Best fitness tracker 2017: 12 top activity bands to buy now

Eat, sleep, walk, repeat with these top activity bands
The best fitness tracker

The best fitness trackers are much more than just basic step trackers. The activity band is becoming a wellness device, with an emphasis on 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and sedentary warnings.

The right fitness band for you will be based on your individual needs and how active your lifestyle is. Some will just look for step counting and reliable sleep tracking, others want GPS for running, advanced resting heart rate data and VO2 max data. The good news is that there's something out there for everyone.

We've updated our roundup of the best fitness trackers and added a new at-a-glance feature list to try and make it easier to spot the right band for you.

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments section below and we'll see if we can lend a helping hand.

Best fitness tracker 2017: 12 top activity bands to buy now

1. Fitbit Charge 2

Best fitness tracker

Fitbit raised the bar with the Charge 2, and in spite of the device initially falling slightly short of its own expectations, Fitbit has been improving the wearable since launch, earning it a review score bump-up and a climb to the top of this list.

As well the usual steps and sleep tracking – all logged within Fitbit's superb app – the Charge 2 tracks heart rate continuously, monitors resting heart rate and also rates VO2 Max, a scientific gauge of fitness. New breathing training to combat stress adds to a stellar line-up of wellness features, while Fitbit's new Sleep Stages and Insights, delivered via a software update, make this hugely more effective as a sleep tracker.

Heart rate tracking gets flaky during very intense workouts, meaning it falls short for the more active user, while we still have some small gripes with the interface. It will accurately track running GPS, but only if you take your phone with you as well.

All that said, the Charge 2 is one of the strongest devices on the market, and right now is our top tracker.

Why buy? Steps, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, breathing training, VO2 Max.

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Charge 2 review

Current price: $149.95,

Fitbit Charge 2
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Best fitness tracker 2017: 12 top activity bands to buy now

2. Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Best fitness tracker

Our Garmin Vivosmart HR+ equalled our best-ever review score when it arrived: it's all-singing, all-dancing and packed with tech, although that still might not make it the perfect choice for everyone.

Yes, the Fitbit Charge 2 has since knocked it off the top spot, but the Vivosmart HR+ offers a great mix of activity, heart rate and GPS tracking, which makes it a no-brainer for those who are thinking of getting a band, but nonplussed by the idea of taking a phone along for a run.

While the band is still a little chunky for some, and the screen is nowhere near as attractive as the Fitbit Alta HR, it offers up around a week of battery life, is devilishly good when it comes to notifications and it's water resistant to about 50m – although the lack of a swimming mode is a disappointment.

Run stats are a little light – if you want more than pace, distance or basic HR data then you'll need to head into proper GPS running watch territory.

We should also mention that the Garmin Vivosport has recently launched, which packs in the same features including built-in GPS, stress tracking and rep counting. We're still putting it through its paces before giving our full verdict on the Vivosmart HR+ successor.

Why buy? Steps, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, GPS.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review

Current price: $149.99,

Garmin Vivosmart HR+
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3. Fitbit Alta HR

Best fitness tracker

While the Fitbit Alta HR doesn't differ too heavily from its older sibling in the looks department, with the addition of a heart rate monitor into the same sleek device, this is clearly the superior tracker.

Read this: Spending some quality time with Fitbit's new sleep features

It's often said that trackers with screens can't be alluring, but the Alta HR's wide range of interchangeable straps help it become a discreet part of your everyday wear. You can pick up the sporty Classic models at the lower end of the spectrum in black, blue, plum and teal, with the more expensive Luxe bands coming in leather and metal variants.

On the tech side, the Alta HR hones in on the company's strong points: sleep, heart health and general wellbeing. In terms of the heart rate tracking, you'll be clocked at five-second intervals, logging resting bpm and zones during sessions.

But it's sleep that really gets an upgrade. Fitbit's new Sleep Stages have really upped the company's credentials, using the heart rate monitor to track deep, light and REM sleep, as well as periods spent awake. We've found Fitbit's new Sleep Stages to be the toughest critic of our kip so far, in comparison to what Garmin's Vivosmart 3 and Polar's A370 offers, filtering out time spent tossing and turning for a true assessment of your rest.

While there's no workout mode or GPS, exercise is automatically detected and logged, which means it's usable in fitness classes. There are still some irregularities during high intensity workouts that enthusiasts will find frustrating, but it generally holds up enough to give you a basic window into your fitness and ticker.

