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!

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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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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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BATTLE! – Garmin Vivofit vs Fitbit Force vs Fitbit Flex

One thing is certain for 2014– activity monitor/tracking devices are huge!  Everyone and their cousin is releasing a new wearable piece of technology, even old players like Garmin.  Though Garmin is no newbie to the fitness segment, the release of their new Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is their first contender in the quickly crowding activity tracking sub-segment.  As they stray from their GPS sport/watch devices into this new spectrum they come into competition with the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Force, two of the industry leaders … so let’s see how they stack up against the best!

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CALORIC BURN: Comparing Heart Rate Monitors to Activity Trackers

Do you trust the data you get from your activity tracker?  Are the steps accurate?  What about the calories burned?  How does having this data affect your life?  If you have any of these questions then you are not alone.  Come along with me on a quest to learn more about activity tracking devices to better determine if we can trust the information they provide.

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