Fitness tracker reviews

A fitness tracker can be a big motivator when it comes to upping your exercise levels. We took some popular devices for a test run.
Published 29 August 2016

We review the latest wearable fitness tech


The following devices are compatible with the WW app. That means that when you connect them to your WW account, the steps you do will automatically convert into FitPoints®.


Garmin Vivoactive HR

"I attended the launch of this new device where I was given one to try while working out. It was cool to watch my heart rate rise and fall during the workout. This tracker looks like a funky sports watch and has a large, easy-to-navigate touch screen that you can personalise when you download the Connect IQ app. I love it!"
– Sara, WW Magazine Content Coordinator
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Top features

  • GPS smartwatch, sunlight-readable, high-resolution colour touchscreen
  • Built-in sports apps include GPS-enabled running, biking, swimming and more (no phone connection required)
  • Customise with free watch face designs, widgets and apps
  • Receive smart notifications and smart coaching from Garmin Connect™ when paired with your phone
  • Up to 3 weeks battery life


Fitbit Alta

"I used to have a Fitbit Charge HR, but prefer the Alta because of its sleeker design. Also, it comes with an interchangeable wrist band so you can match it to your outfit. Like most devices, the Alta allows you to track your workout, count your steps and hit exercise goals, plus it nudges you to do more when you’ve been still for too long. I loved tapping into the Fitbit community and linking up with my son who was using my Charge HR."
– Jillian, WW Magazine Features Editor
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Top features

  • SmartTrack™ - automatically recognises and records exercises for you
  • Track steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time
  • Friendly reminders to move
  • Long Battery Life - 5 full days and nights
  • Auto Sleep Tracking
  • Syncs wirelessly to computers and 200+ devices and apps.
  • Silent vibrate Alarms
  • Call, Text & Calendar Alerts
  • Slimmer appearance
  • Comparably cheaper than the Garmin