Fitness Tracking Watches? Your opinion?


So I'm interested in buying myself a non-Lance-Armstrong-looking fitness tracking band. I don't want it to look like a yellow Live Strong bracelet for obvious reasons.  I want it to be cool. I want it to have solid battery power and be able to handle my sweatiness. And I don't want to wear a chest-strap heart-rate monitor.

What do you use? What do you like?

I really like the apple watch, but I leaning toward the FitBit Surge. (It's above the band that says "GOAL" up top in that image.) But it looks HUGE.

Here's a good article to consider. http://www.wareable.com/fitness-trackers/the-best-fitness-tracker

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8 comments:

  1. I had done some "extensive" (for me) research on these and was semi-set on the Garmin something or other and one of the Withings models. I do like the look of the jawbone - the tinier one - as it just looks more like a bracelet. Just my 2 cents.

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    1. also, i trust CNET and their reviews and do all my tech research through CNET and read their stuff often. http://www.cnet.com/news/best-fitness-trackers-2015/

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    2. OH! Thank you, very, very helpful. Have you bought one yet?

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  2. I have really enjoyed my fitbit charge. Battery lasts me about a week. I do wish that I could swap band colors like other fitbit models but I LOVE that it gives me NUMBERS on the band. I would not be happy with dots - I need hard facts when I look at my wrist. My dad has the surge and it is large looking, even on his wrist, but I feel like I just read somewhere that there are different sizes? Happy shopping!
    -AKDS

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    1. I love hearing that about your Dad's. It looks like a pretty good-sized watch - I need to check that out. Thank you so much, AKDS! And i LOVE that you like the fitbit charge because it has numbers. I love you.

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  3. Last year, I had a fitbit (force? can't remember) it was the one that was recalled. I actually returned mine before the recall even happened because - who knew - I have a nickel allergy and had a lovely little rash on my wrist.

    I LOVED my fitbit. It had a readout - NUMBERS! - right on my wrist. I could see steps, time, distance, etc right there. I was so bummed that I couldn't use it and I couldn't get myself to buy something else. I refused to order the other fitbit because it didn't haven numbers on the device. And I was convinced Fitbit would release something new right away.

    I waited for months and finally gave up. I ended up getting a Misfit Shine because it seemed so flexible. I can wear it on my wrist, or clip it just about anywhere else I want to. (I can hide it in my bra when I need to dress up, like weddings, etc. and not feel like I have this honkin thing on my wrist).

    I don't miss the numbers on my wrist, like I thought I would. I have to sync it to my phone, but I'm okay with it. What I can see is progress, in the form of little dots when I tap my device. So I know if I'm at 20 or 50 or 80% of my goal, etc. Since I now believe there is no way any device is truly measuring my steps from my wrist, I'm cool with this. All I need to know is my general activity level for the day and I can pick up the pace if I'm lagging.

    I don't have a heartrate monitor at all. So, I think you have to figure out what exactly you want out of the device first.

    Another bonus - the Shine is completely waterproof, so I literally never take it off. I'm not sure about all of those devices, but I know not all of the fitbit models are waterproof.

    And the battery - I have had mine since last September and I've had to change it once. No charging, just change a button battery like a watch. Again I like this because I don't have to leave it off for any amount of time and don't have to remember to keep it charged.

    (I do want an apple watch though, because I'm a techy nerd sometimes)

    There's my plug for Misfit :)
    (and seriously, the name? Misfit? Perfect)

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    1. ALSO: I really wanted something to connect directly to MyFitnessPal - Fitbit does and Misfit does, not sure about everyone else.

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  4. http://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Wireless-Activity-Sleep-Wristband/dp/B00BGO0QEO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1434812381&sr=8-8&keywords=fitbit

    I got the fitbit flex and I have been very happy with it the past two months.

    The battery seems to last 5-6 days and only takes a couple hours to charge.

    It is waterproof, though I never shower with it. But I don't have to worry about it either.

    It is lightweight, and I sometimes forget about it and it doesn't bother me when I sleep.

    I like that it tracks sleep, calories, active minutes, ect. It connects to my fitness pal which like Sarah is one of the main things I wanted.

    Draw backs:
    It doesn't show anything on the band, but I have an app and my computer which for my fitness level and needs work. It depends what you want, it doesn't show heart rate which is one draw back.

    Sometimes I bump it and knock it into sleep mode!

    I don't follow the calories on the fitbit either, I stay on track with My fitness pal.

    Not as many functions as others, but I really like it. If I want to wear a watch or other jewelry I still can, it is not huge. And I can pick other colors!!

    Let me know what you end up picking out!!!

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