Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for a health and fitness minded loved one? Personal fitness trackers are all the rage this year, and there are many options for different features, looks, and price points. Visit the manufacturers' websites to view features not included in this chart. Some trackers, like the FitBit Force and Jawbone UP include silent alarm clocks and other nifty bonuses for healthy gadget lovers. There are often cheaper alternatives available also if you are willing to buy a previous model with pared down features.
||Heart rate, steps, sleep, sweat levels, skin temperature.
||-LED display with back light.
-Syncs via Bluetooth with a computer, iOS or Android device.
-Track health indicators over time in charts.
-Blood flow, sweat, and skin temperature sensors give an accurate look at your health and fitness level.
||Steps, floors climbed, distance, calories burned, sleep.
||-Track progress with screen on wristband.
-iOS and Android apps sync with Bluetooth and include food tracking.
-Sync wirelessly with a computer.
-Use online dashboard for tracking and competition with friends.
|Jawbone UP 24
||Steps, distance, calories burned, sleep.
||-No display, view progress via iOS app. No Android app at this time.
-Sync to iPhone or iPad automatically with Bluetooth.
-App includes barcode scanner to assist with food tracking.
||Steps, distance, calories burned, active breaks, sleep.
||-LED lights indicate activity levels.
-iOS app syncs via Bluetooth. Not available for Android.
-Larklife learns your internal clock and uses your circadian rythm to recommend the best times for exercise and even when you should take a break from work to maximize productivity.
-Sleep tracking goes beyond reporting sleep and recommends and reminds you of the best sleep times.
|Nike+ Fuelband SE
||Activity duration and intensity. Assigns Nikefuel points.
||-LED display on wristband shows progress.
-Sync via Bluetooth with an iOS app to your Nike+ account and receive feedback, motivation, and activity reminders. Android app in development.
-Compete with friends, family and others on Nike+ via leaderboards, challenges, trophies, and milestones.
-Available in a variety of sizes and colors.
||Steps, elevation, distance, heart rate, calories, sleep.
||-Built-in screen shows data.
-Jogging mode shows distance and time data while you are running.
-Press your finger to the back of the device to measure heart rate.
-iOS and Android apps. Device requires an iOS or Android device for setup. Does not sync via computer.