Why buy?Steps, sleep, HR tracking, customisable bands and smartphone notifications.

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Alta HR review

Current price: $149.95,

Fitbit Alta HR
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4. Garmin Vivosmart 3

Best fitness tracker

This all-day tracker aims to go toe-to-toe with Fitbit's Charge 2 as Garmin decides to get serious about stress.

On the design front, it still has that sporty rubber band but now packs in a bigger monochrome display, which melds into the curved strap and does its very best to remain discreet.

As well as the standard fitness tracking features it also includes an onboard heart rate monitor for 24/7 bpm data, VO2 Max testing, automatic exercise tracking, Garmin's Move IQ software and rep counting for those who like to lift weights. The decent accelerometer-based run tracking makes up for the missing GPS support as well.

Garmin's big play is with stress tracking, using its heart rate sensor to deliver heart rate variability readings and producing a stress score. Like the Charge 2, it also provides guided breathing exercises to get you feeling calmer. It's a little hit and miss at times, but it's the best option out there if you want to take care of mind and body.

Why buy? Steps, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, heart rate variability stress scores, VO2 Max, rep-counting.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivosmart 3 review

Current price: $139.99,

Garmin Vivosmart 3
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5. Nokia Steel HR

Best fitness tracker

Hybrid smartwatches have a tendency to be a little light on hardcore fitness features, but not the Nokia (née Withings) Steel HR.

The top-notch heart rate monitor underneath the stainless steel case keeps tabs on your ticker 24/7 and chucks the data into the award-winning Nokia Health Mate app. What's more impressive is that the Steel HR still boasts a 25-day battery life, putting the likes of Fitbit to shame in both the design and longevity departments.

Steps, sleep and calories are all recorded accurately, and with a long press of the button the Steel HR jumps into running watch mode to track distance and heart rate zones – although with no GPS, it's nowhere near a Garmin replacement.

The OLED screen placed at 12 o'clock can display fitness metrics and offer details on basic notification, and the internal dial at 6 o'clock shows progress towards your step goal. It's the most fitness focused hybrid we've tested and still one of the best looking to wear around your wrist.

The Nokia-branded version won't be available until the fall, but you can still purchase the Withings version on Amazon.

Why buy? Steps, sleep, 24/7 heart rate, 25-day battery.

Wareable verdict: Withings Steel HR review

Current price: $179.99.96,

Withings Steel HR
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6. Moov Now

Moov Now is a small, round element that you clip into a strap to wear around your leg and pair with a smartphone. The aim of the game is advanced sports training plans, at which it excels, with actionable running, swimming and cycling data aimed at making you better at the sports you love.

The band boasts ever-increasing levels of difficulty, which offer a gradual but tangible improvement curve. With both running and seven-minute workouts included, it has all bases covered.

Even better news is that Moov Now – the second generation product – also works as a daily step and sleep tracker, making it a decent activity band when you're not busting out interval times.

Why Buy? Steps, sleep, advanced sports coaching, run/bike tracking.

Wareable verdict: Moov Now review

Current price: $59.95,

Moov Now
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7. Fitbit Flex 2

The Fitbit Flex 2 is a return to the company's basic tracking – steps, calories, active minutes, hourly activity and sleep are all covered – all in a package that's 30% smaller than the original Flex.

But the real story here is that this is Fitbit's first swim-proof tracker. You get swim tracking features, it automatically tracks pool sessions and delivers metrics on laps, duration and calories burned.

Read this: Fitbit Flex 2 tips and tricks

It's a little feature light, and is by no means as advanced as the Fitbit Charge 2 or Ionic. The Flex 2 does benefit from SmartTrack for automatic workout recognition, which includes walking, running, cycling and aerobic workouts.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, swim-tracking.

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Flex 2 review

Current price: $59.95,

Fitbit Flex 2
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8. Misfit Ray

Best fitness tracker

Stylish and sleek, Misfit broke from the traditional design of its circular Shine tracker to offer something a little more discreet.

The Misfit Ray offers steps and sleep tracking, all within Misfit's sleek and clean app, and will alert users to messages and calls from a paired smartphone. You can also add advanced swim tracking but that requires a $10 in-app purchase to make the Ray more pool-friendly.

