Most stylish tracker
Fitbit Alta HR Price: £99 from fave.co/2qaCWmh
Fitbit just made the slimmest fitness band with continuous heart rate monitoring. With expanded sleep features and week-long battery life, it’s a near-perfect activity tracker. The firm does a lot of things really well, but making fashionable fitness bands is not one of those things. Or at least it wasn’t, until the Fitbit Alta debuted in spring 2016. After failing to impress with the Apple Watchlike Blaze smartwatch at the beginning of 2016, Fitbit followed up with the Alta, which puts on a stylish twist on the signature Fitbit look. Now the Alta has been upgraded with continuous heart rate-monitoring, which opens up a suite of sleep-tracking features that make this a mustbuy. The Alta HR nails the basics – automatic and accurate step counts, workout-tracking, and sleep analysis – while looking like a slim wristband you wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear from the gym to the office to
a dinner date. You can easily swap out the Alta’s sport band for a nicer leather or metal option, like a slimmer version of Fitbit’s Charge 2 device. The sleep-tracking features are insightful for insomniacs, and the sevenday battery life is even better than the first-generation Alta’s five-day promise.
The Fitbit app is the backbone of the Alta HR, graphing your activity and sleep and motivating you with social challenges. It lacks HealthKit integration, which can be important for iOS users who want all of their health data in one spot, but the Alta HR’s features and price point are so good that it’s tough to dock Fitbit any points for that oversight.