The trend in technologically advanced fitness trackers is running strong while the wristband fashion continues to keep up. Like shoes, the fashion for what one wears on the wrist to do activity tracking, grows more abundant as time marches on. There are many different styles from which to choose. According to the Wall Street Journal article in the Personal Journal section on Wednesday, February 17, 2016: “Fitbit Blaze Smartwatch Could Use More Style.” Joanna Stern in her astute article reports that “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” when it comes to smartwatches–the fitness tracker that one wears on one’s wrist. Although, it is important to take care of one’s feet by wearing the proper walking shoes, now the focus is more on what one wears on the wrist to keep track of the steps and movement of both heart and feet. The fitness tracker is here to stay on the wrist, and with more precision than ever before as well as a offering a variety of different, fashionable styles.
Back in January, 2016 the Wall Street Journal under the Gear and Gadgets section, “of Survival of the Fittest” discusses and reviews four fitness trackers in detail. One for simplicity, another for versatility, and there is one for adventurers and the fourth one is for easy-to-read data, i.e. the Fitbit Charge HR. Each fitness tracker sports a different design for the wrist too. This interesting article with excellent reviews by Nathan Olivarex-Giles on each states, “Some trackers do their work discreetly, while others have displays designed to get your attention.” One “looks like an analog wristwatch while another has a thin, small disc, roughly the size of a quarter–it might look simple but it’s one of the most versatile trackers you can carry.” Furthermore, he states “if Indiana Jones wore a fitness-tracker, he would probably opt for the Fenix 3. The Garmin Fenix 3 looks like an overbuilt watch with a stainless-steel bezel and buttons and it tracks your runs, bike rides, swims (it’s waterproof to up to 100 meters) and even tracks your mountain climbs.” Wow! That is really sophisticated for a fitness tracker! Perhaps, it is a smart watch?
On the other hand, smart watches offer competition for the fitness tracker. One in particular is called the Fitbit Blaze. Referring to the Fitbit Blaze, Joanna Stern reports that “To my eye, the Fitbit Blaze is ugly–even by smart watch standards.” Although, she does write that “The Blaze’s real groove is in collecting and presenting information about your daily activity and workouts. And later in her article she states that “Fitbit Blaze is steps, not miles ahead of Apple Watch in fitness-tracking.” Her review of four popular smart watches is worth reading. She discusses in her article on smart watches the price, her likes and dislikes of the Fitbit Blaze, Apple Watch Sport, Moto 360, and Moto 360 Sport. Now, to my eye, the design of these four winning smart watches look like regular analog watches in the round or rectangular shape for the wrist. Her comparison is very interesting on the all-day tracking, the workout tracking, and the workout coaching one gleans from these smart watches.
For sure, it is confusing to understand the difference between smart watches and fitness trackers. It may help to read the above reviews and articles. For your own specific needs and style it may help to make a trip to Best Buy before perusing Amazon.com. Ask the salesforce questions and try on the fitness tracking devices before making a purchase. As Olivarez-Giles writes, “While smart-watches can handle many of the tasks that used to be the bread and butter of a fitness tracker–like tallying your steps and heart rate–and wearables might be able to measure complex metrics, a basic tracker is still tough to beat in terms of price and durability.” Although, Apple Watch Sport may measure complex metrics and accurate heart-rate monitoring with many of the same features of a Fitbit Charge HR, understand the differences. For sure, do research before buying a new fitness tracker to wear on your wrist or just buy the fashionable one like you would when choosing shoes for your feet.