Are you a fitness enthusiast looking for an easy way to track your morning runs or sports activities without having to lug around your smartphone? Well, now you can do that easily and effectively with a fitness band.

A fitness band trumps having to carry around your phone in your pocket. It provides a  truly hands-free experience, while still tracking your activity, heart rate, and sleep patterns without getting in the way. But aren't accurate fitness bands really expensive? Isn’t it just better to get a smartwatch? Of course not.

Due to growing competition, even budget fitness bands today came with accurate readings, heart rate monitoring and a ton of useful features. Plus, fitness bands offer much longer battery lives than smartwatches are more suited for exercise work due to their lightweight design and rugged build.
 

When it comes to buying a fitness band you have to look at the amount of data the band provides and the data you need. Make sure you buy a fitness band that suits your needs. Also make sure the fitness band you choose has a robust app with the ability to store data, track all vitals and more. Do check out the buying guide at the end to know more.
 

To help you choose the best fitness tracker, we read through reviews from Amazon and Flipkart and also check reviews from other reputed technology websites so you get all the info you want in one place.
 

Best fitness band India (Best fitness tracking)

Fitbit Charge 3

When we last reviewed fitness bands, the Fitbit Charge 2 was one of our best picks due to its design, accuracy, app and multitude of sensors. The Fitbit Charge 3 improves upon that with a more refined design, a larger display with touchscreen support and also true waterproofing.
 

Fitbit’s Charge 3 now comes with an aerospace-grade aluminium body which makes it much slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.
 

Up front, the already nice OLED display receives a higher resolution panel which is around 30% larger than the Charge 2 and even comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass to make it scratch resistant. Fitbit has also ditched the toggle button for touchscreen and has given a side mounted inductive button for waking up the device.
 

Other features on the Charge 3 now include full waterproofing up to 50m (the previous one was just splash proof), a redesigned user interface, better support for smartphone notifications, improved battery life and improved tracking. So what all can the new Fitbit track? A lot!

Starting with 24x7 heart rate monitoring, activity tracking along with swim tracking, advanced sleep tracking with the new spO2 sensor and guided breathing. Plus if you leverage Fitbits extensive work put into the app you can get a lot more features like tailored workouts, Fitbit challenges, achievements and get all your stats in one convenient place.
 

But this time around Fitbit doesn’t just want to be a high-quality fitness band but also wants to be a smartwatch and that's why it comes with support for calls notifications, calendar and text alerts with ability to reply as well.

Even while adding so many new features the Fitbit Charge 3 manages around 6-7 days of battery life and charges in around 1-2 hours. Sadly the charging method used is proprietary.
 

Not everything is perfect on the Charge 3, it misses out on in-device GPS and has to rely on your phones GPS to track your route. Then there is the display which is all great in terms of resolution and size and ability but is monochrome. But apart from these niggles when it comes to tracking there is very little competition to the Charge 3.
 

The Fitbit Charge 3 then is for people who put their fitness above everything else. This fitness band is designed so that it can track and show you all your health stats in one convenient place and it does that over everything else.
 

The Fitbit Charge 3 costs around Rs.13,999 and comes in four colour options. While it is definitely pricey but as the winner of the Fitness Band of the year 2018 award, it definitely is one of the best bands out there that puts fitness first.
 

Pros

  • Improved display

  • Better looking than before

  • Robust app support

  • Very good tracking

  • App notification support is useful

  • UI is a lot more intuitive now

  • The touchscreen is a boon

  • Waterproofing is very useful

  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Price comes close to smartwatches

  • Uses a monochrome display

  • Doesn’t work with third-party apps

  • Uses proprietary charging

  • Relies on your phone for GPS

Best fitness band India (Best features)

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is a more feature packed offering in the fitness band space with a focus on things other than just fitness tracking. The Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with an amazing curved AMOLED display, Spotify offline support, 4GB of storage and built-in GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wifi. With all these features it truly is a smartwatch masquerading as a fitness band.
 

The design of the Gear Fit 2 Pro is much like a fitness band but the front is dominated by the curved display that looks very sleek. The display is all touchscreen and has a coloured AMOLED panel under the Gorilla Glass layer.  

In terms of features, you get 4GB of internal storage. This comes in handy in combination with the Spotify music app so you can store and playback music right from your fitness band. Plus the Bluetooth support means you can hook up to a wireless earphone/ headphone and stream your tunes without the need of a smartphone.
 

