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Garmin Forerunner 735XT review: Putting in the multisport miles
4.5 stars

Garmin Forerunner 735XT review: Putting in the multisport miles

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The Garmin Forerunner family has always been a firm favourite with those who are a little more serious about their sport. Often the device of choice for runners and triathletes, there's now a wide selection of watches to track your every movement, whatever... >>

Garmin Vivoactive 3 preview: A fitness watch for the connected generation

Garmin Vivoactive 3 preview: A fitness watch for the connected generation

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If there's one company that's really going for domination of your wrist, it's Garmin. The company has updated it's Fenix and Forerunner devices and expanded its newer Vivo series too. The fact that there's a Vivoactive 3 might be a surprise, as we skipped... >>

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers

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Earlier this year the second-gen Samsung Gear Fit landed, focusing on fitness fans. At IFA 2017 - the largest European tech show in the  calendar - the Korean giant unveiled its spiritual brother: the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.So what's different in what... >>

Samsung Gear Sport preview: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package

Samsung Gear Sport preview: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package

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Since 2013 Samsung has been making Gear smartwatches. At first, we didn't think they were that smart - but since 2017, with the introduction of the excellent Gear S3, the Korean giant has found its groove.The next step in the journey is the Gear Sport:... >>

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat
3.5 stars

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat

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The biggest claim with the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is that it's the first watch with heart-rate that Suunto has produced. While it joins a family of capable devices, that removes the need for a chest strap, making it appealing to a wider range of athletes.That's... >>

Fitbit Alta HR review: The best everyday fitness tracker?
4.5 stars

Fitbit Alta HR review: The best everyday fitness tracker?

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The Fitbit Alta HR brings heart-rate tracking to its slim and stylish fitness tracker, the Alta. The earlier device was fabulous for basic tracking but it missed out on a couple of features, stopping it achieving excellence.The HR, however, aims to... >>

Withings Activite Steel HR review: Nokia has its finger on the pulse
4.0 stars

Withings Activite Steel HR review: Nokia has its finger on the pulse

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The Withings Activité Steel HR is the first device from the company since it was taken over by Nokia. It joins the plethora of beautifully designed devices, from the original Swiss-Made Activité to the Activité Steel, but it adds heart-rate tracking... >>

Garmin Vivoactive HR review: Multi-sports master, just not much of a looker
4.0 stars

Garmin Vivoactive HR review: Multi-sports master, just not much of a looker

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If you're a general fitness fan rather than someone with a specialist hobby, deciding which wearable is right for you is tough. What sport do you prioritise? Are your morning runs more important to you than your weekend round of golf, or would you rather... >>

Garmin Vivomove review: As good-looking as activity trackers get
4.0 stars

Garmin Vivomove review: As good-looking as activity trackers get

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Activity trackers don't have to be bland slabs of plastic and rubber that scream "look at me". A number of analogue smartwatches have dropped over the past couple of years, pairing timeless, classic designs with all the steps and run-tracking credentials... >>

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors
4.0 stars

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors

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The TomTom Adventurer takes the company's existing sports watch line-up - as familiar in the Runner or Spark - with the added twist of a barometer for additional outdoor activity tracking abilities.TomTom is clearly looking to cement its place in sport... >>

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp
4.0 stars

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp

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Between the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear IconX smart headphones Samsung already has a healthy collection of wearable tech to hand. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, however, is something different. Not just from what Samsung has on offer, but different from the... >>

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet
3.5 stars

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet

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It used to be that the only wearable tech you could pick up for around the £100 marker was a barebones step tracker. Prices have tumbled though. Those steps counters are now available for less than £30, and dedicated running watches, such as the new... >>

Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch
4.0 stars

Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch

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We've almost reached the point where not owning a fitness tracker is as taboo as loudly answering your phone in a train's quiet carriage or breaking out a selfie stick, well, anywhere. Without even a barebones bit of wrist tech, how else can you compare... >>

Huawei Fit review: A fitness watch you’ll want to run away from
2.5 stars

Huawei Fit review: A fitness watch you’ll want to run away from

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If, like many, you're thinking along the lines of "new year, new you" then a decent fitness tracker such as the Huawei Fit is probably atop your 2017 gadget wish list.Getting the right one can be the difference between hitting that 10k personal best,... >>

Misfit Vapor preview: Designer touchscreen watch in a waterproof package

Misfit Vapor preview: Designer touchscreen watch in a waterproof package

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Misfit has unveiled a designer touchscreen smartwatch with a round screen and waterproofing. But, best of all, it doesn't have a "flat tyre".The Fossil Group-owned company, which is known for making low-power wearables, showed off Vapor at this year's... >>

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion

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When it comes to fitness trackers there are shed loads on the market. A bunch of them are plasticky wrist-worn bands that, well, don't look all that. Not so the Timex IQ+ Move: this is one elegant looking proper watch.The concept is simple: take a well-made,... >>

Polar Team Pro Shirt preview: A heart-rate tracking shirt for serious athletes only

