Fitness Trackers Comparison: FitBit vs WiThings vs Jawbone


Let’s take a look at three of the most popular gadgets used for fitness tracking, as they are increasingly complex and they manage to do a very good job in monitoring our physical activities, from heart rate to the number of steps and calories we burn daily.
WiThings FitBit JawboneThe Withings Pulse is made by a French manufacturer which became famous for its fitness tracking devices. The Pulse is tiny in size but it comes packed with all the features you will ever need when working out, everything from steps, calories burned, altitude, and heart rate while sleeping, is monitored and collected by this guardian angel. The Withings even knows when you’re running, thanks to its accelerometer built in.
Being small and light, just the size of a matchbox, you can wear the Pulse on your belt or on your wrist. The best part is that you’ll not need a third party device for syncing and displaying your latest work out information, because this baby records and shows the last 10 days’ worth of data on its own display, unlike some of its competitors. You can use the tiny touchscreen for scrolling up and down between your distances travelled, step count, calories burned and so on. Battery life is claimed to be about 14 days, but I wouldn’t take that seriously, in real-life the Withings will last you for 4-5 days tops on a single charge. Pulse comes with an app that works both for iOS and Android called Withings Health Mate and it’s designed in four main categories of a person’s health: weight, sleep, heart and activity.
At a price tag of almost $100, it offers quite a lot: it collects a myriad of information, it tracks runs automatically, it has helpful reminders and the app is very useful when using third party devices like smartphones.
WithingsThis cool looking gadget features an elegant, some would say minimalistic design and it’s called FitBit Flex. As you can see, it doesn’t have a fancy touchscreen, just a small array of LED lights used to show the Flex’s status, these are the only indicators in the tiniest fitness tracker on the market.
Despite its simple looks, the flexible rubber band harbors a very complex and smart device. Inside the wrist band you will find the brains behind the whole operation, a little plastic box that contains all the Flex’s electronic components.
The FitBit Flex is very easy to use, ergonomically designed, extremely wearable and it manages to help you track steps, sleep and calories burned. One of its best features is its fully automated syncing capabilities with PC and Macs via Bluetooth and it also communicates with various brands of smartphones directly, thanks to a dedicated mobile app.
Another cool thing about the gadget is that the FitBit Flex is water resistant, and even if it doesn’t feature a screen, like other fitness tracking devices, it’s very decent price tag of $99.95 makes it a fierce competitor and my personal favorite.
FitBit FlexJawbone Up is the most beautiful fitness tracker I have ever seen; this is one of its strongest selling points in my opinion. It was designed to be worn 24/7 and it looks just like a bracelet, it doesn’t attract attention with screens and lights, there’s no “look at me” feature built in this baby.
The Jawbone ‘s sober looks hide the fact that what you’re dealing with here is a complex device, packed with electronics, motion sensors and flexible circuit boards, all very well disguised under a rubber skin.
Unlike other fitness trackers, the Jawbone Up doesn’t have a screen, just two status lights (one in a shape of a starburst and the other one a half moon); everything is stripped to a minimum to save space and to cut down on its weight.
The only things resembling a “tech” product are one silver button and a 3.5 mm headphone plug, which is used for charging the gizmo and for syncing it with your smartphone via an USB adaptor (included).
The Jawbone Up is very light, at just 0.8 ounce and comfortable to wear, you can actually forget you have it on your wrist.
Even if it doesn’t have a screen and comes with only one button, this baby can do lots of things for you : it measures your movements and your activity by the number of steps you take, it can calculate the calories burned taking into account your gender, weight and height, it tracks the quality of your sleep and the time you spend in bed and all sorts of useful things.
The data collected is displayed on your Android device/iPhone using a dedicated app. A cute feature is the “idle alert”, which makes the band vibrate on your wrist when the Jawbone detects that you failed to move your body for a predetermined amount of time, let’s say half an hour. I find the idea excellent, especially if you’re a coach potato like yours truly. This type of haptic feedback can be also used as an alarm/reminder.
Another strong point in the Jawbone is its outstanding battery life, as it manages to stay “alive” for over a week of heavy usage. At $129.99, this is a very cute smartphone accessory for the casual “weekend warrior”.


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