Getting in and staying in shape can be a challenge at the best of times, even for the most motivated of people with time for the gym and money for personal trainers. But what about those of us who really can’t afford expensive monthly memberships or don’t have the ability to pay someone to hold us accountable to get off the couch? Luckily for us, there are a whole host of great gadgets these days that will help keep us on track while showcasing what we need to do to keep our goal in our sights, but when it comes to picking the best one, how do you decide? With Apple Watch versus FitBit, it can be even harder – which is the best? Here we break it down into easy to understand pros and cons of both to help you make the right decision for you and your fitness goals.
The original Apple Watch was released only in 2015 meaning that this is a relatively new technology on the market. While subsequent generations have been released steadily year after year, the Apple Watch has retained some of its original qualities making accessories such as the watch bands from all generations interchangeable. The latest Apple Watch was announced on September 18, 2018, resulting now in four generations of this useful smartwatch.
- The Apple Watch has a number of exceptional and integral connections with other Apple products. For example, from the Apple Watch, one can access things such as their Apple Pay or Itunes accounts amongst other Apple apps that make life easier. This is useful for people on the go who want to be able to access this information anytime, any place.
- The Apple Watch has an overall battery time of about 18 hours if the user is accessing all its features/apps and more. Once the battery time is depleted to 10% and under, the user is made aware and given the option to use a battery saving mode by only the time will able to be read for the next 72 hours. An excellent feature for those who may not be able to get home to charge the watch for some time.
- Not necessarily waterproof but has stood up to waterproofing tests.
- Apple Watch users can use their watches to respond to text messages and most Apple apps, although you can select specifically which apps will send notifications through to the watch.
- One of the main cons about the Apple watch is that it’s only compatible with iOS. If you don’t have an iPhone as standard, you won’t be able to sync the two, meaning you will need to use each independently of the other. This may lessen the functionality of the Apple Watch – where most apps are those that are typically used through the iOS operating system.
- While the Apple Watch tracks fitness such as steps taken and heart rate, a third party application is required to track things like sleep and sleep quality.
Many would agree that the FitBit was the original health tracking gadget, having been founded in 2007. Since its inception, FitBit has made strides throughout the industry including acquisitions of international wearable health tracking technology such as Pebble and Vector Watch SRL. The popularity of the FitBit has been so widespread that insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield is now covering the product in some of their insurance plans.
- Unlike the Apple Watch, FitBit is compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems making this an easier to use, easier to integrate watch for people of all backgrounds, and works independently of whether one has another specific piece of technology (such as an iPhone).
- The FitBit offers a great competition feature, pitting you against friends with other FitBits (not just one specific version) so it’s easy to have group accountability, even if you aren’t specifically working out together.
- A huge battery life – roughly four days. Of course it depends how much you use it, but overall the battery life is no contest against other smartwatches.
- While a FitBit is a great investment for your health and wellness, you can become obsessed with checking your progress and pushing yourself too hard to reach your goals.
- The FitBit, depending on which generation you purchase, can be pricey when they first come out. Waiting awhile will decrease the price, or you can purchase an older version.
- Many FitBit generations aren’t waterproof.
So whether you’re interested in Apple Watch or FitBit, it’s easy to see that taking into consideration the pros and cons of each is a good place to start in order to come to a decision as to which device is the best for you and your needs.
Regardless of your main reasons for wanting to get an Apple Watch or a FitBit, one thing is for certain – having either will help encourage and inspire you to get on track with your personal fitness goals while ensuring you have access to the information most important to you. While both devices can help you keep in contact with friends and family while you’re on the go without having to look at your phone, only the FitBit works with both Android and iOS, but don’t let that stop you from considering an Apple Watch either. Check which will be most ideal for you and your lifestyle and go from there.
In all, having either device will prove a good move for those who want to keep track of their fitness as well as needing something to help encourage them to really get off the couch and get active. Having a device to keep you up and moving, challenging yourself and competing with friends is always a great way to get the results you want from the exercise you may not realise you’re doing. So get off the couch, grab your FitBit or Apple Watch and get moving to see just what you can accomplish in one day.