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The best smart bands and fitness trackers

Update: New devices added to the list in time for Christmas shopping!
The best smart bands and fitness trackers

Fitness trackers and smart bands all do different things and there's a suitable accessory for each sport - be it running, swimming or something else. In this article, we give you a list of the best fitness devices, plus explain what you should look out for when buying one.

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The best fitness trackers

Fitbit Flex 2

To kick off this list, it seemed logical to start with the Fitbit Flex 2, a fitness tracker which is both effective and affordable, at around $60. Unlike the Charge 2 which is also on this list, the Flex 2 doesn't have a screen, and instead it keeps you informed with a LED lights. All the rest happens via the Fitbit smartphone app, which is a joy to use thanks to the way it displays essential information in blocks which you can arrange as you wish. All of your activity information is easy to find and the app makes it simple to challenge your friends. As is always the case with Fitbit, it is compatible with a large number of services (Alexa, IFTTT, MyFitness Pal, etc.). Some models of smartphone aren't compatible with the device though, so you'll want to check Fitbit's website before purchasing.

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The Fitbit Flex 2 is an affordable option. © Fitbit

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

After initial success, Xiaomi leaves a strong first impression again this time around with its Mi Band 2. Positioned in a very competitive market, the Mi Band 2 is an excellent choice since it offers more or less the same features and the same performance as other fitness trackers which are a lot more expensive. Its simplicity, performance and good battery life will satisfy the most demanding users. My only complaint is the Mi Fit application, which is very bad compared to Fitbit, and its weak heart rate sensor. But for less than $40, these are small complaints that we can forgive.

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The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is the cheapest fitness tracker on our list. © AndroidPIT

Fitbit Alta HR

This improved version of the Alta is perfect for people looking for a simple, discreet, comfortable to use fitness tracker to be better able to track their daily activity, stay in shape and sleep better, while benefiting from the Fitbit ecosystem (app, accessories, compatibility with other services, etc.). However, the most accomplished athletes will be disappointed by this model because it lacks GPS and waterproofing. It sells for around $129 on Amazon.

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The Fitbit Alta HR isn't waterproof. © AndroidPIT

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Even though Fitbit is ubiquitous in the fitness tracker market, other brands like the giant Garmin are also present. The Vivosmart HR+ is the latest model from the brand. Unlike the Charge 2 or the Fitbit Alta HR, the tracker has a GPS to better follow your sports activities. There is also a classic heart rate sensor. While its design is not exceptional in itself and the app still needs some improvement, the Vivosmart HR+ shines with its battery life and can go in the pool. All this for around $179.

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The Vivosmart HR+ is a versatile option at a reasonable price. © Garmin

Fitbit Charge 3

The Fitbit Charge 3 is not only cheaper than its predecessor but offers more features. The device has also been redesigned and given a slimmer, more stylish look. The new Charge is also waterproof. It features Fitbit's new fitness tracker OS, it has improved battery life and has amazing sleep tracking options. You can monitor your deep, REM and light sleep with its heart rate technology. Amazingly, the device also has a blood oxygen sensor. It's starting price is around $150.

Fitbit Charge 3 - stylish and slim / © Fitbit


The best smart bands

Huawei Fit

The Huawei Fit is one of the best fitness tracking smart bands on the market. By connecting it to your smartphone, you won't miss any calls or notifications and thanks to its precise sensors, you can improve your sports activities and your sleep. While other models certainly offer more features (GPS, MP3 player, etc.), the battery life of the Huawei Fit is excellent and promises to last up to six days. Huawei's app is also not bad in itself but remains inferior to those offered by Samsung and Fitbit. The Huawei Fit sells for just $80.

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The Huawei Fit is an affordable smart band. © AndroidPIT

Fitbit Ionic

The undisputed star of fitness trackers, Fitbit, has decided to step out of its comfort zone. For the first time, the brand wants to compete with Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches. The $269 Fitbit Ionic is the first connected watch from Fitbit able to take advantage of apps developed by third parties. You can use the device for many activities (running, swimming, bodybuilding, etc.) and its battery life will satisfy you. As a smartwatch, the Fitbit OS is not yet mature (it's not possible to reply to notifications!) and the lack of apps is disappointing.

