There is technology all around us, be it phones or laptops. And it would be wrong to say that we haven’t been benefited from it. We all have been at some point in our life. Today we are gonna talk about fitness bands 🙂
People have been wearing watches for ages now, and it has gone better day by day. From an analog watch to a smart watch, we have seen it all.
But smart bands is a little different than smart watches. We have explained about this later in the article too, so please make sure to read the whole article to exactly the usage of fitness bands or health trackers.
So if you are looking to buy a fitness band lately just keep reading this guide.
What is a Fitness Band?
Fitness band is essentially a device that helps you in your overall fitness goals . But it doesn’t mean that you cannot buy a fitness band if you aren’t a fitness freak. Maybe you don’t run each morning, it doesn’t matter you can still buy one.
Fitness band as a Smartwatch
Many people confuse a smartwatch to a fitness band. While a smartwatch can have all the features of a fitness band, a fitness band doesn't have all the features of a watch (in most cases).
Like for example the screen. A smartwatch always have a bigger screen than a regular fitness bands. This means a lot, because display is everything. So if you are looking to book an Uber with your fitness band , you can’t.
But you can still buy a fitness band to use it as a watch. While it might look weird, people wear these. Because most of the fitness bands have a display, and the first thing it shows is the time.
Most smartwatches cost almost 4 times what a fitness band cost. So if you are low on money buy a fitness band instead.
A common word used to club these two categories is fitness trackers.
Fitness band being a used by Fitness Freak
These attributes are very important to a fitness freak -
- Calories burnt
- Heart Rate
- Distance you ran
- Steps you took
These stuff are important anyone looking to get fit using a fitness band. But it does much more than these stuff.
We explain all the possible features you can expect out of a fitness band.
Note- Not all fitness bands come with all the features mentioned below
What to look for in a Fitness Band ?
Design is the most important of a fitness band. Whether it has a screen or not, the form factor is very important. A person has to carry fitness band each day , so things like shape, comfort and weight matters. You would not want to buy a very bulky fitness band.
Even though you may be buying it online, I would recommend you to try it in a offline store 🙂
Water proof or no Water proof
You might not swim, but this feature is quite important. You don’t want your favourite smartband getting wet and going bad.
It is very important to the people into water sports and excercises. Most fitness bands come equipped with the feature but make sure you check once.
Note- Not all smart watches provide you with swimming metrics. So, swimmers keep a look.
Fitbit has also come to the party with the Fitbit Flex 2,the first waterproof tracker, which offers you simplified swimming metrics.
There’s a difference between water proof and water resistant.
For example the Fitbit Charge 2 is water-resistant, meaning that it's rain-proof and splash-proof, but I wouldn't recommend showering or swimming with the Charge 2. So make sure the specs.
If we talk about Apple Watch , Apple Watch Series 2 (water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010) may be used for shallow water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean while the Series 1 is just water resistant, don’t take it to the pool.
Note- The IPxx is used by phones mainly. Here the the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection.
Heart Rate sensor
Most band measure the heart rate 24/7 whereas some don’t. It is very important your fitness band does have this if you are looking for accurate readings.
It's actually a huge metric when it comes to your health.
Heart rate tracking on activity bands is now commonplace, providing a big boost in accuracy in terms of the calorific burn from your day.
Charge 2 by Fitbit comes with a 24/7 heart rate sensor.
Screen (a good thing or a bad)
If you go back 2-3 years, none of the the fitness band had a screen but lately most of them have one. So, should you buy a fitness band with a screen or not?
Let’s find out.It depends. If you want to see real time data, then you should one with screen. It is always great to keep a note of the time. But a small screen such as 1.25 inch is more than enough 🙂
The application that comes with smart band is also essential. It is important to get most out of your smart band. It should be user friendly and should show the correct data .
The mobile application that comes with your fitness band is a vital part of the equation, letting you crunch through your data, set goals, challenge your friends and so on.
Battery is crucial. Nobody likes to charge their devices twice or thrice a day. Charging a phone wasn’t enough that there comes another device.
There a basically two types of battery equipped in a fitness band -
- One which you need to charge every five days
- One which uses a cell battery that lasts for about 6 months
Is buying a fitness band important?
No, not all. It’s not necessary to add another tech to your closet. It depends on your choice. If you are looking to monitor your health. Let’s say you just need to calculate the distance you walked, wearing a smart band could come handy.
