I used to be at my dentist the opposite day, repairing a damaged crown. I used to be carrying an Apple Watch ($469 at Amazon Market) on one wrist, and the Fitbit Cost three ($150 at Amazon) on the opposite. The dental assistant smiled and confirmed me her arm. She was carrying a Fitbit and Apple Watch, too.

I used to be carrying mine for work, I defined to her. She mentioned she wears each as a result of the Fitbit is best at social health, whereas the Apple Watch is best for messages. That is the reality, and the truth of health wearables: Nothing does every thing completely.

The Fitbit Cost three might be Fitbit’s finest pure health tracker band, offered you are nice dwelling in Fitbit’s universe. Which, actually, is a fairly good place to be for social health, checking every day habits, and including exercise challenges.

The Apple Watch Sequence four is a good watch, however nonetheless feels extra like a chunk of the iPhone ($1,172 at Amazon Market) that indifferent and began dwelling as a satellite tv for pc on my wrist. It is nice with health, however not as fine-tuned at occasions as what the Fitbit delivers. And it’s miles costlier.

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The Cost three’s worth is affordable ($150), and its function set is sort of full. It offers you coronary heart fee, sleep monitoring, 50 meter swim water resistance, a bigger show with telephone notifications, plus climate, timer and stopwatch apps and elective NFC funds in a particular version. It additionally lasts about seven days on a cost. I nonetheless suppose the Fitbit Versa, Fitbit’s extra watch-like health tracker, is a greater wager for its enjoyable watch faces and music capabilities plus its extra-customizable bodily buttons, and it is being supplied on sale this vacation at practically the identical worth.

Whereas the Cost three is tremendous practical, its lacking options embrace:

No onboard GPS (it tracks utilizing your telephone’s GPS)No music storage or distant music controlsNo app storeNo watch face retailer

It comes right down to this: In the event you’re on the lookout for an on a regular basis health tracker that has app notifications and only a little bit of smartwatch-ness, the Fitbit Cost three is a fairly nice decide. It is just like what different producers are making in health bands, and a detailed match could be the Garmin Vivosmart four, which provides a brand new pulse oxygen-detecting coronary heart fee sensor that guarantees related benefits now to what Fitbit is claiming it can unlock in its improved Cost three heart-rate sensor down the highway. However the Fitbit Versa nonetheless is definitely worth the improve for its giant assortment of watch faces and apps, greater coloration show, sideloadable music storage, and further bodily buttons. (For a comparability between Versa and Cost three, learn my impressions right here.)

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The Fitbit Versa on the left. The Fitbit Cost three on the fitting.

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Design: A superbly nice tracker

The Cost three’s grayscale touchscreen OLED is bigger than the earlier Cost 2. It matches time, steps, and coronary heart fee into a lot of the selectable watch faces. It is easy to look at, and swiping up the display screen exhibits different every day health targets and stats (stand hours, sleep, distance, stairs climbed and energetic minutes), whereas a swipe-down exhibits notifications. Fitbit’s app permits discrete management of particular person app notifications, too.

It is also a straightforward tracker to put on, though not all of the bands felt tremendous snug. I most well-liked the black silicone band included in-box, whereas the woven nylon and perforated sport bands felt rather less cozy on my wrist. All of the bands, nevertheless, are straightforward to snap on and off with a easy launch mechanism on the again. Cost three straps use particular proprietary connections, however aren’t as tough to connect because the Versa’s straps have been.

Organising the Cost three on an iPhone X and XS was often difficult when Bluetooth pairing did not appear to work. However I obtained it to work after a couple of tries and every thing’s been nice since.

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