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Does It Always Have To Be Expensive? Fitness Trackers For Less Than $50 in Comparison

There is a booming market for wearables. Nowadays, fitness trackers can be found in all price categories. They are not only able to measure your pulse and count your steps but also control a variety of apps on your iPhone. We asked ourselves if the affordable ones are able to compete with more expensive brand articles such as Fitbit, Polar and Misfit and tested them!

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Fitness bracelet by Mpow

In addition to affordable iPhone gadgets such as headphones and cases, Mpow provides a fitness tracker. The device measures the user’s heart rate as well as the number of steps, distance and the calories burnt. Additionally it is able to monitor your sleep, provides an alarm function and informs about incoming calls or messages by vibrating slightly. It can also be used to control the iPhone camera remotely: a fast rotation of your wrist triggers the camera. The battery is fully charged within one hour and lasts up to seven days in standby mode.

The manual and regular connection disruptions had a negative impact on our test result. The manual is full of spelling and grammar mistakes and does not refer to any of the bracelet’s features. We noticed regular connection disruptions and discrepancies in measuring the heart rate.

Advantages:

  • Tracking of heart rate, steps, distance and burnt calories
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Vibration on incoming calls or messages
  • Remote control of the camera

Disadvantages:

  • Badly written manual
  • Connection disruptions
  • Discrepancies in heart rate measurement

Intelligent bracelet by Chereeki

Steps, distance, calories and heart rate can also be tracked by Chereeki’s fitness bracelet. Data can either be checked directly on the device or in the app. What’s very useful is that the device shows calls, messages and notifications from social media channels right away. Thanks to the calendar alert you can also manage your to-do-lists, meetings and training in the app. The bracelet vibrates as soon as you reach the preset time.

There is a “do not disturb” mode which mutes incoming calls and messages. Unlike the other devices this fitness tracker does not offer sleep monitoring. Unfortunately it can not be bought on Amazon.com.

Advantages:

  • Tracking of heart rate, steps, distance and burnt calories
  • Call and message notifications
  • Calendar alert
  • “Do not disturb” mode

Disadvantages:

  • No sleep monitoring
  • Not available on Amazon.com

Fitness tracker by Tigerhu

As soon as you switch it on and connect it to your Bluetooth Tigerhu’s fitness bracelet tracks your heart rate, steps and calories. You can afterwards check your data directly on the screen or in the free companion app. The fitness tracker also shows incoming calls, messages and notifications. It monitors your sleep and provides an alarm function, reminders and remote camera control.

An advantage in relation to other fitness trackers is its IP67-certification which reliably protects the tracker from water and sweat. Again the devices’ weakness is the Bluetooth connection which occasionally gets lost.

Advantages:

  • Tracking of heart rate, steps, distance and burnt calories
  • Call and message notifications
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Alarm function
  • Remote control of the camera
  • IP67 certified

Disadvantages:

  • Weak Bluetooth connection

Fitness activity tracker YG3 by 11TT

Just like the others the YG3 by 11TT is affordable and full of features. The device tracks steps, distance and calories. Various workouts for popular sports such as running, hiking, push-ups, skipping and basketball are pre-programmed. Furthermore, the tracker provides sleep monitoring, an alert in case you sit too long, an “anti loss alert” and remote camera control as well as call and message notifications. The heart rate can not be tracked though.

Unlike the other tracking devices, this one does not necessarily have to be charged via USB due to a charging clip installed inside of the device. The weak Bluetooth connection however is a disadvantage.

Advantages:

  • Tracking of heart rate, steps, distance and burnt calories
  • Call and message notifications
  • Sleep monitoring
  • “Anti loss alert”
  • Remote control of the camera
  • Various pre-programmed workouts
  • Alert in case you sit too long
  • Integrated charging clip

Disadvantages:

  • No heart rate tracker
  • Weak Bluetooth connection

Fitness bracelet by AsiaLONG

The multifunctional fitness bracelet by AsiaLONG tracks all important information and shows them on its screen. This includes heart rate, steps, calories, sleep, distance, caller ID and sitting reminder. Like the other trackers this one displays notifications such as messages, Facebook, Twitter and calls. Music on the iPhone can also be managed via this fitness tracker.

The battery is fully charged via USB charging clip within 1.5 hours. On average it runs eight days in standby mode. Its biggest weakness is likewise the weak Bluetooth connection. Like Chereeki’s fitness tracker it can not be bought on Amazon.com.

Advantages:

  • Tracking of heart rate, steps, distance and burnt calories
  • Call and message notifications
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Remote control of the camera
  • Alert in case you sit too long

Disadvantages:

  • Weak Bluetooth connection
  • Not available on Amazon.com

Conclusion

The more affordable fitness trackers are able to compete with more expensive brand articles to a certain degree. Do not expect a high-end device for less than $50 and lower your sights i.e. when it comes to the accuracy of the steps and heart rate or the steadiness of the Bluetooth connection.

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