Slowly and steadily fitness bands or trackers are replacing wristwatches. Especially, with the addition of high-resolution OLED screens. Contemporary fitness trackers can do a lot more than basic fitness tracking.
Therefore they double up as a watch as well as your exercise companion. Now one of the main confusion comes in when you have to choose one out of all the fitness trackers available in the market.
Therefore, to make your life much easier we have selected all the best fitness bands you can buy right now at all the possible price ranges. There are a lot of factors that will affect your buying decision. So before you invest in a fitness tracker it’s better to understand your needs.
Write down all the features you need on a fitness tracker. Now that you know what do you actually need you really search begins. In this article we bring you reviews of best fitness trackers
However, before we jump directly into the products and features they carry. Let’s answer a very simple question: Why do you need a fitness tracker/band?
Now there can be an unlimited number of reasons. But let me highlight a few of them, especially which I think are really important. Let’s start with the most obvious one, to track your lazy or active lifestyle.
So at the end of the day, you know how active you really are? As an activity tracker provides you with complied data of your day to day activities. As well as your sleeping schedule.
Then comes the extra features a contemporary fitness bands provide. There is no upper limit to these features, with each new iteration you’ll find something new on a fitness band.
For a detailed buyer’s guide please check at the end of the list.
Now without wasting any more time let’s jump into the with the best fitness bands you can buy right now
Top Fitness Trackers in India for 2020
1. Fasttrack Reflex 2.0
Fasttrack recently launched the successor to its popular first fitness tracker Reflex. Reflex 2.0 is specifically aimed to please Millenials. This fitness tracker manufacture by Fasttrack is not the most convincing product on this list of best fitness trackers on the market.
Still, it was important to pick Reflex 2.0 mainly because of its inexpensive pricing. Although it provides more than just activity tracking one of the cool features Reflex added was the camera control.
For Millenials operating a camera from your wrist is dream come true. Reflex 2.0 is not a pretty fitness band to catch people’s eyes. The design on the band is pretty simple and minimalistic. You have a rubber strap protecting the main capsule.
The OLED display up front has a horizontal orientation. Which is not the best display you’ll find on a fitness tracker. Visibility in direct sunlight is pretty decent while the horizontal orientation makes it worse to catch on incoming notifications.
Fasttrack didn’t get the product ergonomics right on point with Reflex 2.0. Moving on there is no heart rate sensor onboard. Although the inexpensive pricing of the products makes up for it. Moving on as said earlier, this product from Fasttrack is aimed towards Millenials or Generation Y. Therefore you can buy Reflex 2.0 in a lot of different colored straps.
As it features an electronic monochrome display you can connect the Reflex 2.0 to display notifications. However, it won’t be the most pleasant experience still, it can display messages and notifications.
Yes, the screen orientation is surely gonna be a problem but it will take a little time to get used to it. As, this one of the most inexpensive fitness trackers. For such an inexpensive price tag you can get used to the idea of having a horizontal display.
Till the time band is connected with the Reflex app, Reflex 2.0 showcases the call notifications accurately. The name is displayed again horizontally with vibration. Reflex 2.0 does enough so you don’t miss an important call.
One of the features I really found useful on Reflex 2.0 is the camera control from the band. With Reflex 2.0 you can click and picture remotely. Using band as a shutter release is one thing even the more Expensive MI Band 4 lacks.
Still, the implementation could have been much more flawless. As the app keeps on disconnecting automatically. That was the only bummer while testing Reflex 2.0. Hopefully, future software or firmware updates solve these issues.
Phone Finder is one the things Reflex 2.0 can do pretty well. If you’re someone who forgets where did you saw your phone last. This is one of the handy features to find your phone without disturbing other people around.
Caution: it only works if your band is connected to the Reflex app.
One of the things to appreciate on Fasttrack Reflex 2.0 is that it charges via normal USB. You can charge Reflex 2.0 with any regular USB port device. While you can expect a battery life close to 7-8 days with moderate usage.
That’s an average battery life you get out of modern fitness trackers.
This is another place where Reflex 2.0 lags behind the contemporary fitness trackers. As it is only IPX6 water resistance. An IPX6 rating means it can only handle water splashes. Although during our testing we submerged Reflex 2.0 in water. And surprisingly it is still working pretty well without any problems.
Like other modern fitness trackers, “Reflex 2.0,” also can track a lot of your activities. The accelerometer on board is capable of counting your day to day steps. While also calculating the calories burned during the action.
If you do a desk-bound job it also provides regular sedentary reminders. Thus motivating you to move every hour. This is nice way to get your blood flowing and give yourself some rest. Reflex 2.0 also tracks and complies with sleep data using the same sensors.
It also does not allow any notifications while you’re sleeping. While on the other hand, you can keep vibrating alarms from the app. Therefore, Reflex 2.0 is taking good care of your sleep, day to day movement as well as waking you up too.
As mentioned above the horizontal OLED display onboard is decent nothing special. In extremely bright conditions, it is difficult and barely visible. However, indoors and at night it no problem looking at the small OLED panel.
Apart from that, it works perfectly fine. Although transitions on the display could have been more flawless. But still, the lag is not that visible. You can make little sacrifices considering the pricing of this fitness band.
If Fasttrack decides to make another iteration to Reflex 2.0 it will surely feature a color display. As all the other fitness trackers present in the market.
