Fitness Smart Watches: Friend Or Foe?
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Fitness Smart Watches: Friend Or Foe?

This year’s MWC showed us one thing; fitness and technology are suddenly becoming best buddies and unfortunately for those who prefer skipping the gym, there’s not a whole lot we can do to change it.

This is down partly to the media saturating us with stories about laziness and overeating leading to a premature demise, but also because fitness is very important to many of us.

But will this mixture of technology and our fitness levels work? Or will it prove to be a bit of a false start?

If we take a look at some of the technology developed we might get a better view of the situation, so with no further ado, let’s get going!

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit

Probably the biggest name on the fitness band market right now, Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear Fit just before the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone and the smart watch has some pretty cool features.

You can use the watch to record your heart rate whilst exercising and resting and even select which sport you happen to be doing so that it can match your fitness levels more specifically.

Another great feature is the built in coaching system, which tells you when to get up and get going as well as when you should slow down.

Obviously you don’t have to listen to this coach, but it certainly helps if you’re lacking motivation when trying to get fit.

Finally, the Gear Fit also tracks your sleeping patterns, making sure you’re getting all your beauty sleep as well as getting the hard work out of the way in the daytime.

This all works alongside giving you all of your smartphone notifications, meaning you’re kept in the loop when hitting the treadmill.

Sony Smartband

Sony has gone in a slightly different direction compared to Samsung, who has a curved screen on its Gear Fit, by using a plain band with just lights for notifications.

It arguably looks a bit better than the Samsung handset with a very stylish and colourful design, mixing with some very good features.

A similar heart rate monitor is present, as well as the sleeping pattern tracker we see in the Samsung model as well.

This band works with the LifeLog app from Sony, which is available on the majority of smartphones made by the company.

In terms of price, we are expecting it to sit well below the Galaxy Gear Fit, which is obviously a major plus side for the Smartband.

FitBit Flex

The third and final fitness band we’ll be covering is the FitBit Flex, which refereshingly enough, doesn’t require you to have a certain brand phone; in fact, you can even sync it with your PC or Mac.

It keeps an eye on your sleep, calories burnt and distance travelled throughout the day, again without featuring a screen of any sort, similarly to the Sony model.

It definitely looks good as well though, again, like Sony, being made available in a variety of colours, to match any fashion style.

Crossing the Finish Line

In general, these are all great ways of measuring and maintaining your fitness, but both the Sony and Samsung models require a certain brand phone, whilst the FitBit doesn’t.

The Samsung probably offers the best features, but isn’t as colourful as the other bands, but does sport a very stylish screen though.

All in all, they are all very good ways of keeping yourself fit, and if that’s something you care about, you should probably consider investing.

You can take a look at a more in depth article about the three fitness trackers on MobilePhones[dot]com.


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