QUICK COMPARISON: Fitbit Surge versus Microsoft Band

Here is my quick take comparison on the Fitbit Surge versus Microsoft Band fitness watch (activity) devices.

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QUICK COMPARISON: Fitbit Surge versus Basis Peak

Here is my quick take comparison on the Fitbit Surge versus Basis Peak fitness activity trackers.  Check it out!

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Surge versus Fitbit Charge HR (Heart Rate) versus Jawbone UP3 versus Apple Watch versus The Competition

Fitness monitors have evolved and the top dogs in 2015 all tend to share one similarity: heart rate monitoring.  Two of the largest players recently unveiled new devices set to reaffirm their position as leaders in the segment.  Though some folks (myself included) had early access to some of these devices, I’ve waited to publish this comparison until they were all readily available to the general public.  (Minus some delays, see details within)  In this installment we will compare the Fitbit Surge vs Fitbit Charge HR vs Jawbone UP3.

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Working with Apple’s HealthKit, linked to MyFitnessPal and Activity Trackers

Now that mainstream apps have had a chance to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit platform it seemed a good time to check out what sort of data is being shared.  As it turns out you can do a lot of great things, but there are still some bridges that need built, and walls that need to come down.  Let’s see how you can use HealthKit to make your life better.

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COMPARISON: Basis Peak vs Microsoft Band vs Polar M400

Activity trackers are headed in a brand new direction, one that will benefit everyone involved.  For over a year now these devices have done a great job recording steps, a modest job monitoring other activities, and frankly a less than stellar job doing much else.  All of that is starting to change as these devices are borrowing some of the best fitness features from their closely related cousins.  These wrist-worn gadgets are starting to include a very important new feature: heart rate monitoring.  In this installment we’ll review and compare the Basis Peak versus Microsoft Band, and make some comparisons to the Polar M400, and the up-coming Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge units. Continue reading COMPARISON: Basis Peak vs Microsoft Band vs Polar M400