for a stylish, feature-packed fitness tracker with a decent heart rate sensor and a unique design, you can always give the Motiv Ring a spin. Inside the smart ring's svelte body lies the sensors to unlock 24/7 sleep and activity tracking. It'll deliver three days' worth of battery life and offers a more discreet way to monitor your health and fitness.
Garmin Vivosmart 3
It might not be as good looking as the Alta HR, but it will deliver similar features including ones to help you de-stress. Yes, it can track your activity and automatically detect some workouts, but it keeps track of your stress level throughout the day too. If it's too high, it'll start up a guided breathing exercise to calm you down. Handy.
For the Charge 2
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
If you'd like something that's got all the major features of a fitness tracker but keeps a toe in the smartwatch water, the Fit2 Pro is a good alternative. It's got a big, beautiful AMOLED screen and support for apps like Spotify. It's also got GPS, while the Charge 2 has to piggyback on your phone. The Charge 2 has better battery life, but that gorgeous screen on the Pro makes it the more attractive device.
A big leap forward from its predecessor, the A370 marks Polar's shift to 24/7 tracking. It's not got everything, but GPS, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and a solid design make this a pretty fierce competitor to Fitbit's flagship tracker. Plus, there's ample opportunity to customize your wrist with some colorful bands.
For the Ionic
Apple Watch Series 3
While the Ionic may match the Apple Watch in terms of workouts, the Apple Watch offers a good selection of third-party apps and complications to fully customize your experience. There are also richer notifications and LTE connectivity, which allows you to reply and act on all of those alerts without your smartwatch being present - something you can't on the Ionic.
LG Watch Sport
If you're not looking for an iOS-friendly alternative to the Ionic, there's also the LG Watch Sport, the flagship device of Android Wear 2.0 - and still the most fully featured. It's got some solid fitness features and, more importantly, it can function independent from your phone with LTE. The Ionic, as we mentioned above, doesn't have that.
For the Blaze
Samsung Gear S2
The Blaze has taken a backseat to the Ionic in a similar manner to how the Gear S2 has been superseded by the Gear S3 and Gear Sport, meaning this is also an option with a slight price deduction. And, for most, this really isn't a drop-off from the flagship S3 - you still have the same rotating bezel, Samsung Health support and good battery life. It's not as sporty as the Blaze, with less coaching and exercise modes to choose from, but this still ticks plenty of boxes considering it's cheaper price tag.
Nokia Steel HR
If you want a sleek looking device but prefer a hybrid styling to sit on your wrist, the Nokia Steel HR (formerly produced by Withings) is one that won't hurt your wallet. There's heart rate monitoring, automatic exercise recognition for the likes of running and swimming plus, its mammoth battery life means you can keep a firm track on your sleep, as well as some activity basics.
Read this: Nokia Steel HR review
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