You’re already late to the operation bikini this summer. But begin to move and get some exercise moderately but continuing is in your hand. Perhaps you do it and you want to start measuring seriously all your activity every day. Or become passionate about the data in each sport you do. There is a common denominator in all of these cases: the activity meter wearable.
With a catalogue of wearables quantifiers that to grow and devices that, without being exclusively activity meters, have that capacity in their specifications, choose a cuantificadora bracelet is becoming a more complicated task. In Engadget we already have our Guide 2016 to buy an activity meter wearable.
Why choose an activity meter
More than three years ago that I live a quantified life. I told my experience and after all this time I keep the basis of my conviction that an activity meter can help you be more active in your day to day.
Mark you virtually a goal and having the right technology to measure this activity, activate reminders or you have a good track record as both steps in an application, calories or even sleep is grateful. A quantifier is not necessary to be more active, but it can help many users to take that final step and finally get the motivation that no technology not just for.
Among the possibilities that an activity meter gives us are to create a program and weight loss tracking, compete with other friends or acquaintances, as well as more efficiently manage our sleep and rest.
Quantifiers of activity: what you should look at them
Not only price lives a quantifier. If your only goal is to start measuring your daily steps as activity and perhaps sleep, may be good option consider purchasing the more affordable. But eventually you begin to miss other functions or a level of software and application for smartphone complete.
As much as the price of a quantifier is cut, you should not the decision exclusively on that aspect if you want to take advantage of truth to a quantifier
Among the considerations that you have to evaluate before choosing a quantifier would put first specialization and comfort. Be clear what is your goal with the measure of physical activity. If you are looking for a model that allows you to receive notifications to smartwatch mode or one that measure heart rate, or perhaps less, it seems that it is a quantifier, there is already an important discard models with these priorities.
The theme of comfort is another of the key to choice of quantizer. Please note that an activity meter will wear it all the time, It can even than when sleep. It is essential to be comfortable, that no notes that you wear it. And if you really don’t want to take it off ever, something thank mira is not never, forget well the water resistance (at least that support splash for the shower). There are even models that allow Exchange straps depending on the type of activity or use that want you to give in every time the quantifier.
The section of the autonomy It is perhaps the most important for a satisfactory experience with a quantifier. If you need to recharge it every two days, it is quite likely that ends up in a drawer or forgotten someday, which makes the consistency to take the gauge of activity to follow the data go to the fret. Aware also of the charging system because many models is owner and forget or lose the charger is not unreasonable.
But every day there are fewer incompatibilities between operating systems or connectivity, check carefully that your usual smartphone you can synchronize all the time thanks to BT 4.0. If you have a smartphone oldest may be a problem.
The quality of the implementation and what are the data collecting our Bracelet every day have the same relevance when choosing an activity to technical specifications or design bracelet
Finally, and even if you opt for a model with screen that serve you watch (it is a not-so-obvious point and that you can end up convincing) or to gossip at all times your progress, don’t underestimate the application, or who is behind the data that you are collecting your activity meter. Those data collected to join experience and are not left in simple numbers will have much of the success or failure of your experience with an activity meter.
The 15 best wearables quantifiers that you can buy
Just four years ago we had in the market a couple of teams really relevant quantifiers. But in 2013 was the boom of different models and since last year the quantity, quality and options to choose is overwhelming.
It is very difficult not impossible with the current offer not to find a model that fits quite accurately what they look for in a Wearable quantifier. But it still does not exist the perfect model.
At Engadget we have selected the 15 best models According to what they are capable of offering, our experience testing them and considering that there is the greatest possible variety for right to choose an activity bracelet is not as complicated as you might think.
The Queen of cheap bracelets of activity is undoubtedly some Xiaomi. Its first models wiped out and placed the company in the top3 of manufacturers who sold more devices of this type.
Its new model MiBand2 improves in almost everything but also its price rises: best design, screen OLED or water and dirt resistance.
Xiaomi MiBand 2
|You’ll||If you want to optimize your money and have a good autonomy|
|You will not like to||If you are looking for an attractive design or be able to read text comfortably on your screen|
Activity meter with care design, specialized and also very cheap. The type cheaper and balancing bracelet that we can get is the Misfit Flash, no screen but with everything you need to measure daily activity, including sleep. An extra is that the sensor can be removed to be placed on the shoes, and is water resistant.
|You’ll||If you forget to charge it because cam batteries of several months duration. Wet it without fear.|
|You will not like to||It has no screen and performance may be less intuitive in the day to day. Is a cuentificador which only serves to measure activity|
Jawbone does not pass through its best moment but for years has made some of the best quantifiers. And they have the best application. One of their quantifiers, the JawBone Up Move is the cheapest you can find and clip type, an option for anyone who wants to measure mainly light workouts and not all your day to day.
|You’ll||If you don’t want to spend much money and prefer a model type clip to carry in your pocket or subject in the shirt. Its application is very interesting|
|You will not like to||If you expect to measure your activity throughout the day|
The most comfortable and balanced
The King of quantifiers, Fitbit, finally has a model that brings together almost everything that we ask a balanced model where the first is the comfort, excellent performance and a good application to improve. The Fitbit high It has wrist bands that we can exchange and display valid but very room for improvement when it comes to light with hints.