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You'll either love or hate the design of the Fitbit Ionic. © AndroidPIT

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Without introducing any real innovations, the $149 Gear Fit2 Pro is nevertheless a welcome update to the Gear Fit2 that was launched last year. Samsung has corrected the major flaw of its previous smart band by allowing it to go for a swim. Some partnerships have been added to augment its tracking capabilities, particularly with Spotify. Flattering with its screen and its design, the Gear Fit2 Pro retains the good qualities of Gear Fit2 and has everything needed to convince people looking for a fitness tracker that's a bit more luxurious. However, if swimming does not interest you, the Gear Fit2 launched last year is more than enough and has a lower price.

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You can swim with the Gear Fit2 Pro. © AndroidPIT

Honor Band 3

The Honor Band 3 is a simple but affordable wearable. It's especially great if you already use a Huawei or Honor phone, making it easy to pair to your smartphone. The device is also slim and pleasant to wear, compared to some bulkier competitors. It offers pretty standard options such as a heart rate monitor, basic run and swim tracking, as well as sleep tracking. A good budget option.

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Honor Band 3 - slim and stylish/ © AndroidPIT

Did you find the right fitness tracker or smart band in this list? Or do you have one already? Discuss with us in the comments, and check back soon for updates as the wearables market evolves rapidly.

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  • I'm happy with my Gear S3.

  • Mark
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    May 14, 2017 Link to comment

    I have the Garmin Viofit 3 and the Vivoactive HR. I love the Viofit 3 because you never have to charge it Battery has lasted almost a year and still going will replace it soon just so it won't go dead. Vioactive I like because of the GPS feature when you go on a hike it gives you a map of where you have been, but battery life with GPS is not that great. In my opinion Gamine is the best love all their stuff.

  • When we talk about the technologies then we talk about its compatibility and its features. Fitness tracker comes up with the different features and there are varieties of different trackers which have different features and incompatibilities

    i think Garmin vivosmart hr+ is good according to its features. Because of GPS system and retrieving of notifications , automatic sleep detection , tracks heart rate 24/7 , device features Move Alert , compatible with both iOS and Android.
    Health occupies the main part in our life in all aspects. this is the best thing which tracks each and every thing that we do . heart rate , steps and others.

  • In my friends, Fitness trackers gadgets is becoming
    important and most of your friends bought , and
    they gave me some reviews about that gadgets.
    On those reviews i like this gadget.
    Read About these fitness trackers...

  • Best Fitness Trackers in 2016: Complete Buying Guide
    You have finally decided to take care of your health and fitness matters and that is why you are looking for the best fitness trackers so you can take care of your daily activities.

    Good Decision!

    In this busy world, you cannot put your health and fitness matters as a second priority in any case.

    But Now that you have decided to buy a fitness tracker or a fitness band which is the best fit for your needs. You are definitely confused and overwhelmed because of the plenty choices.

  • I am using skylet colorful replacment bands for jawbone up move and feel very good. You can find it on amazon.

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    Deactivated Account Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Motorola, Garmin, Fitbit.

  • My wife bought the Garmin Vivofit 2 mainly because it had a 12 month battery, bigger dispaly and was water resistant. The equivalent Fitbit had to be recharged every day or two

  • Gee whiz I wonder how the human race even survived before fitness trackers came along.... lmfao

  • I'm using Fitbit change and I would highly recommend it. It shows 100% accurate results.

  • I would say the Xiaomi Mi band 1s is a better choice than the mi band with the heart rate monitor. Though it is $15 expensive. I grabbed one 2 weeks ago from GeekBuying and it arrived this Monday. You AndroidPit may consider to review it:)

  • Amanda Sep 17, 2015 Link to comment

    This real time fitness tracker and coach is going to be shipped soon, and promotion will end soon, too. Grab and try this risk free. It would be sweet if you could join the promotion using my referral

  • I have a mi band as well - it's excellent. I can also get 60+ days on a single charge. Accuracy is comparable to the vivofit and fitbit (the only other ones I've tried). I really like the sleep tracking and vibrating alarm.

  • My personal pick, Mi Band. I have had it since February and I am seeing two months on a charge. I am not overly active, so I do not want to spend smart watch money on a tracker.

    The only other I would consider is the Activité Pop. It looks like a watch and performs that function beyond tracking. Having seeing it in person, it is a very nice size.

    My issue with most trackers I have tried on, I have a 8 inch wrist, most trackers do not fit me. The two I mentioned do. Also the Huawei Talkband 2 fits nicely and does a great job. I use it for the headset function more than anything else.

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