Fitness tracker or smartwatch?

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They’re both connected devices you wear on your wrist. So what’s the difference? Scroll down to find out what they do.

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If you’re thinking of buying a wearable, then it’s important to work out whether you want a smartwatch or a fitness tracker. So we’ve got a breakdown of what they do and which ones we’d recommend, to help you figure it out. 

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So, what’s a smartwatch?

You wear a smartwatch on your wrist, just like a normal watch. But it can do loads more than just tell the time. In fact, a smartwatch is more like a tiny smartphone than a watch. It can send texts, emails and social media notifications straight to your wrist, and even give you directions to your meeting. Just like a smartphone, you can customise your smartwatch to suit your lifestyle by downloading apps. So you can catch up on the news, play games or listen to music on the go. You can even switch up the style of some smartwatches – like the Samsung Galaxy Watch, which gives you a choice of watch faces. But bear in mind that different smartwatches will have different features, and you’ll probably need to connect it to your smartphone for many of the features to work.

And what’s a fitness tracker?

A fitness tracker does what it says on the tin. It helps you keep an eye on your health and fitness by tracking your steps, monitoring your workouts and keeping you motivated. Fitness trackers tend to have fewer features than smartwatches, but they’re more effective if you’re mostly concerned about your health. For example, the Fitbit Versa lets you check your heart rate, see how many calories you’ve burned and understand your sleep quality. And you can get fitness trackers that suit a certain kind of sport or goal. The Fitbit Charge 3 is swim-proof, so it’s perfect for tracking your laps in the pool.

Which smartwatch should I get?

So you’ve decided that you want a smartwatch – but which one is right for you? Well, when it comes to features, there’s not much that can beat the Samsung Gear S2. You can sync up to 300 songs from your smartphone and listen to them anywhere. You can pay for your coffee with a flick of your wrist. And you can download all sorts of apps to tailor the Gear S2 to your lifestyle. You can even change the face design when you feel like mixing things up. If you want to make a fashion statement, try the Samsung Galaxy Watch. It’s designed to look and feel like an analogue watch, with a round face and watch hand shadowing. 

Which fitness tracker is right for me?

If you’re after a fitness tracker that’s packed with features, then the Fitbit Versa is the one for you. It gives you on-screen guidance that’s personal to you, so you can make the most of your workout. You can store up to 300 songs and listen to them via Bluetooth headphones, to keep you motivated. It’ll keep track of your daily calorie burn and give you insight into how you’re sleeping. And you don’t even have to worry about running low on battery at the end of the day. It lasts for up to four days between charges, so it’s ideal for busy weeks.

How about a budget-friendly smartwatch?

The Samsung Gear Sport is the perfect option if you’re keeping an eye on the purse strings. It’s a great value smartwatch with all the features you’d expect from a Samsung device. It’s got 4GB of internal storage for your music, and you can even buy your morning coffee with Samsung Pay. It’ll keep you motivated too, with a calorie counter and smart inactive alert.

Can I get a fitness tracker that offers great value?

Looking for a fitness tracker that won’t do too much damage to your bank balance? Check out the Fitbit Charge 3. It’s slim and stylish – and you can even switch up the design with interchangeable bands. It’s got all the functionality you’d expect from a fitness tracker, like counting your steps, tracking your heart rate and sending smartphone notifications to your wrist. And it’ll even give you a nudge to encourage you to stay active throughout the day.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch

A smartwatch that looks like an analogue watch. Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Fitbit Versa

A stylish accessory that keeps you motivated. Find out more about the Fitbit Versa.

Fitbit Charge 3

Track your exercise and wear it in the pool. Find out more about the Fitbit Charge 3.

Samsung Gear S2

Sync up to 300 songs and download your favourite apps. Find out more about the Samsung Gear S2.

Samsung Gear Sport

Keep fit, stay in touch, and pay for things without your wallet. Find out more about the Samsung Gear Sport.