The best fitness trackers in 2015 under $100: Fitbit, Moov, Misfit, and more
Jul17

The best fitness trackers in 2015 under $100: Fitbit, Moov, Misfit, and more

The sheer number of fitness trackers currently on the market can make it difficult to choose the best one for your lifestyle, especially when you are on a budget. But have no fear! You need not sacrifice your wallet in exchange for an accurate and helpful device. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 most affordable yet ultimately useful fitness trackers in order of price. Whether you are just looking to get moving or training for a triathlon, Wearables.com has you covered. The best fitness trackers under a Benjamin Xiaomi Mi Band This one is exciting, because the Mi Band is the most affordable fitness tracker on the market by far, and it recently became available for sale in the United States. At a mere $15, the colorful band behaves as both a fitness tracker and sleep tracker, has a battery life of a whole month, and doubles as an alarm clock.Standout feature: The price literally cannot be beat Pros: Automatic sleep sensor and sleep tracking Cons: Basic functions; only measures steps/distance… but again, that price! Razer Nabu X You probably haven’t heard about the Razer Nabu X, but at a retail price of $50, you’ll be glad you do now. Not just for gamers anymore, the sleek fitness band tracks steps, calories burned, and offers sleep tracking. While this list focuses on fitness trackers, it is worth mentioning that the Nabu also notifies the wearer of incoming messages, calls, and whatever other alerts you would want to discreetly see. That’s a pretty great package of capabilities for such a small price. Standout feature: Good for gamers and social networking via band-to-band communication Pros: Notification features Cons: Its functionality as a fitness tracker actually comes second to its notification/communication abilities Critics’ rating*: 3 (*Wearables.com compiles the top critic ratings online for an aggregate score) Jawbone UP Move The UP Move has a similar design to the Zip, but instead of a screen, Jawbone’s fitness tracker has LED lights. It also retails similarly to the Zip at $50. Aesthetically speaking, the Zip has a leg up — but it really comes down to a matter of preference. Jawbone’s UP Move does come with a wristband option, but that’ll cost you an extra $15. Neither of them can be worn in the shower or during a swim, but then again that is not their primary purpose. The UP Move offers coaching via Jawbone’s Smart Coach system, but is not compatible with Windows or any of the exercise apps you may already be using, like Run Keeper or My Fitness Pal.Standout feature: SmartCoach Pros: Helps motivate with SmartCoach Cons: Nit-picky compatibility, kind-of sort-of ugly Critics’ rating: 3.8 Misfit Flash The Misfit Flash is an arguably less glitzy (it’s made of plastic) but more...

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The best smartwatches in 2015, so far: Apple, Pebble, Sony, and more
Jul16

The best smartwatches in 2015, so far: Apple, Pebble, Sony, and more

At the same time that much of the internet grapples over whether or not smartwatches can actually enhance one’s life, a multitude of timekeeping devices have come into existence, giving users a wide variety of options to choose from. Smartwatch manufacturers certainly — and thankfully — do not adhere to a one-size-fits all credo when it comes to this kind of wearable technology. Rather, companies like Apple, Pebble, Samsung, TomTom, Fitbit and more have found their own ways to appeal to a variety of smartwatch-wearers, whether they love running, sleeping, standing out, or staying under the radar. We’ve compiled the best smartwatches your money can buy in 2015 so far, according to personal preferences. Moto360 The best smartwatch for getting the bang out of your buck Moto360 first turned heads for being one of the first smartwatches to feature a circular face design akin to traditional timepieces, and it continues to be praised for its always-on screen. But don’t worry, that feature won’t annoy you thanks to the smartwatch’s ambient light sensor which detects your surroundings and adjusts the LCD brightness accordingly. If you’re into talking to your watch, the Motorola smartwatch offers one of the best voice-command experiences currently on the market. It’s far less expensive than an entry level Apple Watch, and for more attractive than other more expensive devices. Though it suffers from a short battery life, the price makes this Android Wear device a great deal for what you get. Critics’ rating*: 3.2 of 5 (*Wearables.com compiles the top critic ratings online for an aggregate score) TomTom Runner The best smartwatch for serious runners As far as the built in heart rate sensor goes, the TomTom Runner uses the same technology that’s in the Adidas MiCoach Smart Run watch. The GPS sensor is pretty outstanding, establishing a GPS signal quickly and thereby freeing the user of valuable minutes wasted waiting for connection. The watch band is actually a continual piece of rubber that holds the GPS module and watch display in place. And where some running smartwatches have trouble monitoring heart rate from the wrist, TomTom Runner excels and can track down to detailed heart rate zones.   Critics’ rating: 3.8 of 5 Apple Watch The best smartwatch for investing in the future As much as everyone wanted to hate it, the Apple Watch remains the media’s darling. Its deft fusion of  comfortability and familiarity (well, for iOS users) make it the standout smartwatch of 2015. But where the power lies with Apple Watch (aside from its looks) is the potential it has with its app ecosystem. And with Native apps coming with Watch OS2 in the fall of 2015, the Apple Watch experience will...

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