If you know what activity tracker or a fitness band is then the chances are high that you also know what a Fitbit is. Fitbit is one of the first fitness band models that actually came into the market and made it big. No model before Fitbit was that famous and it can easily be said that Fitbit actually reformed the activity tracker industry.
There are some brands which become so good that they turn into the synonym of the actual product. It looks like Fitbit is going towards that direction. Well, we can’t confirm that yet but the metric and the stat shows us that the biggest market share in the activity tracker industry is now held by Fitbit, the brand. Continue reading
Long gone are those days when you used to wear a boring watch on your hand. The watch industry is one of the few ones that is seeing constant changes and it can easily remind you of the scenes that the cellphone industry faced a decade ago.
Today, we will do a Garmin Forerunner review which is one of the newest additions to the Garmin family. This GPS watch is not only a running machine but also comes with a ton of features which we actually expected it to have.
From wrist-based heart rate monitor to activity tracker, this is actually one of those modern day solutions that you are looking for. Let’s go deep in this GPS watch review and find out every single detail that we possibly can. Continue reading
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker Review. Fitness trackers just like the people who use them, can be seen in several “shapes and sizes”, and the Fitbit Zip fits slots in nicely into the petite category of “not worn on the wrist” activity trackers. The Fitbit Zip is the company’s effort to make the activity tracker highly affordable (under $ 50) and designed for people who don’t like wearing straps on their wrists. This compact fitness monitor displays your calories burned, estimates distance and counts your steps via its integrated accelerometer.
The Fitbit Zip is an ideal fitness tracker for those who’d like some motivation to get fit and want to be more aware how active they are (or aren’t 😉 ). With regards to size, the Fitbit Zip activity tracker is nicely small (1.1″ x 1.4″ x 0.38″) with smooth round edges, making it easy to slide in and out of your pocket. It can be synced with your smartphone or computer to view your stats, log activities and meals, even compete with friends via the Fitbit app or website.
In all honestly, the original Microsoft Band wasn’t perfect, and the Band 2 isn’t either, but does take care of most of the flaws starting with its battery life. This Microsoft Band sequel is appointed with a curved color AMOLED screen coated in Gorilla Glass 3 and boasts and updated design. This new iteration of the Band tracker by Microsoft is also a lot more attractive and comfortable than its predecessor, and is packed with a new sensor – a barometer for measuring altitude.
In short, the Band 2 is everything the original Band should’ve been – powerful, connected and a joy to use. The band is backed by great software and is outfitted with a wide range of sensors including skin temperature sensors, heart rate sensors and onsite GPS. If you’re a fitness buff, the Band 2 also measures maximum rate of oxygen consumption (VO2 max), and even has a sensor to track elevation. Additionally, it even offers smartphone notifications such as email, texts and calendar alerts right on the wrist, making it an all round fitness solution. Continue reading
The A360 is Polar’s first fitness device to implement wrist based heart rate monitoring, and can be used for dedicated heart rate based training and is capable of delivering on the go BPM (beats per minute). It is also the company’s first fitness tracker to be appointed with a touchscreen display, but does lack GPS. Polar fitness wearables are designed for avid cyclists, triathletes and fitness enthusiasts and the Polar A360 is no different.
The Polar A360 is highly customizable, and even delivers smartphone notifications right on your wrist such as call and text alerts. A little chunkier than its predecessor – the Loop 2, the Polar A360 is fitted with the wrist-based heart rate monitor, which is pretty accurate to say the least. With three silicone band sizes to choose from – small, medium and large, which are swappable for a bands in a variety of vibrant colors, the Polar A360 slots in nicely in the list of fitness wearable that looks just as good in the gym as it does in the office.
Highlights of the Polar A360
The Garmin Vivofit 3 is not the traditional route Garmin usually takes when designing its fitness tracking devices. Although the design of this model makes the news focus, Garmin never forgets about improving the functionality. This third generation budget fitness tracker is not only outfitted with all the usual activity and sleep tracking features, a Move Activity Bar, but it also boasts an astounding 1 year long battery life and automatically tracks a series of activities thanks to Move IQ technology.
When released, the Vivofit 3 activity tracker, will be available with a wide range of swappable bands. Compared to its predecessor, the Vivofit 3 is a quite similar device, but is completely revamped in terms of visual appeal and debuts with several new features including:
Highlights of the Garmin Vivofit 3
I have own Garmin vivoactive for quite some time now. Even if it is not the latest model, I still enjoy it. I’m tempted by a new model with wrist-based heart rate monitor, but I may put over for some time until there are further improvements. I also still like the look of it. Although my girlfriend doesn’t share my opinion.
