New Health and Fitness Gadgets That Will Improve Your Life

Fitbit and Samsung have both declared big updates to their wrist-wearable lines as they attempt to make these small computers as essential as smartphones.

San Francisco-based Fitbit, the ‘undisputed leader’ in the wearables market, according to market analysis IDC, revealed the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2.


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The biggest physical difference to the popular Fitbit Charge is a large screen, at least by Fitbit standards. The Charge 2 display is 4 times bigger than the small rectangular screen on the original Charge, providing you to see more activity stats, according to Fitbit.

Other notable new enhancements include Connected GPS, which works with your smartphone to give more precise distance stats, and better cardio forms that are based on an estimate of VO2 Max, which is supposed to be one of the most accurate measures of cardio-respiratory fitness and is used extensively by athletes. The Charge 2 also provides guidance to improve your cardio fitness score.


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Fitbit also stated the Flex 2, a slimmer by 30 % and waterproof version of the gen-1 Fitbit Flex. Designer models will also be available for Flex 2 from big brands like Public School and Tory Burch.

Morgan Stanley said in a research note this week, Fitbit made significant changes in its design and software this year, which are shown in the Flex 2 and Charge 2, Fitness trackers will be very successful this holiday season, and Fitbit is the main beneficiary’.

The Fitbit Charge begins at 149.95$ while the Flex 2 is cost starting at 99.95$. Both will be available globally at big retailers in September and October.


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Samsung Gear S3 – Samsung has debuted its 3rd generation smartwatch, the Gear S3. Like the Fitbit Charge 2, the biggest change consumers will notice is size. It’s both larger and thicker, which may not excite Gear S2 owners, as that was supposed to be the ideal in a sleek design, according to many analyses.


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Some of that extra size is coming from the larger screen, 1.3 inches versus 1.2 inches on the S2, A bigger battery and the addition of GPS and a speaker across all types. The GPS and speaker were only added on the Gear S2 3G model. Adding 3G/LTE is supposed critical because it allows the watch to work independently and not be tethered to a smartphone. Apple is also planning on adding 3G/LTE to a future Apple Watch, according to statements.


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Pricing for the Gear S3, which holds the Gear S2’s signature rotating bezel, hasn’t been declared yet. The watch is due for release by the end of the year.

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