For the past few months, I’ve been wearing a Fitbit Sense smartwatch / fitness band ($ 228 on Amazon) to keep track of my exercise routines, pulse rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, oxygen satisfaction when sleeping, and “stress levels”. resting heartbeat and heartbeat
rate variability (HRV). This last metric shows a change in the time between heartbeats and, according to Fitbit, “higher HRV is associated with better health.” Like the Apple Watch, Sense can also be used to find out if there is an irregular heartbeat through the EKG (electrocardiogram) function.
Sense has a 1.6-inch square color screen that is large enough to see my aging eyes at a glance. I think it’s a good size for people with relatively small wrists (like me), but some people prefer smaller bands and of course a lot of people are looking for cheaper fitness bands.
Enter Luxe, Fitbit’s newest fitness band, which sells for 1.4 inches long and 7 inches wide by .4 inches thick. Fitbit bills Luxe as a “new follower of fashion and wellness,” but fashion is in the eyes of the viewer. Its small size looks smaller than its large followers and smart watches, but it’s still an electronic device and not a fine gem, which is for almost all electronic products. The sample sent comes with a generic black band, but for roughly the same price, you can get it on the “white moon” and the orchid (pink) or pay an extra $ 50 for jewelry for the gold-plated stainless steel Parker Link bracelet. brand gorjana, There are other groups that can wear it as well.
Although billed as a fitness tracker, it’s not like my “Smart Watch” like my Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 and Versa 2, it does have some features that you have on a smart watch, including calls, text and phone notifications, silent alarms and a timer, and stopwatch. . As a fitness device, it tracks your heart rate 24/7, shows you the pace and distance of walking, running, jogging and cycling if paired with your phone (it doesn’t have its own GPS) and tracks and reports your steps. calories burned. Through the Fitbit phone app, “It also shows a stress management score with a score of 1 to 100 that tracks physical signs of stress. I have this feature in my mind and don’t pay much attention to it. I don’t seem to have a good sense of stress levels. lets you and sleep stages (light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep).
Not that we’re competing, but my wife, Patti, who wears the new Luxe, got a score of 80 last night while I beat her with an 81 from my Fitbit Sense. I slept for 7 hours and 41 minutes while he recorded 7:10, although he slept deeper and had more REM than me.
Fitbit says Luxe will monitor oxygen saturation from day to day, but that feature will “come soon.” I have it in my sense and I look at it almost every day. Shows night interval (high and low) and average. Mine is generally a little lower than what I get with a pulse oximeter during waking hours, which is normal according to several articles I’ve read, including on the UCSFHealth.org website.
Fitbit says the Luxe can last up to six days with a single charge, but that will vary depending on usage. I don’t have enough time to know how long the Luxe battery lasts, but my Sense, which is also valid for six days, usually lasts about four days between charges. I use it from day to day to keep track of my oxygen saturation as it uses extra energy. It’s a nice thing to have a multi-day battery rather than charging it overnight. Luxe charges very quickly, so it’s pretty easy to get rid of it during the day or before bed.
The small size of the luxury is the only drawback. The screen, compared to other Fitbit devices, is difficult to read. Clock faces (many are available) don’t always show as much information as you get with larger Fitbit devices.
If the size and Luxe metal back and color screen aren’t the main advantage for you, you can get more for your money through the Fitbit Charge 4 ($ 99.95). It is slightly wider than the luxury (.9 vs. .7 inches), but is the same size from top to bottom and is thicker than .1 inches. Unlike Lux, it has its own GPS chip to measure your tracks, hikes, hikes, and bike rides without being near your phone. According to Fitbit, the battery life lasts for seven days, but it has a grayer scale than the color screen, which for me is not a deadly deal.
The follower itself displays some information with those available in the app. For the most views and data, you need to subscribe to Fitbit Premium for $ 9.99 a month or $ 79.99 a year. Depending on the offer at the time, it includes a free 90-day or 6-month membership (you must provide a credit card so you don’t have to cancel a calendar entry when you don’t be charged). Anyone in the AARP health insurance supplement plan can get free membership.
Before you buy a fitness tracker, make sure you know the tools on your phone. Android and iPhone have fitness apps (Google Fit and Apple Health keep track of your steps, bike rides, and other activities, even if they aren’t paired with a smartwatch or fitness tracker).
And if you’re using a fitness band, smart watch, or an app to track your health and fitness, make sure you consult with a health professional before relying on or highlighting the data they reveal. These devices do a pretty good job but go a long way in tracking various seasonal health and fitness trends, but are not available to diagnose health conditions. To do this you need an expert.
Larry Magid is a technology journalist and Internet security activist.