Best Fitness Trackers Buyers Guide – January 2018

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The holiday season is over, all of those luscious meals have been eaten, you probably gained some pounds or made a New Year's resolution that you'll start leading a healthier lifestyle, and now it's time to act. Of course, what better way to do so than getting a new activity tracker that will help you make the most of your time and get fitter by relying on a wide variety of new technologies? With that in mind, below you'll find the list of the top ten best fitness trackers money can currently buy, spanning all price segments.

Huawei Band 2 Pro

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The Huawei Band 2 Pro doesn't sit on the high end of the wearable spectrum but that isn't to say it has little to offer. In fact, it's arguably the most well-rounded wearable under $100, with this particular device setting you back $69.99. For that money, you'll get a gadget with a 5ATM waterproof design that's suitable for essentially every activity save for scuba diving. Underneath its resilient case is a heart rate monitor, GPS module, and a digital fitness coach which will help you make sense of even the most niche data such as Vo2 Max. The Huawei Band 2 Pro is available in Black, Blue, and Red color options, though the former one is currently out of stock.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 2

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If you're a first-time fitness tracker buyer looking for an extremely affordable gadget, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 should be the perfect choice for you. Priced at under $30, you can hardly get more entry-level than this device without giving up on having an actual screen. Still, if all you care about are basic activity metrics such as steps and burnt calories while simultaneously trying to commit as little money toward your purchase as possible, you won't find a more reliable offering than Xiaomi's device. The standard version of the Mi Band 2 is only available in Black.

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Garmin Vívofit 4

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The Garmin Vívofit 4 is a fitness tracker for people who want to forget they have a fitness tracker. It can help you with your daily workouts just as effectively as anything else under $80 but it's primarily targeted at individuals who only exercise casually and don't want to worry about yet another piece of electronics they have to keep charged. Instead, the Vívofit 4 can keep operating for a year on a single charge, which is an impressive achievement for a wearable that comes with a colored display and a robust activity tracking platform whose data can be automatically synced to your smartphone and the cloud via Garmin Connect. The Vívofit 4 is sold in two sizes and three colors, albeit the larger variant of the wearable is only available in Black.

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Fitbit Alta HR

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To say that Fitbit is an established name in the wearable industry would be an understatement, and the Alta HR is a perfect example of all of the company's fortes; it's compact, resilient, versatile, stylish, and comes in two sizes and six colors. There's even an X-Large size that's only available in Black, with all of them being available for under $150. Besides every fitness tracking feature you could possibly ask for, the Fitbit Alta HR also boasts sleep tracking capabilities so as to not just help you exercise more efficiently but lead a healthier lifestyle in overall.

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Fitbit Charge 2

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The Fitbit Charge 2 is an almost identically priced alternative to the Alta HR that allows you to opt for a larger display and a number of extra features such as GPS support and VO2 Max while sacrificing some battery life, though you can still count on it to last close to a week on a single charge. The biggest advantage of this particular offering is its ability to deliver real-time activity stats, allowing you to dynamically adjust your workouts and become ever more efficient. The Fitbit Charge 2 is available in the same sizes and colors as its thinner counterpart.

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Garmin Forerunner 645

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The Forerunner 645 is Garmin's latest offering announced at CES 2018 earlier this month, promising to deliver every fitness tracking activity you'd ever need while also boasting support for a wide variety of extra functionalities such as Garmin Pay. The premium and comprehensive nature of the Forerunner 645 also comes at a steep price of $399.99, with a special Forerunner 645 Music variant costing $50 more and coming with a set of dedicated apps for audiophiles and support for saving around 500 songs offline. As is the case with the majority of high-end offerings in the wearable segment, the Forerunner 645 lineup is targeted at consumers who aren't willing to make compromises so if you fit that description, this is a purchase you won't regret, even though your wallet may remember it for a while.

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

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The Gear Fit2 Pro is the pinnacle of Samsung's fitness trackers that seeks to provide you with ultra-premium performance while still retaining a somewhat reasonable price point, being offered at $199.99 in two variants. That money will get you a 5ATM gadget capable of functioning up to 50 meters under water for long periods of time and featuring a heart rate monitor, GPS support, and offline support for Spotify. A number of third-party apps like MapMyRun and MyFitnessPal are also part of the package here, as is a battery that will easily last for days on a single charge, so long as you're not using GPS.

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Garmin Vívoactive 3

The Garmin Vívoactive 3 is essentially a slightly downgraded version of the Forerunner 645 that still features every fitness tracking capability you could possibly ask for but comes with a slightly less efficient battery. Still, it allows you to save at least $100 while still netting yourself an extremely capable, purely fitness-oriented smartwatch, and also boasts native support for a surprisingly broad range of activities ranging from running and cycling to sailing and golfing. Garmin is offering the Vívoactive 3 in three variants, with the most affordable one being available at $269.99.

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Fitbit Ionic

The Ionic is Fitbit's first take on a fitness watch and one that combines all capabilities and first-party apps from the company into a stylish, waterproof case. Coupled with the ability to save approximately 300 songs for offline playback, GPS and GLONASS support, and the excellent real-time tracking platform boasted by the Charge 2, the Ionic is essentially a better-looking Apple Watch that's much more efficient at activity tracking than almost anything else on the market. It's available in three colors, all of which carry a $279.99 price tag.

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Samsung Gear Sport

Samsung's Gear Sport is essentially the Gear Fit2 Pro but with the added bonus of coming in the form of a smartwatch and having some capabilities unique to this product category. Robust fitness tracking platform aside, the wearable comes with NFC support so that you can use Samsung Pay and is compatible with virtually every contemporary smartphone on the market, as well as Spotify's offline mode. While far from cheap at $299.99, the smartwatch is still more accessible than the products sitting at the very top of the market and comes along with a guarantee of Samsung's after-sales support that's largely considered to be one of the best in the industry.

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