Welcome to the best part of ‘how technology changed the way we keep fit” as we are about to gut one of the hot topics of the year: how should you choose between smartbands, fitness trackers and smartwatches?
We are here to find out.
Let’s kick things off by discerning the boundaries of fitness trackers and smartwatches: once we have established their main differences it will be much easier to understand which one matches your needs. So, let’s hear it. Smartwatches have all the attributes of fitness trackers, but their added value is in the possibility of sharing everything via your social media apps. A smartwatch is essentially a smartphone that you can wear. Fitness trackers instead, are devices that keep track – obviously – of your fitness and health, something that you wear too, but don’t come with any app to keep you active on social media too.
Best android smartwatches: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style
Google has teamed up with LG to announce the wearable Android Wear 2.0: LG has released two models of their latest smartwatch, the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, the latter being more like any smartwatch out there. The real deal is in fact with the Sport smartwatch by LG as it suits all the fitness enthusiasts requests, with a heart rate sensor and the inclusion of Google Assistant.
Best android smartwatches: Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
When it comes to smartwatches, no one said you have to say goodbye to your favourite watch maker brands in exchange of IT made gadgets: for a luxury smartwatch, with the precision of a Swiss watch, Tag Heuer have created the Connected Modular 45, which comes in titanium, rose gold and ceramic finishes. Its performance is powered by an Intel Atom Z34XX processor and it includes a 4GB of storage memory, plus a battery life of around 24 hours, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.
Best smartwatch: Apple series 3 Smartwatch
Apple never fail to come out with finest samples of high tech gadgets: the Apple series 3 smartwatch is one of the best smartwatch coming out in 2017. Fully loaded with fitness trackers, it can also run apps connecting via Bluetooth. Fine, what’s new? The inclusion of a 4G LTE radio makes it the smartest of smart watches, one that you can actually use instead of your phone.
Best fitness trackers: FitBit Charge 2
As per smartwatches, fitness trackers need to serve a purpose: tracking various body activities that affect your health. They are much more than a pace counter. This is why the FitBitCharge2 is the best fitness tracker out there, since while tracking steps and sleep, it monitors heart rate continuously and, for all of those proper fitness addicts, it rates VO2 Max.
Best smartbands: the Nabu by Razer
From videogame producers to playful and innovative wearable high tech gadgets makers: Razer have finally released their smartband, the Nabu. Differently from fitness trackers, the Nabu has a solid, stiff techno bangle, one of the best activity trackers out there, as it can monitor steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, activities and sleep.
Best smartbands: Sony Smartband 2
A minimalistic design is what you get with Sony Smartband 2: it can track heart rate, movements, sleep, even your moments of calm and excitement, measuring your pulse and stress level, with a battery that lasts for over 5 days, you have no excuses for not staying active.
Best innovative smartwatch: ZeTime
This is where Swiss watchmaking tradition meets innovation. Mykronos announced the world’s first hybrid smartwatch this year in 2018 called ZeTime. The watch comes with mechanical hands over a color touchscreen and it offers a classic design with features of a smartwatch. The best part is that MyKronoz’s proprietary ‘Smart Movement’ technology enables ZeTime to function for up to 30 days with a single charge, ensuring the primary function of the watch is always running. There are three collections with two different case sizes all starting from $199.