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Fitness tracker and smartwatch reviews

Last updated: 30 November 2018

Fitness trackers and smartwatches make it possible to learn about your activity, sleep or eating habits with nothing but a swift glance at a smartphone or your wrist.

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Our test covers fitness bands and smartwatches that work with iOS and Android smartphones. Our expert testers give each tracker and watch a thorough workout to help you find the models that:

  • are the most accurate for fitness tracking
  • help you to keep track of your heart rate, food intake and burned calories
  • are water-resistant and have GPS.

Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

Some models in our test include a heart rate monitor. We tested these against an ECG machine at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and found that accuracy was mixed (though they are improving). See the summary of our findings.

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    Most of the products on test have fitness as the main design focus. However smartwatches also deliver much of the functionality of a fitness tracker with additional features and functions such as live notifications, the ability to accept a mobile call and support for third party apps.

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      • Overall score
      • Recommended
      • Ease of use score
      • Comfort score
      • Step count score
      • Distance accuracy score
      • Resting heart rate accuracy
      • Active heart rate accuracy
      • Satisfaction
      • Reliability
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Availability
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Type
      • Waterproof or resistant
      • Smartwatch
      • Notifications
      • Android app
      • iOS app
      • Windows phone app
      • Webpage tracker
      • Screen
      • Digital clock
      • Alarm
      • GPS
      • GLONASS
      • Floor counter
      • Heart rate monitor
      • Sleep tracker
      • Session tracker
      • Food tracker
      • Milestones
      • Shares results via social media
      • Weight (g)
      • Claimed battery life (days)
      • Bluetooth
      • Warranty (yr)
      • Contact

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