Wearables such as fitness trackers and smartwatches have become the talk of the day, with many believing it to be just hype and no substantial value. But this notion is constantly being brushed away as fitness trackers and smart watches continue to dominate. Smart watches such as Apple have created a whole new dimension of watches while fitness trackers such as Fitbit have taken fitness and training to another level. But where does the difference come in between fitness trackers and smart watches, and which is the most suitable for your needs?
With both fitness trackers and smartwatches having different apps, price, heart monitoring and activity monitoring, it is important that you are well aware of what you are looking for in a particular device. The market is inundated with both the good and the bad, and only your decision making ability and awareness will prevent you from making a mess. Here are some of the features which distinguish a fitness tracker from a smart watch.
While fitness trackers have numerous apps to facilitate tracking and monitoring, smartwatches such as Apple watch have a wide array of apps that do much more and offer many options. On other aspects, they are quite similar in design, themes and functions, only that smartwatches run multiple apps.
The basic principle in both fitness trackers and smartwatches is to be able to track and monitor activity throughout the day. Fitness trackers such as Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit One, do well in tracking activities that consume calories throughout the day. Apple Watch on the other hand has apps that are responsible for activity tracking; which include Activity and Workout App. They track, running, walking and cycling. This is one place where fitness tracker enjoys an edge, because it gets down to the minutest detail of the activities.
When it comes to sleep monitoring, fitness trackers have the upper hand and provide more function than smart watches. This is because fitness trackers have a long lasting battery power which can go up to a whole week; compared to smart watches which last for a day or slightly more than that. It is therefore less convenient to use a smart watch for the night, which is more than six hours.
Places to wear
Just like a conventional watch, smart watches are worn on your wrist. This is not the limit when it comes to fitness trackers which can be worn in nine different places. This is dependent on the type of device that you choose; wristband, clip, chest strap, anklebone, headband, headphone, insole, leg strap or mouth guard. The numerous options make fitness trackers more flexible to use.
The battery life of fitness trackers is simply unbeatable in comparison to smart watches. The average smart watch has a battery life of 1 day while fitness trackers can stay on for more than seven days in use.
If you still have reservations about fitness trackers, then you might consider having a smart watch only because of appearance and aesthetic design rather than what it can offer you in the long run. However, if you can, go for both Smart watches are very superior in performance and will have most features found in fitness trackers. They also have more apps and options; but they fall short when it comes to general use.