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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.
Ease of use score
We set up each fitness tracker on Android, iOS and Windows where available and score how easy they are to set up and wear, and how well they track information via the band and via the related app.
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We use a panel of six people (3 men and 3 women) and ge them to try on each fitness tracker. They rate how easy it is to put on and take off the band, how easy it is to adjust to get the best fit, and how comfortable the band is to use and wear daily. The scores are then averaged.
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Step count score
We measure how accurately each fitness tracker measures steps. Accuracy depends on what you put in as your height, weight and, in some cases, pace length, and the technology used by the fitness tracker.
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Active heart rate accuracy
We measures accuracy and how well each tracker responds to changes in heart rate, and how it deals with adverse conditions, such as sweat and motion.
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Motivational points in your training regime, anything from walking around the block to hitting 10km in a week. Models vary between supplying preset goals and allowing you to customise your milestones.
Heart rate monitor
Heart rate monitors are a useful barometer of effort for some people and can act as a way to measure your fitness regime more precisely.
While fitness tracking is the main purpose for these devices, notification of a text or phone call coming in from your smartphone can be very handy.
A sleep tracker claims to be able to measure when you are active in your sleep.
Built-in GPS. Some models also include GLONASS (the Russian version of GPS). Models that support GPS and GLONASS should deliver the fastest position identification.
Whether or not the device works via Android, the smartphone operating system. The Fitbits featured support a wide variety of Android devices, but not all of them. There's a comprehensive list of the supported phones on the company's website.
Whether or not the device works via iOS, the Apple smartphone operating system.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Ease of use score
- Comfort score
- Step count score
- Distance accuracy score
- Resting heart rate accuracy
- Active heart rate accuracy
- Good points
- Bad points
- Waterproof or resistant
- Android app
- iOS app
- Windows phone app
- Webpage tracker
- Digital clock
- Floor counter
- Heart rate monitor
- Sleep tracker
- Session tracker
- Food tracker
- Shares results via social media
- Weight (g)
- Claimed battery life (days)
- Warranty (yr)