Fitbands

Fitbands

Fitness fans unite! Because along with the developments in technology, comes the Fitband fever. Checking your vitals have now become ever increasingly popular in today’s market and we have to thank the invention of modern-day bands. They’re bands, but not so ordinary.

Health is wealth, and as that saying goes, people take it steps further. Gone are the analog days of strapping a strap across your arm only to have it painfully pumped to check your heartrate. Today, we have the fitbands – which exactly that, along with a host of other checks and features functions convenient to your fitness journey.

From measuring blood oxygen levels, to tracking your heart rate – the fitband does it all. It’s imperative to frequently track your blood oxygen levels. Pulse oximeters are available to do just that and are available separately. However, fitbands come with blood oxygen level tracker, also known as SpO2 tracker, in addition to the ever-present tracking of how many calories you’ve burnt, breathing monitor, cardio fitness levels, and much more.

Despite being an accessory to your fitness – it is an absolute unit when it comes to notifying you of your messages, emails, calls, and alarms and reminders. It is basically your personal assistant on your wrist!

With a brief understanding of how fit bands work, lets take into account the top fit bands in the market:

Oppo Band Style – Rupees 2799

The Oppo Band Style hails from the Oppo family – a new kid on the block aiming to bring a strong competition to the ever-established big wigs of the tech world. Their arrival has brought about waves and they certainly mark their intentions with the range of products that they have.

The Fit band comes with features intentionally looking out to cater to the requirements of fitness lovers. We’ll introduce the band with some specifications that bring out its best.

Screen – AMOLED

With the conventional bands opting for the OLED displays for costing purposes – the Oppo Band style utilizes the AMOLED screen for their bands. This brings about a contrast in difference from this model to the conventional bands as the AMOLED displays are significantly better than their OLED counterparts. The AMOLED screens have their diodes omit faster reaction speed and deliver higher contrast levels, making it clear for the wearer to read the data on the band.

Battery Life

The battery runs for as long as 12 days in one go. Recharging takes about 1.5 hours to fully charge.

Compatibility & Connectivity

The Fit Band is compatible with all Android Devices and can be connected via Bluetooth using Bluetooth v5.0

Structure

The Fit Band is water resistance and has a Heart Rate monitor

Functionality

Continuous SpO2 monitoring, Sleep monitoring, Real-time heart rate monitoring, Daily activity, Get-up reminders, Breathing exercise

OnePlus Band – Rupees 2499

OnePlus Band has been launched in India as the company’s first wearable device. The new fitness band is designed to counter Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 5 and comes with a similar list of features. The OnePlus Band comes with an AMOLED display that supports touch inputs. It also supports blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and heart rate monitoring. For fitness and health enthusiasts, the OnePlus Band works with a new OnePlus Health app that allows users to track their daily activities, heart rate, and sleep data. The band also includes 13 exercise modes.

Screen – AMOLED

With the conventional bands opting for the OLED displays for costing purposes – the Oppo Band style utilizes the AMOLED screen for their bands. This brings about a contrast in difference from this model to the conventional bands as the AMOLED displays are significantly better than their OLED counterparts. The AMOLED screens have their diodes omit faster reaction speed and deliver higher contrast levels, making it clear for the wearer to read the data on the band.

Battery Life

The battery runs for as long as 14 hours in one go. The battery capacity is 100 mAh

Compatibility & Connectivity

The Fit Band is compatible with all Android Devices and can be connected via Bluetooth using Bluetooth v5.0

Structure

The Fit Band is water resistance and has a Heart Rate monitor.
The OnePlus Band, like most fitness bands, has two components: a strap and a capsule. There are no buttons on the capsule but it has a touchscreen just like the Mi Smart Band 5, with a OnePlus logo below it. Powering up the OnePlus Band requires you to clip the capsule onto the included charger.

Functionality

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4 has been launched in India and it boasts of new and improved features over the last Fitbit Charge but retains the same design. Fitbit claims the Charge 4 can last up to 7 days on a single charge. It also adds GPS functionality to the fitness tracker itself, which comes in three colour variants and a special edition which includes a black classic band. The Fitbit Charge 4 has been made from aerospace-grade aluminium and has sleep tracking and Fitbit Pay features as well.

Screen

OLED greyscale touchscreen

Battery Life

Fitbit claims an up to 7-day battery on the Charge 4 but if you use GPS continuously, the battery will be drained in five hours. The fitness tracker can charge completely in two hours.

The Charge 4 can save seven days of detailed motion and heart rate data and daily totals for past 30 days

Compatibility & Connectivity

The fitness tracker comes with Bluetooth 4.0

Structure

Talking about the sensors, the Charge 4 has a 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC, and altimeter. It also has a vibration motor. Water resistance to 50 meters.

Garmin vivosmart 4 – Rupees 12,990

The smart fitness tracker comes with advanced sleep monitoring through a rapid eye movement (REM) monitor feature, wrist-based Pulse Ox sensor to measure blood oxygen saturation levels at night, and an all-day stress tracking feature. It also bears a relaxation breathing timer, VO2 Max feature, and Body Battery feature.

Screen

Battery Life

The Garmin vivosmart can be used up to 7 days on a full charge

Compatibility & Connectivity

Android users will also be able to reply to texts using the Garmin Vivosmart 4

Honor Band 5i

The new HONOR Band 5i is a powerful fitness band that can help you monitor your daily activities, track your sleep cycle, monitor your heart rate, and does so much more. It’s an easy-to-use and easy-to-manage fitness band for all fitness enthusiasts out there, irrespective of their age.

Screen

The Honor Band 5i features a 0.96-inch (160×80 pixels) touch-sensitive colour display that has a capacitive button below it

Honor Band 5

The Honor Band 5 is an iteration in the popular Honor Band series. This new fitness tracker packs in an AMOLED display, and is capable of tracking sleep as well as heart rate. It’s also water-resistant upto 50m. The Honor Band 5 competes with the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4, and is priced the same at Rs. 2,299. So which fitness wearable should you pick? We put the Honor Band 5 to the test to find out.

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