As far as activity tracking goes, the Ray will count your steps, measure distance walked and estimate calories burned via a 3-axis accelerometer, as well as track activities such as cycling, yoga and dancing. There's no heart rate here, nor GPS.

As far as customisation goes, there are a number of decent strap options from Misfit, and it can also be worn as a pendent. This, mixed with strong (if no frills) fitness tracking and a good price, means you can't go wrong.

Why buy? Steps, sleep, buzzes for smartphone notifications.

Wareable verdict: Misfit Ray review

Current price: $99.95,

Misfit Ray
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9. Samsung Gear Fit2

Best fitness tracker

When it comes to that AMOLED panel on the front, the Samsung Gear Fit2 rules the roost. With so many bands trading quality colour displays for longer battery life, they can make for a rather dull-looking crowd. The Gear Fit2 bucks that trend with a sumptuous 1.5-inch screen with an eye-popping 432 x 216, 322 pixels per inch.

On the fitness side there's GPS built-in for run tracking and an optical heart rate monitor – all for a very competitive price tag. Samsung has announced the Gear Fit2 Pro coming with added swim tracking skills, but if you avoid the pool, the Fit2 is still worth considering.

Why buy? Steps, sleep, GPS and optical heart rate.

Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 review

Current price: $179.99,

Samsung Gear Fit2
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10. Misfit Shine 2

When the Misfit launched the Shine back in 2012, it proved that you can count your steps without wearing an ugly piece of plastic around your wrist.

The Shine 2 remains faithful to its original features adding a redesigned action clip, smartphone notifications and vibration alerts. Also, the battery life pretty much kicks the ass of any of the trackers on this page.

Where it really impresses though is data accuracy. When we put the Shine 2 up against a GPS running watch there was 0.1km difference in the readings. If reliable data is your priority, then this is the one to go for.

However, for us it stands out because of its versatility. It ships with a clip, and has modes for attaching to shirts, waistbands, shoes and pockets, meaning buggy-pushing parents can get credit for their walks – a common request on Wareable's comments and forums.

Why buy? Step tracking, works as a clip on, sleep monitoring, smartphone notifications, waterproof for swim tracking.

Wareable verdict: Misfit Shine 2 review

Current price: $79.99,

Misfit Shine 2
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11. Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Best fitness tracker

Now available outside China, the Mi Band 2 might not be as cheap and cheerful as its predecessor the Mi Band Pulse, but it does now add in an OLED display to check in on your stats. For the sub-$50 price, it still manages to pack heart rate monitoring on to the wrist for an astonishing price.

Xiaomi has shifted more than a million of its bands in China alone, making this possibly one of the best budget fitness trackers.

Why buy? HR tracking, steps, sleep, smart alarms, incoming call alerts.

Wareable verdict: Xiaomi Mi Band 2 review

Current price: $33.49,

Xiaomi Mi Band 2
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12. Garmin Vivoactive HR

This everyday sports wearable blends fitness and sports features with reliable notifications in a reasonably priced package. It's not exactly a looker, but don't let that put you off – the Vivoactive HR uses GPS to accurately track running, cycling and swimming with live pace and distances.

It's not perfect – the screen is dull and the heart rate tracking can't beat a chest strap – but as an easy to live with sports companion with access to Garmin Connect, this is a brilliant buy.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3, natural successor to the Vivoactive HR has landed and introduces a smaller, round design and new Garmin Pay support to purchase items from your wrist. So that's something to consider if you're eyeing up Garmin's current gen smartwatch.

Why buy? Daily steps, 24/7 heart rate, GPS run/bike/golf tracking, notifications.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivoactive HR review

Current price: $199.99,

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  • lorenamm says:

    Hello, which one do you recommend if my common excersice is swimming, misfit shine 2?. I would also like to have heart rate tracker and sleep tracker. 

    • JackGuo says:


      I'm a fan of fitness tracker and have a lot of fitness trackers. And in my opinion , they are all great product. 

      I like fitbit charge2 and garmin vivismart hr+ most ,and I think they can help normal people and professional man.

      If you have other question, glad to be able to help you

  • THSSFC says:

    Which of these wearable trackers are waterproof?

  • THSSFC says:

    Which of these trackers are waterproof for wear in a pool?

  • mellochacha says:

    Help me! Im currently using Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse. Its a great fitness tracker - for walking/running only. Can anyone give me suggestions on which tracker should I purchase for zumba/aerobic/dance workouts? Thank you.

