The popularity and demand for Fitness Trackers over the last few years has not gone un-noticed. Every year we see a wide range of trackers released by the large brands with new and exciting features.
This trend has brought us three exciting and new products this year. The redesigned Fibit Inspire 2 with all the activity tracking bells and whistles was followed up quickly by announcements from Huawei around their new Fit tracker packing some very impressive battery performance and recently announced Samsung Fit which is yet to hit the market.
- 1 Display and Styling
- 2 Battery Life
- 3 Health and Wellness Monitoring
- 4 Activity and Exercise Tracking
- 5 Compatibility and Phone Support
- 6 Pricing and Availability
- 7 Which Fitness Tracker should you buy?
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In this article, we take a look primarily at the two new products from Fitbit and Huawei and provide some thoughts around the announced Samsung Fit.
Display and Styling
Both Fitbit Inspire 2 and Huawei Watch Fit have a very similar form. Watch Fit’s slightly curved AMOLED touchscreen stands out with its 326 ppl resolution.
The Huawei Fit almost passes for a smaller looking Apple Watch with vivid colors on its display.
When it comes to clean and crisp display, the Fitbit Inspire 2 doesn’t fail but if the lack of colors on the Fitbit Inspire 2 display concerns you, you will end up liking the Huawei Fit. The Fitbit Inspire 2 features a grayscale backlit OLED display.
The new Samsung Fit 2 display screen dimensions are very similar to the Fitbit Inspire 2. The one major difference is the color screen on the Samsung Fit 2.
Both Fitbit Inspire 2, as well as Huawei Fit, provide users with a decent number of watch faces to choose from. Samsung Fit will also allow users to choose from different watch faces.
Fitbit Inspire 2 allows you to swipe out the tracker’s bands and personalize your style. That would be a challenge with the new Huawei Fit. So from a styling perspective, Fitbit Inspire 2 is a better match that you can customize according to your preferences.
Both the Fitbit Inspire 2 and the Huawei Watch Fit promise you 10 days of battery life on the fitness tracker. Pay attention to the fine print here. “ Battery life varies with use and other factors”. If you are looking for more promising battery life, you will definitely want to explore the new Samsung Fit 2 fitness tracker.
The new Samsung Fit 2 tracker from Samsung promises a 15 – 21-day battery life ( 3 weeks of battery life).
Beyond the appearances, styling and battery life, a fitness tracker should be able to match your fitness needs and provide you with essential health monitoring features.
Let’s explore the health and activity tracking features in each of these devices.
Health and Wellness Monitoring
Heart Rate Monitoring
Fitbit Inspire 2 provides you with a 24/7 heart rate monitoring feature on its new tracker. Much like the older Huawei Band 4 Pro, the Huawei Fit also features a 24/7 Heart rate monitoring feature. Although not announced officially, Heart Rate monitoring will be a standard feature on the Samsung Fit as well.
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Heart Rate Zone Tracking
This is another feature that is available on both these trackers. They not only track your heart rate but also the heart rate zone. Fitbit has gotten the zone thing down to a science. With the free Fitbit 1 year subscription, you can target a specific heart rate zone and workout to achieve your goals. This active zone support feature was not available on the older Fitbit Inspire HR models.
SpO2 / Blood Oxygen level monitoring
Huawei Fit wins this one hands down. Given the times we live in, this feature has become one of the most desirable features.
Pressing the single button on the side wakes the screen and takes you back to the home screen when you’re in a menu or app. Pressing it while on the home screen brings up the app picker with ready access to SpO2 monitoring, right from your wrist. We are surprised that Fitbit decided to omit this essential feature from their Fitbit Inspire 2 product.
We have seen rumors that the new Samsung Fit tracker is going to support SpO2 monitoring much like Galaxy Watch 3 that was released earlier this summer.
Fitbit has stepped up its game when it comes to sleep tracking. The company had faced a lawsuit that challenged its sleep monitoring accuracy etc in the past. The new health platform does a much better job with Sleep monitoring and reporting.
The Fitbit Health subscription will also provide details around your RHR and sleep stages ( REM details) and more. Huawei Fit also provides sleep monitoring and tracking. Much like the Spo2 app, you can quickly tap on the app on the main screen and access your sleep score and other details.
The sleep mode feature on the Fitbit Inspire 2 is also really handy.
