Top 8 | Activity Trackers for iPhone

Just one look at the amount of money and effort Apple has pushed into both the Health side of things and their smart home technology in recent years will tell you where their priorities lie. To be honest though, all these recent updates to HealthKit on the iOS 8 are a little late, since there are so many developers that have already been evolving their activity and health tracking apps for a while now. The latest trend relates to accessories that allow you to keep an accurate feed of all this info, and the developers have all come up with an official app that ties into these fitness or activity trackers in order to provide the best possible feedback. But what are the best accessories out there? Not just those that are designed to track your movements or the distance that you have run in the last hour or walked in the last day, but how much sleep you’ve had – or how many calories you ingested at lunch? We recently took a bunch of these activity trackers for a spin, including products from the likes of Fitbit and Garmin to come up with a Top 8. What do you think?

8. Fitbit One ($94.89)

Fitbit One

It’s hard to fault the Fitbit One, even now, which is why it should still be one of the go to choices for lists like this. Fitbit can continue to come up with excellent products like the Fitbit Flex, but the One remains one of their best offerings. It’s just a shame it hasn’t dropped much lower than the $100 mark, despite being on the market for some time now. The Fitbit One is basically an upgrade on the Fitbit Zip, with much of the same functionality plus some added features thrown in for good measure, such as the ability to track your sleep movements. – Buy from Amazon

7. Misfit Flash ($51.49)

Misfit Flash

The Misfit Flash is one of the better waterproof activity trackers out there at present, and is also one of the more long-lasting with a battery life that lasts a good 6 months. Unlike the Jawbone Up Move, it comes with a wristband out of the box and can be placed on your wrist or clipped on your body. It also works with a range of different devices, including both iOS and Android. The lack of a heart monitor could be a big drawback for some users, however! – Buy from Amazon

6. Garmin Vivofit ($79.97)

Garmin Vivofit

Garmin is a name that I became aware of due to their work on in-car devices and accessories for traveling, but more and more often these days you will see these developers branching out and developing their technology to create a broad line of different devices. The Garmin Vivofit is actually a great little fitness band or activity tracker, though the display on the front could have done with being a little more complicated. – Buy from Amazon

5. Jawbone Up Move ($38.79)

JAWBONE Up Move

While the Jawbone Up Move is one of the more affordable activity trackers out there these days, and is great since it allows you to wear it on your wrist or clip it to your clothes, I’ve always been turned off by the basic design. Perhaps this is why they went back to the drawing board with the Jawbone Up 24, and came up with something entirely different. Another drawback here is that it can’t be worn in the shower or swimming, and the wristband is actually sold separately.  – Buy from Amazon

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