You can connect Fasttrack Reflex 2.0 with the Reflex app to check all the data accumulated by the band. The reflex app is available for both IOS and Android devices. App interface is quite simple and minimalistic.
It is pretty simple to understand and operate. From the initial reactions, it looks more like a beta version. We tested the app with an Android device where it works perfectly fine. While on the other hand, on IOS it is all messed up.
It will take a considerable amount of time to connect on an IOS device. And a lot of more time to sync the data. Sometimes it will take forever hopefully, Fasttrack addresses these issues soon. As competitors like MI Band and Honor have way better software experience.
Fasttrack Reflex 2.0 is one comfortable and inexpensive band. Which due to the OLED screen can also double up as a wristwatch. For price-conscious Millenials, it is a wonderful piece of tech.
Fasttrack has kept Reflex 2.0 as simple as possible to make it economically accessible to masses. Additionally, it can also provide you the call and message notifications. You can even control your camera remotely for some creative selfies.
Although it has a fair share of problems still considering an inexpensive price tag. Fasttrack Reflex 2.0 will surely attract people’s attention looking for a cheap fitness tracker. Still, this Fasttrack fitness tracker has a long way to go before it is considered par with the competition.
Things to Like:
- Remotely control the camera through Reflex 2.0.
- A USB charge support.
- The decent battery life of close to 10 days.
- Inexpensive pricing
Things to Dislike:
- Horizontal screen orientation.
- The device is not fully waterproof instead Fasttrack decided to make it only splash-proof.
- No heart rate sensor onboard.
- The reflex app need a lot of work to be par with the competition.
2. Mi Band 4
One fitness tracker with a long legacy is MI Band or Xioami Band. Every iteration of this fitness band is equipped with the best in class technology. The first MI band which launched somewhere in 2014 didn’t even feature a screen. Still, it worked wonderfully with only three notification lights onboard.
Now that seems like millions of years back ago. Please ignore the joke, the latest MI Band is one of the bands which one can buy without even checking the features it provides. As everything on this band is best in class in its price range.
Therefore MI Band 4 not only tracks your daily activity but does a lot more than that. Due to the MI Band series, Xiaomi is also one of the top fitness tracker sellers in India. Xiaomi enjoys a close to 15% share in the fitness tracker market.
Each iteration of the MI Band has seen a massive upgrade over its predecessor. Now the lastest tracker seems to be the pinnacle of innovation. It offers everything you need in a modern fitness tracker. Let’s start with the MI Band 4 design and ergonomics
The design on the band is simple and minimal as it can be. Same capsule design which fits perfectly in the silicone band similar to MI Band 3. You still have to get the capsule out to charge the band. Which remains the same as the previous iteration.
Although, I hope Xiaomi changes it with MI Band 5. As it is annoying to take the capsule out of the silicone harness and charge. Hopefully, Xiaomi or MI read this review and changes the way we charge the MI Band.
The charger is almost similar to the MI Band 3. However, it’s sad you cannot use the older MI Band 3 charger to charge the MI Band 4. The charger still feels more on the clumsy side. Sometimes it doesn’t fit as perfectly as you like.
On the front of the device, you have a 0.95-inch color OLED touch screen. However, will discuss the screen and the features in detail below. While on the opposite side, the capsule features a standard heart rate sensor.
The overall design takes hints from the older MI Band 3 but still feels fresh. One of the main reasons can be the inclusion of the bright OLED screen on the front. Let’s discuss all the features in detail below.
As mentioned above the band feels all new due to the inclusion of this high-resolution OLED screen on the front. This minuscule 0.95-inch display showcases colors accurately. As well as it is bright enough to be visible under direct sunlight.
Surprisingly, this tiny display is also a touchscreen. And adding to the astonishment it responds pretty well too. There is no visible delay or lag when it comes to output. However, reading notifications on this tiny screen is surely a struggle. Especially, when you’re outside, as the display is too small to handle notifications.
As this is a colored screen you can change the watch faces just like high-end smartwatches in the market. You can select from the unlimited watch faces available on the MI Fit app. Believe me, you can surely find a watch face which suits your style.
MI Bands right from it’s inception in 2014 are highly water-resistant. You can wear it even while showering, therefore, you don’t need to get it on-off again and again. Now as mentioned above MI Band 4 is can also be worn during swimming.
According to MI or Xiaomi, it can handle a depth of maximum up to 50 meters. Therefore you can take your MI Band swimming. Now with the all-new 6-axis, high precision sensors onboard can even recognize and track your swimming sessions. This works as well as it looks on paper.
One of the reasons MI Band 4 has a clear edge over all other fitness trackers on this list is the battery. As on MI Band 4, you’re promised a stand by battery life up to 20 days. That’s in an ideal situation. However, in real-life conditions, you can expect the battery life up to 13-14 days.
That’s considering if you keep the notifications on and automatic workout sessions on. While to get it fully charged you keep it plugged in for a good 90 mins to fill up the battery up to the brim.
Although only thing is to keep in mind is that you don’t misplace the proprietory charging extension. Every time you have to charge the MI Band you have to remove the main capsule out of the silicone band and charge it.
Moving further ahead MI Band 4 also features a 24/7 heart rate monitoring. This is nothing new to the MI Band. All the way from the very first iteration of MI Band, it has a heart rate sensor onboard.
