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Wendy Bumgardner

Three Wristband Activity Monitors to Keep You Moving

By January 3, 2013

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Three wristband activity monitorsMy wrist is getting crowded, and only one of these tells you the time of day! All three of them communicate with iPhone apps and tell you how many steps you've taken, distance, calories, and motivate you to move more. But they are each a little different.

Larklife: The blue band links to an iPhone app via Bluetooth and you don't need a computer to set it up. It has no read-out on the band, so you have to open the app to see what you've achieved. The interface celebrates little "wins" throughout the day, such as an active break after being idle for awhile. It automatically detects and measures exercise periods. Larklife also tracks your sleep quality. It has kinda-sorta diet tracking. Full review of Larklife

Nike+ FuelBand: The middle band here is my boyfriend, I love him. I put him on my wrist last February and he made me double my steps per day. Every day. For almost a year. You don't NEED an iPhone for this one, you can view your progress on the wristband (steps, calories, Nike Fuel points, goal progress and time of day) or plug it into a USB port, but it also can upload to an iPhone app via Bluetooth. It doesn't track diet or sleep. It gives you a happy dance when you reach your daily goal or achieve a new milestone. I have to make the Nike Fuel guy dance every day! Full review of Nike+ FuelBand

Jawbone UP: Instead of Bluetooth, you plug the UP into the headphone jack of your iPhone. It has no on-wrist display, so you won't know your progress until you plug it into your phone and see it on the app. Besides tracking your activity (steps, distance, active time, idle time, calories), you can also track your diet with their full-featured diet diary built into the app. Their sleep quality tracking feature is excellent, using MotionX Sleep's analysis to show deep sleep, light sleep, time awake in detail. But why I keep wearing it is the Idle Alert. You can set it to vibrate when you've been sitting or standing idle for your chosen number of minutes. I desperately need to interrupt my periods of sitting, and the UP is a good tool for doing that. Full review of Jawbone UP

Photo Wendy Bumgardner 2013
Disclosure: Review sample of the Larklife was provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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