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! – 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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BATTLE! – Fitbit Force vs Polar Loop

New gadgets typically arrive just in time for  holiday season shoppers.  This benefited me nicely during my recent purchase of the Fitbit Force, which came to market around the same time as the  JAWBONE UP24.  While those two companies have had wristband activity trackers for some time, there is a new guy in town who wants a piece of the action.  Say hello to the Polar Loop Activity Tracker.  Let’s put it into BATTLE with my Fitbit Force and see how it does!

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Counterpoint & Perspective: Other Activity Trackers

Do a web search for “activity trackers” right now.  Go ahead, do it.  What do you see?  Almost every link is a gadget reviewer providing their thoughts or comparison of the latest and greatest device to come to market.  Readers beware: this blog is NOT going to turn into one of those sites!

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