Fitness Watches

There are many well known brands in this market vary between simple to very advanced. Personally, I prefer those watches to smart watches because I already have a smart phone! Internet is full with comparisons and reviews about such watches. I’m just writing my experience and how I decided on my current watch.

Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2
Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft seems to abandon MS Health and there would be no MS Band 3. For me, it was one of the best especially with sleep statistics (and manual sleep control). Not to mention the flexibly in training plans. It was affordable too. Unfortunately, I have to leave it and find an alternative.


Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Surge

I used Fitbit Surge before my MS Band. Almost all of the Fitbit watches are affordable. Honestly, my main concern here is the appearance. I don’t like to wear any of the Fitbit’s while at work. Performance is good in many aspects though.

I also don’t understand why support for Android phones is limited! Why would an iPhone owner buy Fitbit’s over Apple watch? Limited support for Android’s means probable issues with Connected GPS feature – some way to force me buying the one with build-in-GPS…

The limitation of training plans comparing to MS Bands and other running apps (such as Endomondo) was another factor for me. I could understand that they are now providing other types of fitness workouts with paid subscription.


I’ve always been in love with those classy watches. They have some models that are very good looking to wear all the time (including work) with no shame. They are very expensive – especially the good ones. I wanted to go with Vivoactive 3 that is similar to Fitbit Ionic in features and price. However, I didn’t like the reviews about it, mainly the  brightness of display. I decided hence on Fenix 5s. It might be a little bit expensive but durable and fancy.

It’s almost perfect in all features except for sleep tracking. Sleep often needs manual adjustment but it’s not bad after all – not as good as Fitbit. Personally, I found MS Band sleep tracking is more informative than Fitbit. The training plans are wonderful with cardio support; this reminds me of myCoach from Adidas. The display isn’t as bright as in MS Band but still very clear in day light.

Extra Comparison:

Running Details

Sleeping Details

Final Word:

If there were MS Band 3, I would have not left. If you can afford Garmin’s, they are real sport watches. You won’t go wrong with Fitbit too.

P.S., helpful websites for transferring/synchronizing data: fitnesssyncer & tapiriik.

Do you use Fitness Watches? Or, do you prefer Smart Watches?

46 thoughts on “Fitness Watches”

  1. I am on my 3rd fitbit Charge HR. I have not tried any other fitness watches. The problem with this design is that you can not replace the band. Fitbit replaced my first Charge HR when it broke, but then I broke another and bought one at a discount. It is teal and does not go with much of my outfits. Fit bit customer service is really good. I thought the sleep tracking did not work, but it turned out I have sleep apnea and really was not getting much sleep.

    1. Thank you, Lori. I’m sorry to hear this. Hope things will be fine. I have some troubles with sleep too. I don’t sleep much. My new watch gave me insight about my high stress during the day. Fitbit support is great. Fitbit Ionic and Gramin Fenix 5 have replaceable bands

  2. Thank you for this post! It was very helpful to me. My husband has wanted a fitness watch for several years now. With Christmas around the corner, I’ve been looking at them…totally confused about the best options. I purchased him a more inexpensive one last Christmas, still around $100, but it didn’t make it to the spring, and he had problems with it constantly. He particularly wants one with a heart rate monitor. Great post!

    1. Thank you, Deborah. I believe you won’t go wrong with Fitbit. Ionic and Charge 2 have good reviews (just make sure that it supports your phone for synchronizing and GPS issues if that matters). Garmin Vivoactive 3 has good reviews too. Marina in other comment recommended Polar’s. Good luck and my greetings to your husband too.

  3. Great post! I wanted a Garmin so bad, but ended up going with the new Samsung gearfit. I have a love hate relationship with it. Mostly, it’s accurate, but sometimes it doesn’t give me my floors. Ugh! 😆❤

    1. Thank you, Mischenko. I’ve read good reviews about Samsung’s but, honestly, I never liked them. Personally, I believe these watches (smart and fitness) are tools and they can’t be 100% accurate. Though, I don’t regret paying so much for Garmin Fenix 5.

      1. They are great tools for sure. I love charting my sleep and the calorie counting feature is a godsend. The nice thing about the Gear Sport is that it’s fairly accurate on distance and it’s great for most workouts, but it’s never 100%. I’m happy to have it though. Glad you really enjoy your Garmin. I love all the features with the Fenix 5! ❤

    1. Thank you, Linda. Apple Watch is perfect. You might need nothing while you have it in your hand. Personally, I tend to love Fitness watches more than smart ones. I’m a little bit old fashion man that prefer to have a watch for fitness, a phone that is used as a phone with some smart features, and a computer for other things 🙂

      1. That makes sense, but I love new gadgets. Hey, a watch you can wear in the pool and still make phone calls? Yes, please! Not that I’ve done that, but I could! Hahaha

      2. First of all, merry Christmas and happy holidays for you, Linda, and your family. Second, I totally agree. These features are tempting. The only problem is that we don’t use them all 🙁

  4. Very interesting. I like the classical watch look of the Garmin, but also the high tech look of fitnesstrackers – and will use them both in and out of the office and for parties. Have never tried smart watches. Have been a Polar user since they first came out with heart rate monitors. Now use a fittracker A370 or a heart rate monitor (and fitness tracker) M430 with wrist measurement. Very good measurements and very motivating.

    1. I was waiting eagerly to read your comment as I know you’re into fitness, Marina. Fenix 5s is wonderful watch; after almost two weeks, I don’t regret the money I paid for it. I haven’t got a chance to try Polar’s before. Thank you very much for the advice.

    1. Thank you, Franci. My too, as I have a smart phone, I never thought of having additional smart watch. A good smart phone does better and can be utilized so no need for smart watches or even fitness ones. Yes, Fenix 5 from Garmin has a very good looks comparing to others

    1. Thank you, my friend. Yes, I agree. There are many types of them that are affordable though. If you have a good smart phone, you can utilize it with help of some apps to get most of what fitness watches do.

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