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Product Review: Fitness Trackers & Running Watches



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written by runnergirl training

This is my fitness trackers and running watches review. It is limited in scope since it is only the products that I have personally purchased and owned. Let’s discuss the products as two groups; fitness trackers and fitness watches. I have made the reviews straightforward with quick pros and cons lists. Read my review below!






Fitness Trackers:


FitBit Force

Pros:
Simple design
App is user friendly


Cons:
Skin irritation
Strap easily unclasped
Display is limited


Fit Bit Force Fitness Tracker Force Fitness Tracker Pedometer


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FitBit Charge HR

Pros:
App is user friendly
Lightweight
Accurate step counter
Simple
Measures HR
Call notifications

Cons:
No automatic move notification


fitbit charge HR fitness tracker pedometer
Stock Photo
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FitBit Alta

Pros:
Lightweight
App is user friendly
Display is ample
Stylish
Smart notifications
Simple
Move notification


Cons:
Charger can be difficult to connect

fitbit alta fitness tracker



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Jawbone UP24

Pros:
Lightweight
Simple


Cons:
Display is nonexistent
Cap on end is easily lost


Jawbone UP 24 fitness tracker pedometer
Black band is the Jawbone UP24

Jawbone UP 24 fitness tracker pedometer


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Garmin VivoFit

Pros:
Lightweight
Step counter is accurate
Simple
Battery lasts one year

Cons:
No heart rate


Garmin Vivo Fit Fitness Tracker Pedometer


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Garmin VivoSmart

Pros:
Smart notifications
Lightweight
Step counter is accurate
Inactivity Alert

Cons:
Display can go dim/not work after use for a while
Had to replace twice for display going dim/off


garmin vivo smart fitness tracker pedometer


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Running Watches:


Polar S410

Pros:
Accurate distance outdoors
Accurate heart rate
Used for 12 years before upgrading

Cons:
Uses older computer software to display metrics
Heart rate monitor chest strap
Older technology 

Polar S410 running watch heart rate monitor



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Polar M400

Pros:
Simple
Accurate GPS
Durable
Long battery life
Non proprietary charging cable (any micro USB)

Cons:
Older technology
Does not have heart rate
Heavy
App is not user friendly

Polar M400 running watch pedometer



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Apple Watch

Pros:
Great as extension of iPhone
Good for texting
Smart notifications


Cons:
Poorly measures heart rate
Poorly tracks distance
App metrics are not overly informative of fitness performance


apple watch smart notifications iPhone running watch heart rate monitor



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Garmin Forerunner 110

Pros:
Accurate distance outdoors

Cons:
Heavy
Bulky
Catches on clothes sleeves
Heart rate monitor chest strap


garmin forerunner 110 running watch




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Garmin Forerunner 235

Pros:
Accurate distance
Accurate heart rate
No chest strap for heart rate monitor
Nice app to display metrics
Smart notifications

Cons:
None


garmin forerunner 235 heart rate monitor running watch




I was not asked to write this review and did not receive compensation. All products I personally purchased and used/use. All opinions expressed are mine from my experiences. 


All photos are mine except for FitBit Charge HR as it is a stock photo.


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