For fitness purposes, you have support for 24x7 heart rate monitoring, waterproofing and swim tracking, a built-in GPS for route tracking and also activity tracking for Tennis, Basketball, Dancing or Running. Add to that the support for apps like Powered, Mapmyrun, and MyFitnessPal along with an app store with up to 3000 apps and you have one of the best fitness band experiences around.
 

Given that it can connect to your phone it also has to ability to take phone calls, read text messages, emails and WhatsApp message.
 

But the bright display, wifi and GPS support mean the battery life isn’t as good as the Fitbit. You can expect anywhere between two to three days of battery life on a full charge with light usage. Charging takes around 60-90 minutes and uses a proprietary charger with a USB Type A out.
 

The Gear Fit 2 Pro by Samsung is a feature-rich fitness band for people who do not just want a hardcore fitness focussed band but one with some fun features as well. The ability to store and listen to music directly from the band is a great way to ditch your smartphone and this very feature is one of the biggest draw of this fitness band.
 

With a recent price cut, the Gear Fit 2 Pro now costs around Rs.8999 which is a decent price when you factor in the extra features it packs over the Fitbit including the coloured screen, in-built 4GB storage and GPS, Wifi and Bluetooth support and the tons of apps in the store.
 

Pros

  • Superb AMOLED display

  • Good third-party app support

  • Waterproof

  • Very good tracking

  • The touchscreen is a boon

  • 4GB storage

  • Offline Spotify support

  • Built-in GPS, Wifi and Bluetooth

  • Decent price for the features

Cons

  • Average battery life

  • Uses proprietary charging

  • GPS mode sucks too much battery

Best fitness band India (Best budget band)

Honor Band 4

Now we come to the budget side of the fitness bands. For a long time, Xiaomi’s Mi Band series have dominated this space due to their innovative features and extremely low price tag. But now a challenger has arrived in the form of the Honor Band 4 and it sure does stir up the market.
 

The Honor Band 4 brings a segment first AMOLED colour display to the table along with some useful features like heart rate monitoring, sleep and swim tracking.

The Band 4 has a 0.95-inch coloured AMOLED display with touch screen support. This makes it very easy to navigate the different menus on the band. The design of the band is simple and looks rugged. It also comes with water resistance at up to 50 metres.
 

In terms of fitness tracking, you have the usual running, cycling and exercise tracking but you also get a dedicated sleep tracker, swim tracking (with a dedicated sensor for swim stroke detection) and even 24-hour heart rate monitoring.
 

Then you have the Health app that is bundled which displays and stores your stats. The band even allows you to receive and reject calls, read messages, capture photos, track your phone and more. Although some of these features work only with Honor/ Huawei phones (Eg. Remote capture).
 

In terms of battery life, you can easily get a weeks work of battery life with medium usage including heart rate monitoring. You get a proprietary charger which takes around 1 hour to charge the band.

But given that its a budget offering there are some issues starting with the lack of screen protection, some features that work only on Honor and Huawei phones, the lack of GPS and a somewhat clunky user interface.
 

The Honor Band 4 is a budget fitness band is for people who want a taste of the fitness and market without spending too much moolah.
 

The Honor Band 4 costs around Rs.2599 and offers you an AMOLED display, heart rate monitoring, sleep and swim tracking in a good looking package making it one of the best fitness band in the budget segment.
 

Pros

  • Great pricing

  • AMOLED display a segment first

  • Heart rate monitoring feature

  • Sleep and swim tracking

  • Cools features with the app

  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No display protection

  • Not as accurate as the Fitbit or Samsung

  • Clunky User interface

  • Relies on your phone for GPS

  • Proprietary charger

  • Very few replacement straps

  • Some features are exclusive to Honor and Huawei phones

Best fitness band India (Best starter band)

Mi Band 3

The Mi Band 3 replaces the older Mi Band 2 and offers some new functionality to the mix. It adds a much larger and higher resolution display over the Mi Band 2 and now even includes touch support. The battery life and water resistance rating has also gone up along with some new software features to make using the band much easier than before.
 

The Mi Band 3 has a 0.78-inch OLED monochrome touch display that is a big improvement over the previous version but still not as good as what the Honor Band 4 has to offer. The strap is made of thermoplastic elastomer which is easy on your skin plus you get many replacement straps in different colours so you can pick the one you like. The Mi Band 3 is also water resistant to up to 50 metres.
 

