Over the last year and a half, our lifestyle and work routine has changed like never before. Thanks to the lockdowns and travel restrictions, our physical movements have been reduced thus impacting our health directly.
As we settle in with the new normal, the need for fitness trackers has also gone up, as we need to keep tabs on our improvised health routines. This has resulted in a massive uptick in the number of fitness wearables sold in recent times.
Many attractive budget smartwatches are now available, and most of them carry an impressive array of fitness and health-related features. A fitness tracker is now capable of doing more than just counting the number of steps you've taken. Starting at Rs 3,000 in India, they are pocket-friendly, too.
While most of them come with heartrate monitors, a few of them have also come with SpO2 monitors which help in monitoring the blood-oxygen-level in your body. Apart from these two features, you get a bunch of fitness tracking modes including indoor, and outdoor activities and also swim tracking in some of these gizmos.
We have created a quick list of options here. Whether you need just a bare-bones basic fitness tracker or a flashy big-screen wearable with a few nice bells and whistles, you’ll find some good choices here.
Here are the best fitness trackers currently available in India.
The best just got better. The Apple Watch is without an iota of doubt the smartest fitness accessory that you can get. That said the biggest limitation Apple Watch 7 has is that it is designed to keep an iPhone user in mind, hence if you don’t have an iPhone you won't be able to experience the best smartwatch.
The Aluminium case Apple Watch Series 7 comes in 41mm and 45mm size options. Powered by the new S7 chipset, the Apple Watch 7 comes with a larger display, 32GB onboard storage, and a 304 mAh battery pack that supports fast charging and offers up to 18 hours of battery life.
It runs on WatchOS 8 and gets features like the Mindfulness app, fall detection for cyclists also now apart from the ability to track ECG, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and plenty of other metrics.
With a brighter and larger display, the Apple Watch 7 is now available in a variety of colour choices.
The Oura smart ring is a unique fitness tracker that slips onto your finger, where it's able to take much more accurate measurements of heart rate and blood oxygen saturation than a device worn on your wrist. The newest version, released in late 2021, has an upgraded optical heat rate sensor that now tracks your pulse 24/7, allowing you to see exactly how it varies throughout the day.
There are also seven new sensors to track skin temperature and tell you whether it's within normal limits, plus an improved sleep tracking algorithm, all without compromising on weight or battery life.
The main downside of the Oura smart ring is its $299 (about £230 / AU$420) price, and Oura has now introduced a subscription service as well, which gives access to extra tools and insights for a monthly fee. You get six months free when you buy the ring, and anyone upgrading from the second-gen version gets lifetime membership free, but it makes the full package quite steep.
Read our full Oura (Generation 3) review
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Fitbit is a popular wearable maker and the Fitbit Sense is one of the best trackers around right now, and builds on the success of the Fitbit Versa line with several thoughtful new upgrades. It's designed to put you in charge of your well-being, helping you understand your body and mind, and make changes to improve your physical and mental health – and it succeeds.
It also includes an ECG sensor to detect signs of atrial fibrillation (rapid heartbeat), but its stress monitoring function is what really stands out, and is something everyone can benefit from and use every day – not just in a health crisis. The fitness tracking features offered by the Sense are also impressive, particularly if you're interested in training using heart rate zones. There's a wide range of activity tracking options, and together the watch and Fitbit app provide you with a set of workout appropriate stats once you've finished.
From the best of Apple to the best of Google. The Galaxy Watch 4 comes with WearOS but with a spin – Called One UI Watch 3 – it is built by Samsung with Google’s help.
Sadly, the Galaxy Watch 4 doesn’t work with an iPhone and while it can be paired with almost any other Android phone on the planet, it still needs a Samsung phone to let you enjoy all the features – which include ECG and blood pressure measurements.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in four size options 40mm, 42mm, 44mm and 46 mm and in two connectivity options – 4G and Bluetooth.
Apart from regular tracking features, the watch comes with in-built GPS and heart rate monitoring. It also has a body composition tool that lets you assess your body’s fat percentage on the go. And yes, it has an in-built browser that lets you browse the internet on that tiny screen.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review
The best smartwatches from Huami are the Amazfit GTS 2 and GTR 2. These are also some of the cheapest wearables on the list. Apart from display and design, most of the specs between these watches are the same. The Amazfit GTS 2 follows the square design pattern while the GTR 2 offers a classic circular design. The GTR 2 comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 454 x 454 resolution and the GTS 2 comes with a 1.65-inch AMOLED screen with 348 x 442 resolution.
Both come with a built-in GPS to track outdoor activities like running, cycling and open water swimming. There's also BioTracker 2 PPG optical sensor, which delivers continuous heart rate monitoring, heart rate during exercise and opens up more detailed insights. You also get SpO2 sensors on both to take blood-oxygen measurements.
Both watches also come with 3GB of storage to transfer over your own music. You also get an Alexa voice assistant. You can even make calls over Bluetooth with the speaker offering decent clarity. Further, these smartwatches are also capable of tracking your sleep and 90+ sports mode which includes outdoor running, walking, indoor cycling, open water swimming, pool swimming, climbing, free training, outdoor cycling, and more.
Read our Amazfit GTS 2 review
Read our Amazfit GTR 2 review
An extremely well-built fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 5 is aimed to be your best gym buddy. It crams in the best of Fitbit in a tiny body and offers features like in-built GPS to help you track your runs, an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor that helps measure stress responses, sleep tracking, precise heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring and it even supports contactless payments.
The Fitbit Charge 5 comes with a neat user interface that ensures you’re not lost in the options and focus on your workouts. The fitness tracker comes with a sharp AMOLED display and the watch keeps nudging you to remain active throughout the day.
That said, the watch doesn’t have onboard storage to store your favourite music nor does it offer any sort of controls of the music played on the phone paired with it. The Fitbit Charge 5 is priced at Rs. 14,999 which includes 6 months premium membership as well.
The Amazfit Bip U Pro is a great fitness tracker for its price with over 60 sports tracking modes and plenty of health-related features. However, the stars of the show are the built-in GPS and Alexa smart assistant. The core experience is still similar to the Bip U. The Bip U Pro is arguably the best smartwatch in its price bracket with few rivals to match it. However, Alexa doesn't work as well as we'd hoped.
The 1.43-inch LCD colour display is bright enough to be clearly readable even on sunny days. The Amazfit Bip U Pro shines when it comes to fitness and health-related features with the inclusion of heart rate, SpO2, sleep, breathing tracking, and much more. As for the smart features, you get Alexa, notification mirroring, music control, and a camera shutter. All the tracking features work well and precisely. The Amazfit Bip U Pro is our first recommendation given that it ticks all the boxes with a price tag of Rs 4,999.
You can save Rs 1,000 by opting for the Amazfit Bip U, but you will lose out on built-in GPS and Alexa.
Read our Amazfit Bip U Pro review
The Mi Band 6 carries the mantra of efficient fitness tracker at an affordable price ahead. The new Mi Band 6 is yet another super affordable and fairly accurate activity tracker that comes with features that you’d normally associate with pricey products.
The 1.56” inch tall AMOLED display is vibrant and colourful. It is responsive to touch and comes with features like SpO2 tracking, continuous HR, stress and sleep monitoring, 30 sports modes and is even water resistant to 50 meters.
Though it doesn’t have in-built GPS and uses your smartphones’ location tracking system to track your jogs or runs. However, at this price point it is a true value for money device with a long battery life.