Year after year fitness trackers grow in popularity, and nowadays even doctors and other medical professionals recommend having a fitness tracker. This gadget helps monitor not only physical activities like walking, running, etc., but also monitoring the motion in general. Basically, a fitness tracker is a very small computer that has a lot of sensors built-in who can separate your movements, track your activities, and even collect data. In the market, we can find not only fitness trackers but also smartwatches. They sound very similar, and from first glance, it may seem they are the same, but that's not true. Fitness trackers can do all the things we mentioned before, but smartwatches additionally to that can also provide other features like showing incoming calls, daily tasks, calendar, and a lot of other things. Fitness trackers can`t provide these additional features and this is one of the main reasons why the price range is so huge in the market.
Like we mentioned before, fitness trackers' general feature is to keep an eye on your motions. To do so, they have built-in smart technology sensors:
- exercise recognitions and modes - this will help to separate your walking from running, swimming, playing hockey, and much more. For some exercise groups, fitness trackers can provide also speed tracking to measure how fast you do things;
- heart rate monitoring sensor - to keep track of your heart rate and pulse. For example, letting you know which exercises have too high intensity level for you based on your pulse;
- sleep monitoring - this is like a mode setting which based on your heart rhythm patterns, motions, and sleep duration, can monitor and show you how deep or qualitative your night rest was;
- smartphone syncing - usually, your fitness trackers' wristband has the option to connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth. All your activity data can then be transferred from the tracker to the phone application. Not all fitness trackers ask for a connection with a smartphone, but most of them do. It's because they need to store your daily information somewhere, and wristbands usually don't have a very large memory within them. It's a bit different with smartwatches as they won't be able to work properly without being paired with a smartphone.
Waterproofness - while researching this topic, our team has come up with the conclusion that this is a common thing for most products in this niche. Nevertheless, you have to be careful because waterproof and water-resistant are two different things. If you wish to use your gadget during a swim, make sure it`s waterproof, but if the maximum water connection for you will be when washing your hands or going outside when it rains, then water resistance will be enough for you.
Smartwatches - based on each brand their features and technical spectrum can be very different. Mostly all of them provide functions like - getting reminders, alarms, receiving messages, emails, calls, and being able to answer to them, reading the news, having entertainment features like modifying your music playlist, and even playing videos, having GPS navigation and vibrating function. Basically, a smartwatch is like a mini smartphone on your wrist that can provide you with almost everything that you need or may need. It gives you an opportunity or even a feeling that no matter what you will do you are going to be connected at all times. Usually, they are much more expensive than fitness trackers, because of their additional features.
Our team suggests you compare and think smart before purchasing a fitness tracker or smartwatch. First, you need to understand for what purpose you want to use it. If it's for monitoring your daily activities like counting how many steps you had each day and how many calories you've burned. Or, if it's, for more complicated activities like rock climbing. For more advanced activities you may want to take a deeper investigation before purchasing to see each product's features. You may want to know if this watch will be able to track this kind of activity and how strong its Bluetooth radius and GPS signal is. Even though our team has compared the most popular and demanded products available on the market right now, we strongly suggest you talk to your chosen brand representative about additional details.