There's a case to be made for choosing a fitness tracker over a smartwatch with fitness-tracking features. First and foremost: price. In fact, for a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon once again has one of the best fitness-tracker deals I can recall: The . It's available in black only this time around; the white model is $79. Regular price for both: $100.
The Galaxy Fit offers a surprisingly robust set of features compared with "budget" fitness trackers of the past. For one thing, it includes heart-rate monitoring -- and can even notify you if it detects an irregular heartbeat. It also automatically detects activity and starts logging it. It even detects the type of activity: walking, running, cycling and so on.
I'll pause here to note that my Apple Watch can do likewise -- but it's crummy at it. It often takes 5-10 minutes before I get the "it looks like you're doing such-and-such" notification, and if I forget to manually end the activity when I'm done, the results get totally skewed.
I can't say firsthand whether the Galaxy Fit does a better job, but CNET's Scott Stein can. In his, he noted the following: "I also like Samsung fitness devices' automatic tracking of walks and workouts, and how the stats instantly appear onscreen. On a brisk walk, I'm suddenly in workout tracking mode without doing anything."
Speaking of the Inspire HR (currently $94, in case you're comparing), it's quite similar to the Galaxy Fit, but with one key difference: the latter has a color AMOLED screen.
That screen is on the small side, of course, which can make notifications and other text difficult to read while exercising. Battery life is rated at up to five days, though expect less if you set the Fit to do frequent heart-rate monitoring.
I think the benefits here far outweigh a few small negatives. For $69 you're getting a capable fitness tracker that, among other things, will remind you to get off your duff. Cheaper than a bypass, people!
Originally published earlier this month. Removed previous bonus deal due to erroneous product information.
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