13 best fitness trackers in India( Detailed Buying Guide)
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Top Fitness bands in India 2019
Fitness bands are the new cool to buy.
Whether you want it for your personal use or to gift your dear ones( yes, it can be a great gifting idea in 2019).
It’s an intuitive gadget, helping you maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Recently, the market has come up with many budget-friendly and practical smart bands and it’s improving very fast.
What does fitness bands do for you??
Basically, a Fitness band track your activities, your sleep, your inactivity, keep records of it, based on recorded data it suggests and reminds you to be active.
It has sensors inside it.
With the help of various sensors(as discussed below) it recognises the type of activities you are doing, whether walking, hiking, running, jogging, or swimming.
One great thing fitness trackers do is recording and analysing your sleep.
It counts hours you sleep, duration of deep sleep and quality of your sleep( whether light sleep or deep sleep.)
It also warns you whenever it senses that you are idle for a long time.
It tells your calories burnt, but most of the time it is not that accurate as you have to feed manually like calories you took in.
It’s a great tool to keep you motivated for fitness and physical activities.
How does your fitness band works?
There is a small device(dail) on fitness band that connects it to your phone through bluetooth.
The band comes with a dedicated app, installed in your smartphone that syncs up with the band.
The sensors in the band measure your activities (like your steps, sleep) stores and displays in the app or tracker’s screen.
Some of the new fitness bands also show notifications for incoming messages, WhatsApp, calls etc. And also vibrates to alert you.
Technologies inside fitness trackers??
All the fitness trackers work with the help of various sensors. Like to track your sleep, to count steps, to record temperature and heart rate.
Here check out some of the sensors used in your( to be yours) fitness bands
It’s a height measurement sensor.
It tells you numbers of steps of stairs you covered and the number of floors you ascended by measuring height.
This one is used as a step counter.
It tells steps you have moved by your hands’ movement.
- Heart rate monitor
It measures heart rate by focusing LED light to your vein. Some measures heart rate by measuring variations in impedance between the skin.
In this way, the fitness band shows variations of your heart rate throughout the day, weeks or months.
- GPS(in advance version)
It gives more accurate data of your running, walking and movements along with location and distance covered.
More the number of sensors used, costlier your fitness band is.
As you know the inside story, let’s check out the outside one.
Would love to discuss one of the most asked questions about fitness bands.
Does fitness band make you fit?
No, it does not make you fit. It helps you to stay fit. You have to strive to be fit.
Just wearing a fitness band is not going to make you fit, unless you change your lifestyle. It’s not a magic band. Hope you got my point.
What are some good brands of fitness bands available in the market?
And many more, it all depends on your budget.
There are costlier and economical both varieties available. Just like you have wristwatches of all range.
Another much-asked question.
Is fitness band same as smartwatch?
No, these two are different things.
A fitness band is much sleeker than smart watch. It’s just like a band, say a friendship band.
Smartwatch versus fitness band.
- Battery life
Smart bands win.
It has much higher battery life when compared to smartwatches.
Smartwatches go for one to two days at max. You need to charge it every day.
While Fitness bands works longer.
Example those with more number of sensors like GPS and heart rate sensors last for a week.
Others up to 30 days, like Mi band 2.
Smart bands are much narrower, sleek and light when compared to smart watches.
You would never feel that you are wearing it.
- Sleep tracking
Fitness bands are much better for sleep tracking.
As you have to charge smart watches daily, when would your charge, if you sleep wearing it on.
- Water resistant
Both Smart watches and bands are water resistant.
But, the bands or straps of fitness bands are more durable and perform better as they are mostly made of silicone rubbers.
Some of the fitness bands are coming with waterproof features also.
Smart bands are way much comfortable. So much that at times, you forget that you are wearing something.
Smart watches wins, it gives much more notifications and you can also reply to a notification.
But, you can’t go for complicated reply only hi, hello, ok is okay.
Smart bands only show notifications, you can’t reply from there.
Smart bands are much affordable while the price of smart watches is much higher in pricing.
You can have smart bands from Lenovo, Xiaomi under 2000.
