The best fitness trackers
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The Basis Peak is the latest promising entrant from Intel. It comes with heart rate sensors, sleep sensors and galvanic skin sensors to pick up on changes in temperature and sweat. It automatically picks up whether you’re running or walking. The watch is water proof – take a shower or swim with it even. The display is a bit wanting, in that it doesn’t tell you the distance you’ve walked.
Available at Mybasis.com, Rs 12,000
The Goqii is the world’s first free fitness tracker that comes with the missing link – the human touch. Integrated via Bluetooth, the Goqii measures steps, sleep and total calories burned and also allows your “coach” (part of the app) to motivate you with suggestions and healthy eating tips. While the company doesn’t charge anything for the device, the Goqii charges Rs 5,999 for 6 months of coaching. The highlight? Karma Points. For every 390 steps, you earn a Karma Point. These are integrated with leading charities like Oxfam, and allow you to give back to society.
Available at Amazon.in, the device is free but coaching starts at Rs 3,999 for 3 months.
Withings Pulse O2
This device is the new and improved version of the Withings pedometer. It now comes with the ability to read and detect blood oxygen levels. This gives Withings an edge over others; pulse, steps taken, and total calories burned are all numbers we can gather from other competitors too. It can be worn as a wristband or as a clip-on device. And is known to give accurate heart rate readings across brands.
Available at Amazon.in, Rs 12,360
A sleek wristband (available in onyx and black) that measures how many steps you’ve taken and the number of hours you’ve slept well. It has a battery life that lasts about a week and syncs with most smartphones via Bluetooth. It is sweat proof, water resistant and easy to clean. An upgraded version – Jawbone up23 – should be out soon.
Available at Jawbone.com, Rs 8,160
Garmin Forerunner 15
Touted as one of the best gadgets for runners in the affordable segment, Garmin comes with an integrated activity and GPS tracker to help you log your runs with more accuracy. You can pay a little extra and buy it with the heart rate monitor or choose to go without it. It boasts a battery life of about 5 weeks in watch mode and 5 hours in training mode. The only downside- its not connected via Bluetooth.
Available at Garmin.co.in, Rs 9,490