Comparison of personal quantifiers: which one to choose according to what you are looking for
The exercise associated with technology, mainly with the smartphone, is fashionable. We are already late for this year's bikini operation, but it is never too late to start moving more than we do today. A good excuse or motivation is found in the challenges associated with quantifying bracelets.
And how the market has become interesting. New specialized quantifiers or even first generations of smartwatches have been added to the few models from last year, which for now have a lot to say in the field of health and measuring our daily activity.
Would you like a complete comparison of how the market of personal quantifiers is currently? I'm glad, here you have it.
If you want to know the main models that can be found in the market, here we leave you with a video comparison of the models that we have already thoroughly tested in Xataka:
General scope quantifiers
They are the real ones, the ones that a couple of years ago took a risk and were able to get down to work to offer us some devices with which to measure activity, basically steps, distance and calories, in our day to day. Fitbit, Jawbone or Withings are the star models who want to take the place of specialized models on the market and the big names in consumer electronics, knowing that there is a thriving business in health and personal care.
Fitbit, the leader step by step
Winners two years in a row of the Xataka Awards as best accessory, Fitbit quantifiers are the best example of consistency in the segment. With numerous models to choose from, they have gone from equipment that we had to carry with us in our pocket or belt to the Fitbit Flex or Force that collect the glove in a more logical format: bracelet.
Jawbone Up24, the most stylish
Although almost all brands are making an effort to make their bracelets or quantifiers as stylish possible, not all succeed. Jawbone did succeed with its Up model, now revamped with the Up24, but with some sacrifices for that better form factor.
Withings Pulse, with heart rate monitor
Withings is one of the veteran brands in quantification, but it wasn't until last year that they introduced a really interesting model, the Withings Pulse. Now we can even include it in the bracelet format thanks to an adapter. The strength of this quantifier is the included heart rate monitor but above all, its autonomy, the largest among those who choose the recharge.
Fuelband by Nike, the veteran
The veteran in this of the quantifying bracelets has been curiously the one that has worked the least to update. And we'll see if the Fuelband SE does it again. For now it remains as one of the charismatic and with the appeal of FuelPoints. But little more.
Nike Fuelband SE
Misfit Shine, nobody would say it is a quantifier
A model recently landed on the market is the Misfit Shine. Here, by design and focus, it is more than clear that it seeks the common user as a potential buyer. Neither athletes nor fans of the classic bracelet format. At Xataka we are already testing the Misfit Shine and soon you will be able to read its complete analysis.
The brands that traditionally have exclusively offered models of advanced sports watches with GPS, seek their place in the market of basic exercise measurement with models that do not differ as much as we would like from the generalist bracelets, but that add quite interesting aspects.
Polar Loop: a companion for our day to day
The Polar Loop adopts the most classic format of the quantification bracelets based on a basic, but very rival LED display prepared ahead. and with the attractiveness of its price, the application and web service are among the most complete, with notices for periods of inactivity and advice on how we should interpret the data provided by the quantifier, something that I consider key in this quantification world.
Garmin Vivofit: 100% focused on athletes
Garmin has very well understood the role that a sports brand like it should have in this quantification segment, and its VivoFit (which we have already tested) is surely one of the most complete models on the market. His focus is purely sporty and you will appreciate it.
Models with smartwatch functions
The greats of electronics, in anticipation that the health business will explode soon, are taking positions in the business of personal quantifiers. Almost all brands will have their model on the market, but for now, there are two that we can find on the market: Sony Smartband and Samsung GearFit, with quite different profiles.
Sony Smartband: only the screen is missing
The bracelet with which Sony has accompanied this year its reference smartphone Xperia Z2 (although it is compatible with any Android) is a first great foray. The Sony Smartband is comfortable and has very interesting functions related to quantification.
Samsung Gear Fit, the least important is to measure steps
Samsung decided to go big in the quantification wristband market and gave it much more than what an average user may be looking for. To consider the Gear Fit as - alone - a quantizer bracelet would not be fair.
Personal quantifiers, comparative table
And we finish this comparison with a table where you can see, at a glance, the main differences between the models that can currently be found on the market: