Hey all. Am looking at getting a new fitness tracker/smart watch. Currently have a Fitbit Charge HR and thinking it's time for an upgrade. If money were no object I'd plump for the Garmin Fenix 5x, but that's a wee bit too expensive hahaha so I've narrowed it down to the following.
Fitbit Ionic: Advantages are I'm already in the Fitbit environment and am happy with the data it provides. Has a great battery life, good gps reading,sleep tracking, waterproof and internal storage for music files. Disadvantages: limited apps selection, no spotify offline integration, Fitbit Pay a non starter in NZ.
Garmin Vivoactive 3: Advantages. great design IMO, highly readible e-ink display so has decent battery as well, can track lots of different fitness activities including golf (something I've just picked up), waterproof, measures stuff like cadence etc which is a big thing for runners, standard wrist straps so can swap out as needed, can use external devices to link with it (ANT+ or bluetooth HR monitors for example). Disadvantages: once again a limited apps selection, no onboard storage for music, so no offline spotify, not as good as Fitbit for sleep tracking.
Samsung Gear Sport: Advantages. Great design and that rotating bezel control is awesome, offline spotify so can save playlists directly to watch so no need to take phone, amoled screen looks fantastic, tizen runs smoothly, replaceable wrist bands, samsung pay via nfc, waterproof to 5atm. Disadvantages. Does fitness tracking ok...seems to do the basics well without being exceptional, Tizen has limited apps as well, how good is a Samsung smartwatch if I'm not using a Samsung phone (i.e. Samsung Health app etc). Would also include the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier in this as they are pretty close to the same thing, but the S3 being larger and having a few extra features (but costlier).
I've chosen these 3 in particular as they all seem to come in around the $499ish price, and seem comparable in terms of features. If anyone has had any experience with any of these devices, please let me know how you find it, and if you can think of any more advantages/disadvantages to each device.
I've done a heap of reading on them and can't seem to separate them...Please help!!