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There’s one for everybody.

As they say, “every drop of sweat counts”.

With all the fitness bands and smartwatches selling like hotcakes, you can now actually track and sum up the results of your workout all in a day’s worth. These trackers have come a long way from mere step counters. Most wearables now have advanced features that can read heart rate and blood oxygen, calculate BMI, measure distance traveled (by foot and by bike), and more. Some can even count the times you snored and flatulated as you sleep. But in its bare, basic form, fitness trackers are there to monitor your overall well-being.

Alongside the added convenience of serving as motivation to stay active, another benefit of using a fitness tracker is it helps you set health and wellness goals. And as we continue to slouch in front of our computer and smartphone screens to work, play, and binge-watch, fitness bands and smartwatches are there to remind us to practice self-care by means of routine exercises and activities. Not to mention, wearable technology gives you the freedom from over-relying on your phone while keeping you connected and active. 

In choosing the right fitness band or smartwatch, the first step is to list down all the activities you may want to engage in. Then comes the specific activities and metrics that you want to record.  Some bands and trackers are limited to walking, running, and biking – all that plus calorie count. Others have extra features like daily water intake, mindfulness, sleep tracker, GPS, weather-proof, and more. Then comes the design, app compatibility/connectivity, and price point. 

With all these factors to take into consideration, we’ve listed down some of the most affordable fitness bands and smartwatches to get you started on your fitness journey. 

 

Huawei Watch Fit New

Huawei Watch Fit New smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 97 workout modes
  • With quick-workout animations
  • All-day blood oxygen monitoring
  • Menstrual tracker

Huawei defies the usual, trendy square-ish design and opted for a more rectangular form to set itself apart from other smartwatches and fitness bands. It has a 1.64-inch AMOLED screen with 280 x 456p resolution. Aside from the usuals, this smartwatch can track heart rate, blood oxygen, menstrual cycle for women, sleep, and stress conditions. 

It packs 97 workouts to accommodate almost all kinds of sports & fitness activities and has a quick-workout animation that can serve as a “personal trainer” for instructing proper workout stance and movement. It also has a 5 ATM water-resistance rating to accommodate swimming activities. The watch can connect on both Android and iOS via the Huawei Health app for quick access to your data. 

 

realme Watch 2

Realme Watch 2 smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 90 Sports Modes
  • Real-time heart rate monitoring
  • Blood oxygen monitoring
  • Smart AIoT control
  • Longer battery life

Realme catches up with the smartwatch/fitness tracker trend with its sleek wearable offering, the Watch 2. Realme seems to have received the memo in terms of design – sporting the familiar square profile we often see on its flagship counterparts. It showcases a 1.4-inch touchscreen with 600 nits max brightness and 323ppi resolution. 

It’s got up to 90 trackable sports activities, customizable watch faces, 12-day battery life, and IP68 water resistance rating for protection against occasional exposure to harsh or wet conditions. The Watch 2 is also capable of tracking heart rate in real-time, plus sleep monitor for analyzing sleeping habits. The Smart AIoT on the other hand gives users full control of their other connected Realme AIoT devices.

 

realme Watch 2 Pro

realme Watch 2 Pro smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 90 Sports Modes
  • Dual-Satellite GPS 
  • Real-time heart rate monitoring
  • Blood oxygen monitoring
  • Longer battery life

The Watch 2 Pro is essentially a beefed-up of Realme’s Watch 2. It’s got pretty much the same features as its previous iteration, but with a few upgrades on the design aspects and functionalities. For starters, it has a larger 1.75-inch IPS display with 600 nits max brightness, 320×385 resolution, and 30fps refresh rate. 

For its tracking functionality, the Watch 2 Pro offers up to 90 sports activities that can track distance, calorie count, duration, and more. It also boasts its blood oxygen and heart rate monitor for precise vital metrics. The best thing about this smartwatch apart from its other sweet features is its Dual-Sattelite GPS for more efficient long-distance activity monitoring and route info. 

