Fitness, fashion or budget: What wearable should you buy?

There's a wide selection of wearables on offer, so how do you know which one is for you?

The wearable market continues to expand with offerings for every budget. Some want a wearable for fitness purposes, others want high functionality and then there's those who want a fashion accessory. 

Before you purchase a wearable, ensure you know what exactly you want from a device. Many of the devices have multiple functions, ticking boxes for a lot of people, but you don't want to pay the money and then be disappointed. 

Fitness:

FitBit are my brand of choice when it comes to premium fitness devices. I have reviewed many models over the years and these two stand out from the crowd. 

FitBit Surge €229

FitBit Blaze €229 

Both of these have a host of features to keep the wearer happy including:

  • GPS tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • All day activity monitor
  • Multisport
  • 7 day battery life
  • Notifications
  • Sleep monitor
  • Wireless Sync
  • Music control

Of the two, Blaze would be my choice. Have trialled both, I prefer the screen on the Blaze and think it looks better on the wrist. 

Fashion:

Withings Activité €390 (right)

Apple Watch €429 (top)

Motorola Moto 360 €350 (left)

While these are good looking devices, they also have great functionality. The Apple Watch is impressive and looks great, but is very expensive for what it is. If you like the concept of Apple watch but don't want to pay that sort of money, the Moto 360 is a great alternative. The Withings Activité is a beautiful smartwatch that looks neat on the wrist.

 

Budget:

If you want a simple, affordable fitness band, one of these is for you. Each pairs to a smartphone and can provide basic information including steps, sleeping patterns and other such information. 

Jawbone Up €49

Garmin Vivo Fit €69

FitBit Flex €89