Despite news of, the isn't going anywhere right now. And it's still a very functional fitness tracker with some stylistic appeal, even if it's iOS-only.
But what if you use Android? What if you don't want a Fuelband, but you want something like it? What are your options?
Well, the seas are swimming with fitness bands. Here are some of the best choices we've reviewed, and a few we haven't yet but will.
This pick would have been the Fitbit Force a few months ago, if it weren't for that pesky recall. The Flex is a flawed pick: it's older and lacks a watch display. But it does show some sense of daily goal progress, and syncs easily with certain Android phones and iPhones. And it costs less than a Fuelband.
The Shine is small, waterproof, and it can work as a clock when you tap it (the LEDs form a clock face). It works with iOS and Android. It tracks sleep, has a great-looking app, and has enough accessories (pendant, clip, bands, watch-type leather straps, and even socks with pockets) to fit a lot of uses and styles. And it uses a watch-type battery that lasts for months.
Samsung Gear Fit
The Fit, Samsung's latest wearable, has a lot of weird quirks: the necessary Samsung S Health software doesn't sync wonderfully, you have to use certain Samsung Galaxy phones with it, and it's expensive. But the Fit can also get notifications like a smart watch, is a good-looking watch, and can track heart rate, too.
If you can live without having a readout on your wrist, the Jawbone Up does an excellent job tracking movement and sleep, as well as helping manage overall health. You can wear Up24 in the shower, and it syncs automatically with iOS and Android. But, the bracelet-like design isn't for everyone.
Basis B1 Band
The Basis is more of a watch than the Fuelband, and it's got a lot of extras, including heart-rate monitoring and some lifestyle-coaching tools. It works on iOS and Android, too.
Garmin's band might be the truest competitor to the Fuelband: it has a readable watch, tracks steps, and even has a red bar that grows unless you get active fast. It syncs with iOS and Android, is water-resistant, works with external heart-rate monitors, and has a watch-type battery that lasts over a year. Stay tuned for a review.
Withings Pulse O2
The last Withings Pulse pedometer and heart-rate monitor was one of my favorite fitness trackers of 2013; the 2014 update adds the ability to check blood oxygen levels, and new accessories include a cool watchband that turns the Pulse O2 into a true fitness band/watch. It's essentially a firmware update to the existing Pulse, along with a cool new accessory. That's good news for existing Pulse owners.
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The horizontal red LED display on the Loop mirrors that of the Fuelband, and tells time in big numbers the same way. Polar's band can also loop in heart-rate monitor data from compatible bands. One disadvantage: the Loop's band needs to be trimmed to fit. Stay tuned for a review soon.