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Updated: The best fitness trackers for 2016

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/Wearables/best%20fitness%20tracker/best-fitness-tracker-hero-470-75.jpg" alt="Updated: The best fitness trackers for 2016"/><h3>The best fitness bands</h3><p><strong>Update</strong>: We've added the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/withings-go-1312662/review">Withings Go</a> to our list of best fitness trackers. It's simple, surprisingly robust, and best of all, its battery can last for up to eight months. While it isn't the most visually stunning device out there, this could be the tracker that fits your style and workout schedule.</p><p><em>Original article follows below.</em></p><p>A fitness tracker is the perfect way to monitor your activity easily and with unmatched accuracy. Think of it as an electronic finger on the pulse, constantly measuring your vitals, quality of sleep and step count.</p><p>Today's fitness band market is stuffed with compelling devices, most of which can do a pretty good job at the basics of tracking. But frankly, we're only concerned with the best, and you should be too.</p><p>If you're looking for a fitness tracker recommendation, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll showcase the best devices out there, and explain how they rank against each other in terms of stand-out features, price, design and the quality of their companion software – all of which are worth considering when monitoring something as important as your health.</p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/Wearables/Fitbit%20Charge%20HR/Fitbit_Charge_HR2_6-420-90.jpg" alt="Fitbit Charge HR" width="420"></img></p><h3>1. Fitbit Charge HR</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Quirks aside, this is the Usain Bolt in this fitness tracking race</p></div><p><strong>Size:</strong> two sizes, S, L, L is 20.8x2x1cm | <strong>Display:</strong> 0.7-inch OLED | <strong>Weight:</strong> 22g | <strong>Compatibility:</strong> Android, iOS, Windows Phone | <strong>Battery:</strong> 5 days | <strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth 4.0</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Microsoft%20Band%202 trd_product_id:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fmicrosoft-band-2-1306006%2Freview deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Ffitbit-charge-hr-1284664%2Fprice-comparison"><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/fitbit-charge-hr-1284664/review">See all prices</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Excellent app</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Discreet and comfortable</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Weird cycle and run tracking</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Pulse monitoring not reliable</div><p>Now able to auto-detect exercise such as cycling and running – although you're still better off telling it what you're doing if you want total accuracy – and with improved pulse tracking and the ability to set more demanding weekly fitness goals, the Charge HR is now better than ever. With a screen, an altimeter to tell you how many steps you've climbed, a pulse counter for more accurate calorie counting during exercise, plus Fitbit's excellent app and social ecosystem, this remains the best fitness band you can get. </p><p>The proper watch-style strap means it stays on and is comfortable, while the design is deliberately neutral and discreet. Some of the stats it pulls out are a bit odd at time, with a definite whiff of inaccuracy about them. However, it is consistent in the ways it is inaccurate, so you can still clearly see if you're getting better or worse at hitting fitness goals. </p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/fitbit-charge-hr-1284664/review">Fitbit Charge HR</a></p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/Wearables/Microsoft/Band%202/review%20update/microsoft-band2-6-420-90.jpg" alt="Microsoft Band 2" width="420"></img></p><h3>2. Microsoft Band 2</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Excellent mix of step counter and proper gym/running/cycling companion</p></div><p><strong>Size</strong>: 12.8mm x 32mm | <strong>Display</strong>: 320 x 128 AMOLED | <strong>Weight</strong>: 55g | <strong>Compatibility</strong>: Windows, Android, iOS | <strong>Battery</strong>: 2 days | <strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth 4.0</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Microsoft%20Band%202 trd_product_id:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fmicrosoft-band-2-1306006%2Freview deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fmicrosoft-band-2-1306006%2Fprice-comparison"><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/ipad-mini-2-with-retina-display-1191349/review">See all prices</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Powerful, versatile fitness tracking</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Looks much better than the v1 Band</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> It's not cheap</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Short battery life</div><p>With a better screen, greater comfort and a better look than the first Microsoft Band, this packs 11 sensors (one new one: a barometer to measure altitude and track stairs and hills climbed, plus an accurate optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, microphone and a galvanic skin response sensor). There's full Cortana integration on Windows Phone, while Android and iOS devices get calendar and message notifications. </p><p>It's as good for the gym, running, cycling, golf and other sports as it is for counting steps and tracking sleep. The two-day battery life (less if you hit the GPS hard) is not amazing, but it does charge fast, hitting 80% in 30 minutes and 100% in 90. Apart from the Fitbit Surge, it's more powerful than everything else here put together.