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

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….

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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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Going GREEN : My REVIEW of a Lime Green Fitbit Flex

Here in the Midwest the Spring has sprung.  Birds are slowly returning from their winter retreats, the flowers are blooming, and the snow has all disappeared.  And as the lush green grass emerges from the soil, so to does a new green accessory magically seem to have appeared on my arm.  But why?

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