Picking the Fitbit that's right for you
Picking the Fitbit that's right for you
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Picking the Fitbit that's right for you

Smartwatches
[MUSIC] Fitbit makes some of our favorite fitness trackers. But it can be difficult choosing among the eight models the company offers. Some of which are really old. It's confusing at first, but we're gonna simplify it for you. You can skip the Fitbit One and Flex. They are old and too expensive for what they can do. The same is true for the Fitbit Charge, unless you find it for a crazy discount, something like $50 or under. Now here are the trackers you should consider. The Fitbit Zip. It's a good entry level tracker that is clipped to your belt, pocket, or bra. It can track steps, distance, calories burned, and has a battery that doesn't have to be charged and will last up to six months. The downside, there's no sleep tracking. Next up, the Fitbit Alta, which is one of Fitbit's more attractive wrist bands. This one does all the basic tracking, including sleep and active minutes. It can also display text messages, calls, and calendar alerts, and has a pretty cool move notifier to keep you active throughout the day. Plus, about a week of battery life. The downside? There's no heart rate sensor, which leads us to our next selection, the Fitbit Charge HR. This one adds a heart rate sensor, which can help improve estimates for calories burned, and sleep. It can also display a caller ID for incoming calls, and will last up to five days on a single charge. The downside, it's a bit bulky, and the heart rate data isn't great when working out. Then we have the Fitbit Blaze. It's a stylish smartwatch that can display calls, text messages and calendar alerts. It will also measure all the activities including heart rate, and has a five day battery life. The downside for this one is that you have to pop the entire tracker out of the band to charge it, which is really frustrating. And lastly there's the FitBit Surge. This is the company's only tracker with GPS which can be used to measure pace and distance when running. It can also display basic notifications. And track all-day activities including heart rate and comes with Five days of battery life but the Surge is big and bulky and lacks some of the higher end features more serious runners may want such as interval training and the heart rate sensor, well its accuracy rate tends to fluctuate during workouts. Under the downside with all these devices is that you can't wear them while swimming or in the shower. For more information and to learn about the best non FitBit devices, check out my full article over at cnet.com

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