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/microsoft-band-2-1306006/review">Microsoft Band 2</a></p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/Wearables/Jawbone/UP2/Jawbone%20UP2%20review11-420-100.JPG" alt="Jawbone UP2" width="420"></img></p><h3>3. Jawbone UP2</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Lower spec but better value brother to the UP3</p></div><p><strong>Size</strong>: 220mm x 11.5mm x 3.0-8.5mm | <strong>Display</strong>: None | <strong>Weight</strong>: 25g | <strong>Compatibility</strong>: Android, iOS | <strong>Battery</strong>: 10 days | <strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth 4.0</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Jawbone%20UP2 deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fjawbone-up2-review-1298448%2Freview%2F3 "><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/jawbone-up2-review-1298448/review/3">See more Jawbone UP2 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Lightweight and comfy</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Decent step and sleep counting</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk">Some user interface issues</div><p>Unlike the UP3 there's no heart rate monitor on the UP2 but it is cheaper and uses the same excellent app to track sleep and steps. The best thing about this tracker is its sheer, fit-and-forget wearability. It's narrow, light, has a long enough battery life and with no screen, it's just generally very discreet and easy to wear. The worst thing, as you'd imagine, is that it doesn't actually do very much, but if all you want is step and sleep counting, this is well worth a look.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/jawbone-up2-review-1298448/review/3">Jawbone UP2</a></p><p><img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/Wearables/HTC/UA%20Band/ua-band-7-420-100.jpg" alt="UA Band" width="420"></img></p><h3>4. UA Band</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Under Armour and HTC team up for a feature-packed tracker</p></div><p><strong>Compatibility:</strong> Android, iOS | <strong>Display:</strong> 1.36&quot; PMOLED | <strong>Thickness:</strong> 11.2mm | <strong>Battery:</strong> 5 days | <strong>Charging method:</strong> via proprietary USB charger | <strong>Waterproofing:</strong> 2ATM | <strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth LE</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:UA%20Band deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fua-band-1312190%2Fprice-comparison "><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/ua-band-1312190/price-comparison">See more UA Band deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Lightweight, seamless design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Responsive touchscreen</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Doesn't break the mold</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Slightly expensive</div><p>Under Armour and HTC's joint efforts have produced a solid fitness tracker that demands your attention. If not just for its looks alone, its performance with and without the companion app, UA Record, makes it a cohesive, smart buy for those looking to get fit.</p><p>I'd recommend this fitness tracker for anyone on the market who is looking for a stylish and fun to use device. The UA Band costs a small premium, but with that extra cash you might have saved, you'll be buying into a fantastic mashup of hardware and software.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/ua-band-1312190/review">UA Band</a></p><p><img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/Wearables/Withings/Go/review/withings-go-hero-420-100.jpg" alt="Withings Go" width="420"></img></p><h3>5. Withings Go</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>An affordable tracker that doesn't skimp on novelty</p></div><p><strong>Size</strong>: fits wrists up to 230mm | <strong>Display</strong>: 1-inch e-ink | <strong>Weight</strong>: 9g | <strong>Compatibility</strong>: Android, iOS | <strong>Battery</strong>: Eight months | <strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth LE</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Withings%20Go deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fwithings-go-1312662%2Fprice-comparison "><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/withings-go-1312662/price-comparison">See more Withings Go deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Sets you free from your phone</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Eight-month battery life</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Cannot show time by default</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Screen lacks backlight</div><p>If simplicity is key, the Withings Go is a fine fitness tracker. While there are other models that accomplish a lot more, this versatile wearable offers a surprising amount for a rather small cost.