The ultimate comparison guide for wearable tech wristbands

Last updated: December 29, 2013

Today we’re launching the ultimate comparison guide for wearable technology wristbands – an at-a-glance chart showing all the major features of most popular bands on the market today.

As well as a checklist of features and functionality, we’re including a ranking for ease-of-use, as wearable tech is more than function alone … awarding points out of 10, also taking into account how easy it is to set-up the device with a smartphone or PC/Mac.

This guide will be updated on a regular basis (We’re starting off with the most-popular devices and will add more regularly but if there’s a missing product that you’d like to see included right away, get in touch! We’d also like to hear from you if you’re a whiz at tables in WordPress!).

Wearable wristband comparison chart

Product Steps Sleep Heart Battery life (days) Bluetooth Waterproof (depth in meters) Price (USD/EUR) iPhone / Android Ease of use Launched (mm/yy)
Jawbone UP! y y n 10 n “rain, splash, sweat, and shower-resistant” $130 / €119 y/y 4 3/13
Jawbone UP24 y y n 7 y “rain, splash, sweat, and shower-resistant” $150 / n.a. y/n 9 11/13 (US)
Fitbit Flex y y n 7 y “water-resistant” $100 / €100 y/y* 8 4/13
Fitbit Force y y n 7 y “water resistant” $130 /  n.a. y/y 8 9/13 (US)
Polar Loop y y y*** 6 y ”to 20 meters” $100 / n.a.  y/n 7  10/13 (US)
Nike+ Fuelband SE y y n 1-4 y ”now completely waterproof” (SE model) $149 /  (gold edition $169)  y/n 7  11/13 (US)
Misfit Shine y y n 120 y 5 ATMs (50 meters) $120 / €120 y/y 9  11/12
Fitbug Orb y y n 120 y n/a $50 / n.a y/y**** 7  9/12


* Samsung and HTC models
** With Bluetooth dongle
*** With additional Bluetooth chest-band
**** Samsung Galaxy S4

/WTW

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