Before 2007, the idea of a “smartwatch” sounded foreign. But when the creators of Fitbit opened the wearable tech industry, it offered an alternative to dieting and exercising, a method that takes trial and error to get into the right routine. This new fitness method uses technology to monitor your body’s physical activity and produce data that people can track and make adjustments to their diet and routine.
More Than a Fancy Pedometer
Fitbit products, in the early days, based all of the data on how many steps a person took a day. It sensed movement, counted steps, and then calories burned, floors climbed and activity duration and intensity. All of this information proved helpful for those keeping track of their activity. From there, the wearable tech industry was born.
Now, for over a decade, Fitbit products are no longer the only digital fitness trackers on the market. As companies like Google and Apple caught wind of popular Fitbit products, they introduced wearable tech on their own. However, these other companies based their tracking on Fitbit’s tried and true algorithm. Their smartwatches did much more than track activity and incorporated more phone-based apps made for the smartwatch.
The Latest Fitbit Products
Based on the data and reviews of their products, Fitbit designed several different versions of their fitness tracker. There’s a Fitbit for every person and their budget. Depending on how much you expect to use the Fitbit, you can choose which one is right for you.
The top Fitbit products available:
Fitbit Charge 3
Arguably one of the best activity trackers on the market, the Fitbit Charge 3 is an updated version of the Charge 2 with a bigger screen and improved notifications. It tracks your heart rate and breathing even under water. The Charge 3 is waterproof with GPS integrated tech, but only when connected to your phone.
Fitbit Inspire HR
One of Fitbit’s basic products, the Inspire HR can do everything the Charge 3 can do except swim tracking, but it is still waterproof. It’s sleek and premium design make it one of the more fashionable Fitbits. If you want a Fitbit that tells you more than just the time and your heart rate, you will have to pay more for another Fitbit product.
Fitbit Versa 2
This Fitbit is Alexa-compatible and can access more third-party apps than other products. This versatility gives the Versa 2 more uses on top of tracking activity. There’s no GPS feature for the Versa 2 so you’ll have to bring your phone along with you on a run.
To Fitbit or Not to Fitbit
If you’re already an owner of a Fitbit and looking to upgrade then the Charge 3 would be your best option. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, you might be able to get a deal or you can wait for newer products to launch next year if you’re satisfied with your current version.
If you are committed to tracking your fitness, then the Fitbit is the tracker for you.