Advice on how to buy the proper fitness tracker

There are so many fitness trackers out on the market that you might be confused when trying to buy the one that fits you best. There are big names on the market, such as Fitbit, Jawbone or Misfit and Withings, and choosing between them has become a bit difficult.

While in the past a regular fitness tracker would simply count your steps and would track your sleep patterns, now, a fitness tracker is not only a fitness tracker, because it can also give you detailed information about your health, being closer to the smartwatches industry.

There are also more features that you should take into consideration before buying a fitness tracker, such as: the smartphone you can pair your fitness tracker with, app software, the battery life, and so many other aspects.

1. Picking the proper design

If you think that a fitness tracker can only be attached to your wrist, you are wrong. You can also find on the market fitness trackers that you can attach to your clothes for example so it would be more comfortable to wear. As an example, there are the Jawbone UP MOVE and the Misfit Flash that you can keep in your pocket and still get the best results.

2. To screen or not to screen?

It is recommendable to choose a fitness tracker that actually has a display because you can therefore see everything you are interested in without having to constantly check up your smartphone. But know that any fitness tracker that also has a display with cost you a bit more.

Two of the most important fitness trackers that also have a display are the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone UP24.

3. Fitness tracker or smartwatch?

You might actually want a smartwatch not a fitness tracker, so you would have to reconsider your options. There are some fitness trackers that can also support smartphone notifications, and it makes them somewhere between the two categories: Samsung Gear Fit, Garmin Vivosmart or the Sony Smartband Talk.

There are also devices that support third party apps, such as Whatsapp or Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and almost any notification your smartphone has. You must think very well about the things that you want your fitness tracker to do.

4. How much data do you need?

The main functions of your fitness tracker are the step counting and the sleep monitoring. Unfortunately there are studies that discovered that the BodyMedia Link had a 9.3% error rate, while other bands had a 10 to 15% error rate. You should therefore use your fitness tracker for motivational purposes, and not medical related ones.

5. Sharing your heart?

The best fitness tracker that can also monitor your heart rate 24/7 is the Fitbit Charge HR. On the other hand, the Jawbone UP3 claims that it is the best fitness tracker you can find on the market because of its multi-sensor platform.

6. The app is as important as the band

This is related to the mobile app that you will need for your fitness tracker. The app will let you set your goals and even sharing them with your friends.

You will first have to make sure that your fitness tracker is compatible with your mobile phone. The big majority of the fitness trackers that are currently on the market are supported by both Android or iOS devices, but there is only one,the Fitbit, that also supports Windows Phone ones. Also, there are devices such as Samsung Gear Fit that is only compatible with certain Samsung mobile phones.

6. Easy syncing

This refers to the fact that your fitness tracker, for you own comfort, should pair with the mobile phone via Bluetooth, meaning a wireless syncing that won't give you much trouble.

7. Battery life

The battery life is an important aspect when choosing any device around us. Most fitness trackers have 5-7 battery life, but the best device when it comes to this is the Withings Pulse, that can resist without charging for almost two weeks.

8. Get a little extra

There are fitness trackers that also take into consideration your food intake for example, your exercising and many other data. A really smart thing that has been done by the Fitbit app, is the fact that if you live Stateside you can simply scan the bar code and automatically register the product you are going to eat, without having to add it manually.

Another smart things your fitness tracker might do, is setting up a vibration to wake you up exactly on the right time in order for you to feel fresh.

The list of fitness trackers is growing up on a daily basis, so before buying something, find the features that you need most and then find the perfect fitness tracker for you, based on that.