I have always questioned the way heart rate monitoring happens on any band for that matter. Therefore the accuracy of heart rate monitor on MI Band is questionable even after using it personally.
One of the things which MI Band 4 introduced for the first time is the music and volume control from the band itself. Therefore you don’t have to get your phone out to select your favorite music track. To make your life much easier you can even control volume from the band itself.
However, it is not the smoothest of the experience you can think of. As every time you wake up the band you need to give it some moments before it syncs with the phone. Hopefully, the music problem can be resolved over an in the future updates.
Coming to the activity tracking part MI Band 4 like its predecessor all the basic activity tracking. MI Band 4 does almost accurate activity tracking pretty accurately. Thanks to the accelerometer and gyro sensor onboard.
However, sometimes it is pretty easy to fool these fool MI Band. As it constantly calculated my steps while I was on a bus. This is where premium fitness trackers do the job fairly well. MI band 4 tracks all the basic steps, calories burned, running, and etc pretty well.
Moving on this time around MI also gave us swimming support as well. Now you can also track your swimming sessions. Moreover, you have a lots of activity tracking options but you have to physically start and pause them from the MI Fit App.
With the new colored screen onboard you get an accurate message and call notifications. During the call, it displays the number as well as vibrates to seek your attention. You can cut call directly from the band without even touching your phone.
However, you still can’t answer the phone using the MI Band 4. Sorry to disappoint people who were hoping for answering calls via MI Band 4. Moving on you can also enable notifications for specific apps. But trust me it not the most ideal way to check notifications on a tiny screen.
All the other companion apps at this price point should actually learn from the MI Fit app. This is one of the apps which is constantly evolving over the span of 5 years. I have been using the MI band since its inception.
Therefore I have seen the app transform from a basic companion app to the all-new app we see right now. It still needs some further simplification but it not bad at all. Consider the MI Fit app as the gold standard that other fitness trackers should desire to be.
The moment you open up the app it looks right and nice. Additionally, everything you need is in your sight without much confusion. However, some times it becomes a lot trickier when it comes to finding something specific.
All the compiled data on the app can be easily be browsed effortlessly. Although there is no GPS support it still manages to provide an accurate route for your running or cycling. Note you have to manually start your work our sessions as MI Band 4 unable to do it by itself.
Everything you need your MI Band 4 to do can be enabled from the app. Therefore if something is not working as you read somewhere. Please dig the app to know how something works.
At this price range, this is one of the bands which can also be compared to premium products. Remember MI Band 4 is one of the fitness trackers which can do it all. And possesses all the sensors as a well-versed contemporary fitness tracker should have.
In addition to that, the MI band with its latest iteration you can also swim with it. While keeping a track of your physical activity. Which makes an already amazing fitness tracker much better. Speaking of the advancements, MI Band 4 gets an OLED colored screen which is a massive upgrade over its predecessor.
Now because of the colored screen, you can select from the unlimited watch faces. It’s as easy as changing the wallpaper on your smartphone. These are all new additions while the activity tracking, call, and message notifications remain the same.
In addition to all this, you also get a solid battery life which will surely last at least 12-13 days for a heavy user. While you get a maximum a stand by battery up to 20 days. During our testing battery lasted over three and a half weeks.
Things to Like:
- Color OLED display.
- Unlimited watch faces changing with your everyday clothes.
- Solid waterproofing up to 50 meters.
- Automatic swimming recognition.
- Best in class battery life.
Things to Dislike:
- The proprietory charger which doesn’t always seem to fit well
To get a better idea of the device watch this simple unboxing video
3. Honor Band 5
Similar to Mi Band 4 this fitness tracker from Huawei is worth a look. Especially, if you’re in for an amazing fitness tracker in the market. Consider this as one of the best fitness trackers in the market which can go head to head with MI Band 4.
Additionally, It also offers everything you need in a fitness tracker.
One of the most important features you get on this 5th iteration is the beautiful looking AMOLED display. Along with that, you get accurate activity tracking, a super bright touch screen and battery life which will last a good 10-15 days.
Moving on to the features Honor Band 5 provides. Literally there is a substantial amount of things this band can do. Now without wasting time let’s get done with it as soon as possible.
As mentioned in the intro above, one of the USP’s for this band is the beautiful AMOLED screen. That’s one of the key physical features that catches people’s eyes before anything else.
As you get a 0.95-inch AMOLED display with a 282 PPI (pixels per inch).
For a tiny display of this size, Honor has packed enough pixels. Thus making it bright enough to clearly see under even direct sunlight. Not only this, according to me this is one the best displays seen on budget fitness trackers.
Design on the Honor band is simple and minimal as all the fitness bands in the market. You get a rubber strap around a 0.95-inch display. The overall built quality on the band feels solid with no loose ends.
Still, I would like to say looks are subjective to the person buying it. Therefore you’ll like it or dislike it. Although Honor could have made the strap a little more premium. As compared to the MI Band 4 its closest competitor it feels a little inferior.
However, a third party strap can easily solve this issue.
Things are evenly matched when it comes to comparing Honor Band to our previously reviewed MI Band 4. Come with a 0.95-inch display with a resolution of 120×240 pixels. The display on the Honor Band 5 when compared side by side along with MI Band 4. It looks way better in terms of color reproduction and sharpness.
