Here's our wish list for the ultimate fitness tracker


You don't want to be chained to a fitness tracker's third-party software. Lots of trackers play nice with some of the most popular platforms out there, which are apps you may well have bumped into already.

We're talking about Strava, Runkeeper, MapMyRun and a handful of others. Once you hook the two systems up, whatever you track with your hardware will automatically show up in your account for the respective platform.

It's happening in a few of the top-level wearables already – TomTom and Garmin are pretty good for this – but we want everyone to give data to everyone else. Is that too much to ask?

The only question is which software do you want to get in bed with? Picking between Runkeeper and Runtastic really isn't easy these days, and that's before you even step into the ultra-competitive world of Strava.

The good news is that none of the features on our wish list require a huge amount of engineering or money to make them awesome – just a few tweaks here and there, and a healthy dose of innovation to bring them to the masses.

Not too much to ask, is it?

Andrew Williams

Andrew is a freelance journalist and has been writing and editing for some of the UK's top tech and lifestyle publications including TrustedReviews, Stuff, T3, TechRadar, Lifehacker and others.