IFA 2018: The best fitness trackers and smartwatches
See what Fitbit, Fossil, Garmin and more have in store for the coming year with their latest announcements at IFA 2018...
02 Sep 2018
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit has been a popular choice for avid keep-fit fans for years, and it’s obvious why – the company makes some of the most stylish, easy-to-use fitness trackers around.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a tasty update to an already great collection, and it’s packed full of features. Improvements on its predecessor include a more comfortable and lightweight fit, longer battery life of up to seven days, and a more advanced touchscreen that supports multiple gestures.
Another big feature is the addition of NFC for wallet-less contactless payments. You’ve also got 24/7 heart rate tracking, water resistance up to 50 metres, over 15 exercise modes, sleep tracking, and of course activity tracking as standard.
Michael Kors Access Runway
Smartwatch designs are getting more stylish by the day. Just check out the new Michael Kors Access Runway range. Billed as the ‘Runway Smartwatch’ – the collection prides itself on elegant looks, combined with features you’d find on a fitness tracker.
They now come with a heart rate sensor, wireless payments, and are swim-proof up to 30 metres. You can also customise the watch faces to suit your style, and see notifications from your phone. But it’s the combination of style and clever new features which catch our eye most. A smartwatch you can wear to a dinner party? Count us in.
Fossil Gen 4
In addition to the new Michael Kors range, Fossil also showed off its latest Gen 4 smartwatch range. And guess what? They now come with a heart rate sensor, so you can use your smartwatch to fulfil all your fitness needs.
The Gen 4 range lets you track your activity, get your text and email notifications, and pay for goods with a tap of your smartwatch. The timepiece runs on Wear OS by Google, so you also get access to Google’s voice assistant. Naturally you can also customise its look to suit your style.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Not one to miss out on the big tech events, Garmin brought its new Vivosmart 4 fitness tracker to Berlin. The newest feature on show here is the pulse oximeter, which measures the level of blood oxygen saturation. It’s a useful feature if you’re going hiking along mountains at high altitudes.
The Vivosmart 4 also has what Garmin calls a Body Battery – which lets you know when it’s the best time to exercise or rest, based on personal information it learns from you, such as your sleep patterns.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch didn’t quite debut at IFA 2018, but it was a chance to see it in the flesh after its recent launch. Samsung was keen to boast about how you get that smartwatch feel, in a timepiece that has the feeling of a traditional look and style of an analogue watch.
Get all your phone notifications and receiving calls, track your sleep better with an improved tracker, use it as a music player, and track your fitness with a heart rate monitor. Schedules and reminders are another neat feature to help you stay on top of things. Who needs a paper diary anyway?
Which smartwatch or tracker do you fancy seeing on your wrist? See our current range