Color naturally looks way more vivid and saturated which gives it a clear edge over MI Band 4. The display up front is touch-enabled. Thus you swipe to operate different features and take actions. Action button upfront directly takes you to the home screen.
Unlike the unlimited watch faces you get on MI Band 4 honor band until now only has around a small selection of watch faces. Therefore you have to wait until Honor drops new watch faces in the near future.
How well Honor Band 5 can withstand water damage?
Similar to MI Band you don’t have to worry about your Honor Band 5. As it is also highly water-resistant with up to 50 meters. We personally didn’t test that out but I believe Honor on this. As I have been showering with the band and it still works perfectly fine.
People into swimming can even take their Honor Band swimming too without any problems. Moving on let’s discuss the actual activity tracking Honor Band 5 provides. Honor Band comes with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and heart rate sensor.
Therefore it can easily and accurately track the steps you take as well as calories burned. Not only this you can even choose specific work out for accurate readings. In the workout section, you have outdoor runs, elliptical training, treadmill, and etc.
However, when it comes to accuracy on step tracking. You cannot actually rely on the Honor Band 5. As it even calculates steps while you’re on a vehicle doing on actually activity. Hopefully, they learn fro Fitbit and solve this on to the next iteration.
Heart rate on the Honor Band 5 is pretty accurate at times. We ran the heart rate test wearing both Fitbit Charge 3 and Honor Band 5. The difference was not that substantial. I was pretty amazed by the Honor Band 5 results.
As I didn’t expect it to be this close to Fitbit Charge 3. Moving further ahead Honor Band 5 can also track your sleeping. Additionally, it also tracks your heart rate and breathing pattern while you’re sleeping.
The result were fairly accurate when it comes to time I slept and time I woke up. For people who want a lot of details about their sleeping habits as well as suggestions to make it better. They can head to the app to check a detailed bifurcation of your sleeping patterns.
According to Honor there also an SPO2 sensor onboard. Which in simple words check the oxygen level in your blood. But on a disappointing note, Honor Band 5 couldn’t take advantage of it during the launch.
However, a recently released software update solved the issue. This update also brings the much-anticipated music controls to the Honor Band 5. It supports YouTube, Shazam, Google Music, Spotify and all the other music streaming apps you can think of.
Too much of fitness and health features moving on what else can Honor Band 5 can do. Yes, you can definitely check notifications on the tiny screen. Although it not the most pleasant experiences but still you can.
You can even assign a specific app for notifications on to the band. While for incoming calls it the same procedure. The band vibrates and displays the name of the caller. You still can’t pick up the call and talk. However, you can surely reject the call without even touching your phone.
Apart from that all the usual features such as stopwatch, timer, level of brightness, find my phone remains, and etc remains the same. The App support is pretty similar to MI Band 4 and there nothing major to talk about.
How many days do you get out of Honor Band 5 without charging?
Now that depends upon personal usage. The battery inside Honor Band is a 100 mAh battery. Still, let me give you guys a number, Honor claims the battery should last around 12-14 days on a single charge.
However, if you keep the automatic heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking on. Expect the battery to last a week maximum. Charging Honor Band 5 is fairly simple as you don’t have to take it out of the strap.
The external charging cable fixes pretty nicely. Honor Band 5 takes only 1.5 hours to charge which is quite exceptional. Coming on to the most important part pricing. Honor Band 5 was launched at an asking price of around Rs 2999.
However, the prices online keep on fluctuating so expect to grab one below the Honor asking price.
This Honor fitness tracker at this price point is one of the head to head competitor to popular MI Band 4. However, the screen on this tracker is a much better deal. Additionally, it provides all the features of modern-day fitness trackers provide.
You get a fairly accurate pedometer, heart rate sensor, and excellent water resistivity up to 50 meters. Honor Band 5 also features an SPO2 sensor seen on expensive fitness trackers. Therefore this fitness tracker from Honor is must check device before investing into a fitness tracker.
Things to Like:
- Sharp and Vivid 0.95-inch colorful touch screen display.
- Almost accurate heartrate sensing.
- Water-resistant up to 50 meters.
- SPO2 sensor for blood oxygen level sensing.
- Continuous breathing and heartrate sensing while sleeping.
Things to dislike:
- The strap quality doesn’t feel premium compared to MI Band 4.
4. Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit is one of the brands which started making premium fitness trackers. Consider Fitbit as one of the fitness band trend initiators which inspired other brands to manufacture fitness bands. Although Fitbit still on top of its game and manufactures some amazing fitness bands.
As the name suggests Fitbit Charge 3 is the third iteration of a this popular fitness tracker from the American brand. This silicone valley fitness band startup was on top of its game. Now the much cheaper fitness trackers are giving the brand a hard time in the market.
But there is no denial that Fitbit still makes some the best premium quality fitness trackers. If you’re in the market for a premium fitness tracker you have only one safe option right now.
Right out of the box Fitbit 3 looks and screams premium. After reviewing MI Band 4 as well as Honor Band 5 I can tell they surely do look inferior compared to Charge 3. Fitbit Charge 3 like other fitness bands has a simple and minimal design language.
Fitbit Charge 3 in terms of value is one of the cheapest Fitbit devices in the market. Although compared to an MI Band 4 or Honor Band 5 it is still a lot of money to ask for. The OLED panel on Fitbit Charge 3 is a monochrome touch-enabled display.
