Which best performing smartband deserves to be on your wrist?
As far as wearables are concerned, fitness bands make a bit more sense to people than smartwatches. If you’re into fitness, you might find one of these gadgets really useful. In addition, the fitness band market in India took a sharp turn this year, with big names like Fitbit and Jawbone entering the market, while there’s also an even spread of devices across price ranges that can be bought now.
You can buy a fitness band in India for as low as Rs. 1,000 right now, or go as high as Rs. 20,000, and the efficiency, accuracy and all other characteristics will change based on the pricing, just like it used to when smartphones originally started selling.
Zero1 Winner: Jawbone UP3
Despite the fact that fitness bands are health oriented devices, their looks are really important, simply because they have to be on your person at most times. The Jawbone UP3 accomplishes the balance between style and functionality admirably. It has an aluminium body, which easily fits with most other accessories that you would wear on your hand. That isn’t the only reason we’re giving it the award though.
One of the most useful aspects of the Jawbone UP3 is that it can detect when you’re sleeping automatically, which is important considering how often we can forget to put a smartband on sleep mode before going to sleep. In addition, the band is capable of tracking your resting and passive heart rate, steps and workouts. It is also light and unintrusive.
Despite the things it can do though, the best part of the Jawbone UP3 is the UP app that it functions with. Jawbone’s UP app, which is where you will see all your data gathering, is arguably the best fitness app on the app stores right now. It is well designed, easy to use and has a smart coach feature that is truly fast. In fact, the Jawbone’s Smart Coach can be especially useful for us procrastinators who keep planning to exercise but never actually get down to it. The app has a way of pushing you into it without you realising what happened.
Price: Rs. 14,999
Second: Fitbit Charge HR
The Fitbit Charge HR can do everything that the Jawbone UP3 does, but it loses the top prize for three main reasons. These include the app, battery life and looks. The Charge HR has a minimalistic design, but doesn’t quite look as attractive as a fitness band should. In addition, it’s battery life goes up to about 5 days, which is about two days less than what the UP3 can deliver.
That said, the Fitbit Charge HR is still the best band that Fitbit is selling in India right now. It’s accurate, and hence dependable enough to track your heart rate, sleep cycle, steps etc. without any glitches. The fact that it has a tiny display of its own also allows the Fitbit Charge HR to be used as a watch, which puts a few points in its favour. If you want Fitbit’s brand name then this is the band to go for right now.
Price: Rs. 12,990
Best Buy: Jawbone UP2
The Jawbone UP2 is lighter than the UP3 and doesn’t have a heart rate sensor, but it also costs lesser than both the UP3 and the Fitbit Charge HR. In terms of looks, it could easily be considered as the best out of the three. The UP3 looks like a friendship band, which means you can wear a regular watch and have this on the same wrist, without people asking questions. Moreover, the UP2 is as accurate as the UP3 and can also track when you’re sleeping automatically. The fact that Jawbone’s UP app is our pick of fitness apps adds the cherry on the cake.
Price: Rs. 9,999