Activity Monitors

First Look: Fitbit announces new Fitbit Alta activity tracker

Today Fitbit announced their latest activity tracker – the Fitbit Alta.  This unit is effectively a replacement for the existing Fitbit Charge (or previous to that, the Force).  However, unlike those, this unit sports smartphone notifications,  move reminders, and the ability … Read More Here

Microsoft Band 2 In-Depth Fitness & Sport Focused Review

This past fall Microsoft released their second activity tracker, the Microsoft Band 2 – near exactly one year after they released the original Microsoft Band.  This new Band tweaks the sizing a bit and cleans up much of the exterior … Read More Here

Garmin Vivosmart HR In-Depth Review

Back about two months ago, Garmin announced their first wrist activity tracker (non-watch) with optical HR capabilities, the Vivosmart HR.  The Vivosmart HR was designed to build upon the release of the Vivosmart a year earlier.  Essentially it’s a daily … Read More Here

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A Quick Look at the Withings Go Activity Tracker

As expected the early part of CES week saw a lot of new product announcements. There are lots of new players on the field with some innovative new products (and some obvious knock-offs and re-makes of existing technologies); but also … Read More Here

Under Armour’s HealthBox: WiFi Scale, Fitness Band, HR Strap, and more!

Today Under Armour has announced a flotilla of fitness products, likely to take the cake for the most unique fitness products announced by one company at the show this week. They’ve done so by partnering with HTC and delivering a … Read More Here

Fitbit Announces New ‘Fitbit Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch

Today at CES Fitbit announced their latest wearable, the Fitbit Blaze.  This new unit is effectively a smart watch designed around fitness.  Sure it tracks steps and sleep like past units, but it also has structured workouts (from Fitstar, which … Read More Here

Polar A360 In-Depth Review

It’s been about a month since Polar announced their latest wearable – the A360.  This would be their first entrant into the optical HR sensor world, a key milestone for a company that’s effectively built its entire reputation and company … Read More Here

Withings Activité & Activité Pop In-Depth Review

It’s been well over a year since Withings released their initial Activité smart watch, which they then followed up last winter with the cheaper Activité Pop version.  Of course – looking at both watches at a glance you wouldn’t realize … Read More Here

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The new Polar Loop 2 and also new $19 Misfit Flash Link Activity Tracker

I just wanted to very briefly cover two new products that have been announced in the last 24 hours.  Neither one really warrants a standalone post – especially since neither company has samples available on-hand (or rather, in my hands).  … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive In-Depth Review

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Garmin announced a slew of wearable devices including the new Vivoactive.  The Vivoactive was designed as a merger between Garmin’s mid-range fitness watches (i.e. the FR220) and the … Read More Here

Fitbit Charge and Charge HR In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months now since Fitbit announced and then subsequently released their Fitbit Charge and Charge HR units.  At the same time, they announced the Fitbit Surge GPS (which I’ve already reviewed here).  For this post though, we’ll … Read More Here

Fitbit Surge In-Depth Review

It’s been a few months since Fitbit announced a trio of products, including their first GPS watch – the Fitbit Surge.  This joined two other activity trackers, the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR within the announcement (my review of the … Read More Here

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Mio Fuse Activity Tracker and Optical HR Sensor In-Depth Review

This past summer Mio announced two new products to their lineup – the Mio Fuse and the Mio Velo.  These products just recently started shipping in the past few weeks, giving me an opportunity to use the final hardware and … Read More Here

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The Basis Peak In-Depth Review

When the Basis Peak was announced earlier this fall it was designed to fill in the gaps as well as build upon their previous product, the Basis B1, that was released about 2 years ago.  The Basis watch has always … Read More Here

First look at Garmin’s new Vivosmart activity tracker

Today at IFA, the giant consumer-electronics focused show in Berlin, Garmin announced their latest activity monitor, the Vivosmart.  This unit builds upon the Vivofit that was released earlier this year with additional features and tighter smartphone integration. I had a … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS Watch & Daily Activity Monitor In-Depth Review

In keeping with the popular trend of adding activity monitoring to devices, back in April Garmin announced their latest running watch – the Forerunner 15 (FR15).  This would take their popular FR10 budget-focused GPS running watch and then combine it … Read More Here

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Garmin Vivofit In-Depth Review

Back in January Garmin decided to join the activity tracker fray and announced two related products: Vivofit and Vivoki.  Vivofit would be the standard consumer-focused 24x7 activity tracker, while Vivoki would be focused on corporate wellness and primarily targeted at … Read More Here

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Polar Loop In-Depth Review

The Polar Loop is the very first daily activity tracker on the market that not only counts steps, but also connects to a separate heart rate strap – providing you with heart-rate based calorie information for activities.  This changes the … Read More Here

Withings Pulse In-Depth Review

Almost a year ago Withings announced the Withings Pulse activity tracker at CES 2013.  However, it wasn’t made available until this past summer, when I started testing it.  Like most activity trackers it did all the usual items – steps, … Read More Here

FitBit Zip In-Depth Review

Here’s a fun fact to start out with: The FitBit Zip is actually probably the only product where I’ve written the review after over a year of use with the device.  Well, two devices actually.  But, more on what happened … Read More Here

Basis B1 Watch In-Depth Review

The Basis B1 watch represents the first fitness tracker on the market to do 24x7 continuous heart rate monitoring (all without a heart rate strap), in addition to all of the usual metrics like a step-counter and sleep.  Adding to … Read More Here

Nike+ FuelBand In-Depth Review

Back in the spring I started to compare various activity monitors – in the hopes of making sense of this fast moving and exploding market segment.  This review will be the first in a series of reviews (every couple of … Read More Here