  • elfbab says:

    Fitbit sucks. Stopped working after 8 months and they sent me a new charger which lasted for about 6 months. They then sent another charger which lasted for a week.

  • lucya says:

    I am looking to buy a fitness tracker for my husband. Ideally I would like a tracker with a heart rate monitor. His main sports are cycling, running and swimming so I need somthing that will track these and are waterproof. 

    Any suggestions for what is best?

    Thanks in advance

  • fitwit says:

    I am new to fitness tracking. I am in my late 40's and want to track steps mainly and my boyfriend is in early 50's just diagnosed with blockage to his arteries and family history of heart conditions so I would like something with HR monitor for him. We lift weights for toning and some cardio on treadmill. We are both monitoring calorie intake and steps on myfitnesspal, but I usually wear dresses so it is inconvenient to carry my phone around the office to track my steps. Not going to be a die hard fanatic, but want reasonably accurate, dependable information and a durable device. Also I am not tech savy (he is) so I do not want something difficult for me. Tracking sleep would be nice but not a decision making point for me. He plays golf and has a garmin for golfing already. (S2 I think) but i have no clue what it does.  I am a single mom so expense is a concern. I want to buy his for his birthday present. I have read all of the reviews posted and am more confused and concerned with making the right decision. Thank you for any advice and/or help! 

  • MalloryKnox says:

    I would love to see something that does Not require the use of data in any way. I don't need all these bells and whistles. Steps, distance, calories. BOOM. That's it. I have an excellent pedometer and it have proven over and over again to be more accurate than any fitness tracker. I hate to think that someday this thing will finally give out and I will be left with no options. 

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  • Noob says:

    how much will it cost to build a fitness tracker prototype

  • Noob says:

    what will it cost to build a fitness tracker prototype?

  • soumen4u says:

    Hi Guys, 

    I am afraid i don't have any good news regarding Fitbit Charge HR. I used it for last 4 months and suddenly few days back it got blank for no reason. I tried several options but couldn't replace it. Finally called the customer care and they are sending a replacement. 

    I am now seriously looking for a watch/tracker with GPS enabled , Heart rate monitor....

    I am seriously considering Garmin for it. The Forerunner 35 which was launched recently looks good. I am thinking whether to go for Forerunner 35 or Vivo Active HR. 

    I would appreciate any comments

    Thanks in advance

  • MissBehavin says:

    I've had three (3!) defective FitBit Charge HR's since Christmas. They keep sending me replacement ones although this time they were quite bold in suggesting it was my fault by either swimming with it on (nope!) or charging it for more that 1-2 hours ("it would get too hot" he said!?). So they offered me a 25% off coupon towards another FitBit product. As if I would give them another dime of my money, since they can't get me a product that lasts a year for the $200 I spent in December. Of course each replacement doesn't come with a new one year warranty. So if this one peels on Dec 26th I'm out of luck.
    Not FitBit, ever again.

  • paullie says:

    I need to share this disappointing news and now that I've read through comments, i see I am not the only one disappointed. I'm an educator. I also work with my school staff to promote the use of our Humana Vitality health program. So, long in short I did a silly thing. I ran right out and purchased a Fitbit, because it seemed to be the device of choice. Normally I do a thorough investigation before making a quality purchase. Last July 2015 my husband purchased me a HR Charge as a back to school gift. Nice! I have loved it. Taken the exact care recommended and tried to not over tighten the band. I promoted it to my staff. Two weeks ago the band began breaking away from the device inside. I contacted Fitbit with one simple question. How or whom do I send this to in order to get it fixed? I got an immediate response, but had to answer questions that can clearly be answered via my personal app page. I did that. Three times. No answers on how to get it fixed. Finally I got a reply saying,"Your Fitbit device was registered on July of 2015. Therefore, your one year warranty has run out". No kidding. Okay, so my question is "how do I get his $150 device fixed?" 

    The reply was, "Fitbit will give you a one time 25% discount on any new device you purchase directly from our site". My reply, "What a racket! What you are telling me is there is no way for you to fix these bands. You know that consumers are going to be forced to purchase a new device every year." "You haven't fixed the issues". Is Fitbit is counting on their customers to be so hooked on their product that they will keep spending $150 every year? People think about how many people you know that have gone through three of these devices since they came out a few years ago, because they fell apart. I don't care how spiffy, cool their app is or haow great the marketing is.....if it's defective, it's defective. 