Like the Honor band 4, the Mi Band 3 also supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, idle alerts and more. The new Mi-Fit app also shows you all your statistics in a convenient place. Plus you get other features too like the stopwatch option, phone tracking, WhatsApp, text and call notifications, weather forecast, vibrating alarm and smart unlock.
 

On light usage you can get around 10-20 days of battery life, but with heart rate monitoring turned on and heavy usage the battery can drop to 3-5 days. The charger is proprietary and takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to fully charge the device.
 

The Mi band 3 is pretty feature rich for its cost but there are a few niggles like the screen brightness in sunlight, the proprietary charger, lack of GPS and the overall accuracy when compared to other high end devices.
 

As one of the most affordable fitness bands with a display, touchscreen and heart rate monitoring the Mi Band 3 is a great fitness band for new users who want a decent band that not too overwhelming for new users.

Priced at Rs.1999, it is one of the most affordable fitness bands around with a good deisgn, decent battery life, heart rate montioring and some cool software features in the app.
 

Pros

  • Excellent pricing

  • Touchscreen OLED display

  • Plenty of replacement straps available

  • Heart rate monitoring feature

  • Sleep tracking

  • Cools features with the app

  • Good battery life

  • Regular OTA updates

Cons

  • No display protection

  • Not as accurate as the Fitbit or Samsung

  • Relies on your phone for GPS

  • Proprietary charger

  • You need to remove the display unit out of the strap for charging

Buying Guide to the best fitness band

When it comes to buying a fitness band it is important to understand what you are going to use the band for.
 

For a high level of workout which needs accurate tracking of your steps, heart rate and route, pick a dedicated fitness tracker like the Fitbit. But if you are not too concerned about accuracy and want a band that will help motivate you to workout more you can pick a budget fitness band like the Honour Band 4 or the Mi Band 3.
 

But irrespective of which type you prefer make sure you pick a band with support for waterproofing. Water protected fitness bands are a must as a regular fitness band can get damaged anytime it comes in contact with sweat or water when you are exercising, drinking water, washing hands or taking a shower.
 

Next thing to remember is the type of sensors and features.
 

Modern fitness bands have dedicated pedometers (counting steps), heart rate monitors, spO2 sensors, GPS and more to track your speed, heart rate, route, sleep cycles, swim tracking and many other statistics. If you want the full blown package make sure you pick such a device but if you are not too keen on all stats having a fitness band which can count steps, sleep and heart rate is more than enough.
 

Stil,l have questions on fitness bands? Check out the FAQs section below.
 

FAQs

  • Is there heart rate monitoring?
    Yes

  • Can I get smartphone notifications?
    Yes

  • Can I listen to music on it?
    Only the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro support audio storage and playback

  • Does it work without a smartphone?
    Yes, but you have to pair the device regularly to make sure your data is synced with the app

  • How to charge it?
    All fitness bands come with a proprietary charger

  • Does it work with Google Fit?
    Mostly these bands work with their own bundled apps

  • Is there GPS on it?
    Only the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has a built-in GPS 

  • Are replacement bands available?
    Mostly you can find third party bands for the products. Xiaomi and Fitbit offer first party replacement bands. 

Final thoughts

Finding the best fitness band can be a hard task so we took it upon ourselves to find the best fitness band for you.
 

The Fitbit Charge 3 is the best fitness band when it comes to tracking your fitness and workouts. The advanced sensors on the band help it track all your stats accurately making it one of the best fitness bands in India.
 

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro comes a close second with its cool features like offline music storage, wifi and GPS support and a coloured AMOLED display. If you want a fitness band which can do a lot more than the norm this is the product is for you.
 

Then we have the Honor Band 4 which is feature rich fitness band for a fraction of the price of the above two. It too comes with heart rate monitoring, an AMOLED display and displays all your stats in one location. Want to jump on the fitness band bandwagon? This is the band to do it with.
 

Lastly, we have the Mi Band 3 which is even more affordable than the Honor Band 4 but holds its own due to its excellent software, heart rate monitoring features, decent display and user replaceable bands.
 

Have any of the picks we suggested? Comment down below about your experience with the product or the brand service. Still, have a doubt regarding fitness bands? or about any feature related to them? Write down your question below so we can help you with the same.
 

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