This OLED display is pretty bright and sharp for greyscale display. To move around you have to actually swipe through everything instead of tapping. Swiping through Charge 3 feels a much fluid and smooth. It’s hard to explain in words to experience it you have to personally check it out.
There are few watch face options on the Fitbit App. However, all of them are pretty basic without anything to really get excited about. Other than, the touchscreen you can also interact with the Charge 3 via a haptic button on the right side of the device.
It’s not actually a physical button but more of an indentation. With a haptic motor inside whenever you press it provides haptic vibration response. Using this button you can wake up or sleep the main screen or start and pause an activity.
Activity tracking on Fitbit Charge 3 is just amazing. If out of all the fitness trackers reviewed before I have rate Fitbit Charge 3. It will surely come out on top of all of them. Charge 3 tracks your daily steps, calories burned, heart rate, your swimming lap timing, bike rides, and etc.
They also feature a connected GPS so no need to carry your phone. This is really helpful for people who like to run outside. It will sync all the data once it connects to the phone. Fitbit Charge 3 also features smart tracking.
In layman’s terms, according to your movement, it will automatically track it. This was quite wonderful and smart from Fitbit. In most of the scenarios, Fitbit Charge 3 is quite accurate with it. Therefore you don’t have to physically start and stop each workout or activity.
Fitbit Charge 3 also comes with female health support. This tracks female menstruation cycle data and symptoms. To make it even more simple you can also share this data directly with your doctor or partner. It also shows predicted ovulation calendar and much more.
Except for the basic activity tracking, you have all the general things onboard. For example timers, Alarms, Vibration control according to your liking, weather, and etc. One of the main reasons to buy Fitbit is because of App support.
This is one of the best apps for fitness trackers. It compiles everything in a very organized way. For additional motivation, it also provides different challenges you can complete. If any of your friends use Fitbit devices you can also track them and compare their stats with yours.
Water resistance for swimming is also a major upgrade over its predecessor. Thus you don’t have to worry about the fitness tracker while swimming or showering. Although Fitbit is marketing Charge 3 as a fitness tracker. But it is capable of doing everything a smartwatch can do.
You can check all the notifications you like from Charge 3 touch-enabled screen. Additionally, because of the touch-enabled display, it feels quite comfortable and natural. However, on a disappointing note, you cannot even control music from Fitbit Charge 3.
Music controls could have made Fitbit Charge 3 a much desirable product. The call notifications are similar to what we have seen on other activity trackers. It vibrates and you can simply cut the calls using the band.
One thing Fitbit Charge can definitely do better than other cheaper fitness trackers. Is the heart rate sensing. Charge 3 features the same heart rate seen on all the Fitbit devices launched recently.
For tech nerds, it is called, “Pure Pulse Technology”.
Pure pulse technology for heart rate measurement. Fitbit is the closest to the Apple Watch when it comes to measuring your heart rate. And for people who don’t know Apple Watch is considered a gold standard when it comes to measuring heart rate sensors accurately.
Not only this technology provides accurate heart rate tracking but it also provides accurate sleep tracking.
According to Fitbit, Charge 3 can provide you with around a week of battery life. During our testing, it gave us close to 6 days without any problems. To charge you have to use the proprietary charger that comes inside the box. It takes anywhere from 1.5-2 hours to fully charge.
Fitbit Charge 3 is the only fitness tracker from Fitbit before the fully quipped Fitbit Versa Smartwatch. This fitness tracker from Fitbit is a device to consider if you’re in the market for a premium fitness tracking device.
According to the features mentioned above, it can do everything a contemporary fitness tracker can do. It is swim-proof and fully waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters. The screen is big enough to read notifications.
The touch screen feels responsive and smooth. Additionally, Pure Pulse Technology offers close to accurate heart rate readings and much more. All this along with the amazing Fitbit App makes Fitbit Charge 3 a worth fitness tracker to buy.
Things to Like:
- Exceptionally accurate activity tracking,
- Accurate heart rate tracking.
- Connected GPS.
- Wonderful water resistivity with up to 50 meters.
- Amazing app support.
- Touchscreen response and smoothness.
- Fitbit App female health support.
Things to Dislike:
- No color screen.
- Battery life could have been better.
4. Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
This is a confusing product coming from Samsung. Confusing as it’s big enough to look like a smartwatch but actually is not marketed by Samsung as a smartwatch. So consider this fitness tracker a hybrid which fills the gap between smartwatches and fitness bands.
This Samsung fitness tracker is almost similar in pricing to Fitbit Charge 3 we reviewed earlier.
Design on Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is unique nothing we have seen before. On the front, you get this AMOLED color touch screen which is 1.5 display. You have two buttons on the right side of the device.
Although the entire casing on Gear Fit 2 Pro is made out of polycarbonate is feels sturdy. Built quality is what you expect from a Samsung device. It’s water-resistant and swim-proof for people who love water.
Coming back to the screen on the front. It’s just a gorgeous screen to look at. The color reproduction is amazing. At full brightness, it is vivid and clearly visible under even direct sunlight.
This is the only fitness tracker with RAM on it. It possesses 512 Mb RAM to ensure smooth functioning. You can even feel the difference will navigating around. There is no visible lag or uncanny transitions while navigating.
This feature will come as a surprise to a lot of you like me. Geart Fit 2 Pro also has a 4GB internal storage onboard. Therefore you can store music or save Spotify offline playlist on to the fitness band.