Things like your sleep time and heart rate can monitored using a fitness band.
Best Fitness/Health Tracker Bands
Let’s have a look at the best fitness band your money can buy. They come at all the price points.
1.Mi Band Smart Wristband
Mi Smartband is still one of the best selling bands on Amazon. Mi makes some great affordable products like the Mi Smart Band.
It sold like hot pancakes when launched 2 years back and still one of the cheapest band on the market. Despite having no screen unlike its successor Mi Band Smart 2 ( we will talk about the band later).
Boasting features such as water resistance and sleep tracker the Fitness band by Mi comes at less than 12$ or seven hundred rupees, it's a steal deal.
Design of the smartband is quite basic. Comes in a single silver and black colour, you can’t be choosy when it comes to colour options. I am not a fan of the build quality, quite standard but you can’t complain owing to the cheap price.
Mi has never disappointed with their devices and this smartband is no joke.
Let’s talk about some the amazing feature that the fitness comes equipped with -
Automatic Unlock- We all know how frustating is to enter the passcode on your mobile again and again , especially when your phone doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor. Don’t worry with this fitness band you can unlock your phone without using a passcode.
Its a sweet feature to have.Anyone else who tries will be prompted to enter a passcode.
Sleep Tracker- It's a cool features which let’s you monitor your sleep cycle. It measures both the length and the quality of your sleep. Something like deep sleep 🙂
No need to setup anything its automatic.
Call alerts - Have you missed calls without any reasons? It happens to all of us even when our phone is not in silent mode. You can’t help it.
But with the MI Smartband you get incoming call alert. Your band will vibrate and notify if there’s a message or a call.
Battery- It houses a 225 mah battery which lasts for more than days together.It comes in some cool funky colours too.
You also get a IPv67 protection. Overall it's a great inexpensive band.
2.Mi Band 2
MI really makes some great fitness bands. The MI Smart Band 2 is an upgrade to the Mi Band 1 which we earlier talked about.
So if you have extra cash spend you can buy the MI SmartBand 2. It’s one great piece of technology.
The star of the show is the OLED display unlike the first version. This is helpful other than only seeing the time.
Currently out of stock everywhere, you can buy this band from sites like GearBest.
So what has changed when we compare to its previous version?A lot!
The OLED display takes up very less power, the energy-saving feature will allow you to use the tracker for a long time without recharging.
Apart from this it comes with an inbuilt heart rate sensor, which is quite accurate in my testing. There also a new pedometer equipped which helps in accurate readings. Happy running 😛
There’s also a smart reminder which reminds you to walk if you are resting for quite a lot. Weighing at only 68g its light and comfy.
Over 4000 reviews on Amazon is no joke. The smartband is one of the best you will get at this price.
Moreover the software app that it comes with is quite amazing too. Other features like Sleep Tracking and Water Resistance remain constant.
3. Honor Band 3 Activity Tracker
One of the best selling bands on Amazon, meet the Honor Band 3.
It looks amazing, totally different from the fitness bands we talked about earlier. It comes in 3 colours Black, Blue and Orange.
If you are a swimmer, you’ll love the band. The band is water resistant upto 50m which means you can easily take it the next time you swim. There is a custom swimming mode which tracks swim times, calories burned, and more.
Similar to the MI Band 2 it has a optical heart rate monitoring. It houses a M4 chip which supports floating-point operations with an optimized algorithm for 10 different fitness scenarios.
Ignore if it was too technical, only for nerds like me 😛
Honour claims to work for 30 days on a single charge but it mostly depends upon the usage 🙂 It also has the sleep tracking feature like the MI Band 2 . The band tracks 3 types of sleep be it deep or normal and also stores wake up data for analysis later 🙂
It can connect to any phone , just use the Huawei app 🙂
4. Intex Fitrist Cardio Fitness Tracker
If you are looking for an inexpensive band which also has a LED Screen then the Intex Fitrist Cardio Fitness Tracker is the best option you have.
The design is quite normal, nothing too great. It comes in a single black colour. It is rated as the number one in the Activity Bands section.
Let’s talk about the various features that the fitness bands comes with-
With this feature you can control the camera of your phone wirelessly using the phone. You can enable the feature using the Intex application.
