Best Fitness Trackers Buyers Guide – May 2018

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Summer is drawing near, it's high time you get into shape, and you're on the lookout for a new fitness tracker that could help you do so, yet you're overwhelmed with the number of options that are currently available on the market? That's where AndroidHeadlines goes in with its monthly list of the best such wearables that money can buy at any given point of the year, and the May edition of this recurring feature brings little change to last month's picks given how few worthwhile models were released in the last four weeks, though there's at least one surprise waiting for you down below.

Moov Now

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Simple, inconspicuous, and long-lasting, the Moov Now is a great choice for anyone interested in getting a fitness tracker without feeling likey they're wearing one. This unconventionally designed wearable is effectively a bracelet with no screen that connects to your Android or iOS smartphone and stream fitness data you can later analyze so as to track your progress and improve your routines. Being currently priced at just $50, the Moov Now is a feature-packed offering and well worth the money.

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Fitbit Versa

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Fitness trackers are now embracing the standard watch form factor much more than they did in previous years and the Fitbit Versa is the latest poster child of that trend, being a premium offering suitable for a wide variety of use cases and people of all ages. The luxury of having every contemporary fitness tracking sensor available on your wrist does come at a price and this lineup certainly isn't cheap but if you feel like you're ready to take the next step in the wearable segment, Fitbit's Versa is certainly a good way to go.

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Fitbit Charge 2

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If you're on the lookout for a more mid-range option yet still want to stick with an established brand, Fitbit's Charge 2 is still one of the American company's most popular wearables that will provide you with real-time insights into your activities, monitor your pulse, and endure all kinds of everyday wear and tear, all while looking as sleek as they come. Being almost half the price of a base Fitbit Versa model, the Charge 2 is a great choice for consumers that are both budget-conscious and demanding.

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Amazfit Stratos

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The Amazfit Stratos is a sturdy offering whose 5ATM-certified body is suitable for practically every water activity out there save for shooting your wearable with a mini-washer. Every device in the segment that retails for $200 and upward comes with virtually the same sensors and vast capabilities but what sets the Stratos apart is its ceramic bezel and stainless steel buttons that truly give that ultra-premium feel many manufacturers are going for, often with mixed results.

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Garmin Approach S20

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Garmin's Approach S20 is making a surprise appearance on this month's list as it has recently been treated to some discounts, being available on Amazon at $130, down $70 or 35-percent. At this price point, this the gadget to buy if you're an avid golfer or are interested in becoming one. No other wearable can truly compete when it comes to tracking golf activities and outside of your favorite sport, the Approach S20 can perform basic functions such as measuring the number of taken steps, burned calories, and hours slept.

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Garmin Forerunner 645

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If you're seeking a more versatile tool from Garmin, the Forerunner 645 is the company's latest offering that's meant to cater to everyone who doesn't mind paying a premium for a high-end wearable experience. It's also the sleekest-looking device on this list, at least as far as traditional watch form factors are concerned, and it comes with support for some unique features such as Garmin Pay and running dynamics tracking, thus offering some of the most in-depth activity insights money can currently buy.

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

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The Gear Fit2 Pro is the best fitness-tracking bracelet Samsung ever made, and it's not like the South Korean tech giant hasn't already delivered a wide variety of critically acclaimed gadgets in recent years. This particular device is versatile, durable, boasts long battery life, works at depths of up to 50 meters, and features Spotify support with offline mode, thus being everything you need to go out on a run, track your activity, and stay entertained.

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Samsung Gear Sport

Simultaneously with the Gear Fit2 Pro, Samsung released the Gear Sport in late 2017, debuting its ultimate wearable that takes everything that's great from the company's fitness trackers, adds some super useful apps, and brings it all together as part of an ultra-premium smartwatch package. While the build quality of Garmin's Forerunner 645 is better than that of the Gear Sport, this particular device comes at about half the price and has the advantage of featuring what's arguably the most intuitive smartwatch user interface ever created, with its rotating bezel being incredibly precise and responsive, much more so than any other take on such a design that's currently available on the market.

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Fitbit Ionic

The Ionic is Fitbit's first smartwatch that predates the Versa, though it also exceeds it in terms of functionalities and arguably design. Naturally, that also makes it less accessible by about an extra $100, though it still comes with a price tag that anyone looking for a high-end, luxurious fitness tracking experience likely won't mind paying. Apart from supporting most imaginable activity tracking features, the Ionic also ships with Pandora and can play music offline, thus being an excellent gadget that stands on its own two… band halves?

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Garmin Vivofit 4

The Garmin Vivofit 4 is a product for people who want the major benefits of contemporary fitness trackers without experiencing any of their drawbacks. Naturally, many of those come down to worrying about recharging your device on a(n almost) daily basis which isn't an issue with the Vivofit 4 that touts year-long battery life. While that claim was already impressive when Garmin made it with regard to the Vivofit 3, its successor brings the overall experience to the next level by including a colored screen and Move IQ support which ensures all of your activity will be accurately tracked and classified without you doing as much as looking at the fitness wearable all day long.

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