Updated – 15/Oct/2021 – If you are trying to get fit and improve your health, you are not alone. There are millions of people who are stuck at home due to covid and want to do regular exercise to improve health and fitness.
Fitness bands or smartwatches may not give you the motivation to go to the park for the run but I have experienced that when we track the daily workouts it helps in forming a habit.
Fitness bands can help you keep track of the amount of exercise you are doing and when you track something you tend to improve over time.
If you think the fitness tracker will help you to improve your health even a little, then it is a worthy investment. Also, if you are finding it difficult to form the habit of regular exercise, I will suggest you read the book Atomic Habits, it has helped me a lot.
The article will help you pick the best and latest fitness band on the market for a budget of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000.
Also, Smart bands can pair with your Android or Apple phone to track the live data (using Apps) and help you take corrective action to improve your health. These fitness bands are unisex (suitable for both men and women).
Let’s Check out the 10 Best Fitness Bands in India.
Fastrack Reflex 2.0 Uni-Sex Activity Tracker
Fastrak reflex 2.0 uni-sex activity tracker has a rectangular digital dial display with 50 mm length and 24.5 mm width. The fitness band is compatible with Android 5.0 and iOS 8.0 or above.
Moreover, the tracker is used to measure distance, steps & calorie count, sedentary reminders, and sleep tracking. It also features find your phone.
The wearable allows notifications from Whatsapp, text messages, and call. It supports remote camera control.
The fitness device has a water resistivity of IPX6 to wear it during intense exercise and light rain.
It is available with the price tag of Rs. 1,645 and in gray color.
Key Specs for Fastrack reflex 2.0:
- Rectangular Digital display
- Ten days battery life
- IPX6 water-resistant
- Tracks distance, steps, and calorie
- Sedentary reminder and sleep tracker
- Call notification and phone finder
- Dimension – 50*24.5*125 mm
- Weight – 110 grams
- 1-year warranty
Fastrack Reflex Beat
Fastrack Reflex Beat with Active Heart Rate Monitor is one of the first fitness bands to come with National Health Academy Certification.
The fitness band looks futuristic as well as more premium than its price tag of Rs. 1999.
The Reflex Beat is aesthetically modern and attractive compared to other same-looking devices. It has a monochrome OLED display with a TPU Build.
Unfortunately, for a smart-band, it misses out on significant features aka IP rating. Unlike the Mi band which is IP67 rated; the Reflex is only IPX6 rated and cannot be used while swimming or other water activities.
It can easily track your sleep, steps, heart rate and can also notify the alerts, messages, alarms, third-party Apps, calls with the Caller ID feature as well and is both iOS and Android compatible.
Supported functions of Reflex
- Great Build
- 1yr warranty
- Compatible with Android and iOS
- Touch Enabled
- Phone Finder
- Camera control
- 5 Day Battery Life
- Vibrating Alarm
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 – Price Rs. 2099
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 comes with a brand new design and has a colored AMOLED touch display, where you can view call, text, and App notifications.
The Mi Band 3 is probably one of the highest sold fitness bands, and the Mi Band 4 makes things even better.
The fitness band is not yet available in India, but will likely launch in July 2019 for a price tag of Rs. 1999. Now the price is increased to Rs. 2299.
The biggest upgrade in comparison to the Mi Band 3 is the AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass. Also, it is less prone to scratches than the previous iteration.
The Mi Band 4 can track fitness work out, running, swimming, cycling, quality of your sleep, and measures heart rate at all times.
You can sync the Mi Band 4 with the Mi-Fit App to know more about your health and fitness.
Also, there is an improved pedometer algorithm in the Mi Band 4 which measures the steps more accurately and filter out unnecessary movements.
It comes with a 3-axis accelerometer and even has a 3-axis gyroscope to ensure better movement tracking.
One of the highlight features of the Mi Band 4 is the long battery life of about 20 days. You can check the time, steps, and heart rate on the OLED Display of the fitness band.
Further, the Mi-Fit APP is used to display all the information on your smartphone and is paired with the Mi band using Bluetooth.
The tracker module is rated IP67 allowing you to monitor your calories while swimming. Also, you don’t need to worry about the water damage to the MI Band 4.
The band strap is claimed to be made of, an antimicrobial material, ensuring hygiene and suits well for allergic skin.
Overall, it is one of the best fitness bands in the price range and a solid deal for the price.
Supported Function and Specs for Xiaomi MI BAND 4
- 0.95 Inch AMOLED Display With 120 x 240 RGB.
