Fitness trackers have been trending these days among the youth in India. Gone are the days when people wore traditional watches with a fixed analog dial.
This is an era of smartphones. No doubt, health is becoming an important issue of today’s generation. So, why not integrate health, watch and a smartphone? We got a fitness tracker for that.
After using a fitness tracker for a while, I could come up with a conclusion that a fitness tracker gives more value for money than a smartwatch.
Fitness trackers and their features
The biggest comparison that comes up between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch is the battery life. A smartwatch typically survives for 2-3 days on a single charge while a fitness tracker might last for more than 15 days.
Personally, my fitness band lasts for more than a month on a single charge which can be considered as great. And yes, I use every function without any misery.
A smartwatch is more like a mini-smartphone where you can literally operate your complete phone. But again, smartwatches are expensive and it only makes sense if you buy a branded and a good quality smartwatch.
A fitness tracker generally has basic features like heart rate monitoring, phone notifications, activity tracker, steps calculator, sleep monitor, etc. Also, there are features like ‘Find my device’, stopwatch, alarm, etc.
But which fitness band under Rs 3000 is better for you? Here are some options for you:
1] MI Band 3
MI Band 3 is the most popular fitness tracker in India. The app has a very clean user interface and all the necessary features are right in place.
The heart rate monitor and sleep monitor are precisely accurate. Although after using this band for more than 5 months, I didn’t find the step calculator to be very accurate. It gives you less number of steps. The band delivers you the notifications without any delay.
Also, I found the brightness level low during outdoors. Probably its monochrome screen played the role here. It is manageable though. Wait for a few days and you will get an MI band 4 very soon with a colored display.
Moreover, MI band 3 is the only fitness tracker which integrates with other third-party apps other than the official MI Fit app. Other apps allow you to control the music, videos, etc right from your band. You can also unlock your device using your MI band 3.
Overall, MI band 3 is the best deal that you can get in the segment of fitness trackers of this range.
2] Honor Band 4
If compared to MI band 3, we get a colored screen in Honor Band 4. No worries, the successor MI band 4 will come up with a colored screen.
But Honor Band 4 gives more accurate step count which was one of the drawbacks of MI band 3. Also, Honor Band 4 has more features related to activities like cycling, swimming, running, etc. It is not the fact that MI band 3 lacks these features but they are not included in the band. They are present on the mobile app of MI.
The only drawback of Honor band 4 is its inability to integrate with third party applications. Also, it is slightly expensive.
Overall, Honor Band 4 is a great fitness tracker for its screen and in-built band features.
3] Goqii Vital Fitness Band
Goqii Fitness band is also a great product which provides all the features that are provided by other competitors. However, what makes it different is the fitness coach on its application.
Its app has various videos, fitness tutorials and of course, a coach. You can chat or video call that coach when you need some guidance related to your fitness.
The band is similar to others but its app is more engaging and happening. It has too many ads, and notifications keep on popping up for reading their fitness blogs. Also, not everyone is keen on having a virtual fitness coach on an app.
4] Samsung Galaxy Fit e
If you are a die-hard fan of Samsung products or you want a huge brand then this recently launched Samsung Galaxy Fit e is made for you.
The Galaxy Fit e has a 0.74-inch PMOLED 64 x 128 resolution screen with 193 PPI. Also, it has a black and white display.
Galaxy Fit e can be used to track more than 90 kinds of activities, including games like table tennis, swimming, etc. Also, it comes with auto detection for workouts like running, gym equipment, walking, etc. Samsung Galaxy Fit e also supports sleep tracking.
This fitness band has continuous heart-rate monitoring. The Samsung Health app can be used to track other sports activities on the Fit e.
It might be slightly expensive as compare to MI band 4 because of its brand name.
5] Lenovo Ego
Lenovo Ego is the only fitness tracker in this price range which does not come up with the traditional band design. If you have used those digital watches with four buttons in your childhood then you are going to like this fitness tracker.
It has all the basic features like heart rate monitor, step counter and other stuff. But I would not really recommend this fitness tracker unless you are biased for its design. The built quality seemed cheap while using it.
Lenovo Ego shows the incoming call and notifications but it does not show the name of the caller and complete text of the notification. While other fitness trackers show the complete message on the screen itself.
If you just want a digital watch with a few more extra features then this watch is for you. Otherwise, this is not really a great value for money product in this price range.
Wait for MI Band 4 which is soon going to launch in India. It is already launched in China and specifications are looking dope along with a colored AMOLED display. Ideally, the price should be around Rs 2500. If not, then it does not make any sense to buy it.
For now, are you using any fitness tracker or planning to buy one? Let me know.