This can very useful for audiophiles who don’t like to carry a phone during workouts. You can easily pair Bluetooth headsets and start listening to music without your phone. Samsung thank you for this, it made my life so much easier.
The sound quality was crisp without any major connectivity issues or lag. The gyroscope works well you lift the watch and it comes alive. Moving on to the battery and charging portion.
So how many days Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro can survive without being charged?
The answer is a bit complicated, as it depends upon your usage. If you solely use this Samsung device as watch to catch notifications and call alerts. You can expect a battery life close to 5 days.
However, if you also add the fitness tracking along with continuous GPS tracking and heart rate tracking. You can expect a battery life close to 3 days. In both, scenarios battery life is commendable considering the brilliant screen and things it can do.
In case of emergencies, there is also a power-saving mode. This turns the display into a greyscale display. It provides additional 3-4 hours of battery life before it dies. One more commendable thing is the charging time.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro charges from 0 to 100% in an hour max.
The main companion app is called the Samsung Gear. If you’re not using a Samsung phone you might have to install some other apps too. We tested it on a non-Samsung phone and let me tell you straight it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
In particular the initial device pairing experience. It took way much time then I thought it will. You also need a Samsung account to keep get it running. Come on Samsung you can make this process much simpler.
However, the app from Samsung is well thought of and very intuitive. You can do a lot to personalize the Gear Fit 2 Pro according to your liking. App also allows reprogramming the two physical buttons on the side.
There is an unlimited number of things you can do from this app. As I said earlier it is all about
Similar to Fitbit this Fit 2 Pro is all about swiping left and right for navigating. First, to wake it up you need to press the second button on to the right side. After the screen is on you swipe right for notifications and left for widgets.
While the other button takes you back and the last one is swipe down for notification panel. I know there is a lot of swiping happening. But you’ll get used to it quickly. The learning curve is not as steep as you think.
Auto tracks the activities just like we saw earlier on Fitbit Charge 3. For people who don’t trust automation, there are plenty of activities to choose from the menu manually. Outdoor runners and bike riders can leave their phones at home.
Gear Fit 2 Pro also has GPS to map your runs and bike rides. The pedometer on the Fit 2 Pro was super accurate without any false tracking during my time with it. Even the heart rate sensor was when checked against Fitbit was close enough.
It keeps a track of day to day calorie burn with continuous heart rate tracking. On the contrary, there are a lot of watch faces choose from. You can switch them via the app or from the device itself.
This fitness tracker and smartwatch hybrid is one unique device. Which happens to also track your daily activities with an accurate heart rate monitoring. Everything on this device is amazing all the way from its curved display to short charging time.
It’s one of the devices which doesn’t need a phone around. This solitary device with its 4GB onboard storage can even store songs and your Spotify or google play playlist. There is auto activity tracking as well as a built-in GPS.
If you’re looking for an overall fitness tracker with no constraints. I would suggest getting Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro without any doubts. This device from Samsung is surely one of kind which can satisfy a fitness tracker as well as a smartwatch enthusiast.
Things To Like:
- A beautiful Curved 1.5-inch OLED display.
- Internal 4GB storage and 512 Mb RAM.
- Auto-activity tracking.
- In-built GPS.
- An amazing Samsung Gear App.
- Less than an hour to fully charge the device.
Things To Dislike:
- Battery life could have been better.
- Fitbit Inspire HR
If you’re really interested in buying a Fitbit and always feel they are way above your budget. It’s time to rethink as now you can own a Fitbit device and experience at a very affordable rate. This device or fitness tracker is called Fitbit Inspire HR.
Fitbit Inspire HR is one such fitness tracker from the American fitness tracker pioneer. Basically, this fitness tracker can almost do everything Fitbit Charge 3 can except for a few things. In a much better form factor and at a much better price.
I don’t know why Fitbit is selling both of these devices which are almost similar. However, that’s Fitbit’s lookout we’re here to discuss the reasons you should buy Fitbit Inspire HR. Like its older sibling Inspire HR too is a quality product.
The built quality of the Band is just exceptional. As said above, you get all the Charge 3 features at a much affordable rate and better form factor. Inspire HR from Fitbit looks like any other fitness tracker in the market.
It has a close resemblance to Honor Band 5 but instead of a color OLED panel. Fitbit Inspire HR features a monochrome touch display. Although no color but still a sharp and excellent display. Even under direct sunlight, you should not face any problems.
However, it is not a kind of screen to enjoy notifications. As the minuscule size of the screen will surely give a hard time to people. Especially people with poor eyesight. If this your first fitness tracker than you’ll be fine.
If you’re coming from an Apple Watch or Fitbit Charge 3 you’ll know the difference. There is no quick reply option to as seen on Charge 3. Sedentary notifications are still which reminds you every hour to be active.
Now coming to actually activity tracking features on Inspire HR. The tiny fitness device like its older sibling Charge 3 has an excellently accurate pedometer. Along with the steps taken in a day you can also track your daily burned calories and much more.
Like Charge 3, Inspire HR also conveniently picks up your workout routines. Be it basic cardio exercise or a bike ride or swimming it can do it all. Moving ahead as it can track the swimming band is fully waterproof. You can take band up to 50 meters and it will be alright.