 

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

Redmi Watch 2 Lite smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 100 Sports Modes
  • 5 ATM water resistance rating
  • 24-hour heart rate tracking
  • Blood oxygen measurement
  • Multi-system GPS

We’ve got to hand it to Xiaomi for introducing and popularizing budget wearables. As other companies followed suit, the Chinese tech giant continues to dominate the smart tracker revolution – ranking second biggest wearables maker. One of their latest offerings is the Watch 2 Lite, which is an absolute steal with its outstanding features. 

Beneath the on-point smartwatch design, the Watch 2 Lite is armed with 100 sports modes, a 24-hour heart rate tracking + blood oxygen measurement, and a 5 ATM water resistance rating for recording swim and water activities. The watch also has a multi-system GPS, which provides precise position tracking. The Watch 2 Lite is compatible with major OS, and supports data sync with popular fitness tracker apps like Strava and Apple Health. 

 

Huawei Band 6

Huawei Band 6 smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 90+ Workout Modes
  • TruSleep Sleep Tracking
  • Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking
  • Menstrual cycle tracking
  • Longer battery life

Huawei embraces the proverbial “less is more” mantra with its Band 6. This entry-level tracker mainly targets fitness buffs who opt for a no-nonsense tracker. It’s got all the basic features one looks for in a tracker, such as 96 workout modes, sleep monitoring, stress tracking, and heart rate and SpO2 trackers. 

The tracker also features menstrual cycle tracking, complete with easy-to-navigate calendar and discreet alerts to aid female users during their monthly period. It also highlights its superb battery life which can last up to 2 weeks on a single charge.

 

Realme Band 2

Realme Band 2 smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 90 Workout Modes
  • Personalized dial faces
  • Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking
  • 50-meter water resistance rating
  • Smart AIoT control

Realme’s Band 2 mixes the perfect balance of style and function, which makes it the ideal wearable for the fashionably fit. It highlights a larger rectangular 1.4-inch display with 167 x 320 resolution and 500 nits brightness, complete with 50+ personalized dial faces to match your workout flair. 

In its basic form, the band is practically a hulked-up iteration of the wearable’s first release – boasting a handful of improvements in the overall aspect of the tracker. Other major features include 90 workout modes, heart rate + blood oxygen monitoring, 50-meter water resistance rating, sleep quality analysis, longer battery life, and Smart AIoT control to access compatible Realme smart devices. 

 

Mi Smart Band 6

Mi Smart Band 6 smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 30 Workout Modes
  • AMOLED display
  • Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking
  • 50-meter water resistance rating
  • Longer battery life
  • Comes in a variety of colors

Beware of its unassuming looks. For its size, the Mi Smart Band 6 carries a bevy of fitness features with sheer precision and performance. It dons a rather elongated 1.56-inch AMOLED display with 326ppi – something worth noting since it shares almost the same screen quality as that of smartphones. 

It’s got the usual tracking functions like SpO2 and heart rate monitoring, sleep & breathing analysis, female health tracking, and 30 different fitness modes – six of which have auto-detection features for a worry-free start. Swimmers, surfers, and water athletes can also enjoy the perks of tracking their progress, thanks to the band’s 50m water resistance rating. The band also comes in an array of colors to match each unique fitness styles. 

 

OnePlus Smart Everywear

OnePlus Smart Everywear smartwatch wearable technology

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WHY GET IT?
  • 13 Exercise Modes
  • AMOLED display
  • 24/7 Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking
  • 50-meter water resistance rating

OnePlus is a breath of fresh air in an ocean of Mis, Realmes, and Huaweis. Nevertheless, it can still stand toe-to-toe with its counterparts with its load of features. As other competing brands vie for who has the most fitness modes, OnePlus chose efficiency by limiting its exercise modes to 13. Still, it doesn’t make it less of a superb wearable device. 

Even at a design perspective, Everywear shows off a rather straightforward, minimalist look. It is equipped with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display with a clean selection of personalized dial faces to complement different fitness swags. This is something that sets OnePlus apart from the bunch. As for the features, Everywear has got the usual monitoring functions like 24/7 heart and blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracker, 5ATM water resistance rating, convenient data syncing, and compatibility with other devices and apps.

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