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5 Things to Look for Before Buying a Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker

If you are in the market for a new smartwatch or fitness tracker, you have a lot of choices. You might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Rest assured it is normal to feel this way, especially if you have never bought or used one before. We want to make sure you make the best choice you can in order to fit your needs. Here are the top 5 things to think about before you make your purchase.                                                                    

Compatibility

Whether you are looking to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker, make sure that it works with your smartphone. Most phones use either iOS or Android. Check your phone's app store for the manufacturer's fitness app before you buy. You will also want Bluetooth connectivity to ensure you can use all the great features of your new device.

Durability

Between work, chores, exercise, and leisure time, life can get busy. You want to make sure your smartwatch and activity tracker can keep up with you. Something to think about is the design. You will be wearing it on your wrist so you will want a modal that is sleek and low profile. If it is too big and bulky, you will likely hit it against tables, desks, and keyboards. You won't want to spend extra money replacing the screen if it gets cracked. Also, make sure the fitness tracker is water resistant so you do not need to remove it everytime you wash your hands.

Features

When it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers, there are a lot of features to consider. Let's talk about the features you are most likely to use. For example, the iFitness Pulse fitness tracker has:

  • Calorie Counter
  • Distance Tracker
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Pedometer
  • Water Resistant
  • Alarms
  • Bluetooth
  • Clock
  • Sedentary Reminder
  • Sleep Tracker

Don't just assume that all fitness trackers have these features. Some don't even have a screen and others make you pay for their corresponding fitness app. If it does not have these basic features, it is not worth your money.

Style

Everybody has his or her own unique style. Some people might be fine with a plain black band, while others might prefer lavender or pink. When you start looking for a smartwatch, find one that allows you to change the look. Having several different band options on hand lets you personalize your watch.

Sleep Tracking

There are many choices when it comes to fitness trackers and smartwatches. Unfortunately, they do not all have sleep tracking capabilities. Some might have the option, but it might not have the battery life to work all day and night. Some smartwatches need to be charged every night. The iFitness Pulse is a smartwatch, fitness tracker, and sleep tracker all in one. Plus, the battery will last about 4 days.

Don't be fooled by brand names or sticker prices. Expensive does not always equal quality. When it comes to fitness trackers and smartwatches, you must choose the one that works best for you. It is about individuality. The only bells and whistles you need are the ones you will actually use.