Two New Fitness Trackers Hitting Store Shelves in September

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By : Suvarna Sheth

It’s an exciting time if you’re in the market for a new fitness tracker.

September is slated to be a big month, with two of the latest brands in wearables, Fitbit and Samsung, introducing new products with features the fitness tracking community has never seen before.

We’ll take a look at the new devices, and compare some of their most popular specs and features.

Fitbit Versa 2

Image courtesy: Fitbit.

The Fitbit Versa 2 is the San Francisco-based company’s latest product, which is the next generation of its best-selling smartwatch, Fitbit Versa™. The device features for the first time ever for a wearable device, connectivity to the Amazon Alexa. It also features longer battery life, depending on usage.

Versa 2 is available for pre-sale today on Fitbit.com and select online retailers for $199.95 (USD) in black with a carbon case, petal with a copper rose aluminum case, and stone with a mist grey case.

The Versa 2 Special Edition is available for $229.95 (USD) in navy and pink with a copper rose aluminum case and smoke with a mist grey case.

Versa 2 will be available in stores worldwide beginning September 15, 2019.

You can preorder the watch now with free shipping for $229.95 (USD), which will ship in 2-3 weeks.

Below are just a few of the features the Versa 2 has to offer:

AMAZON ALEXA BUILT-IN

Alexa connectivity to the Fitbit Versa is the company’s latest innovation. With Alexa connection to your wrist, you’ll be able to check the weather, set timers, control your smart home devices, just to name a few functions.

MUSIC WITH SPOTIFY APP

You’ll be able to use your Spotify app, allowing Spotify Premium subscribers to listen to their favorite music and podcasts for motivation.

Additionally, Versa 2 has the ability to store and play 300+ songs from your personal music library, download Pandora stations, and add Deezer playlists. Pandora is only available in the U.S.

GET YOUR SLEEP SCORE

Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, this personalized score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night.

NOTIFICATIONS & QUICK REPLIES

If you use an Android, you can get call, text and calendar alerts and send quick replies when your phone is nearby.

MULTI-DAY BATTERY

You will get 5+ days of battery life on a single charge depending on your usage and other factors.

24/7 HEART RATE TRACKING

Use heart rate to better track calorie burn, optimize effort during workouts, see your resting heart rate trends and more.

AUTOMATIC ACTIVITY & SLEEP TRACKING

See steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, active minutes & time in light, deep and REM sleep.

REMINDERS TO MOVE

Know how long you’ve been active all day and get the nudge you need to move if you’ve been sitting too long.

REAL-TIME PACE & DISTANCE

Connect to your phone’s GPS to see real-time pace and distance on your wrist, and get a map of your route in the app.

SWIMPROOF

Water-resistant up to 50M, so you can wear your tracker in the shower, pool and beyond. Plus, it automatically tracks how long you’re swimming.

SMARTTRACK®

Automatically recognizes and records activities like runs, sports & aerobic workouts.

CARDIO FITNESS SCORE

Get a personalized Cardio Fitness Score and tips to improve over time.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Galaxy-Watch

Image Courtesy: Samsung.

The Galaxy Watch Active2, is the newest addition to the Galaxy smartwatch portfolio by Samsung.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 will give users the ability to reach their wellness goals for sleep, fitness, and stress management.

The watch comes in two different sizes—44mm and 40mm in diameter, and are expected to cost $280 and $300 respectively.

Pre-order for the watch starts on September 6, 2019.

Below are just a few of the features the Galaxy Watch Active2 has to offer:

MUSIC AND CONNECTIVITY

The Galaxy Watch Active2 allows you to stream Spotify and YouTube. You can sign in to your Samsung account with single sign-on from your phone or Galaxy Watch Active2, and browse through your music, podcasts on Spotify.

GET INSIGHT INTO YOUR SLEEP

Galaxy Watch Active2’s built-in sleep tracker offers valuable insights on how to get a better night’s sleep. It also monitors your stress levels.

CALL AND TEXT

The device lets you call and text on 4G LTE standalone connectivity. This feature is only available on Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 LTE version. Standalone voice calling on LTE version requires initial pairing with eligible Samsung Galaxy device and separate qualifying wireless plan. Your carrier may not support standalone voice calling, or support may be available only in certain areas. Check with your carrier for more information.

MULTI-DAY BATTERY

The Galaxy Watch Active2 has a long-lasting battery can go for days, however, the 44mm version watch has a longer-lasting battery than the 40mm version and is based on typical use. You can also charge it the watch up by hooking it up to your compatible Galaxy phone with Wireless PowerShare.

HEART RATE TRACKING

You can check your heart rate with Galaxy Watch Active2 and get automatic alerts if your watch detects a high or a low heart rate.

BUILT-IN EKG

The watch will have a built-in electrocardiogram, which will allow readings of heart rate and heart rhythm to spot for possible arrhythmia. This feature isn’t currently active on the watch, and Samsung is waiting for it to be medically cleared.

AUTOMATIC ACTIVITY TRACKING

The watch automatically tracks your most popular activities and lets you manually track other exercises. The smartwatch can manually track more than 39 workouts with seven of them automatically activated—including running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing machine, elliptical machine, and dynamic workouts.

TRANSLATION AVAILABLE

If you travel a lot, the watch will come in handy with it’s Google Translate tool, which is a new feature to Samsung smartwatches.

STYLISH DESIGN

The Galaxy Watch Active2 comes in two styles: lightweight aluminum with a casual Fluoroelastomer (FKM) Band, and premium solid stainless steel with a leather strap. The smartwatches can be personalized with a range of additional stylish strap and watch-face options. You can even take a picture of your outfit and generate matching wall-paper so your watch matches what you are wearing for the day.

ACTIONABLE INSIGHTS

The Galaxy Watch Active2 also serves as your guide to improved health and wellness, providing actionable insights that can help you make positive lifestyle choices in your diet, exercise, mental health, sleep and more.

TRACK STRESS LEVELS

The Galaxy Watch Active2 also helps you track real-time stress levels through the Samsung Health wellness app. It also provides access to guided meditation programs through an integration with the leading sleep and meditation app, Calm, which is available in English, German and Spanish.

Sources:

  1. Samsung. (2019, August 5). Galaxy Watch Active2: Designed to Help Balance Wellness with Upgraded Connectivity. Retrieved August 29, 2019, from https://news.samsung.com/global/galaxy-watch-active2-designed-to-help-balance-wellness-with-upgraded-connectivity
  2. Fitbit. (2019, August 28). Fitbit Launches Versa 2, a premium, voice-enabled lifestyle smartwatch packed with even more advanced health, fitness and convenience features powered by 5+ days battery life to maximize your day and night. Business Wire. Retrieved from https://investor.fitbit.com/press/press-releases/press-release-details/2019/Fitbit-Launches-Versa-2-a-premium-voice-enabled-lifestyle-smartwatch-packed-with-even-more-advanced-health-fitness-and-convenience-features-powered-by-5-days-battery-life-to-maximize-your-day-and-night/default.aspx