Best for iPhone users

Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 Price: £359 from

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If you’re deeply wed to the Ap­ple ecosys­tem of de­vices and soft­ware and have money to spare, then the new­est Ap­ple Watch is the best fit­ness tracker you can buy. I’ve been wear­ing one al­most ev­ery day since the de­vice de­buted last year. While many peo­ple fo­cus on the Ap­ple Watch’s apps, no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and its po­ten­tial as an iPhone re­place­ment, I’ve al­ways ar­gued that the

de­vice’s best use case is health-track­ing. The wa­ter­re­sis­tant Se­ries 3 also comes with GPS and swim­track­ing to its al­ready long list of fit­ness fea­tures.

You can launch the Work­out app from a com­pli­ca­tion on the watch face and choose from 12 work­out pre­sets, from swim­ming or row­ing to bik­ing or run­ning. The Ac­tiv­ity app graphs your data and shows you how far you have to go to meet your daily goals for ex­er­cise, calo­ries burned, and stand­ing. With on-board music stor­age, you can even sync Ap­ple Music playlists di­rectly to the watch and use a pair of Blue­tooth ear­phones for a truly min­i­mal­ist work­out ex­pe­ri­ence. Ac­tiv­ity-shar­ing in watchOS 3 means I can en­cour­age my friends to achieve their fit­ness goals, and vice versa.

I mainly use the Ap­ple Watch as a fit­ness band, but it han­dles light­weight iPhone fea­tures like a champ, too. If I want to map my way to a des­ti­na­tion, send a text

mes­sage, check my cal­en­dar, or even hail an Uber, I can just open the app on my watch. No other fit­ness tracker com­pares. But the Se­ries 3 comes with a high price tag for all those fea­tures, which is why it’s for iPhone devo­tees only. Prices for the Se­ries 1 start at £249 and while it lacks GPS and water-re­sis­tance, it has all the other fit­ness fea­tures that make the Ap­ple Watch worth buy­ing.

If you want a fit­ness tracker that can stand in for your iPhone in a pinch, the Ap­ple Watch is the best – and re­ally the only – op­tion.

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