Before you turn in for the night, turn on sleep mode to disable screen wake and notifications so light and vibrations from your tracker don’t interrupt your sleep
Other Notable health monitoring features
The Huawei Fit also provides details around Recovery time, which can be important if you are a serious athlete as well as details around your VO2 max scores related to your cardio workouts. Both the trackers provide you information around your resting heart rates as well as support a wide variety of guided breathing sessions.
On the Fitbit Inspire 2, you can also log your food habits, but we find that you get better use of this feature when you track it using a good third-party app on your phone.
Activity and Exercise Tracking
Beyond the usual running and walking, both these fitness trackers offer support for a wide variety of exercise tracking.
On the Fitbit Inspire 2, you can choose from 20+ exercise modes to get real-time stats during your workouts—or let SmartTrack™ automatically recognize and record your exercises.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 will provide you with details around your outdoor exercise workout intensity. This shows you the heart rate zones throughout your route. Inspire 2 also provides you with an assessment of your Cardio Fitness Level and offers tips to improve it.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 saves 7 days of detailed exercise data as well as 30 days of daily totals on your tracker.
One challenge with Fitbit Inspire 2 is the lack of built-in GPS. You will have to connect your inspire 2 to your Phone’s GPS in order to see real-time distance, pace, and other details.
The Huawei Fit comes with a Built-in GPS module which means you don’t have to carry your phone around when going for a run.
There are over a dozen animated fitness courses to guide you through some simple exercises on your Huawei Fit.
The Huawei Watch Fit tracks more than 90 different activities, including auto-tracking of walking, running, elliptical, and rowing.
Much like the Inspire 2, The Watch Fit will regularly remind you to get up and stretch when you’ve been inactive for too long.
Huawei Watch Fit suffers from one major problem that will discourage serious runners and cyclists. The fitness tracker doesn’t offer support for third-party apps. If you are a Strava user or a Komoot user, this is definitely a deal-breaker for many of you.
Compatibility and Phone Support
All of the three trackers can be used with an Apple iPhone or any Android mobile device.
The Huawei Watch Fit runs Lite OS, the same wearable operating system you’ll find on other devices in the Huawei Watch family, and on the new Kirin A1 chipset, its pretty fast and offers a solid performance.
These trackers connect to your mobile device using Bluetooth so the connection is not an issue. This BT connection allows for notification support, music controls on the Huawei watch, and more.
Unlike the Huawei Watch Fit tracker, the Fitbit Inspire 2 provides Google Fast Pair, which makes setting up and paring your Inspire 2 with your Android device real easy. When it comes to compatibility, we prefer the Fitbit or the Samsung Fit 2 over the Huawei Fit, especially if you use an iPhone. Some of the basic features on the Huawei Watch Fit don’t seem to work with the iPhone but they worked well on an Android.
Pricing and Availability
The new Fitbit inspire 2 is currently available at an attractive price point of $99 whereas the Huawei Watch Fit is currently available for 80 GBP in the UK.
We expect it to be priced around $100 in US. The new Samsung Fit 2 is expected to be priced around similar price points and should be available by end of September.
Which Fitness Tracker should you buy?
Since the price points on all three of these trackers are similar, the buying decision boils down to your preference of features and styling with a few caveats that we want to point out.
If you are an iPhone user, you may find the Fitbit to be a better fit in terms of interoperability when compared to the Huawei Watch Fit. The same holds true if you favor third-party apps such as Strava for your runs.
Beyond that, if you are looking for a durable fitness tracker with robust battery performance and tonnes of support for health monitoring and activity tracking, the Huawei Watch Fit is both an attractive and an excellent choice.
Samsung mobile owners may prefer the Samsung Fit 2, especially if they are familiar with the Samsung Health app and are looking for a fitness tracker that does not require charging for almost 2 weeks.
That being said the Huawei Health app is pretty solid as well and provides a nice and intuitive interface to understand various metrics and gain insights around your performance.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 comes with a 1-year free premium subscription but after that, you will be required to pay a monthly subscription for the advanced features. It is therefore essential that you understand what premium features you are getting for the money.
In the end, it boils down to your own choice and preference and we are confident you will make the best choice for your fitness and health.
We hope that we have provided you with enough information in order for you to make an informed decision around your purchase.
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