Smartwatch vs Fitness Bands

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Wearable technology has made huge strides over the last few years, with no area more profitable than sports and fitness. Within sports and fitness, the 2 main devices are fitness bands and sports watches. Some fitness bands have smartwatch features and vice versa. Even so, there are fundamental differences between the devices

The Fitness Band

Fitness bands provide general health data by measuring your heart rate, blood pressure, steps taken and sleep. Since they are meant to be worn all the time, fitness bands tend to be light and inconspicuous. They tend to have a small screen, where you can track your stats. The fitness band can be used with certain apps to optimise functionality and provide optimal benefits to the wearer.

Some of the top bands are:

  • MisFit Flash
  • MisFit Ray
  • Fitbit Charge
  • Polar 360

The Smart Watch

The sports watch is a more sophisticated tool, that functions to provide data on the wearer’s performance – speed, distance travelled, calories burnt. Smart watches can do so much – from monitoring your performance every time you’re on the track or treadmill, to providing detailed training plans and helping you set personal goals, the watch acts a companion to the user. GPS is even built into some smart watches now, for those who need direction for long-distance training.

Some of the top smart watches on the market are as follows:

  • Apple Watch series 2
  • Samsung gear Fit2
  • TomTom Spark
  • Garmin Vivoactive


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