Is Your Smartphone or Smartwatch a Good Enough Fitness Tracker?

Is Your Smartphone or Smartwatch a Good Enough Fitness Tracker?

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Knowing how to use one of these gadgets to improve your health is not as simple as 1-2-3.

Still, Charles Davidman, who oversees CR’s fitness-tracker testing, cautions that smartphones may miss some steps simply because many people don’t carry the devices everywhere. And most don’t offer heart-rate monitoring, an important feature for fitness buffs.

Consumer Reports also tested the Leaf Silver Edition Health Tracker, a device geared to women that tracks steps but not heart rate. As a clip-on and necklace, it rated Excellent in our step-counting tests; as a bracelet, it scored Very Good.

Smartwatches are another option. They can record steps and heart rate, and several models—including the Samsung Gear S3 FrontierApple Watch Series 2Garmin Fenix 5 and Motorola Moto 360—did well in our tests. They also allow the use of a whole array of apps.

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Published at Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:03:42 +0000

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