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All posts tagged "fitbit"

  • This is how much you’ll pay for your kid’s Fitbit Ace in South Africa

    The Fitbit Ace, a smart activity wearable for children, is now available in South Africa. The Alta-like band is built on a smaller frame, and lacks niceties like heart rate tracking, but does includes tools to monitor your kids' activity. This is notably steps, sleep and active goals. Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100 The Fitbit Ace is the company’s latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company’s Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. Read more... The Ace will also remind kids...

  • Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100

    The Fitbit Ace is the company's latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company's Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. For one, there's no heart rate sensor, but the Ace will monitor sleep, steps taken and active goals. It'll also reward the user with badges, as the full Fitbit experience does with adults. Speaking of adults, parents "are in control and can manage who their children connect with and what information they see in the Fitbit app that will motivate them most," the company writes in...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the Fitbit Versa in South Africa

    The Fitbit Versa -- the American wearables firm's second smartwatch -- is now available globally, and coming to South Africa in May. The company lifted the covers on the watch earlier this year, but now customers can purchase it in a number of different guises and finishes. But we'll get into this later. For now, the Versa is a smart wearable that tells the time and can track your health in realtime. It runs Fitbit OS 2.0, and comes with the tech we've seen first on the company first smartwatch, the Ionic. Said features includes an all day PurePulse heart rate monitor,...

  • Fitbit Ionic long-term review: daft software mars excellent fitness tracking

    Smartwatches have never been able to come close to smartphones in the hierarchy of digital needs. But that's slowly starting to change. Although Android Wear still languishes in the doldrums of slow development, Apple's Watch Series 2 adds notable features to an already competent smartwatch. The Series 3, launched around September 2017 went one better, adding LTE support and more. But it's a watch that only works within Cupertino's ecosystem, and that, for many, is a deal breaker. The same too can be said about Android Wear. That's where the Fitbit's Fitbit OS powered Ionic comes rushing through the door. Launched a...

  • Fitbit Alta HR review: Is the HR a good Alta-rnative?

    Some of us aren't good at motivating ourselves to exercise. Sometimes you get home after a long day at work, and there seems nothing better than popping something frozen into the oven and crawling into bed. But those days become weeks, and then months, until eventually you're faced with the fact that neither your body nor your mind can handle your lifestyle anymore. For some, that's when you call your fit friend who lifts, like, 300kg a day, boet. But not even they can be there everyday to make sure you're meeting your goals. Enter Fitbit: the company that designs wristbands...

  • R3999 Fitbit Blaze now available in South Africa

    If you love your Fitbit fitness tracker but wish that it looked a little more like a smartwatch, you're in luck. The company's first crack at the smartwatch game has arrived in South Africa. Retailing through the iStore for R3999, the Fitbit Blaze is a modular smartwatch that privileges aesthetic appeal above fundamental fitness fanatics. That doesn't mean it lacks any of those tell tale Fitbit features though. Heart rate tracking, step tracking, distance monitoring and calories burned are all monitored, and the watch can sync to your smartphone through the Fitbit app. The app allows a more granular look at your...

  • Fitbit Alta: a fitness band for trend sweaters

    Update: Fitbit has confirmed that the Alta will be available in South Africa from April 2016. It's safe to say that previous Fitbit products haven't been the most stylish tech accessories, but the company's slowly addressing this. At CES 2016, we saw its first smartwatch, which many compared (some in disdain) to the Apple Watch, and now there's a new fitness band on the block. It's called the Fitbit Alta, and the company's clearly marketing it towards haute couture-aware tech enthusiasts. "Fitness and fashion on display" is one of its marketing quips, which sums up the Alta succinctly. It resembles a slimmer...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...

  • Fitbit announces Fitbit Blaze smartwatch at CES 2016

    Fitbit is looking beyond simple health tracking for 2016, at least that's what it seems from its first device of the new year. Hosting a press conference at CES 2015, the company outed its latest wearable, and it looks like more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Blaze, the wearable marks a few firsts for the American company, most notably, it's first genuine colour screen smartwatch. It's also a recognition that style plays a more integral role in smartwatch purchasing decisions than features alone, and is a stark departure from its usual functionality-first fare. Taking its heart...

  • Ditto’s the $30 pill-shaped vibrating wearable that’ll never let you miss a call again

    Wearables are great things. They open up discussions for things like the quantified self, the Internet of Things, predictive analytics and so on. While all those concepts might be revolutionary in the way we collect data and understand the things around us, the problem is that the examples commercially available are extremely expensive. Think about smartwatches and fitness bands -- the Moto 360 goes for US$250, the Apple Watch starts at US$350 and Fitbit charges you well over US$100 for its range of devices. Apart from the hectic costs involved, these are also extremely gimmicky. Developed by Simple Matters, Ditto is a...