Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Nebraska Furniture Mart | November 25, 2017

Scroll to top

Top

No Comments

The Best Fitness & Activity Trackers for 2016

Best Activity Trackers 2016
Aaron Schmid

A year ago, I posted a comparison chart of the most up-to-date activity trackers on the market. Because a year in technology is like a lifetime, I decided to put together a new and improved, 2016 version of our best-selling activity tracking devices.

Fitbit Surge Garmin Vivo Active Smartwatch

One of the most notable differences is the addition of GPS-enabled watches which have gradually shrunk to the more affordable $200-$250 price range. This feature is a dream come true for outdoor runners. GPS allows a user to view running routes, measure pace, track elevation, and more. Heart rate monitoring is also much more convenient and efficient than it was a year ago. While chest straps are still a monitoring option, several watches now have the ability to continuously measure heart rate on their own. The “smarter” activity trackers like Garmin’s Vivoactive and the Fitbit Surge can even show text messages, tell you who’s calling, and display notifications from Facebook or Twitter. These devices almost teeter into the category of smart watches.

Samsung Gear S2 Apple Watch Sport

Smart watches, like the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2, have gained more acceptance from consumers in 2015. Most of these watches offer the same functions as an activity tracker in addition to more complex features like the ability to download watch-specific apps, make calls, or send text messages.  See the chart below to find out how different activity trackers compare. Then shop our selection of almost 100 different wearables at NFM today!

 

Fitbit Charge Fitbit Charge HR Fitbit Flex Fitbit Surge Garmin Vivoactive Garmin Vivofit Garmin Vivofit 2 Garmin Vivosmart Misfit Shine
Steps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stairs Climbed Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Display Yes Yes Indicator Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Indicator Lights
Clock Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distance Traveled Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Sleep Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
App *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android *iOS and Android
Battery Life 10 Days 5 Days 5 Days 5 Days 7 Days 12 Months 12 Months 7 Days 4 Months
Caller ID Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No
Heart Rate Monitor No Yes No Yes **With Chest Strap **With Chest Strap **With Chest Strap **With Chest Strap No
Water Resistant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Waterproof No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Custom Bands No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
GPS No No No Yes Yes No No No No

*May not be compatible with all Android Devices.

**Chest Strap sold separately.

 

Submit a Comment

CAPTCHA * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.