Polar Team Pro Shirt preview: A heart-rate tracking shirt for serious athletes only

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Polar is at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showing off its first foray into the smart apparel market.The company, which is known for its fitness trackers and heart-rate sensors, is basically taking wearables to a whole new level. It's... >>

Fitbit Flex 2 review: Simple, stylish tracking
4.0 stars

Fitbit Flex 2 review: Simple, stylish tracking

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The Flex 2 is the sequel to the Fitbit's original all-day activity-tracker. It brings together fitness-tracking and sleep-tracking into a simple yet stylish wrist-worn design.It isn't as feature-rich as the company's Charge 2 or Blaze, it doesn't have... >>

TomTom Touch review: Out of touch
3.0 stars

TomTom Touch review: Out of touch

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Behold the fitness tracker that will not only tell you how many steps you've taken and how high your heart rate is, but also your body's fat percentage. Say hello to the TomTom Touch.The Touch was unveiled when Fitbit launched the Charge 2 and Withings... >>

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker
4.5 stars

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker

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There's no shortage of fitness trackers on the market. Since the launch of the Nike FuelBand, just about everyone has had a crack at this lifestyle end of the sports device market. Offering a lighter and simpler approach than more established sports... >>

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion
4.5 stars

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion

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The explosion of smartwatches and fitness trackers has thrown up some real gems and thrown down some real turds, leaving us all to step carefully when choosing a new device. Polar is an established name in fitness devices, one of the oldest, perhaps,... >>

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge
4.5 stars

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge

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The Fitbit Charge HR was the fitness tracker to beat in 2015. It wasn't only one of the best from the company - which also makes the Surge, Blaze and Alta - but one of the best dedicated trackers with heart-rate monitoring from any manufacturer.And now... >>

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
4.0 stars

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age

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Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... >>

Withings Go review: Tracking on a budget
3.5 stars

Withings Go review: Tracking on a budget

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French company Withings has been central to the activity tracking and health markets for some time. It might not be as well known as the likes of Fitbit, but it has produced some winning devices in the past.Buy into the Withings platform and your options... >>

Fitbit Alta review: High praise for low-level fitness tracking
4.0 stars

Fitbit Alta review: High praise for low-level fitness tracking

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Fitbit is arguably one of the most well-known companies when it comes to activity tracking, monopolising around 70 per cent of the market. It not only offers a huge selection of devices in comparison to its competitors, but it also offers an excellent... >>

Misfit Ray review: Design over delivery
3.5 stars

Misfit Ray review: Design over delivery

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Misfit has long understood that an activity tracker doesn't have to look like a wrist-worn rubber band. With some of its products worn in a trainer or sock, plus a partnership with Swarovski, there are a multitude of options on its roster.But if giant... >>

Under Armour HealthBox review: Under Whelming
3.5 stars

Under Armour HealthBox review: Under Whelming

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Under Armour has partnered with HTC to give us something that only the freakishly active will probably consider: UA HealthBox.This setup (which, yes, does arrive in an actual box) consists of three physical devices: UA Band, UA Scale, and UA Heart Rate.... >>

Fitbit Blaze review: Trailblazer or fitness failure?
4.0 stars

Fitbit Blaze review: Trailblazer or fitness failure?

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Fitbit is well known in the activity tracking field. In fact, with claims of almost 80 per cent of this market, it is probably the company most people will have at least heard of when it comes to devices for monitoring how much you move. Despite this,... >>

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

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TomTom has released a new version of its golf GPS wearable, appropriately called the Golfer 2, looking to put all the information you could want onto your wrist.It replaces the current Golfer, expanding its functionality and following the same lines as... >>

Garmin Epix review: Life-saving reliability
5.0 stars

Garmin Epix review: Life-saving reliability

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When you venture out into the wild, even if that's just a walk in the not-so-local woods, you want a GPS device you can rely on. Garmin, with years of experience in that area, is a name that generally offers peace of mind. When it comes to the Epix watch... >>

Garmin Vivoactive HR preview: The complete training solution

Garmin Vivoactive HR preview: The complete training solution

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Garmin has unleashed a new version of its popular and impressive Vivoactive called Vivoactive HR because, you guessed it, this one records heart rate.The Vivoactive HR uses a wrist worn, light-based heart rate monitor to track beats per minute for a more... >>

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review: Feature-packed for fitness fun
4.0 stars

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review: Feature-packed for fitness fun

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TomTom has diverged from personal navigation, seeing the company embrace sports devices in recent years. After an initial partnership with Nike, it stepped out on its own with the Multi-Sport and Multi-Sport Cardio sportswatches, the predecessors to this... >>

Withings Activite Steel review: Step-tracking with style
4.0 stars

Withings Activite Steel review: Step-tracking with style

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Withings is no stranger to beautiful design. Its original Activité fitness tracker was one of the most wearable wearables of 2015, which is probably why the cheaper Activité Pop and newer mid-level Activité Steel both adopt a similar design.All three... >>

