The differences, features, and price points of the popular athletic trackers.
Fitbit has become a proprietary eponym, like Kleenex or Xerox. While they may have started out as relatively simple activity trackers, the wearable devices have evolved considerably over the past decade or so—and with them the fitness tracker and smartwatch industry as a whole. You can still find plenty of basic fitness watches that are intended to be worn all day and mostly forgotten about until you want to check your stats and activity. But you can also get much more full-featured smartwatches or GPS-enabled fitness trackers that can guide and monitor you through a range of sports and activities. Many of these wearables can also now even stand in for a smartphone, and do things like receive texts, play music, or make payments.
That means choosing one to put on your wrist is more difficult decision than ever. We’ve curated some of the best current fitness-minded wearable devices here to aid you in your decision-making, whether you’re just looking for an everyday fitness tracker or something more advanced for training and exercise.
How We Chose
To select these devices, we relied on our own experience and previous Popular Mechanics coverage and testing of fitness trackers and smartwatches. We also surveyed the market and took customer reviews as well as professional reviews from trusted publications like Wired, Ars Technica, and PC Magazine, into account.