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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BATTLE: Scosche RHYTHM Plus vs Wahoo TICKR vs Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitors

When it comes to exercise the best way to track your caloric expenditure is with a heart rate monitor.  Although there are plenty of new activity trackers that feature built-in heart rate monitors, the chest strap is still the most popular accessory next to the sports-watch.  For years Polar has held a strong position selling their H7 chest strap, though recent years they’ve seen some healthy competition from Wahoo Fitness with their TICKR lineup.  And now companies like Scosche have their second generation optical arm sensor, the RHYTHM Plus.  Keep reading to learn how they compare.

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REVIEW: Follow-up on Garmin Vivofit vs Fitbit Flex for Summer 2014

Now that Garmin recently updated their Connect software to allow its users the ability to sync with MyFitnessPal it was time for me to give the Vivofit another look.  And with the first day of summer behind us people are finding more time to be outside and get active.  With some fresh faces in the fitness wearables market how do the Garmin Vivofit and Fitbit Flex continue to stack up for the Summer of 2014?

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BATTLE! – Wahoo Fitness TICKR RUN Heart Rate Monitor vs Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor + Polar Stride Sensor

There was a time before smart phones where you had to carry around your address book, your daily planner, and if you needed it, your camera.  Now you can have all of that and more in the palm of your hand, thanks to a desire by consumers for converged devices which we rightfully call smart phones.

This same evolution is quickly happening in the health & fitness technology sub-sector.  Not only do we expect our existing smart phones to work as health-recording devices, we’re also beginning to expect more from the more basic sensors that have been around for years.  But is it possible for something as simple as the good ol’ chest-strap heart rate monitor to accurately record extra data, such as stride and running form?  Let’s find out!

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BATTLE! – LG Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Monitor Earphones versus the Competition

LG Electronics, based out of South Korea, has existed for nearly 60 years.  In the last decade their television and smart phone products have grown in popularity in the states.  With big players like Samsung and Sony entering the fitness wearables market it was only a matter of time before LG would follow suit.  In this entry I’ll review the new LG Lifeband Touch and their Heart Rate Monitor Earphones.  Will these two items combined to offer the one-two punch needed to TKO the competition?

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