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Fitbit Alta HR Price: £99 from

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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.

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