Garmin Forerunner 630 review: Deep dynamics set a new pace
4.0 stars

Garmin Forerunner 630 review: Deep dynamics set a new pace

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When it comes to GPS running watches the Garmin Forerunner range has been leading the race for wrists for years.In 2013 the Forerunner 620 was a big jump forward in the range thanks to a colour touchscreen, Wi-Fi and running dynamics. In a bid to further... >>

Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form
3.5 stars

Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form

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Microsoft introduced the original Band in October 2014, bringing a device that combined an array of fitness tracking features with a few smartwatch-like functions. Despite being great in terms of functionality, it was heavily criticised for its rigid... >>

Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart review: One seriously stylish activity tracker
4.0 stars

Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart review: One seriously stylish activity tracker

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Mondaine, the famous Swiss watch maker, has entered the world of smartwatches with the Helvetica 1 Smart, a device that offers a smart yet fully analogue experience. Similar to the Withings Activite, the Helvetica 1 Smart bundles an activity tracker and... >>

Polar Activity Loop 2 review: Function over form
3.5 stars

Polar Activity Loop 2 review: Function over form

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Polar has been on the fitness tracking scene for a while - like 40 years - creating devices for those who take their activity monitoring a little more seriously. The runners and cyclists of this world who want plethora of stats including heart-rate monitoring... >>

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat
3.5 stars

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat

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The latest addition to Sony's SmartWear range is the SmartBand 2, a fitness tracking band with an updated Sony Core unit - the main heart of the device which slips into the accompanying wristband - that now adds heart-rate monitoring to the party.In a... >>

Withings Aura Total Sleep System review: Dreams can come true
4.0 stars

Withings Aura Total Sleep System review: Dreams can come true

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Tracking sleep is always something we have been a little sceptical about. Firstly, it's almost impossible to determine how accurate a device is at monitoring your sleep - it's not like being in a lab under observation. Secondly, if you've had a bad night's... >>

Garmin Forerunner 25: Running down the price (hands-on)

Garmin Forerunner 25: Running down the price (hands-on)

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Running watches are a common companion for many, but for newbies looking to get from sofa to 5K the idea of spending a small fortune on a fitness companion is unlikely to make sense. That's where the Garmin Forerunner 25 comes in, the company's entry-level... >>

Asus VivoWatch review: Pretty but not perfect
3.5 stars

Asus VivoWatch review: Pretty but not perfect

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Asus is no stranger to good design. Its ZenWatch was greeted with showers of praise when it launched last year and many have high expectations for its successor, the ZenWatch 2, which was announced back in June. It's a company with heaps of potential... >>

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach

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Sony is no stranger to the wearable or music markets, it's been a player in both for years and its new device combines the two in a bid to help runners of every level, well, run. The Smart B-Trainer is a type of Walkman, but it has been designed for... >>

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?
4.0 stars

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?

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There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before.But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this world,... >>

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch
4.0 stars

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch

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Described as the ultimate fitness superwatch, the Fitbit Surge places the company in the sportswatch category for the first time, competing against the likes of Polar and Garmin.Fitbit claims to now have a fitness tracking device for everyone. We've tried... >>

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker
3.5 stars

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker

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Sony is no stranger to wearables. In fact, it was one of the companies to kick things off by launching the Sony SmartWatch before smartwatch was even a widely used term.The SmartBand, which launched back in 2014, is a different take on the usual activity-tracking... >>

Huawei TalkBand B2 review: Bluetooth bling, but lacking
3.5 stars

Huawei TalkBand B2 review: Bluetooth bling, but lacking

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Huawei is digging deep into wearables, having announced three devices at Mobile World Congress in March 2015. Ranging from smartwatch to activity tracker, it's the TalkBand B2's mixture of tracker meets Bluetooth earpiece headset that stands out as something... >>

Hands-on: Garmin Forerunner 225 review: Heart-rate from your wrist (finally!)

Hands-on: Garmin Forerunner 225 review: Heart-rate from your wrist (finally!)

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Finally Garmin has taken the plunge and released its first running watch with a built-in heart-rate sensor, the Forerunner 225. We got to handle one at CES Asia to see whether it's the one everyone's been waiting for.The Forerunner 225 isn't the device... >>

Misfit Flash review: Good for beginners
3.5 stars

Misfit Flash review: Good for beginners

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The Misfit Flash is an activity tracker and the follow-up to the Misfit Shine which launched back in 2013. The new model follows a similar design cue but swaps metal for plastic and slashes the price by half, making it the cheapest activity tracker out... >>

Microsoft Band review: Heaps of potential offset by design downfall
3.5 stars

Microsoft Band review: Heaps of potential offset by design downfall

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Like Apple, Microsoft arrived to the wearables party late – albeit in slightly different fashion. Instead of a smartwatch, the Windows maker has released the Microsoft Band, a fitness tracker with some smartwatch-like functions, but still a device... >>