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!
Yesterday Fitbit announced their new lineup up of fitness/activity trackers for the 2014/2015 calendar year. These three new devices, the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, and Fitbit Surge, are the culmination of the last year or more of development by the Fitbit team. Here is a quick preview and some of my thoughts on these devices.
It seems like each week brings a new fitness device or activity tracker to the market. Many of these emerging devices attempt to be part smart-watch, part health device. This drives up the price to a level many will never consider spending. Focusing instead on the lower-cost end of the spectrum is the new Misfit Flash. Offering a basic feature set they have one goal: to be a great, entry level activity tracker. And it does so quite nicely!
People keep asking me what I think about the new Garmin Vivosmart. Now that they’ve had a chance to work out most of the bugs with some firmware updates, it was finally time for me to test it against my two favorite fitness/activity trackers, the Misfit Shine and Fitbit Flex. Let’s bring on the battle!
Earlier today Apple unveiled their newest addition to their product family, the Apple Watch. Many of my favorite tech news sites have done a great job providing details, specs, and even some hands-on initial reactions & reviews of the new hardware. Although the unit displayed at the unveil event today was locked in demo mode and release is not set until “early 2015” — we’ve already been provided with enough detail to know that this device will in many ways turn the wearables segment on its head. Here is why….
Continue reading PREVIEW: Apple Watch versus Fitbit Flex versus Jawbone UP versus Misfit Shine versus Garmin Vivofit versus Striiv Touch versus Withings Pulse versus LG Lifeband Touch versus Polar Loop