There is no GPS on board for hiking trips and outdoor running. However, if you keep your phone nearby Inspire HR can pull the necessary data from your phone. There is even female health tracking support.
Skip the para if you don’t go through female problems. In the app, you can keep a check on your menstruation cycle and record symptoms. To make it a much better it compiles the data and show an ovulation calendar.
Moving ahead, people who want accurate heartrate data they can totally rely on Inspire HR. As Inspire HR too features Fitbit’s, “Pure Pulse Technology.”
It measures and tracks heart rate fairly accurately along with sleep tracking. Fitbit’s guided breathing is also there to remind people to take deep breaths. Inspire HR also continuously tracks heart rate while your work out sessions.
Sleep tracking on Inspire HR is pretty accurate. The data compiled on the Fitbit app also provides you suggestions to make your sleep much better. Fitbit is also working on the app to present the data in a much better way.
Which will be interesting to see, as the Fitbit app is already an amazing app. Coming to the app Fitbit App as mentioned above is an amazing app or pretty much the gold standard. As it is not only about your daily fitness data.
But it also works as a community center for all the Fitbit owners. If any of your friends own a Fitbit device you can challenge them or try to beat their daily score. This motivates you to reach your daily goals in a more fun way.
Fitbit App without a doubt is one of the most intuitive and minimal companion app. Note: before we close this review let me tell you this all the fitness tracker tends to over calculate your steps and work out by 5-10%.
Therefore, always over achieve your daily targets by 5-10%. Furthermore, let’s talk about the charging hassles on Fitbit Inspire HR. How many days Inspire can survive without charging. The answer is not intriguing to wow you.
Still it fair for an affordable fitness tracker from Fitbit. Inspire HR can survive a close to 5 days without charging. That’s a decent battery life if you consider the things Inspire HR can do. While to charge it only takes a close to an hour or two.
To charge Inspire HR you need the proprietory charger with magnetic pins. The only issue with the charge is the short charging cord. Fitbit please give you a long charging cable so I don’t have to suspend the fitness tracker in air.
Fitbit Inspire HR is a very simple approach to fitness tracking. As you don’t have to anything if you own something like Inspire HR. Its smart activity-tracking feature will do all the work for you. Additionally, there is no learning curve as such associated with the band like Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.
Like other Fitbit fitness trackers in the market. Inspire HR too is capable of tracking your daily activities, provides you sedentary notifications, call and text notifications and tracks your heart rate too.
Additionally, the amazing app support from Fitbit makes up for all the shortcoming. Not only this for females especially there is a way to track their ovulation health. No other app or fitness tracker has even thought about it.
Fitbit with this activity tracker has tried to knock the ball out of the park. And according to my time with Inspire HR. Fitbit has done justice with its most affordable product in the market. It can do all the things more expensive Charge 3 can do.
Things to Like:
- Minimal and compact design.
- Sharp OLED grayscale touch screen.
- Pure pulse technology to measure heart rate accurately.
- The amazing Fitbit App support.
- Automatic activity tracking.
- Female health tracking.
Things To Dislike:
- Due to the small display, it is hard to read notifications.
- There is no SPO2 sensor seen on Charge 3.
- No GPS support.
How to buy a fitness tracker
Do fitness trackers really make you fit?
Somewhere a year back fitness trackers or bands came under a lot of scrutinies. After some reports cited fitness trackers can’t actually make you fit. I don’t what the fuss was all about, as obviously they don’t make you fit automatically.
As the name suggests, “Fitness Tracker,” they just keep the track of your lazy or healthy lifestyle. Although not all the fitness trackers in the market are cent percent accurate. They are there to keep you motivated to work harder then you did yesterday.
Therefore, you cannot expect a fitness tracker or band to keep you fit. As the only thing which can actually keep you fit is the is your own will power. And while you workout having a fitness tracker on your wrist is always an add on to your motivation.
Please continue to check all the other reasons to actually buy a fitness band.
Features of a fitness tracker
Fitness trackers are getting smarter with each new iteration and each product from different brands seems to have a USP feature over the other. Like the introduction of swimming stroke recognition on Fitbit Charge 3. Even the Samsung Gear Pro features the same thing.
Not just the expensive models but inexpensive trackers such as MI Band 4 also included it. Thus features are not proprietory to a specific brand. Some bands can do something while some bands can’t.
Like the camera operating feature on Fasttrack is one cool thing to have in the contemporary camera addicted generation. These days there is so much the things brands are trying to make their product look and feel different from the competitors.
Be it GPS enabled trackers to the above-mentioned camera operation from the band. The list for new features is endless. Thus it’s always suggested that one should write down all the features you need in a fitness tracker and buy accordingly.
Hopefully, one of the products featured above ticks all the boxes and is the ideal tracker you have been looking for. If not you can always wait till the next iteration drops with some new features which you can’t find right now on any available band.
Call And Notification Support:
One of the main reasons I bought my first fitness trackers was for call notifications. That was way back in 2014 with the original MI Band which didn’t even have a screen back then. There was only three notification lights up on the main capsule body.
They would light up and the band would vibrate. Thus you knew someone is calling. Everything else can be checked on the MI Fit App. Although according to the time this was groundbreaking. Especially for a person like me who will often miss the calls.
Now in the year 2019, the scenario is totally different. With the majority of the fitness trackers featuring screens, you know who is calling. You can even cut a call without even touching your phone. This comes in very handy when you’re in a class or an important meeting.
