Not only the number of models introduces potential buyers into a stupor, but also the range of prices. Today, trackers can cost from a thousand rubles to several tens of thousands. What kind of fitness bracelet to choose so that it does not become a simple trinket, but brings practical benefit, because first of all it was created to control your own health, and only then it is a fashion accessory on hand. In addition, any buyer wants to buy the model that will not only meet his requirements, but also will not force him to overpay money for unnecessary functions. We’ll talk about this today.
- Назначение 1 Purpose
- Контроль пульса 2 Heart rate control
- Датчик GPS 3 GPS sensor
- Анализ сна 4 Sleep analysis
- Водонепроницаемость 5 Water resistant
- Автономность 6 Autonomy
- Наличие беспроводных интерфейсов 7 Availability of wireless interfaces
- Дисплей 8 Display
- Анализ результатов 9 Analysis of the results
- Дизайн 10 Design
Choosing a fitness bracelet should first begin with an assessment of its capabilities. Even the simplest models will be able to take steps, talk about the distance traveled during the day, and even calculate how many calories were spent per day. Moreover, budget models will report that the owner sits without movement for a long time and it is time for him to stretch. In general, these functions are enough for most ordinary users who do not practice training and want to have a general idea of their health.
If the future owner is seriously interested in sports, then he should pay attention to the models that are created for specific sports - running, swimming, cycling, and even golfers will find a device for themselves that will improve their playing skills. “Specialized” devices can provide more useful information about the training, as well as help to plan it and adhere to the plan in the process.
Heart rate control
Measuring heart rate or heart rate is a feature that has recently ceased to be something exclusive. If previously a special chest strap was required to calculate heart rate, today a similar option can be built into a regular wristband.
Whether pulse counting is needed or not is up to users to decide individually. However, it’s especially important for athletes to know heart rate, as this allows you to choose your heart rate zones and make training more effective and aimed: to increase muscle mass, work on endurance, burn fat and more. In addition, there is an opinion that the most accurate calculation of calories burned is impossible without measuring the pulse. Modern fitness bracelets can measure your heart rate around the clock or directly during sports.
In addition to athletes, people with diseases of the cardiovascular system need to know their own pulse.
Any modern smartphone is equipped with a GPS sensor, but the fitness tracker often remains deprived of it. The exception is the model of the upper and middle price segment. If the buyer does not plan to seriously engage in sports, this option is useless - by mistake, many believe that it is necessary to count the steps. However, for runners, cyclists or hiking enthusiasts, the GPS module will be a way to accurately measure the distance traveled, find out about speed, pace or find out the exact route.
Sleep control is gradually becoming one of the basic functions of trackers. Nevertheless, there are still many disputes about the benefits of this option. One thing is clear - those who wear bracelets without taking off will be able to receive detailed information about their sleep. In this case, it is not only about the number of hours, but also the phases of dreams. Moreover, expensive models are able not only to wake the user up at the right time with soft vibration, but they can also independently calculate the phases of sleep and the optimal waking time so that the owner of a new-fashioned device wakes up rested and fresh.
One of the important selection criteria is the presence of moisture protection in the device. It may seem to many that this is true for swimmers or lovers of water sports, but do not forget that there is always a risk of getting in the rain, and no one takes an umbrella for a run in the park. In addition, any athlete sweats during training, and even if the budget models have straps usually made of hypoallergenic material, the watch itself is in no way protected and may eventually fail if they do not have moisture protection. Thus, when choosing, it is better to give preference to the model that has moisture protection.
Another point related to protection against moisture - when buying, it is worth clarifying what exactly the device is protected from. There are different levels of protection - just from splashes, from pool water or full protection from saltwater with the possibility of diving to great depths.
Any modern electronic device works from power sources. This imposes restrictions on the time of use. And this should be considered when buying. Of course, the operating time of a fitness tracker and a smartphone are incomparable, since the former have less volatile electronics inside, however, and their battery supply is not infinite.
Power consumption is more affected by the display, GPS module and the synchronization of the device with a smartphone. By disabling their operating time, you can extend. On average, modern trackers are able to work for about a week without recharging. But there are models with autonomy up to several months or a year. Typically, batteries that cannot be charged are their power source.
To choose a good fitness bracelet, it is important to look at how it charges. On the market you can find models with a standard microUSB connector, models with wireless charging , with a branded cradle (usually causes a lot of negative emotions) or the models mentioned above with batteries that last a year, and then change to new ones. In the latter case, you should consider whether there will be new batteries on sale after a year or two.
Availability of wireless interfaces
It was mentioned above that in the "sports" bracelets the presence of a GPS module will not be superfluous, but what about Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or NFC support. Regarding the last sensor, the choice is quite simple - you need a model with contactless payments, then we buy with NFC. The presence of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is in many ways an additional source of battery consumption, but on the other hand, the ability to synchronize the bracelet with a smartphone or cloud for data transfer.
If the tracker is needed for the most basic functions, and it has its own display, then it is quite possible to do without synchronization with a smartphone. If, among other things, you need to receive notifications about calls or messages to the bracelet, then Bluetooth is required. In addition, it will allow you to control your music while jogging, quickly load data into the application on your smartphone - there are many possibilities with Bluetooth, but they are not always needed.
Wi-Fi synchronization allows you to upload data to the cloud and view information about the result of your workouts on a PC. In addition, it allows you to install applications on the bracelet, update software and perform other similar actions. It should be understood that Wi-Fi is the lot of expensive devices.
Whether a display is needed in a fitness bracelet is a question that worries many buyers. Obviously, its presence makes the device more functional. A similar gadget can be used without a connection with a smartphone, as useful information will be displayed directly on the screen. On the other hand - the display consumes battery and here you should decide what is needed. Today, trackers are sold without displays - information is displayed on a smartphone, with a monochrome display - displays a minimum of data, and full-color screens are also available. As a rule, devices with the latter type are the most expensive, but they also have more benefits.
Based on the foregoing, we can conclude - for basic functions and those who do not plan to wear a tracker without taking off, devices without a display or with a small black and white screen will do. For those who are seriously concerned about their own health and plan not only to collect information, but to make their wrist device a real trainer, they definitely need a bracelet with a large display that is well read in the sun.
The benefit of the collected information will be only if the user can view it and receive a full analysis. Smart bracelet manufacturers today offer different solutions for this - displaying data on the device itself, displaying information in a smartphone application or full analytics and training recommendations on the manufacturer’s website. Famous brands allow you to upload information not only to your own services, but also to international resources, where there are entire communities of athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. In this case, the user will be able to share their results and chat with like-minded people.
The most successful combination is a combination of all three display options. Actual data can be viewed on the bracelet (for example, while running), the application will display more advanced information on the smartphone, and the site will give a full assessment and comparison with previous workouts and tips for the future.
In 2019, you can find a variety of bracelets in stores - from thin devices without a display to gadgets of impressive size with round, square and other screen shapes. However, the last thing you should pay attention to when buying is design. Of course, for many this parameter is important - hardly anyone wants to wear a red fitness tracker under a strict suit, and for women in many ways design is an extremely important parameter. But it is worth remembering - so that a smart accessory does not disappoint, first we evaluate the possibilities, then the appearance.
It should be noted that many trackers are sold with the ability to change the strap. Moreover, the available options imply not only a different color, but also the material of execution. When buying a device, you should understand how ergonomic it is. Obviously, a model with a large display can uncomfortably sit on a small female hand or fly away from it. In order for the bracelet to become a real helper - it must become part of the hand, that is, the user, ideally, should remember about its existence only if necessary to obtain information.
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