I don’t think smart watches are practical, maybe with time, they would develop.
Now, let’s check out the best performing fitness bands in India in 2019.
Let’s check out the best selling and best performing fitness bands in 2019.
#1. Xiaomi Mi Fitness Band.
It was the first fitness band introduced by Xiaomi.
Like most of the mi products, the band outshines both in look and performance when compared with other bands in the same price range.
It’s simply the best under 1000 fitness band to go for in 2019.
Before I discuss the goodness let me share the downside, it doesn’t have the screen and heart rate sensor.
Again, given the price, it’s not justifiable to expect these features in an under 1000 fitness band.
Now the good points.
The best thing that impressed me with this band is its impressive and unmatched battery life.
Xiaomi says it offers 30 days battery life, but in reality, it provides around 40 days of battery life, more than what it promised.
Things that it does for you:
Sleep tracking, quality and length of your sleep, daily sleep pattern.
Fitness level, by keeping track of your activities.
Call alert, it vibrates and lights up when someone calls you, making sure you never miss important phone calls on a noisy day.
No need to enter password or pattern when mi band is on your wrist, you just need to swipe and access your phone.
Forgot where you placed your band? No worries, its app helps you locate the band by lightning and vibrating it up.
#2. Mi band HRX edition.
The successor of the above basic Mi band.
Before I share my experience with this band, let me share the reason behind its name HRX.
I often see people asking this question on forums like Quora. Well, HR stands for Hritik Roshan and X for Xiaom. Why so? Cause the fitness freak HR does advertising for it. See.
(Image source: http://mobile.mi.com/in/mi-band-hrx/ )
Now my experience, simply amazing again!
It has many improvements.
The band comes with and OLED display that shows time, steps, distance travelled and other important stuff.
Just below the screen is around serrated button that allows you to toggle between various screen.
Just tap the button.
It shows up the time with just a small jerk of your wrist.
I found it more accurate in terms of counting steps. On examining the reason behind that, I came to know that this band work on the pedometer( accelerometer) while the previous version made use of the photosensitive sensor.
Another wise feature of this band that helps me stay fit is by reminding me whenever I lay or sit idle for a long time.
I feel this very helpful as on my shop, I sit on the counter for a long duration. And a simple buzz from this fitness tracker makes your day, as you realise someone is there with you all the time in your journey to stay fit.
It is splash proof almost waterproof with an IP67 rating.
So you don’t need to worry while washing off your hand, or enjoying the rain and sea beaches.
Better at notification
You get to know whether you have call, WhatsApp messages, text or email.
You can set for the app you want to get notification like I have set notification for important apps like gmail, Quora leaving the less important ones.
So, you can set as per your wish.
Regarding batter life, you need to charge it once in around 20 days, that’s it.
The built of the band is also very user friendly.
It so light that after two, three days, I almost didn’t feel that I am having a wearable device on my wrist.
The deattachable design makes charging convenient also you get the independence to change the strap colour if you want to.
The fastening is also firm enough to keep it intact as you workout harder.
The price of band is also very pocket friendly, I bet you can’t have a better fitness band under 1500 than Xiaomi HRX.
#3. Mi band 2 fitness trackers
(Image source: http://mobile.mi.com/in/miband2/)
Mi band 2 is an improved version of Mi band HRX with an added heart rate sensor.
The heart rate monitoring gives much better tracking of your activities like swimming, cycling and workout.
All the other features are similar to xiaomi hrx edition.
I found its battery life litter lesser when compared to hrx, it justifiable too, as it supports heart rate monitoring.
Even though its battery backup is much impressive and goes for around 20 to 25 days, much ahead of other heart rate fitness tracker.
The price is again very pocket friendly.
It’s truly one of the best fitness band in 2019 with heart rate tracker under 2000.
These are the three fitness trackers from Xiaomi.
Before you move on to read the reviews of other fitness bands, let me tell you Xiaomi band stands ahead of various higher priced fitness bands from other brands.
But, the main problem of Xiaomi bands( a some other good bands) is their availability.
