You’ve decided you want to live a healthier life, and use the power of wearable technology to help go about it, but where do you start looking for a fitness tracker? A host of different devices are available, each with their own specs and apps and specific features. We’re here to help you find the right device for you.
Fitness tracker basics
Almost all fitness trackers will slip around your wrist to measure your activities and give you feedback. When you’ve decided where you want to wear your fitness tracker, think about the information you want it to show. The Lintelek fitness tracker displays you the steps, heart rate, time, message, and some SNS app notifications and so on. It can free your hand from the phone.
Where you want to wear your fitness tracker, whether or not you care about a screen, and how much you care about battery life will have you well on the way to choose the right fitness tracker. We’d also suggest taking a look at the associated app before purchasing a device. Does it track the data you need? Is it available on the web? Does it work with Google Fit or Apple Health? Most fitness tracker apps are now perfectly decent bits of software but it’s another factor to bear in mind when you’re making your choice.
With the basics out of the way, you can start looking at more advanced specs. One of the key features that distinguish cheaper trackers from more expensive ones is an integrated heart rate sensor. If you value a more detailed breakdown of your cardiovascular health, make sure it’s included, otherwise, you can save yourself some money.
Waterproofing is another key feature to look out for, and whether or not you want a waterproof tracker really depends on whether or not you plan to take it swimming. The most wearable device can handle a bit of rain, but be sure to double-check the specifications to make sure—if you do a lot of outdoor activities, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Plenty of fitness trackers will promise some kind of sleep tracking as well, though it’s well worth digging deeper into the specs to check the small print because some trackers can tell the difference between light sleep and deep sleep and some can’t.
Those points to ponder—body placement, display, battery life, associated app, heart rate tracking, waterproofing, and sleep tracking —should be enough to get you pretty close to the fitness tracker that’s right for you, but you’ve got a few more ways of telling one wearable from another.
The overall design and look of your fitness tracker might be important to you, so try and see it from as many angles as possible before buying. Pay particular attention to the bands that come with the trackers you’re considering.