As my reader-base increased, I got two frequent important PM’s about fitness trackers, First – Shall I buy a Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker ? and Second – Can I use my Smart-phone as fitness tracker ?
I think both of them need to be answered separately, hence I am focusing here on the first question for the Smartwatch to tracker buying decision, for me first and the foremost is while you have such questions in your mind, you have already gone ahead with the first step towards fitness 🙂 … Yes it indicates that you have started focusing the fitness activity and now on a stage where have realized need to track it, know what you are doing, share with your friends, compete, set and achieve goals and so on … So your journey to fitness begins with such good questions on mind 🙂 Bravo … you are on the right track and right website to get guidance ….
By now you are pretty aware of style of presenting thoughts in form of simple table which gives quick idea for those who are running out of time in daily chores at home & office. If you have some leisure time, do spare it to learn through more details too …
|Style Quotient||Function||Function + Fashion & Style|
|Budget||Low||Medium to High|
|All day wear ?||No, generally you can’t wear it to office. Although exceptions are tiny trackers like Fitbit Zip or Fitbit One which can be hidden||Yes, you can wear it for exercise as well as Office|
|Sleep tracking||Easy to wear throughout night||Difficult to wear whole night, compared to sleek trackers|
|Notifications||Although many trackers can communicate to your phone, they can’t compete with smartwatches||a Full-fledged small competer devices, designed to work in tune with smartphones, even some watches are sim-capble|
|Where to wear||Many varieties available making you to wear them on wrist (band), clip (wear on bra), chest strap, headband, headphone, leg strap etc. Mostly all possible locations on body||Obviously on wrist|
|Battery||Some trackers like Fitbit Zip battery can last as long as 6 months, most of the trackers can last battery life of a week or so||Smartwatches since designed to be multi-functional & larger displays, tend to consume more battery power, lasting for a day or two|
|Status symbol||Mostly trackers are not meant to be seen as a status symbol but more oriented towards function rather than style. Some of them are designed to get hidden during use||Smartwatch is your style statement, you want people to know about your awareness about fitness. They are designed to be part of your fashion statement|
|Focus customers||professional athletes as well as beginners catered by range of trackers||Mostly for people who also care about fitness with other activities, wants to strike balance|
I am sure you will have some idea on what you need to look into, based on your need and target budget you have in mind. With time, the smart-watches have also began lowering their prices to compete with basic trackers …
Like at the time of writing this post, Fitbit One tracker costing around $99, Mid tracker version Fitbit Charge 2 $149 whereas the Fitbit Blaze costs around $199, so for the same company you can graduate to Smartwatch be spending few $ more.
But again it is not only the question of how much you are ready to spend, but how are you planning to use it. Purely as fitness tracker or wear it during office hours too ? You want to hide your fitness activity or show off in style 🙂 Want to be known & seen as fitness freak or show results with your attractive body shape …..
Well don’t bother too much, your Google search has ended to this page, which is beginning of your healthy & healthy life …