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Smart Watches and Fitness Bands

June 11, 2016
Smart Watch

With the trends of wearable tech like smart watches and fit bands there are so many options to choose from, but what are they and what is the difference?  The whole industry of wrist based wearable tech can be traced back to a single device, the Pebble.  The Pebble was really the first smart watch on the market and it was funded thru an online crowd funding campaign.

Wearable tech that is worn on your wrist can be broken down into to two main categories, and there is no solid line, there is a lot of overlap.

  1. Fit Bands generally are designed track health, have limited watch functionality and any apps are generally fitness based.
  2. Smart Watches generally are designed to be a watch replacement with the focus on apps and watch like functionality.

There are really a lot of options on the market to choose from depending on your wants and needs.  Generally if you’re looking for fitness related features, a fitness band may be better suited.  If you are looking for a fashion accessory then a smart watch may be your better option.  There are a lot of devices that really do not fit well into either category as they do everything, they are a decent time piece, they have apps, they integrate to the phone for alerts (Facebook, text, email etc), they have fitness features like running, cycling and workout tracking, and they are armed with a bunch of sensors like heart rate, GPS etc.  Many of these all in one devices get complaints of their battery life, size and rigidity.

Some of the common Smart watch brands for 2016 were:

  1. Pebble
  2. Apple
  3. Samsung

Some of the common fitness band brands for 2016 were:

  1. Fitbit
  2. Mischief
  3. Microsoft Band
  4. Garmin

 

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One Comment
  1. We love our fit bit’s Shaz and i have been challenging each other. What good is fitness with out your partner right?

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