    The silliest part of my story is once mine fell apart, I started asking around about other's bands. Every single teacher that had a Fitbit had experienced the same exact issues. One guy was on his third in two years. Not me. I can't afford that nonsense on teacher's pay.

    I hope this long story helps just one person to think twice about purchasing a Fitbit device.

    • timarmstrong says:

      They just sent me an Alta after I pitched a huge fit.  Been through two bands in 21 months, and took meticulous care of them.  The first one broke at within 10 months and was replaced free of charge by Fitbit. The second one broke in 11 months after meticulous care. I was told the replacement was not under warranty and offered a 25% discount on another Fitbit product. I asked to speak to a manager and, after a lengthy discussion, eventually got him to agree to send me a new one. Unfortunately, the only color Charge available in my size was the purple one. He said he would send a black Alta instead. When it arrived, it looked like a ladies bracelet, so I called back to ask if I could swap it for a Charge2 and pay the difference. I had to go up a couple more levels and was told they would have to call me back. I'm sure I'll never hear from them again, but they will not hear from me again either. I am not going to spend my money on a product that the company expects to fail within a year, and will not back the replacement. Looking at selling this Alta while it is unopened and purchasing a Garmin of some sort.

      Tim A.

  • mareehcb says:

    Hi, I would like to ask a fitness tracker reviewer what product they would recommend for me. (I want the product to have an accurate step monitor/counter, and accurate sleep monitor with more than just graphs to show asleep and awake but also showing deep sleep and an accurate heart rate monitor (maybe with the ability to link into a chest strap). The rest of the stuff fitness trackers do I'm not interested in. 

  • JDonk says:

    Avoid fitbit! I bought a fitbit charge for my wife at dick smith. The first one did not work straight out of the box, would not charge at all. Dick smith replaced immediately, same day as purchase. A few months later the new one stopped charging. Again, Dick Smith replaced with a brand new item. Now, 9 months later, this 3rd fitbit charge will not charge, the battery will not charge. 

    Subsequently, Dick Smith has closed down in my area so I can not return for a refund. 

    I contacted Fitbit, who are saying the original purchase is out of warranty but they will replace with the same model, but will not refund. They don't have enough faith in their own product to give a warranty on the brand new replacement fitbit charge thats only 9 months old!! I asked if the replacement they are willing to send will have a warranty but they didi not reply.

    They also will not allow me to pay the difference to upgrade to a better model!!

    Well, if you ask me thats pretty poor, they should write a book on how to lose customers because thats what they've done in this situation. Not only me but everyone I know I tell how bad the product is and the lack of faith they have in their product. I strongly recommend buying a more reputable brand. 

    Fitbit is a waste of money and you will more than likely be disappointed.

    • timarmstrong says:

      No, the replacement will not be under warranty. I've had two Fitbit Charges in the last 21 months. Both bands broke. The first one broke at within 10 months and was replaced free of charge by Fitbit. The second one broke in 11 months after meticulous care. I was told the replacement was not under warranty and offered a 25% discount on another Fitbit product. I asked to speak to a manager and, after a lengthy discussion, eventually got him to agree to send me a new one. Unfortunately, the only color Charge available in my size was the purple one. He said he would send a black Alta instead. When it arrived, it looked like a ladies bracelet, so I called back to ask if I could swap it for a Charge2 and pay the difference. I had to go up a couple more levels and was told they would have to call me back. I'm sure I'll never hear from them again, but they will not hear from me again either. I am not going to spend my money on a product that the company expects to fail within a year, and will not back the replacement. Looking at selling this Alta while it is unopened and purchasing a Garmin of some sort.

      Tim A.

  • kristinaswenson says:

    Is there a fitness tracker that is manufactured in the USA?

  • akak says:

    I am looking to get into Wearables. I bought a Forerunner 225 few days back, and I like it. My biggest issue is that I had a crazy calorie count on one day, something like 36,000 calories reported, now there is no way to delete that day and start fresh. I tried to delete the entire account, but their web site says you can not delete an account, the best you can do is to delete personal information and let the account be idle. That is really dumb, you can not delete an account? Sounds like Garmin is still in the 1990s when it comes to Account Management tools.

