Which of our tracker trio is the undisputed heptathlon champion?
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