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Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift guide – Day 3: Activity trackers

It’s Day 3 of the Tech Guide 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas and today we’re looking at one of the most popular products on the market – wearable activity trackers.

The devices will definitely be in hot demand this Christmas and perfect for people who are about to make a New Year’s resolution to get into shape.

Activity bands allow users to track their steps, their sleep and their calories to give them a clear view of their current health and help them to achieve their fitness goals.

Here’s the full list of the Tech Guide 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas.

Day 1: Smartphones

Day 2: Cameras

Day 3: Wearables/Activity trackers

Day 4: Tablets

Day 5: Speakers

Day 6: Gadgets

Day 7: Gaming

Day 8: Smartwatches

Day 9: TVs/Blu-ray Discs

Day 10: Computers

Day 11: Sport Gadgets

Day 12: Headphones

Today on Day 3 we check out the latest wearable activity trackers.

DAY 3 – WEARABLES/ACTIVITY TRACKERS

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JAWBONE UP MOVE – $69

The latest activity tracker from Jawbone, one of the companies to kick off this type of product, is the UP Move and it can be worn as a watch or as a clip on your clothing.

The tiny device has all of the features of its big brother – the Jawbone UP24 – and can connect wirelessly to your smartphone to monitor progress and even supply live updates to the Jawbone app on either iPhone or Android.

It connects via Bluetooth and it can count your steps, monitor your sleep and even add up all of the calories you’ve taken in.

It’s also powered by a replaceable lithium-ion battery which can run for up to six months.

Here is our complete review.

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GARMIN VIVOSMART – $199

Here’s a device that’s part activity tracker and part smartwatch that can track all of your movements, sleep and calories as well as tell the time and relay notifications from your smartphone.

The Garmin Vivosmart has a small OLED display that shines through the plastic on top of the band only when it’s active.

It connects wirelessly to your smartphone through the excellent Connect app where you can keep an eye on your fitness journey.

Here is our complete review.

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SAMSUNG GALAXY GEAR FIT – $149

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is dominated by a large curved Super AMOLED colour screen that can display the time and date along with all your health data.

The Gear Fit also includes a built-in heart rate monitor to go with that eye-catching screen where you will also be able to see incoming calls and your notifications.

And unlike its competitors, the Gear Fit will only work with the latest Samsung smartphones as well.

Our full report of the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit.

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FITBIT FLEX – $129.95

Fitbit has become the most popular name of the activity band market and sometimes the default name for the product line-up in the same was iPod was how customers referred to MP3 players.

And it’s not hard to figure out its popularity – it is slim and light and tracks all aspects of your exercise and sleep quality and even helps you set goals to pass your fitness milestones.

Small indicator lights on the front of the band also allows users to check their progress at any time and works hand-in-hand with the comprehensive FitBit app when it syncs with your iPhone or Android device or your computer.

It is also works with a range of popular exercising apps and is available in 10 different colours.

 

 

 

 

 

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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