    So this brings me to my ask. Which of the companies, clearly Garmin is not one of them, have software and history management where things can be added/adjusted/deleted manually? Do any of the brands allow full control to change past steps, calories, distance, time and do they allow you to delete your profile and start fresh? We all know we start diets and exercise regimens every Monday, at least I do, it would be nice to be able to delete all past histories and start fresh. Which app and company allows to do this? I want to be able to do this when I dont feel like looking at the past, or if the data is wrong or missing. This will enable me to stop using the watch for some period of time when I am bored and start using it again when I am into health mode.

    If you dont have experience with the different brands, please advise what your experience is with your own brand/app, and we can compare notes.

  • SaraT says:


    Jawbone batteries are faulty and can explode after some time of use!!! I gave a Jawbone Up3 to my daughter as a present and that battery one day just exploded and made her bad injuries on the wrist, she is only 16 years old.

  • aelizarov says:

    Is there one tracker you could recommend that would work well for tennis players. I spend 3-5 hours a week on a tennis court and would like really like to measure steps, calories burned, etc while playing. Fitbit Alta doesn't seem to do the job. Please advise. Thank you in advance. 

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  • amee says:

    Thanks for your article Wareable. Having started my journey to become healthier, I was a bit reluctant to get myself a fitbit, but managed to get a great discount at over here in Sri Lanka. Glad that I did as a general fitness tracker worked perfect for my first experience!

  • Bbb says:

    Does anyone know what shoes the misfit shine is clipped to in that picture? I love them!

  • Sash says:

    I cannot recommend the fitbit tracker.Once the band is broken you cannot replace it and need to buy a new one. That is in a world with a shortage of ressouces a no go. We should start shitstorm on a company like that. 

  • Fitty25 says:

    I'm looking for more reviews and experiences on the Misfit Ray fitness tracker. I love the simplicity of it and all the bands you can buy/replace with. Ive been an avid Fitbit user, but I've now been through 3 fitbits due to the bands bubbling and coming apart. Fitbit decided to change their glue, and this is the result.. I don't want to take my chances and purchase another Fitbit. 

  • ibraheemexotic says:

    the gear fit 2 is the best one out of all these.the fitbits have display with really low resolutions.

    • nikoszog says:

      I have read some views about the Samsung gear fit 2 and haven't right indiactions. 

  • nikoszog says:

    good afternoon from Greece. Have idea if xiaomi mi band 2 have compatibility with 's health samsung app ?

  • cb33 says:

    DO NOT BUY FITBIT.  I've had nothing but problems that came to an end when they pushed a firmware update that completely broke the device and they offer no resolution except to buy a new device.  #BoycottFitbit

  • khalid says:

    how can I fix the heart rate measuring ? I keep getting symbol of a wrench then -02

  • amoeba2315 says:

    hi I was wondering if there's any wearables that can track how high you jump or how fast you can run

    • m.sawh says:


            There's plenty of wearables out there that's great for running. The Moov Now for example is a good option. As far as monitoring jumps, you can take a look at Vert, which provides advanced jump metrics.

  • deehuffman68 says:

    I am looking fit monitor for Christmas present. And reading these comments makes me more confused as ever. Im looking for something easy to use at a reasonable price??

  • Schila says:

    The shoes on the picture where you have the Misfit Shine 2, any idea on the brand and model?  Love the shoes.

  • Schila says:

    The grey tennis shoes where you have the Misfit Shine 2, any idea on brand and model?

  • esme says:

    hi so i'm looking for a fitness tracker that i am also able to use for work as an EMT - like to take other peoples vitals... so the watch would need a seconds hand or timer as well it needs to be pretty durable. any ideas? thank you!

  • MrsOC8 says:

    Just trying to get some input on which tracker to use. I am between Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Fitbit Charge 2. 

    Important details about me: I have a Galaxy S7 and therefore SHealth. I plan to primarily and purposefully use the tracker for running. I am an athlete, but at this time only involved in running (outside, but maybe on a treadmill if I ever get one). 

    I am also a nurse so I will likely wear it to work to include this activity (walking for 12 straight hours) as part of my overall level of activity.

    What I like/am considering: 

    On the Fitbit I love that it (supposedly) has continuous heart rate monitoring including when not involved in an activity. Alternately, I have read the Samsung only checks your HR at random infrequent intervals and if it detects you (or you manually) start an activity. 

