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Battle of the Fitness Trackers: Which One is Right For You?

Nov 07, 2022 by Excel V. Dyquiangco

3 min read

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The best fitness trackers are valuable tools for increasing activity levels, obtaining more sleep, and gaining a greater understanding of your general health, regardless of your goals. They may assist you in monitoring your development and provide advice on how hard you should be pushing yourself. When resting in between workouts, some fitness trackers also play music, pay for groceries, and answer texts. All these activities are best enjoyed the tracker is connected to the fastest and the most reliable Internet connection offered by PLDT Home.

Finding the right fitness tracker boils down to your goals.

But with so many options, picking the finest fitness tracker or fitness watch for your sports and fitness escapades might be challenging. So we put these three fitness trackers and their latest versions to the test - Xiaomi Smart Band 7, Apple Watch Series 8, and Fitbit Charge 5 - to determine which performed well and which failed to get off the ground.



Xiaomi Smart Band 7 

From Xiaomi Global Official Website

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 comes with 120 sports modes such as cycling, swimming, running, or basketball, which is four times as many as the Smart Band 6's 30 sports modes. This device monitors your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation monitoring, and sleep monitoring. Additionally, the tracker will vibrate to inform the user if their SpO2 (blood oxygen levels) fall below 90%. People who have respiratory problems or who perform physical activity at higher altitudes can benefit from this function.

The Apple Watch Series 8, on the other hand, only has 14 sports modes - ideal for those who are focused on their fitness regimen. But you can also add new programs to the Workout app. For instance, this year, it added Tai Chi and automated outside cycling tracking, allowing it to recognize when you get on a bike and start a workout. Additionally, the riding algorithm has been modified to take into account measurements for the finest electric bikes, which are easier to ride than standard cycles.

Fitbit's newest tracker, the Charge 5, boasts a lot of fascinating capabilities often found on more costly gadgets, such as an ECG heart rate monitor. Swimmers can have a field day with this fitness tracker for it is water resistant for up to 50 meters, and also has a swim tracker. In addition, the Fitbit Charge 5 offers a function called the "Daily Readiness Score" that estimates your level of fitness for a strenuous workout based on three separate metrics: recent sleep, heart rate variability (HRV), and activity.


Battery Life

For the Xiaomi Smart Band 7, the wearable's 180mAh battery, according to the brand, should last 15 days when no calls are made or any advanced functions are used. Compared to the Mi Band 6's 125mAh battery, this is a significant gain. The battery will charge from 0% to 100% in 2 hours, according to Xiaomi.


Apple Watch Series 8 

From Apple Official Website

This is in contrast with the Apple Watch Series 8 - which, according to the company, offers battery life that lasts up to 18 hours after overnight charging - which includes 90 time checks, 90 alerts, a 60-minute exercise with music playback, and 45 minutes of app use.

The battery life of Fitbit, however, has the lowest battery life among the three. It can only last for seven days - that is, if you are not making calls or using apps. When using GPS when cycling, bicycling, or running, Fitbit only lasts you for up to 5 hours, so make sure that when you are out on your fitness journey, you need to make your routine quick.



Fitbit Charge 5
From Fitbit Official Website

Fitbit wins in this category, and rightly so, because just look at how much it costs! It is easy to read in bright sunlight and is fantastic for use during an HIIT workout or on a hike, though the absence of physical buttons makes this a little tricky to use when running. This is a fantastic purchase if you're seeking for a tracker that fits comfortably on your wrist, is easy to read in direct sunlight, and offers some great features for the price.

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7, meanwhile, has a screen resolution of 490 x 192 pixels that more effectively shows data. The watch also includes more than 100 unique faces, some of which are engineered to consume the least amount of battery life in order to accommodate the new always-on display mode.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 8 series offers aluminum and stainless-steel casings, ideal for men who are always on the go. If you want your fitness tracker to be more feminine, try Xiaomi Smart Band 7 or Fitbit Charge 5.

But before purchasing any of these, ask yourself: What do you intend to monitor? What is your goal? A simpler, less costly fitness tracker would do just fine. Still, if you want to engage in more outside activities like bicycling or jogging, you might want a fitness tracker with built-in GPS so you can track your movements more precisely, and of course, a tracker that easily connects with the fastest and most reliable Internet connection offered by PLDT Home’s Fiber Plus Plans.


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