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.

Continue reading BATTLE! – Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2

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.

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

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.

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

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

Best Fitness & Activity Trackers for the 2014 Holiday Season

Getting ready to shop this 2014 holiday season?  Do you have a fitness/activity tracker on the list for yourself, or a friend, or family member?  Trying to make heads or tails out of the ever growing selection of products?  Let me help take a little bit of the mystery away by suggesting some of best devices based on price point and features.  Happy holidays!

Continue reading Best Fitness & Activity Trackers for the 2014 Holiday Season