Welcome to Smart Fitness Wearables

Here at Smart Fitness Wearables we will keep you up to date on the all players and tech in the activity tracker and quantified self space that really matters. It really is a fast-paced and exciting area and we want to make sure that you can see all of the important players and their wares.  We will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and reviews to help you find which is right for you.

So where better to begin than with the list of the best smart fitness wearables around. Enjoy :)

 

The Best Fitness Wearables Around

There really are some fantastic fitness wearables out there. Some measure activity, some also monitor sleep, some even allow you to track nutrition. This is all part of the quantified self revolution. We have pulled together a list of our favourites and highlighted the good and not-so-good points of each. There really is something for everyone.


 

Fitbit Force4.5 Stars

Activity Tracker, Sleep Tracker, Nutrition Tracker



Price at time of posting = $99.99. Click here for more details.

Fitbit ForceThe Fitbit Force is the new kid on the block, being released in the US last year but not coming out in the UK until Spring 2014. It takes the best elements of the impressive Fitbit Flex and really take things to the next level.

PLEASE READ: The Fitbit Force is no longer being sold by Fitbit due to wrist irritation reports from users and it is currently undergoing a voluntary recall. Please visit www.fitbit.com for more details.

Good: Not-so-good:
  • Simple, understated design.
  • OLED display.
  • Accelerometer and altimeter.
  • Great matte plastic band.
  • Water resistant.
  • Good looking.
  • NFC & Bluetooth.
  • iOS and Android companion app.
  • Sleep tracking feature.
  • Calorie counting feature.
  • 10 day battery life (2 hour charge time).
  • Fustrating clasp.
  • Not waterproof.
  • Smartphone app a little complicated.
  • Sleep tracking a little awkward.
  • Calorie counter a little awkward.


Price at time of posting = $99.99. Click here for more details.


 

Nike+ FuelBand SE4 Stars

Activity Tracker


Price at time of posting = $169.00. Click here for more details.

Nike+ FuelBand Second Edition SEThe FuelBand SE was the hotly anticipated follow-up to the original FuelBand which basically brought activity trackers to the masses. The Second Edition, or SE, certainly has some improvements over the the first generation FuelBand but it is still sadly lacking some features that its main competitors include, albeit with mixed results, but the activity-focused service that the SE offers is excellent and the looks and build quality are still fabulous.

Good: Not-so-good:
  • Great looking.
  • Sessions feature a big change and improvement over original.
  • Social functions great.
  • Water resistant.
  • Improved movement detection algorithm (fooling aware).
  • Movement reminders feature great.
  • Bluetooth 4 / LE.
  • Great iPhone app with Trophies.
  • Display shows the time for use as a watch.
  • 7 day battery life.
  • Built-in USB connector.
  • No Android smartphone app (iOS only).
  • Questionable accuracy.
  • A little bulky.
  • Not waterproof.
  • No altimeter to measure altitude changes for hill, stairs etc.
  • Nike Fuel measure can seem arbitrary or a little mystifying.
  • No vibration feature for alerts.



Price at time of posting = $169.00. Click here for more details.


 

Jawbone Up244 Stars

Activity Tracker, Sleep Tracker, Nutrition Tracker



Price at time of posting = $135.50. Click here for more details.

Jawbone Up24The Jawbone Up24 is up there with the best of them. The 1st generation was terrible with all kinds of problems upon its initial release but Jawbone quickly dealt with them and made the original Jawbone Up a quality product, loved by many. Their next offering is this, the Jawbone Up24 and boy is it good. It goes head to head with the Fitbit Force and arguably beyond the Nike+ FuelBand SE. They have included some great features that we were upset they left out in the earlier models but Bluetooth sync via LE and some other changes have really made the Jawbone Up24 a real player in the market.

Good: Not-so-good:
  • Great simple design and lovely finish.
  • Wireless syncing (new for the Up range) via Bluetooth LE.
  • Vibration alerts.
  • Water restistant.
  • iOS companion smartphone app.
  • Push notifications to smartphone.
  • Good support by other smartphone apps (including IFTTT).
  • Food tracking uses barcode scan.
  • Sleep tracking feature.
  • Smart alarms feature.
  • Integration with WeMo home automation.
  • 7 day battery life (90 minute recharge time).
  • No Android smartphone app (iOS only).
  • No display, just 2 indicator LEDs.
  • Sleep tracking not great.
  • Not water proof.



Price at time of posting = $135.50. Click here for more details.


 

Misfit Shine4 Stars

Activity Tracker, Sleep Tracker



Price at time of posting = $119.80. Click here for more details.


Misfit ShineThe Misfit Shine is actually quite impressive. It looks great, it’s a different approach in that the tracker can be removed from the strap etc. It’s waterproof to 50m and it looks really stylish.

Good: Not-so-good:
  • Activity tracking.
  • Sleep tracking.
  • Waterproof to 50m.
  • Bluetooth LE.
  • 4 month battery life (no wires required due to replacable battery).
  • Can be worn anywhere on person.
  • Attractive design.
  • Watch functionality.
  • Nice looking design.
  • LED display lights.
  • iOS app only.
  • Not that accurate.
  • Sleep monitor not that great.



Price at time of posting = $119.80. Click here for more details.


 

Polar Loop3 Stars

Activity Tracker, Sleep Tracker



Price at time of posting = $99.95. Click here for more details.


Polar LoopThe Polar Loop is an interest on activity and sleep tracking. If you compare it to the Nike+ FuelBand SE, which is often criticised for its price, then the Polar Loop offers a good activity tracking service at a good value price. The fact that it offers sleep tracking as well is a nice bonus.

Good: Not-so-good:
  • Red LED display.
  • Waterproof.
  • 3D accelleratometer.
  • Compatible with Polar heart rate monitors.
  • Activity tracker.
  • Sleep tracker.
  • Bluetooth LE.
  • Inactivity reminders via smartphone app.
  • iOS Only (No Android, yet).
  • Proprietary USB charging cable.



Price at time of posting = $99.95. Click here for more details.


 

Larklife Wristband3 Stars

Activity Tracker, Sleep Tracker, Nutrition Tracker



Price at time of posting = $120.00. Click here for more details.

Larklife WristbandThe Larklife Wristband covers all of the bases. It’s an activity tracker, a sleep tracker and also tracks nutitrion.

Good: Not-so-good:
  • Wireless syncing.
  • Vibration alarm built in.
  • iOS app.
  • Bulky.
  • No social features.
  • 2 day battery life.



Price at time of posting = $120.00. Click here for more details.


 

 

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