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Best fitness trackers on a budget

Fitness trackers are all the rage right now, so we decided to post our best fitness trackers for those on a budget:

Jawbone Up Move (£40)

Jawbone Up Move

The Jawbone Up Move is a smaller version of the popular UP24 pedometer, it has less features than its big cousin so if features are your main priority then the UP24 would be more suitable. However, the Jawbone Up Move is a great little gadget for testing the way that these pedometers work. By packing the same technology as its bigger brother the UP24 but into a small stone shaped device, this wearable pedometer is opening a new market.

A combination of colours is available, yellow, purple, red, black and white for the belt clip; purple, black and white for the standard strap, and yellow, red, purple and black for the slim strap. If you’re looking for an inexpensive fitness tracker, the UP Move is definitely worth it, and whilst it is not jammed with features it’s more than enough to get you going.

Misfit Flash (£50)

Misfit Flash

The Misfit Flash is another example and coming in at a slightly higher cost but it is an elegant and easy way to monitor step count, sleep and even dips in the pool. Half the price at £50 of an earlier version, it still offers all the same great features and has a six month battery life, is waterproof, necessary of course for the dip in the pool, the Misfit Flash will monitor multiple activities.

The Misfit has no screen, so you will need the neat app to see just how you are doing, this is available free for Android and iOS and it has an easy to navigate user interface. We consider that the Misfit Flash is feature-packed and one of the cheapest ways to track your day.

Nike+ FuelBand SE (£89)

Nike+ FuelBand SE

The Nike+ FuelBand SE is the second of Nike’s attempt to get us all moving, healthier and well as giving us a lot of data to become obsessed with! Using the tried and tested Fuel” metric for tracking activity, converting motion into an activity rating called Fuel. This has allowed Nike to directly compare the various sports activities, competing on an equal footing with fuel scores.

The SE is a follow up from the successful Nike FuelBand, the main improvements concern the average battery life, also with the addition of Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the company is claiming that they have improved the algorithms used to monitor activity; this is designed to stop users cheating the system. It is only mobile compatible with IOS 5.0 plus it syncs information from the wristband to the iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth and subsequently uploads the information to the Nike+ site.

Fitbit Charge (£100)

Fitbit Charge

The Fitbit Charge is like its predecessor only better, this is due mainly to call notifications and sleep tracking and this activity tracker display a load of fitness stats right there on your wrist. You do not have to look at your mobile either, unlike some of its rivals Charge users don’t have to look to their smartphone app to see how they are doing in reaching their fitness goals and targets.

Of course the Fitbit is coming in at a higher price so is it worth the extra? Well it has a number of excellent features, a MEMS 3-axis accelerometer that measures motion patterns to determine your steps taken, distance travelled, active minutes, and calories burned. It also has an altimeter that measures floors climbed; this is to encourage climbing stairs and not taking the lift. Hilly routes are also calculated, for example every 10ft elevation you walk is counted as one flight of stairs, walking up an escalator is of course cheating! According to the maker the battery has a life of seven days. Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of any overall fitness plan, and the Fitbit device will track not just how long you sleep, but the quality of that rest, too. Overall an excellent fitness tool.