The smartwatch is one of the many evolving innovations of the 21st century. Nowadays the wristwatch does not only tell time, but it has also acquired many features that make a watch worth wearing.
There are many smartwatches on the market with outstanding attributes, but the two smartwatches leading the industry are the Apple Watch and the Fitbit.
Most ORU students, who use the fitbit to track their Health Fitness course points, use the Fitbit Charge Series because it comes in complementary orientation packages. The Charge Series is mainly known for its easy usage and unique features and is often compared to the Apple Watch Series. Here are a few comparisons that allow for these rivals to outperform the other.
Some students might wonder why ORU uses Fitbit, and the answer is simple—the Fitbit watch can be used by both Android and Apple consumers. The Apple Watch is limited to Apple users, restricting their market audience.
Both smartwatches have features unique to their systems. The Apple Watch has the Easy G feature, which detects early heart conditions and can call emergency services in your region. The Apple Watch tracks sleep and records its quality. The Fitbit measures users’ sleep, informing the user of sleep-deprived health effects while even creating a sleep schedule. The Fitbit watch display is created in a way that will not interrupt the user’s sleep.
The Fitbit translates heart rate readings by using zones like fat-burning, cardio and peak zone, letting the user know which levels have been conquered and whether there is a need to press on. The Apple Watch tracks heart rate on a graph, but it does not provide exact rate readings.
The Apple Watch has a GPS that allows for tracking the device. This GPS can be used to gain an accurate reading of pace and distance. The Apple Watch uses mileage to measure steps, unlike the Fitbit, which uses body movements to gain steps—e.g., steps can be acquired by placing the Fitbit in the dryer.
Charge 2 is unfortunately not waterproof, but it is sweat, splash and rain-resistant. The Charge 3 is swim resistant and now offers swimming as one of the sport functions, handling up to 50 meters deep. Apple Watch Series One is water-resistant, but the higher upgrades can only handle a few meters of depth.
The Fitbit reigns supreme regarding battery life. The Apple watch lasts for one day before it dies, while the Fitbit can last up to five days–two days if the display is always active.
Both watches allow for the users to be as stylish as their heart desires by allowing for interchangeable bands. This medium creates an avenue for personalization. The Apple Watch does a good job of creating easy removal of the band while the Fitbit Watch takes a longer time to do so. Consumers would have to get used to the mechanism of the bands, but they are very easy to clean especially after a sweaty workout.
The Fitbit app holds all of the necessary information needed to track a user’s fitness. It also has a few challenges and social features, especially when you are hanging out with friends. Apple, however, has a variety of apps like the Watch app, the Activity App, the Healthy app and even third-party apps that can offer what the watch might lack.
Many of the Apple Watch users who responded in an Oracle survey via social media mentioned that they prefer the watch because it syncs with their other Apple devices. This medium allows for tracking of phones and syncing fitness progress without having a user’s phone near himself/herself. This is an inconvenience from the Fitbit because, on some occasions, once the watch is no longer syncing to a phone, it may be difficult to restore connections.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is currently selling for $149.95 on Fitbit’s website and the Apple Watch Series 5 price varies depending on the styling of the watch, but the highest price is $699.
Those are a few comparisons between both smartwatches. Fitbit wants to make fitness fun, and with Google Inc. having bought the brand—announced Nov. 1—there is expected advancement in the near future.
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