Battle of the Bands Kelly Lo November 6, 2014 Accessories, Be a Fashionista There are no shortage of options when it comes to smart devices that will track everyday activity, but some are just plain better than the rest. For those who like to micromanage every part and aspect of their day, fitness trackers are a godsend. With every sports and tech company, start-ups and big players alike jumping on the fitness band wagon, now seems like a better time than any to take a look at the most reliable bands to keep track of your health. Samsung Gear Fit A fusion between a Galaxy Gear smartwatch and a Fitbit fitness band, the Samsung Gear Fit boasts a sharp with all the features you expect from a dependable tracker. It comes with a bright touch-screen display, tracks your workouts, a heart-rate monitor, and it syncs with your Samsung health Apps on your mobile device. Our only gripe is that it’s not too great as a smartwatch or a band in its own right. It’s a good marriage of the two devices but not so great as a standalone for either type. It’s also not water-proof so don’t plan on taking the Gear Fit on a swim anytime soon, nor can you share your progress on social media sites through the band. Moov What could be better than a coach that will guide you through a workout and even teach you the basic boxing moves for free? A coach that’s strapped to your wrist, that’s what! Moov is said to be more than just a fitness tracker, it’s supposed to be a personal coach that is powered by your iPhone or iPad. The Moov band comes along with the Moov app for your phone which is jam-packed with workout regimes for beginners and experts alike. There is also a virtual personal trainer to keep your motivated. Moov uses a physical motion tracker to monitor your workouts and give you feedback on your performance in real-time. For example, if you’re jogging and your pace drops below the target set by workout program, Moov will notify you and even advise you on how to improve your performance. Moov is working on more apps for a diverse range of workouts including a swimming app and a boxing app called Cardio Punch. Moov is currently still in the early stages of development, but it has a lot of potential. Jawbone Up3 Any fitness nut worth his or her salt knows that Jawbone is a well-known and reliable brand that has produced products ranging from sleep trackers to hardcore workout bands. Jawbone’s latest venture, the Up3 is a step up from your run-of-the-mill fitness bands. It does more than measure your heart-rate. Using high-tech bioimpedance sensors, the Up3 measures physiological signals and detects respiration rate and galvanic skin response. This means Up3 tracks body temperature, hydration, exertion, and other very useful stats to record. The band comes with an updated Up app that will give context to data and suggest ways to improve your workout. Like FitBit, you can input your meals into the app for more customization. TomTom Runner Cardio A lot of bands come with a bunch of bells and whistles that may be a bit intimidating to users, TomTom keeps it simple with its Runner Cardio watch. With a built-in heart rate sensor on the underside and a GPS tracker that keeps record of your location, distance, elevation, and pace, the TomTom is the essential runner’s buddy. Your data is synced to your personal account on TomTom for full review after your workout. The watch looks and feels a bit clunky compared to the sleeker and more trendy competitors, but it does its job and it does it well.