These are mostly out of stock, probably due to high demand.
#4. Boltt fitness tracker
I used this fitness tracker just before trying Mi band 2 as I was unable to buy Mi band 2 due to its unavailability on Mi store.
By look and by interface it’s a copy of Mi band having same deattachable dial.
Everything is same, but not the performances( also the price).
Though, this Boltt band wins on price ground, it lags behind xiaomi band awfully in terms of battery backup and performance.
You get a battery backup of around a week. At times I also noticed some problem with pairing.
On plus side, the band has a heart rate tracker. Thus, you get a heart rate tracking at a much lower price than xiaomi band 2.
Rest all the features are same like sleep tracker, step counter, activity tracker, alarm, notification, nutrition guide and coach.
I would suggest you to go for this cheaper substitute of mi band 2 if you have price restrictions and also it’s much easily available that mi band 2( which is mostly out of stock).
#5. GOQii Fitness trackers
Though priced a little higher, GOQii is another popular fitness band in the market.
The greatest plus point with this band that makes is so popular is its personalised coach and doctor.
Unlike other bands it’s not AI based, but you get real human coach.
You also have a free subscription of three months after which you have to pay for the later subscription (if you want to use personal coaching).
It’s very realistic on your calories count.
And the food picture uploading featuring is very fast.
I just clicked what I ate and drink through out the day and the coach did the calculation.
Based on my food habits, they helped my in improving my diet by including salad, fruits and nuts in my daily intake.
This is something amazing.
You should go for this band if you are really concerned with your fitness or like you want to shed your weight or get six pack abs in a stipulated time frame.
I found the data provided by it much more accurate, whether it’s step counter, distance, sleep tracking or heart rate.
The look and build of band is also good, looks quite fuller and cool.
The material used is soft.
The dail is deattachable, just remove it and plug into usb port.
You don’t need any separate charger for it, just plug it into normal USB socket of your laptop, power bank or charger.
It’s water resistant( and not water proof).
On the down side, I noticed that the screen size is smaller, it should be somewhat wide.
And battery backup is around a week( at max.).
I would say, this is more a realistic fitness band for seriously determined souls, rather than just adding a fun/coolness factor to your life.
#6. MI BAND 3
MI Band brings to you a new version of band gadget that perfectly suits your wrist with large OLED touch screen suitable for easy viewing.
The MI Band 3 comes in three different colors namely black, red and purple, out of which the black is more in demand.
It offers up to 20 days of battery life.
If automatic heart rate feature is on then battery life can vary for around 3 days at max.
The 0.78 OLED touch screen is one of the most distinct features.
It’s truly an eye-catcher.
It does multitasking for you.
You can now have your calls and notifications recall from this gadget only.
No need to access your phone or tablets as it perfectly synchronizes to your phone.
You can now read your important messages on the go.
Daily applications like cab services (like Uber), popular chatting and social media applications like WhatsApp etc. can be easily accessed.
Overall, this small but powerful gadget takes off loads of burden from you.
The bigger display helps you to remain in line with your sporting activities as well.
The Mi Band 3 comes with a real-time tracker that keeps tracking your pulse, heart rate monitoring and even do sleep analysis for you.
The advance step tracking feature is the real deal out of all.
Finding your phone is another unique capability that tracks your phone if misplaced.
Water resistance capability up to 50 meters, phone unlocking features (for Android), weather and forecast alert are some of the truly stunning features that come loaded with this fitness band.
This device is truly a value for your money in the range of under 2000 fitmess trackers in Indian that you can avail from amazon.
This stylish gadget will surely suit your personality and makes you feel special.
Comparing between MI band 2 and its predecessors, the most noticeable features is the screen size that has been upgraded from 0.42-inch to 0.78-inch.
The battery life in band 3 has been upgraded from 70 mAh to 110mAh.
The NFC version is the real deal in the newer version with a heart rate sensor that sets it apart from the older one.
Other than these subtle changes, there is not much difference between the two.
#6. Fitbit Charge 2
Read review: Fitbit Charge 2 In-depth detailed review.
#7. Honor Band 4