Try before you buy: Lumoid launches new fitness tracker service

Fitbit, Nike, Samsung, Misfit and more available to test before you splash the cash
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Lumoid has been renting out camera tech for a while now, on a try before you buy basis, and now the Y Combinator-backed startup has extended its offering to fitness trackers as well.

The idea is fairly straightforward: for $20 you can select five fitness trackers that you want to try out. You get a week with the devices and, at the end, simply send them back or decide to keep and buy the ones that you want.

Prices are comparable to regular retailers and all the big names in the activity tracking game are there, including new devices such as the Fitbit Charge, the Jawbone UP Move and the Garmin Vivosmart.

In fact, there are over 30 devices to choose from and the company states that if there's a device you want that isn't listed, you can contact them to arrange it. In the product listings you'll find review snippets from popular tech sites as well as a handy comparison tool.

Guide: All you need to know about the Fitbit Surge

There's no insurance included in the $20 as standard, but you can add this for an extra fee (dependent on the devices that you choose) if you don't trust yourself to look after them properly.

It's a neat idea, especially given the boom in popularity of the fitness band genre and the fact that the market is being flooded with so many different devices seeking your valuable wrist-space.

Of course, we'd recommend reading our comprehensive activity tracker reviews and checking out our guide to the best fitness trackers first before you splash any cash.

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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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