Which of our tracker trio is the undis­puted hep­tathlon cham­pion?

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It mon­i­tors your heart rate, then sets you a breath­ing chal­lenge

All of th­ese gad­gets do the things track­ers do best: track your every step, snooze, climb of a stair and calo­rie burned, and of­fer feel­good no­ti­fi­ca­tions and re­minders to be ac­tive or go to bed. They all auto-de­tect a work­out – an ex­cel­lent fea­ture that most GPS sportswatches don’t have – and in­clude smart no­ti­fi­ca­tions and built-in wrist-based HR mon­i­tors.

The Vivos­mart HR+ has ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from a high-end tracker. The move bar is a great touch. In­stead of an out-of-the-blue alert, which can irk, you can see the bar build­ing up, and act be­fore be­ing alerted. The Vivos­mart’s sport modes are lim­ited, how­ever – there’s Run­ning, Car­dio or Other, and only Run­ning has GPS (though Other still of­fers dis­tance, time, BPM and calo­ries burned). Vir­tual Pacer is neat, with a con­tin­u­ous view of how you’re do­ing against a tar­get pace – great for marathon train­ing. There’s plenty more, too: mu­sic con­trols, weather up­dates, find my phone, auto lap and auto pause – you can even an­swer and de­cline calls from your band (though you can’t ac­tu­ally con­verse).

The Gear Fit2 takes things up a level. It does all of that (bar con­tin­u­ous HR) but by­passes the smart­phone. As well as Spo­tify com­pat­i­bil­ity (ad­mit­tedly only when your phone is in range) and Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, you can store up to 4GB of mu­sic and lis­ten on wire­less ear­phones. There’s so much data avail­able on screen, you don’t feel the need to go to the app af­ter a day or run – you even get a nom­i­nal map of your route, graphs show­ing HR and speed, and more. There are reams of sports modes, from yoga to row­ing ma­chine. Cus­tomi­sa­tion is so far-reach­ing, you can even change the font.

The Fit­bit’s most orig­i­nal fea­ture is Guided Breath­ing, which mon­i­tors your heart rate for 30 sec­onds, then sets you a breath­ing chal­lenge to help make you more tran­quilo. Its PurePulse HR track­ing is con­tin­u­ous, and the nu­mer­ous sports modes in­clude el­lip­ti­cal trainer and weight train­ing. Though there’s no GPS, it can track dis­tance trav­elled via a smart­phone.

Sam­sung’s Gear Fit2 of­fers so much on-de­vice in­for­ma­tion that there’s al­most no need for a smart­phone and app to com­ple­ment it

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