Among the most accessible accessories, but also the most practical of the sphere connected, activity trackers are a gift for those who seek to keep fit. Here is our selection of bracelets to offer … or to offer.
Dossier updated for the holiday season 2016.
By the way, what is the use of a bracelet connected?
A connected bracelet, or tracker of activity, serves above all to count the steps made during the day, like the pedometers of yesteryear. With or without screen, it is connected to a mobile application allowing to consult its history of activity. The device is also used to get an idea, depending on its activity, the distance traveled and the number of calories burned. The most advanced bracelets detect the sports carried out in order to adapt the estimate of energy spent and, for some, follow the rhythm of their wearer’s heart. Practice to be sure not to do too much during a running out.
Fitbit Flex 2
For those looking to combine functionality and design, the Fitbit Flex 2 seems to be an excellent compromise. Rather more urban and easy to wear on a daily basis, it is also a cheaper alternative to the Fitbit Charge 2. The bracelet has no screen, but adopts an integrated LED system, enabling it to be Much finer. Ideal for sportsmen who want a discreet and rather elegant accessory.
The Fitbit Flex 2 is marketed for just under 100 euros.
Sony SmartBand 2
Originally available at a suggested retail price of 129 euros, the Sony SmartBand 2 is now trading below 100 euros. Without a screen, but equipped with small bright LEDs, the bracelet features a heart rate sensor useful for seasoned and novice athletes.
Oriented towards sportsmen, the Asus VivoWatch, despite its tunes connected watch, is indeed a tracker of activities. It is compatible with the iPhone as well as with Android terminals, has a stainless steel case and a screen with very good readability in full sun, whose diagonal measures 1.28 inches (128 x 128 pixels).
In addition to these details, it includes a heart rate sensor capable of continuous operation and associated with a complete application. Its autonomy, far from being the worst in its sector, reaches about 5 days. It is currently around 130 euros.
Misfit Shine 2
The Shine 2, like its predecessor, the Shine, is a metal pellet powered by a button cell and displays information through small LEDs. If the Shine 2 is a good tracker of activity, it is mainly its aesthetics that is worth to him some praise, and it wants to mix between a lifestyle object and a fitness product. Count less than 100 euros, in black or beige. Many bracelets are compatible, including leather bracelets, to improve the overall appearance.
Fitbit Charge 2
The Fitbit Charge 2 is a classic connected bracelet, with a monochrome screen dedicated to the monitoring of physical activity and health. Even if aesthetically speaking he is far from being a fashionable object, he replies honorably to what is asked of him. Its application is very appreciable, to track daily activities, sleep, hydration and more.
The device is suitable for more or less regular athletes. The more assiduous will find themselves quickly limited and will soon tire of this Fitbit. It is also a bracelet connected extra, ideal for all those who do not want to invest too much and have neither too much activity nor demand very demanding. The Fitbit Charge 2 is sold at 159 euros.
Already present for a while on the segment of activity trackers, Runtastic offers its bracelets in the form of needle watches under which the same functions are hidden. The Moments, in particular in a Basic version with a successful appearance, are therefore waterproof up to 100 meters, are powered by a button cell, and provide a tracking of activity and sleep. The watch is also connected to a complete application that allows to define several types of activities, in order to refine the results. On the price side, count between 90 and 120 euros, in black or beige.
Withings Activité Steel
If you can easily recommend the Withings Activité Steel here, it is well because this connected bracelet, equipped with watch hands, is nothing but Withings Activité Pop reviewed and corrected.
In this version, the watch trades the plastic of the Pop case against metal, but retains the silicone bracelet and plastic window of the Pop. In short, a connected bracelet serving as an activity tracker (with an associated Android app), powered by a button cell battery and billed 20 euros more than a classic Pop activity: count 169.95 euros on the site of Withings for the ” Activity Steel, and 149 euros for Pop. These all-plastic models can however be found at just under 130 euros at online retailers.
Compatible with Android, the Jawbone UP24 is certainly not recent, but it remains a bracelet of quality and easy to use. It fully fulfills its role as an activity tracker and makes the difference with its intuitive and highly functional application. The Insight Engine function of the application connects all the collected data to help you discover the links between all your daily activities and your sleep. He also plays the role of coach by congratulating you when you reach your goals and always encourages you to surpass yourself. The Jawbone UP24 also offers social features: you can compete with your friends and share your results. It is also very autonomous – up to two weeks – but also aesthetic and discreet.
You can easily find the Jawbon UP24 for only twenty euros.
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
The French specialist of connected sport Garmin has marketed this year the Vivosmart HR +. Rich in features, it has the big advantage of embedding a GPS chip, but also a heart rate sensor. The bracelet also features classic features like the pedometer, display of the distance traveled, the number of steps mounted and the intensity of physical activity. It also receives call and message notifications.
The Garmin Vivosmart HR + is an alternative to the many bracelets on the market, most of which are severely lacking in functionality. It takes 190 to 210 euros to acquire this bracelet in black, purple or blue.
The first connected bracelet of the brand Tomtom is not very original, either on the side of features or design. Nevertheless, it offers the first tracker that measures our body composition. Its quality of manufacture makes it an object, certainly very conventional, but solid and of good workmanship. Finally, its screen, and more particularly its readability, is a level above its competition.
The Tomtom Touch is offered from 130 euros and exists in several colors: sky blue, red and purple.