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/withings-go-1312662/review">Withings Go</a></p><p><img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/Fitness_tech/Fitbit/Charge/Review/fitbit-charge-review-3-420-100.jpg" alt="Fitness Trackers, Wearables, Devices, Gadgets, 10 Best Fitness Trackers, Nike FuelBand SE, Jawbone Up24, Samsung Gear Fit, Basis Carbon Steel, Garmin, Vivofit, Misfit Flash, Microsoft Smart Band, Samsung Gear S, Fitbit Surge, Apple Watch" width="420"></img></p><h3>6. Fitbit Charge</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>A cut-down version of the Charge HR that's also worthy of consideration</p></div><p><strong>Size:</strong> two sizes, S, L, L is 20.8x2x1cm | <strong>Display:</strong> 0.7-inch OLED | <strong>Weight:</strong> 22g | <strong>Compatibility:</strong> Android, iOS, Windows Phone | <strong>Battery:</strong> 7-10 days | <strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Fitbit%20Charge deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fgadgets%2Ffitbit-charge-1270575%2Fprice-comparison"><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gadgets/fitbit-charge-1270575/review">See all prices</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Solid step counting</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Good looking</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Unreliable clasp</div><p>Take the Charge HR. Remove the heart rate monitoring. Make the clasp a bit less reliable. But reduce the price, of course. What you end up with is a very good, if more basic, fitness tracker with the same excellent app as the Charge HR, the same screen and altimeter… And the same endearing quirks. With a longer battery life due to the absence of a pulse counter, it's an excellent product. Even so, its pricier sibling offers more and would narrowly be our first pick, of the two. </p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gadgets/fitbit-charge-1270575/review">Fitbit Charge</a></p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/Wearables/Garmin%20Vivofit%202/Garmin%20Vivofit%202/photo%2013-420-90.JPG" alt="Garmin Vivofit 2" width="420"></img></p><h3>7. Garmin Vivofit 2</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Long battery life is the MO of this simple, inexpensive step tracker </p></div><p><strong>Size:</strong> 152-210mm | <strong>Display:</strong> 25.5 mm x 10 mm | <strong>Weight:</strong> 25.5g | <strong>Compatibility:</strong> Android, iOS | <strong>Battery life:</strong> more than a year | <strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Garmin%20Vivofit%202 deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fwearables%2Fgarmin-vivofit-2-1292271%2Fprice-comparison"><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/garmin-vivofit-2-1292271/review">See all prices</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Good battery life</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Very cheap</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Not very comfortable</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Lacks extras</div><p>A neat little fitness tracker whose battery life and waterproofing means you never need to take off. And if it were just that bit more useful and more comfortable, you would never want to take it off, either. You do have to accept that all it really usefully does is count your steps and issue reminders to stay active. It has a stab at run tracking and sleep monitoring, but neither impresses. Still, it's a very solid effort for the price.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/garmin-vivofit-2-1292271/review">Garmin Vivofit 2</a></p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/Watches/Withings/Activite%20Pop/Hands%20on/Withings%20Activit%C3%A9%20Pop-3-420-100.jpg" alt="Withings Activit&#xe9; Pop" width="420"></img></p><h3>8. Withings Activit&#xe9; Pop</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>An attractive analogue watch with step counting built in</p></div><p><strong>Size:</strong> Not quoted, but medium-sized watch size | <strong>Display:</strong> analogue watch face plus analogue step-count dial | <strong>Weight:</strong> 37g | <strong>Compatibility:</strong> iOS, Android | <strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth </p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Withings%20Activite%20Pop deals_link:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techradar.com%2Freviews%2Fphones%2Fmobile-phone-accessories%2Fwithings-activite-pop-1279534%2Fprice-comparison"><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phone-accessories/withings-activite-pop-1279534/review">See all prices</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Suave design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Eight-month battery life</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Sluggish syncing</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Spotty tracking accuracy</div><p>A very clever mix of analogue watch and step counter, the Activit&#xe9; Pop takes a different approach to most fitness trackers. As well as counting steps accurately, it also has a go at counting running distances and monitoring sleep (though less successfully), and has a vibrating alarm. It works very well as a motivational device. The hand on the secondary dial on the watch face sweeps round from 0 to 100% of your step goal (set at 10,000 by default) as the day goes on. </p><p>The associated app is pretty good, but syncing can be very slow and unreliable. We suspect it's using a very low-powered Bluetooth connection to save battery power, because the Pop runs on a standard watch battery and lasts for eight months, which is not to be sniffed at. Bottom line: if you want a step counter that looks as good as a watch, this (or a smartwatch of course) are your only current options. </p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phone-accessories/withings-activite-pop-1279534/review">Withings Activit&#xe9; Pop</a></p><ul><li>Here's how to get the most out of your <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/wearables/how-to-use-your-fitness-band-effectively-1308004">fitness band</a></li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/HbC3eB2pvJ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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