It seems like the world is flooded with fitness bands and fitness trackers, and it is a market that could be dead if the smartwatch market ever takes off. So what are the best fitness bands and trackers of 2015? Here is our essential guide.
Pivotal Living Life Tracker 1
As you can see, this is definitely not on the smartwatch side, but its minimalist structure works for this. You see, it is so thin that you might not realize that it is on your wrist. We have not reported on this, and I am quite surprised, because it is free! Actually, you’ll have to get an annual subscription to Pivotal Living and it costs about $12.
Sony SmartBand SWR10
I’m not certain how to pronounce this. Is it Swearten? As in “Swearten to the Oldies”? Like the Pivotal Living Life Tracker, it is quite minimal, and it lacks a social features. It will cost you $54.
I actually had a chance to review the Misfit Shine already, and you can read what I wrote about it on a separate place here. The Flash is an update of the Shine, and that band is a little disc to keep track of the usual things of a fitness band. You can get it for about $50, which is half the price of its predecessor.
Fitbit Charge and the Flex
Fitbit is always a terrific fitness band, and the Charge is good for your money at $120. As for the Flex, we have actually reported on that one before, and you can read about it here.
LG Lifeband Touch
I’ll be honest when I say that my Source, who talked about many of the bands in this article, did not recommend this one as being “far too limited in form and function”. Maybe you might like the price at $99.
The Jawbone UP24 Activity Tracker
This is again one that we have reported on before. At the time, it was reported that it could hook up to Apple products and some Android devices, but hopefully that has changed. That battery life is pretty good at 7 days, and it can be purchased for about $150 USD.
Not only is this good for tracking exercise, but also sleep. Of course, most fitness trackers can do that these days, but this is good for smartwatch notifications as well. It’s not bad, and it has a good battery life too. You can get it for about $200, and we have written about it here. Also, you might want to look at the Basis Carbon Steel Edition Fitness Tracker here.
TomTom Runner Cardio
I realize that this one looks kind of like a smartwatch, but good luck putting apps on this. There is a lot it can do with its built-in heart rate monitor and its ability to be waterproof up to 165 feet. It costs a lot at £100/$100.
Okay, that is a lot, I know. By the way, check out a previous article to see two more: the Nike Fuelband SE and the Polar Loop Activity Tracker. Also, check out our article about the Best Wearable Technology on Display at CES 2015.