Checking notifications is not the most ideal thing to do. Especially, on tiny fitness tracker screens but still, you have the flexibility to check. That also without even touching your phone. According to me, this is one of the important things to own a fitness tracker.
As mentioned above display is one of the things all the contemporary fitness bands have. The size of the display may differ but this is one thing you should consider before buying a fitness tracker. You’ll find monochrome displays to color displays on the bands mentioned above.
Also in different shapes and sizes. Therefore as said before think of all the things you want on a fitness tracker and choose one accordingly. Out of all the trackers mentioned above Honor Band 5, OLED color curved display is the most beautiful and bright.
But having a bigger display also drains your battery much faster. That’s the only downside you can actually have for having a bigger color display onboard. While also makes your life much easier as you can check on the text and call notifications with ease.
Consider a display on a fitness tracker one of the main reasons to buy a fitness tracker. As with a good bright display, a fitness tracker can also double up as a wristwatch. Therefore you, don’t need an expensive watch if you own a Fitbit or an MI Band.
This might be the most controversial feature attached to a fitness band. Especially when it comes to accuracy. Right now the gold standard for heart rate sensor is held by Apple Watch. Although that’s a topic for some other day.
However, if you are looking for a fitness tracker that performs closest to an Apple Watch. You can have to go with Fitbit. It is the closest with very little variance. We tested Fitbit Charge 3 against the Apple Watch Series 4.
According to our tests, Fitbit Charge 3 was off by around about 5-6 bpm compared to Apple Watch Series 4. No other fitness tracker even came close to the numbers displayed by Fitbit Charge 3. Therefore, if the heart rate sensor readings are important to you.
You should definitely go for the silicon valley’s Fitbit Charge 3.
Sleep Data Analysis:
With the advancement of sensors on fitness trackers. They can track your sleep data pretty well and accurately. While also suggesting how you can improve on your current sleep habits. This comes very handy to insomniacs who have difficulty sleeping.
The majority of the bands above can track your sleep pretty accurately. While the data collected even can be helpful to analyze your sleeping patterns. Although it’s not rocket science, fitness trackers with the help of accelerometer track your sleep.
As sleeping is directly linked with our physical and mental health. It is important to know your sleeping patterns. If you’re not getting enough sleep it can lead to obesity as well as stress, heart diseases, blood pressure, and much more.
Therefore consider this as one of the key features you look for in a contemporary fitness tracker. As it is directly linked to your mental and physical health.
Here comes one of the most vital reasons which will surely affect your buying decisions. That’s how much are you willing to shell out on a fitness tracker. Let me rephrase it how much money you’re willing to spend on a fitness tracker.
As you can buy fitness trackers from $30 (MI Band 4) to all the way up to $200 (Samsung Gear 2 Pro). That’s a huge gap for devices technically works the same way. With almost identical set of features for fitness bands.
Yes the Samsung or the Fitbit brings quality and finesse on to the table. But is it worth spending almost 5 times more on a kind of similar product? Therefore the choice is solely yours. As I have said a couple of times before buy according to the features you want on a fitness tracker.
If I talk personally after the notifications this is one of the main reasons to consider. As I don’t want the hassle of charging one more device frequently. Therefore, for my personal day to day use, I need a device that I have to charge every 2 weeks or so.
Thus so many of the above-mentioned products do possess excellent battery life. Most notable is the MI Band 4 which can give you somewhere around 20 days of battery life ideally. While even you keep the app notifications and automatic heartrate sensing on.
You should be easily getting somewhere around about 12-13 days on a single charge. However, the premium Fitbit Charge will give you around a week of battery life. While the most expensive of the band from Samsung, Gear 2 Pro will only last 2-3 days.
I know that’s disappointing but the screen on Samsung eats up the battery pretty fast. Still, I can make the battery trade for that beautiful screen on the Gear Pro 2. Moving on you have let’s talk about water resistivity.
Are you swimmer who hits water pretty frequently or an adventurer who is always outside-facing harsh weather. Therefore you need solid water resistivity. While most of the fitness trackers are highly water-resistant.
Only few of them can actually handle swimming. The Samsung, Fitbit and MI Band can also detect and track your swimming routine accurately. While on the other hand, Samsung Gear 2 Pro can also give you accurate lap timing as well as monitor your heart rate while swimming.
While all three of them also are water-resistant up to a depth of 50 meters. Thus you know how deep you can dive with your fitness band.
This is also a thing to consider as ultimately all your fitness tracking data is compiled on to the app. Sometimes app makes or breaks deal for a fitness tracker. After reviewing all the products mentioned above, I can say one thing for sure there is nothing worse than a bad companion app.
As data presented in a form which makes sense motivates you further to put in a lot more effort. To explain it further let me take an example of the Fasttrack Reflex and Fitbit App. Fasttrack app is not the best fitness tracker app you’ll find.
Sometimes the app disconnects automatically, sync the data slowly, and finding your activity data is the toughest thing to do. While on the other hand Fitbit App is one crazy app to beat. As it works as smooth as a layman likes.
However, not only that everything you need is a tap away. The information is not scattered around instead presented in a beautiful data set which makes total sense. As well as easy to understand and interpret.
These small things separate a beta app from a pro companion app. Therefore always keep this point in mind before you buy a fitness tracker online.