I use the vivoactive mostly for walking, occasional runs and short workouts. I like the “7-minute workout” (check on google or youtube – absolutely love to start the day with short series of exercises). The 7-minute workout app doesn’t come preloaded on vivoactive, but it is very easy to download from Garmin’s CONNECT IQ.
You will need to connect your device to a computer. Use the Garmin Express (from there: “Mange Apps” >>”Get More Apps” – you’ll be redirected to CONNECT IQ website, where you can choose an app you like).
Garmin vivoactive review here
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Please note that Garmin VIVOACTIVE HR is already available for pre-order on Amazon
If you’re one of those individuals who likes dabbing into several different sports, and is keen on making the best out of each workout, Garmin just introduced what you may have wished for with the Vivoactive HR. The Vivoactive HR is the Garmin’s another, improved attempt at a smartwatch line purely designed for the sportier types.
Upon first glance, there are two things you’ll notice about the Garmin Vivoactive HR – first as the name suggests it has Garmin’s proprietary Elevate heart rate sensor and second it is sleek as ever resulting in a cleaner feeling unit. When compared to the original Vivoactive (vivoactive review here), the all new Vivoactive HR looks significantly different with all new rectangular slimmer watch face compared to square one.
Highlights of the Garmin Vivoactive HR
What’s in the Box?
Garmin Vivoactive HR Design
The Vivoactive HR has received considerable improvements compared to its predecessor in terms of design. For starters, the screen quality is excellent and a great improvement compared to its previous iteration. Additionally, responsiveness has improved significantly as well, area that fell short in the original Vivoactive. Garmin has taken a bold approach of trying to make the Vivoactive HR sportier rather than premium, which results in a comfortable feel. Continue reading
The Alta is probably Fitbit’s best effort at a fitness tracker for several reasons starting with its aesthetically pleasing design and swappable band design. With every new model, the one thing that Fitbit aims to change is the size and comfort level of their trackers and the Alta makes this quite evident. From a first glance, the Alta comes across other Fitbit fitness trackers, but this time users can swap the band, making it befitting to wear at the track or office.
This somewhat fashion oriented fitness tracker is designed to track many vital statistics such as calories burned, steps taken, distance and “Active Minutes” among others. Adding to this, the Fitbit Alta fitness tracker can also record how long you’ve slept, monitor your sleeping habits, the number of times you’ve been restless in the evening and even the number of times you’ve woken up during the night.
Just like some of Fitbit’s other fitness trackers, the Alta is capable of tracking sleep and exercise automatically, meaning that you won’t have to remember to set the watch to a certain mode to get credit for your workout. In order for the Fitbit Alta to log in activity, you have to exercise for a minimum of 15 minutes, but this can be reconfigured down to 10 minutes with the app.
The Fitbit Alta however is not perfect and lacks a heart rate monitor, and does not track the number of stairs you’ve climbed so if these are important metrics for you, this device is not a good fit. On a brighter note, the Alta does offer great battery life of roughly a week, but this can also vary depending on several factors such as the features activated and how long for.
Suunto – a renowned gadget maker has just upped the ante for its already successful fitness watch lineup the Ambit 3 with the Ambit 3 Vertical variant. Available in four color options – lime, blue, white and black, the Ambit 3 Vertical is designed to do much more than just track your steps, but goes a few miles further by tracking your “vertical” or elevation in both training and racing.
This latest addition to the Ambit 3 range also gets a somewhat major facelift and this time around is much more smaller and sleeker thanks to an all new GPS antenna configuration. The all new bezel design now embeds the antenna, and although it might the Ambit 3 Vertical seem like a cheaper, low end model, that’s hardly the case. The lack of the antenna results in a much more streamlined unit and an aesthetically pleasing watch that fits comfortably on both smaller and larger wrists.
This watch truly is the jack of all trades and offers multi-sport functions for running, cycling and swimming, vibration alerts, route altitude profile, and a barometer for elevation measurements. One of the noteworthy features of the Ambit 3 Vertical – that Altitude Profile, which displays current climb and decent in real time. In addition to this, this feature also gives you an accurate reading of the climbs and descents that lie ahead on the route, which in itself is a crucial feature for those doing big mountain climbs or races.
Highlights of the Ambit 3 Vertical
What’s in the Box?
Version with HR (Heart Rate) belt also available Continue reading