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.
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.
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