It’s a new craze that’s sweeping the globe: smart bands.
The tech-savvy fitness enthusiasts have definitely caught on and these new wrist-mounted gadgets are said to be able to seriously improve your workout by ensuring you hit your daily recommended calorie burn. Here’s a rundown of the most popular smart fitness bands and what they can do for you.
Fitbit Charge HR
Price: US$149.95 (SGD210.15)
Arguably the most recognisable brand name in fitness tech at the moment, Fitbit has been pioneering wearable fitness tech since 2013 with the original Fitbit Flex. Their latest offering, the Charge HR, features an OLED screen with active fitness tracking. It also features accurate heart rate monitoring, functions as a stopwatch and even displays caller ID when you receive a call.
Price: US$99.99 (SGD140.13)
Designed for comfort and ease of use, the Jawbone UP2 isn’t as feature-packed as the Fitbit offering. However, it comes with its own set of positive points. The UP2 is far more subtly designed than the Charge HR and it’s comfortable enough to be worn all the time, making it perfect for anyone looking for a handy fitness gadget that is subtle and doesn’t draw too much attention. It features step tracking, sleep monitoring as well as a smartphone-programmable smart alarm.
Price: US$79.98 (SGD112.09)
The Moov Now is built with advanced training in mind. Its thick, black exterior is made from advanced synthetic materials that are flexible and resistant to damage and moisture. Combined with the fitness plans built into its accompanying phone app, the Moov smart band can really get you working up a sweat. While its predecessor was purpose-built for hard workouts only, this new addition to Moov’s lineup also includes step tracking and sleep monitoring to ensure you still get the same features out of it as its competitors.
Garmin Vivosmart HR
Price: US$149.99 (SGD210.21)
The brand, Garmin, has been previously associated with GPS gadgets but they’ve certainly branched out to many different applications over the years. The Vivosmart HR is designed for those who need to stay connected, no matter what happens. It features a wide, easy to read screen that is capable of displaying notifications from text messages to heart rate, all in one convenient location. With the Vivosmart HR, you’ll never miss an important message again even while you’re trying to work on your cardio.
Xiaomi Mi Band
Price: US$14.99 (SGD21.01)
The Xiaomi offering was previously only available in China and is now available worldwide. It’s undoubtedly the cheapest product in the line-up but it’s by no means the weakest. It still features accurate fitness tracking, sleep monitoring and can be paired with a proprietary smartphone app. It’s also one of the most discreet smart bands on the market with its subtle design and colours.