|You’ll||This is how not to carry anything, has interchangeable straps and the most complete implementation of all. The user community is the largest|
|You will not like to||If you are looking for more screen or take it to the pool|
Pebble It passed definitively to the quantification and its functional Health we can use many of its watches to measure steps, sleep or calories. The model Pebble Time It is not too expensive and we have everything that has always given us these watches with e-ink screen but with more features.
|You’ll||By design, for being different, for its enormous autonomy with e-ink screen|
|You will not like to||If ink color screens do not excite you or not pretend that your quantifier seems toy|
A different option and arriving from a manufacturer that surprises is the Garmin vivomove. We are here to watch classic design but with sensors that turn it into a full quantifier.
|You’ll||You like that nobody is account that you are using quantifier. Full integration with Garmin. Submersible up to 50 meters|
|You will not like to||You are looking for maximum comfort or be discreet in quantification. Few sensors for the price which has|
Classic design and good functions and application are the main weapons of the second generation of one of basic bracelets I’ve most seen on the street. The Polar Loop 2 not is based only on the steps to determine if you have met your goal of activity or not, and uses algorithms from its extensive experience in the world of sport.
Polar Loop 2
|You’ll||You value a good software that learns from what you are doing and your level of activity, and have a counselor on your wrist for more sports|
|You will not like to||You want to display or an attractive design|
The most original quantifier is the Geeksme GME1. Not noted for its design or finish, but that measure all activity, including sexual or our ecological footprint, make a choice of the most different.
|You’ll||You do not decide to measure even your sexual activity. At least gives you a good conversation with the Group|
|You will not like to||Want to get the most for what you pay|
Barometer, altimeter… the amount of sensors that are not GPS which includes the * Microsoft Band 2 * placed it at the highest technological level of our comparative. Another thing is that you can get party.
Microsoft Band 2
|You’ll||By design, application and how well it works with many sports. Huge amount of sensors|
|You will not like to||It has limited the distribution and its future is uncertain. High price|
The specialized in sports
If quantification you wish to perform is very specialized in certain sports, but don’t want to get to sports watches, probably need a specific model. Luckily there a couple of options specialized in specific activities and nothing easy to measure with sensors and global bracelets.
Specific sports asking for more specialization, we have first to swimming. Here the King is the Misfit Speedo Shine, a meter that in addition to be able to use it without problem in the pool, quantify calories, distance, and to count the number of lengths with ease.
Misfit Speedo Shine
|You’ll||It is the few that have been created with swimming as main activity. Very comfortable to carry and to be a general quantifier full|
|You will not like to||Like other Misfit does not display, so throughout the time of the application you depend on every day|
Since going to the gym is another of the activities that we will want to quantify, and not only on treadmill, but in equipment or with weights, Beats has decided to be an activity meter centered on that point in particular.
|You’ll||You are regular at the weights and machines at the gym and want to incorporate your exercise data to the daily sum|
|You will not like to||Too specialized and with a high price. We must manage the quantizer according to the type of exercise we do|
If the specialization do not want to be so specific but does better than other classical models measure that is not only walking or running, the Moov Now is the most complete, with specific programmes for quantifying boxing, cycling, swimming or fitness.
|You’ll||Would you not accept that a bracelet you only measure steps, calories and fail much in other sports. Battery for several months without recharging|
|You will not like to||Design unattractive, very basic finish and it has no screen|
That measure more than steps and calories
If you’re willing to invest above 150 euros in a quantifier opens a fairly extensive range of possibilities and access to more complete models and in some cases almost more near a smartwatch or sports watch that a single quantifier.
These models include screen that really we can consider as such, more interaction with notifications and announcements from your smartphone, GPS and ability to measure our beats.
The wide range of gauges of activity advanced Fitbit, the Blaze, its latest model, is the more groundbreaking. With the appearance of smartwatch, power all the goodness of simpler models with a large color screen and ability to customize the style with different belts.
|You’ll||Feel you are wearing almost a smartwatch without giving up the good do Fitbit and its application. The screen|
|You will not like to||You want something discreet carrying GPS and heart rate meter|
Halfway between smartwatch and quantifier is the recent Samsung GearFit 2. The Koreans have improved substantially from the first generation and launched directly to a potential large market with a not unreasonable price and with the attraction of Tizen-based interface.
|You’ll||You are looking for first of all a spectacular display and a design that fits your wrist. GPS and improved pulse sensor|
|You will not like to||You do not trust Tizen|
Sports brands with more tradition have made any incursion into the field of quantifiers with its ranges of fitness watches. The TomTom Spark It is one of the best representatives of betting daily quantification but above all specializing in running. There are different models, with or without heart rate, as well as one to listen to music without us smartphone.
TomTom Spark Cardio
|You’ll||You want to measure daily activity but also your careers with GPS and heart rate sensor|
|You will not like to||Excessive too sporty and size design|
Garmin offers a more complete model within their range of sports bracelets. Intended for use outdoors and with all the sports development and Garmin, little more complete services you will find in this category.
Garmin vivoactive HR
|You’ll||Color screen and tactile with good visibility outdoors. GPS and heart rate monitor|
|You will not like to||Appearance of considerable size and sports watch|