In recent years, it has become incredibly popular to wear a fitness tracker to monitor sleep, steps, calories. This isn’t even just within the fitness industry, trackers are worn by all ages, genders, from all different lifestyles. It’s now common to hear people bragging about their night’s sleep or competing over who can get the highest step count. So, here I have compared the market leader, Fitbit, and the latest fitness tracker brand, Nuband.
As a fitness enthusiast myself, I have worn a fitness tracker for the past year almost every day. My first watch was the FitBit Charge HR, and I am now wearing the Nuband i-Touch which so far, I am very impressed with.
Both watches track step count, monitor sleep and track activity, including calories burned. However, the main difference is the Fitbit includes a heart rate monitor and the Nuband does not. Instead, it tracks activity through movement. You may think this is a negative but I gave up on my Fitbits energy expenditure a long time ago. I found it was inaccurate and unreliable, and since then I have read studies stating that the calorie expenditure can be up to 95% inaccurate. Therefore, the fact the Nuband doesn’t have a heart rate tracker or give you a calorie burn for the full day, really isn’t an issue.
In terms of design, I much prefer the Nuband over the Fitbit. It looks modern, sleek and stylish with a ‘popper’ style strap fastening. I also much prefer how the Nuband charges, you simply pop out the screen and plug it in to a USB port. This means no more lost or forgotten charging wires when going away!
I have also found that the Nuband has a much longer battery life than the Fitbit. The battery was full after two hours of charge and is said to last up to two weeks. So far so good (3 days in and still on full battery power). As opposed to the Charge HR which would last around 4-5 days before needing more juice.
Although very similar, I do find the Fitbit app easier to navigate than the Nuband app to view steps and stats. However, the Nuband does sync to the app MUCH quicker than Fitbit, which is much more efficient.
Both watches also allow you to receive notifications from your phone such as calls, messages and social media. A very handy feature to have for when working out in the gym! However, this is a feature I could never figure out how to activate on my Fitbit. Yet the Nuband set all this up for me without having to activate or fiddle with settings, which was much easier. Giving a much better customer experience.
Overall, I would say the Nuband comes out first in terms of practicality, affordability, and design. The only difference would be the Nuband not having a heart rate monitor. But in terms of how accurate these are with calorie expenditure anyway. I wouldn’t say they needed to add one at all. I personally never paid attention to the calorie burn on my Fitbit, as I knew it wasn’t to be taken as gospel. Therefore, I think the Nuband team deserve so much recognition as they have created a fitness tracker which is not only much more affordable, but just as accurate, techy and stylish.
Nuband Fitness Tracker Features:
- Touch screen
- Activity and sleep tracker
- Gesture control
- Camera control
- Notifications and calls
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