We all know how cumbersome it is change music every time, but using the band you can change the music without the need of turning your mobile on.
Heart Rate Monitor
Getting a band equipped with heart rate sensor at this price might be difficult. You can easily monitor your heart rate at any time. A healthy heart means a healthy you.
You can easily monitor calls and messages through your band. You also get notified for facebook message and whatsapp too.
The Intex Fitrist also tracks your calories. You can set a goal using the application so that you will be able to work on your fitness goals.
It also tracks your sleep and steps as well. Overall the band is great at the price point.
5. Fastrack Reflex Smart Band
Every watch company is stepping into the fitness band game and Fastrack is no exception.
The Fastrack Reflex band comes in multiple colours (black & red, blue & orange, purple & black).
It comes with a 0.91 inch LED Screen. The screen displays also the current battery level.
You don’t get a heart rate sensor equipped with this one. So person looking for it can skip this one.
It is a little bulky band and you wouldn’t want to buy this band for its looks. Though Fastrack is a great band for the teens and they make some great products the Fastrack Reflex at a price point of two thousand rupees.
It’s only splash proof so you wouldn’t want to go swimming with band. Even though the brand is one people can trust but the first iteration has failed to impress.
It’s a big no from my side. You're better off buying the Intex Fitrist Band.
We even faced issues connecting the band with the Fast Track Application. But an update fixed the issue.The application is mediocore too. The band’s battery is star of the show but all the other features is shit :(
6. Lenovo HW01 Smart Band
Only available on Flipkart the Lenovo HW01 Smart Band is one of the best looking and rated band available on the market.
Let’s see why if it is worth its hype.
First of all the design of the band is quite unique and feels very light on the hand. It comes only is black colour.
It looks like Lenovo managed to add all the features into the HW01 Smart Band.
The band’s material is skin-friendly, it uses imported high-quality material and is highly resistant to abrasions.
You need not charge the band often because it comes equipped with a low-power Bluetooth chip. The 3D acceleration sensor give you precise readings and ensure that this band is energy efficient.
You can also use the band to sign into Whatsapp, Facebook etc.For selfie freaks you can use the band wirelessly to click your photos on your smartphone. All other features like sleep monitoring and music control.
Overall the band is quite popular and it deserves the hype.
7.GOQii Fitness Band
Among the many popular fitness bands, GOQii Fitness Tracker is the only one to come with an inbuilt charger. The company claims that it is the best selling fitness tracker in India.
Let’s see if it's really true.
First talking about the price,coming at only 1899 INR this fitness band from GOQii is very cheap for the features it provides.
If we talk about the features of this device , it has a heart rate monitor, step-distance-calorie counter, SMS, WhatsApp notifications and auto sleep. If you are looking for a health tracker then this the perfect choice for you. There is also a sports mode which continuously tracks your heart rate.
This fitness tracker doesn't come with a separate charger. USB integrated charger present on band. Connect with any USB port be it a laptop, power bank or any mobile charger for charging; separate charger is not required.
The company provides personal coach to monitor your vitals. GOQii coach help identify factors which cue your habits and also help suggest scientifically proven techniques to shift your habits for the better.
GOQii is one of the world’s leading Health & Lifestyle Coaching platform. I think you don’t have a better choice here. If you are serious about maintaining your health, GOQii is the way to go. More than just a fitness band it is complete package.
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8.Mi Band - HRX Edition
This the new collaboration between HRX and Mi. You can consider this as Mi Band 2 with a twist.
First things first, the price, this has made Mi Band 2 the best affordable Fitness Band. You can buy it at both Amazon and Flipkart.
We have reviewed the Mi Band 2 , refer above. This band doesn’t have a heart rate sensor owing to the less price tag.
Note- Mi Band 2 which is more expensive has a heart rate sensor.
So should you get the Mi Band – HRX Edition?
If you were looking to buy a fitness band look no further. If you are conscious about your health and want to keep fit then Mi Band is a smart purchase.
For those who are not as health conscious, you can benefit from this little band with features such as a clock, notifications, alerts and alarms.
The Mi Fit App is better than ever. You will love the new interface.
Fitness Bands come at a very reasonable cost and are a great alternative to Smart Watches. Even if you are not a fitness freak you can buy the band to monitor the notification and calls.
You can also you use it as a band. It is a great accessory for your phone.
We will keep adding the best fitness bands in India.