Many of our camp members always ask us for our recommendation in regards to the best fitness tracker to use for fitness and weight loss. With the release of the new apple watch there has been a great deal of debate about whether the Fitbit or the Apple Watch is the better investment for those on a mission to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The reason why it has become so controversial as to whether purchasing the Fitbit or the Apple Watch is a better idea is because the Apple Watch is far more expensive. This article will provide an informed comparison as to whether the Fitbit or the Apple Watch is the better investment by comparing their unique features such as: battery life, App’s, design, price, activity tracking, and heart rate monitoring. This article will be particularly useful to you if you have recently attended a weight loss camp for adults and are trying to find the right system for you. Consider the discussion below when making your final choice between the Fitbit & Apple Watch.
Before the Fitbit was labeled as a Smart Watch, its sole purpose was to track activities. This is the most advanced function that the Fitbit offers to their consumers. That said, when considering whether the Fitbit can support multiple App’s, it cannot. The Fitbit cannot measure up to the Apple Watch in this respect because the fundamental core of its design was created for an entirely different purpose. The Apple Watch when it comes to multiple App’s is absolutely the dominant product for those looking to not only have activity tracking features, but to also engage with multiple App’s both while working out and while going about their daily routine. For example, the Apple Watch has a camera, calendar, speaker, weather indicator, and microphone. In the subsequent versions, the Fitbit has attempted to compete with the Apple Watch, which is why now some support with other running App’s such as Nike have been integrated into the Fitbit. That said, the Apple Watch still has a substantial advantage in terms of integration with multiple App’s across the board.
In terms of battery life, both devices are on par with one another. Battery life is not the deciding factor that would make a customer choose between the two devices. That said, Apple devices have many different charging features that can be connected to laptops or traditional wall chargers. This is something to consider if you are an individual that travels a great deal and may forget to charge on a regular basis.
Another factor that is important to consider regarding battery life is the recent studies on sleep depravation and its impact on illness and weight loss. The Apple Watch does have to be charged at night, which makes it not able to monitor the hours of sleep that the individual is getting. Fitbit allows the individual to track the quality of sleep that they are getting in order to have the appropriate results from their weight loss and health goals.
Design is something that is absolutely a main component in terms of differentiating the two products. In terms of market niche, the Fitbit always favored the active, while Apple favored the active yet trendy. The Fitbit is known for being more basic and does not have a watch feature. The design of the screen is solely designed for the purpose of activity tracking, which is why the screen is in black and white rather than the color that the Apple Watch possesses. That said, the activity tracking that is available on the Fitbit is far preferred by serious runners that are looking for particular measurements that the Apple Watch doesn’t quite offer. Even though the design of the Fitbit is not the most snazzy, it does perform spectacularly for the purpose that it was created. In terms of band design, the Fitbit has a more athletic waterproof look than the Apple Watch does, which also appeals to its intended demographic.
The philosophy behind both the Fitbit and Apple Watch are to encourage individuals to be more active across the board. Both the Apple Watch and Fitbit do an excellent job of tracking activity; however, they do so with different strengths and weaknesses. To start, the Apple Watch has an excellent alarm that will sound when the person has not done enough activity. This feature is ideal for the individual that is trying to make a major change in their routine and who needs to be constantly reminded to be active.
The Apple Watch specifically tracks the distance traveled and the amount of calories burned. For a more in depth analysis, the Fitbit App will allow the customer to track the distance in terms of hills and flat surfaces that they have traveled. Fitbit enables the customer’s weight to be factored into the distance and calories burned to give the most accurate representation of which goals were met by using the activity tracker.
The original versions of the Apple Watch were not seen as serious products for aggressive runners. However, the second generation of the Apple Watch really became competitive when they integrated GPS into their product. For the adventurous runner or walker, they could easily take unique courses to spice up their typical exercise routine. The other element that made the Apple Watch more competitive in subsequent generations was the ability to have the features of 4G and on board music available. This ensures that an individual can workout and never take their phone or wallet with them as additional weight. For an individual that is walking or running a long distance, this is something that is quite useful to their ultimate enjoyment of their workout.
Heart Rate Monitor
The Apple Watch will only check an individual’s heart rate every ten minutes when the Workout App is not turned on. That said, when the Workout App is turned on, the device will monitor the heart rate continuously. This is where the Fitbit has better features than the Apple Watch because the Fitbit’s purpose revolves more around exercise and Cardio Vascular results from exercise. For this reason, there is a greater emphasis on the heart rate monitor feature of the Fitbit than the Apply Watch. Depending on what the individual is looking for, they should absolutely take this into account.
The Fitbit and Apple Watch are two devices that have been in competition with one another for a considerable amount of time; however, each device has their own niche of prospective consumers. Depending upon which consumer an individual is, they will be able to determine which product best suits their needs. What is important to take into account is the Apple Watch is for the individual that wants a smaller Smart Phone traveling with them everywhere they go that includes workouts and the Fitbit is for the more serious exercise individual that needs accurate tracking for marathon training and more serious training goals.
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