Smartwatch vs. Fitness Tracker? The Differences and How To Choose

MakeUseOf | 11/19/2019 | Megan Ellis
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Smartwatches and fitness trackers are among the best wearable tech accessories for upping your exercise routine. From tracking your steps and heart rate monitoring to specific workout logs and activity statistics, these devices can help you achieve your fitness goals.

However, while they are often grouped together, smartwatches and fitness trackers are not the same thing.

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So then, what is the difference between the two types of devices? And how do you choose which type suits you best? Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is a Smartwatch?

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A smartwatch is a wearable tech accessory that comes in the form factor of a typical wristwatch. However, its ability to sync with and control functions on your smartphone is what makes the device smart.

As a result, smartwatches do much more than tell the time. Their exact features vary between brands, but smartwatches come with widespread functionality over-and-above simple activity tracking. Most smartwatches let you check your notifications, read messages, view incoming calls, and more.

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Smartwatches often have fitness functionality such as step tracking and heart rate monitoring built-in. However, these fitness features are not the primary function of the device.

Different brands will prioritize sleep, exercise, and heart monitoring to varying degrees. But they will also have a significant number of other features that aren’t related to activity tracking.

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Other common features of premium smartwatches include music apps controls, text message reply functionality, voice note recording, NFC payment capabilities, and phone call management features.

A few examples of smartwatches include the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch GT, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, and the Fitbit Versa.

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What Is a Fitness Tracker?

A fitness tracker is a wearable device that gathers exercise and activity-related data for its user. These trackers can come in a variety of form factors, from wristbands to necklaces to clothing clip-on accessories.

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