    On the Samsung I like the GPS and music features. I think the Fitbit looks nicer on me (a small lady), but the Samsung screen is phenomenal looking with color and clarity.

    Also as a side less important question, does anyone know if the Samsung "blue" is more like teal? I can't tell online and haven't seen it in person. Does it in any way look feminine?

    Any input to any of the above-mentioned questions/musings would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks!

    • Randomman123 says:

      Rading your comment, the Fit 2 suits you in my opinion, because all-time hear rate is kind of battery-draining, and cause you're Samsung, it adds another level of direct compatibility to your phone.

  • Randomman123 says:

    Honestly, I prefer the Charge 2 due to its easier-to-use app, compared to the cluttered mess of Garmin Connect.

    • MrsOC8 says:

      Thanks for your reply under my comment. Was this quoted one also to me?

  • Randomman123 says:

    Also BTW, what's all the hype about Charge HR. It's not even on here

  • brerlou says:

    I've been working in digital electronics since 1978, so I know that the electronics are reliable and good, (except for complaints about the tardiness of the Fitbit heart monitor, by the athletic elite.) My complaint however is not about the functionality of these devices, but about their wearability. If I am going to sleep in the blooming things, to make sure I'm getting enough deep sleep, which I'm not, shouldn't the monitor have a strap that I can wear 24/7 as I do with most modern watches. What's with the cheap impermeable, non breathing, plastic straps which don't allow the skin to breathe, causing it to begin to peel off after the first 24 hours or so.

    I had to stop wearing my Charge HR Fitbit device after the first week, although it cured me of a number of minor and not so minor symptoms which I attributed to aging, but which I discovered were due to my not getting enough restful sleep at night. Any time I get more than 5 or 6 hours of deep restful sleep, all the dizziness, lack of balance, blurry vision, usually disappear. Even some of the joint pains which 60+ old timers like myself have been told to expect and accept disappear. However the cheap plastic straps make wearing my monitor impractical, especially since the strap is NOT detachable so that I can upgrade it with a regular watch strap. That's a bummer!

  • bsoyka says:

    The Fitbit Charge 2 does NOT need a phone to track runs.  It CAN use the phone's GPS, but you can dismiss  the "Connect your phone" alert.

  • ruthierodriguez says:

    Never buy anything from Misfit Wearables.

    I am still waiting on someone to get back to me about the device I purchased weeks ago (way before Christmas) that does NOT work.

    Nobody is responding to emails anymore, because I asked for a refund.

    When they were responding they were NO help, they just sent me the same Google links I already tried.

    When I asked for a replacement, they sent more Google links for troubleshooting, that didn't work.

    So then when I asked for a REFUND, they asked if I wanted a replacement.

    When I told them NO, I want a refund because I don't want anything to do with their company because I am SICK of the run around, they stopped responding to emails altogether!

    There is NO phone number to call to get a hold of anyone.

    Then I found their FB page, and left a comment about it.

    They told me to message on Facebook... So, I did, and nobody is responding! Their page says they respond instantly. Well, not to me they dont!

    This company is a total JOKE.


    They do not care about their customers or their products. 

  • TLC says:

    The UP3 will break and they will not stand behind there product !

  • svl says:

    I owned a Microsoft Band 2 which was an excellent activity tracker smart watch. My battery quit working and I had to send it back to Microsoft. At this time Microsoft is no longer making them. I've not seen another activity tracker that has the nice band clasp. The type I previously had, had a rubber band and pegs to hold the band on broke after a few months. With the great accuracy and nice band and band clasp. Which activity trackers would be the closest to the Microsoft Band 2?

  • Becca says:

    I'm curious if anyone has info/reviews on Bellabeat's Leaf??? Seems like a pretty stylish piece- not much info on their website regarding how the technology actually works- or with what... just looking for some opinions out there- Thanks!!!

    • jek says:

      Becca, i am asking the same question...moreover, does the Bellabeat leaf connect to existing apps like dashboard DHS app which my fit bit used too....if you find out let us know! jk

  • Question1234 says:

    can anyone tell me what a good fitness tracker is for kids and adults? I'm looking for something for my 10 year old and myself to use togerher and competitively. I'm hoping that there's something out there with a decent app that will be fun for him to use. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!! 

  • synergy1 says:

    Fitbit's software does not support me accessing their software if I'm using a VPN.  Before I buy again I need to know if that functionality exists and where.



