On most people’s to-do list, in one form or another, is a fitness-based goal. Whether that goal is to lose a couple of kilos or get fit enough to run a marathon, it’s easier to reach with a little help. That comes in the form of a smartphone, and little activity tracking device called a FitBit.
Most people already have the smartphone, so it’s just the latter that’s missing. In short, the FitBit range has various models, each designed to track a specific physical activity you do. This data is then fed to your smartphone, and automatically visualised so you can see your progress. If you’re an iPhone user who’s never touched the Health app on their phone before: this is what it’s for!
At Betta, we’ve got a few different wearable FitBits for sale, and that can leave some people a little confused. To cut through the confusion, we’ve lined up each of the products, and explained how they’re different and who they’re best suited to.
The FitBit Charge is designed to be worn all day, comprehensively tracking your movement, and helping you to keep active. This includes the basics like steps and distance, and more in-depth stats, like steps climbed and time active in the day. It can also track your sleeping patterns, and wake you up with gentle vibration on your wrist, replacing the need for a traditional alarm clock.
It also works as a conventional watch, and can show called ID for when your phone is ringing in your pocket.
Best for: People on the move
This FitBit has all the features of the Charge, but with a few notable differences. The HR stands for heart rate. This wristband tracks your heart rate from your pulse throughout the day. That’s especially helpful during a workout, when you’re aiming to keep that heart rate up.
Best for: Anyone looking to seriously track their fitness
The thinnest wristband within the FitBit range, the Flex is a more cost effective option. It measures the core numbers like steps, sleep and active minutes, but stops short of stairs or heart rate tracking. Unlike the Charge, however, you will need to manually set when you’re going to sleep, as the wristband cannot track it automatically.
Best for: light users who want to track their activity
The One has almost all the features of the Charge listed above, but with one important difference: it’s a clip-on. Compact and slim, it looks a lot like a futuristic pedometer, and it clips on just the same way.
Best for: Those who don’t want a wristband, but do want all the features
The most economical option, the Zip is all about steps, distance and calories. It can also show you active minutes, so it’s great for walkers and runners who only want to use it during exercise.
Best for: The occasional user