BATTLE! – Apple Watch Sport versus Fitbit Surge versus Garmin Vivoactive

With the release of the Apple Watch the grey area between fitness activity trackers and smart watches has blurred more than ever before.  Just as when PDAs blended into smart phones over a decade ago, we’re already starting to see more of these “smart” features migrate into all wearables.  Right now the Apple Watch Sport, Garmin Vivoactive, and Fitbit Surge all attempt to capture the same potential audience, but with uniquely different features.  Which is right for you?

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Surge vs Garmin Vívoactive vs Polar M400

Have you decided to make 2015 the year that you train for that 5K?  Are you an avid cyclist and finally want to add an Activity Tracker to your arsenal of cycle computers and pedal sensors?  Or are you just an average person who wants to get a bit more serious about your fitness program?  In this comparative review I’ll look deeper into the pros/cons of three different devices for a wide spectrum of potential users. Time for another epic BATTLE, and in this go-round we’re testing the Fitbit Surge versus Garmin Vìvoactive versus Polar M400.

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2

Spring has sprung!  Here in the Midwest the weather is warming up as we head into Q2 2015.  Before you throw on your sneakers and go outside you’ll want to make certain you’re wearing the best Activity Tracker for the task.  In this battle my two current favorite devices go toe-to-toe as we compare the Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2.

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QUICK COMPARISON: Fitbit Charge HR versus Garmin vívofit 2 versus Garmin Vivosmart

Garmin’s Vivofit and Vivosmart devices have been some of the top sellers for the last year, and garner some of the highest hits drawn to my site.  They are great devices and remain some of my top suggested buys, especially with the new Vivofit 2 that just came out.  On top of that we have the new Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR now available — so let’s see how they all compare in this quick look.

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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