  • rdlindg says:

    Don't know anything about these monitors. All I need is "step counting" and want it to be waterproof. Need suggestions on what brand/style would be adequate.

  • MicheleKayJones says:

    I need a tracker/watch that works for laps in the pool as well as counting steps.  I don't need GPS, but want something that really works with as long as possible battery life. Heart rate monitoring can be an option but not required.  What is your recommendation?

    • smile1220 says:

      I really love my ONVO fitness tracker, which helps me stay fit.I walk more because of the ONVO fitness tracker, and Obesity is far away from me. I've lost 2.5kg in one month just by pushing myself to walk at least 10K steps a day; no dieting, no gym.

  • Kkar says:

    What about Polar A360? 

    It seems to be also a good choice, have anybody comments or experience if comparing to those others?

  • davidbaskey says:

    How about a band which is not only a fitness tracker.....but a Health Monitoring device?

    There is a Band which captures real time the following: Blood Pressure ECG/EKG Breath Rate Heart Rate Distance covered, steps taken, calories burnt, sleep analysis (as existing in any other band in the world) Remote Monitoring [ This band helps one remotely track the vital stats of even the loved ones. Also, this sends notification to guardians incase any vitals go beyond normal level - life saving feature] Panic Button - This functionality helps send SOS message to loved ones and guardians incase of any danger or life threatening situation with GPS coordinates. Future updates that will be available on the same device will be

    Blood Sugar Blood Alcohol Blood Oxygen Body Temperature Mosquito Repellent With all these features, which are available in NO OTHER Band in the entire world, makes this the BAND OF THE FUTURE!!

    Do we have a taker??

  • PeteyD says:

    The best "Fitness Device" I have bought recently does not actually track anything. It was the FX-Sport VRX headphones [on the ear style]. They have an integtrated 8GB mp3 player [sound is great] and arrive preloaded with hundreds of workouts in all sorts of categories. I mean there are workouts for everything and lots of them. Even multi-week running programs. They also have real trainers on there [male and female] talking you through any workout you choose. You can still listen to your own music as the workout instructions play over your own tunes. No wires, no need for my phone and I am getting pushed by a real trainer. I have never trained better or harder.

  • scubababy907 says:

    I absolutely love my MOOV Now, and MOOV Sweat. I bought the Moov Now 2 pack so that I could do their cardio boxing coached workout and get feedback from both sides of my body. The heart rate monitor is accurate and comes along with a nice selection of HIIT workouts that are great for beginners through athletes, and it will track your heart rate during the regular workouts tracked by Moov. They have settings for treadmill runs, outdoor runs, and indoor and outdoor cycling. They're also WATERPROOF and fantastic in the pool! This is an incredible, comprehensive fitness app. It tracks your sleep and calories burned as well. The only thing it doesn't do is tell time, but who needs that?! :) Very reasonably priced. The batteries in the Moov Now last a while and are pretty easy to replace once you get the knack of getting the sensor open. The Sweat is rechargeable! Super convenient. 

    Check it out:

  • thebounder says:

    As a lot of folks here i really like the FITBIT bands ... but have had NOTHING but issues with them .... the fact that their customer service replaces them easily enough does not warrant my shelling out $150 a time for something that doesn't last 4 months .. the Garmin looks viable ... why o why o why don't APPLE make a simple wearable without all the fancy watch functions .. i would be there in a moment 

  • Floyd says:

    I'm 65 and retired, I have set a goal  for myself in January,  bot a fitbot flex and so far I've lost 33 pounds only 90 pounds to go. I'm thinking of up grading to the fit bit charge 2.But I started reading about the garmin voviomin (not sure of spelling) I'm not sure witch display application would work best I really like the fit bit app. I keep track of every thing good intake,water,steps calories etc. And have friends on fit bit. If I switch to garmin and I transfer all my information or lose it. 

  • Wolfattwilight says:

    Which tracker is best for heavy duty training and day to day? i work at an engineering company and have had bad luck when it comes to trackers, they always break or crack or gets damaged somehow. 

  • PornchaiChantha says:

    Wearables have become such a cultural norm that it seems as if people have them just to have them. I know heart-rate is important to know, but I really don't think half of people who purchase wearables did so for the heart-rate updates. 

    I think the development of wearables could have more influence on cultural norms, future of fashion then fitness and health. Thoughts?

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