- 2.5D Curved Glass and anti-fingerprint coating.
- Maximum Brightness – 400 Nits
- Heart Rate Monitor.
- Steps Counter.
- Sleep pattern Analysis.
- Vibration alert.
- DND Mode.
- The codeless phone unlock.
- IP 67 certified.
- Compatible with Android 4.4 and iPhone 9 and above.
- 20 days battery back up.
- Charging time – 1 hour and 55 minutes
- Weighs 22.1 grams.
Humble Advise – Don’t but those cheap fitness bands below Rs. 1000. They have bad user experience, in-accurate tracking, poor after sales support and even worse battery life.
GOQii Vital 3.0
The GOQii fitness band has been approved by the Central drugs and Standard Control Organization and gets the basic tracking right. It is accurate but not as accurate as an Apple watch.
Like most of the Smart bands, it also focuses on tracking your “Calories burned, Activity-inactivity, distance traveled, sleep quality, heart rate (24*7), step counter, and measures body temperature & blood pressure.” It comes with multiple exercise modes.
The Smart-band can show third-party notifications, calls, social media apps, and messages.
The GOQii Family Care plan gets you a personal doctor with the 3 months subscription time.
You can enjoy wearing the band continuously for up to 7 days on a single charge.
It has an integrated USB charger that can connect it to the USB port on a laptop, power bank, or any charger.
Key Specs for GOQii Vital 3.0
- 25.2 grams
- 24*7 Heart Rate Monitor
- Calories & Sleep Monitoring
- Measures body temperature and blood pressure
- 1-year warranty
- Compatible with Android and iOS
- 7 days of battery life
- Price Rs. 1999
Check the price: Buy from Amazon
Oppo Band Style
Oppo has forayed into the fitness segment with the Oppo Watch and now the company has launched an affordable Fitness band – Oppo Band Style.
The fitness band comes with a new metal buckle design along with two stylish band straps – vanilla white and black. You can easily switch between them according to your choice.
The design is different than other bands and some people may like and others may loathe it.
Let’s talk about its other specs:
Let’s talk about the fitness features: It comes with a real-time heart rate (24×7), a SpO2 oxygen level monitor, and even tracks your sleep.
The band offers a 1.1-inch Full-color AMOLED display for a clear & bright view outdoors.
Additionally, it also offers 40 unique display faces so that you have plenty of choices to adjust based on the mood.
Furthermore, it comes with 12 dedicated workout modes to track different fitness activities (Running, Walking, Cricket, Yoga, Cycling, Swimming, Badminton, and more).
The band has water resistance up to 50m.
Additionally, we have got basic features such as notifications for messages, calls, Timer/Stopwatch Weather Report, Music & camera Controls, Find My Phone, sedentary reminder, and Breathing exercises.
Oppo is promising a battery life of up to 12 days.
The Oppo band is available for purchase starting at Rs 2,799.
Mi Smart Band 5:
Xiaomi’s Mi Band 5 in India is available to purchase from Amazon India as well as Mi official website.
The new Mi Band 5 comes with several improvements over the Mi Band 3.
The new Smart Band offers features that are usually present in high-end health bands at an affordable rate.
The Mi Band 5 comes with a 1.1 inches AMOLED color display. It has 14 days battery life on normal mode whereas, on the power-saving mode the band works for about 3 weeks. It supports magnetic charging.
You can use the Mi Band 5 with any smartphone, having Android version 5.0 or iOS 9 or higher. Moreover, you don’t need a Xiaomi phone to use the band, phones from all other brands work seamlessly with the fitness band.
The highlighting feature is Heart Rate Monitor, apart from having a step counter, sleep monitor, Idle Alert, and calorie counter. It automatically detects running and walking.
Furthermore, the Mi Band 5 can show time, weather forecast, Goals, Messages, and notifications. Lastly, it is water (5 ATM) and dustproof and you can go swimming with it without any worries.
The 11 sports modes include professional sport exercises along with yoga and rope skipping. The all-new women’s health tracking records the menstrual cycle and gives helpful suggestions beforehand.
Key Specs for Xiaomi Mi Band 5
- 1.1 inches AMOLED display
- Up to 50 meters water-resistant.
- Compatible with both iPhone and Android phones.
- Battery Life up to 14 days.
- Weight – 12 grams
- Can Measure – Steps, Calories, Sleep tracking, heart rate, women health data
- Price Rs. 2499
Next, Let’s explore some of the Premium Smartbands from Fitbit.
Fitbit Inspire Health and Fitness Tracker (Black)
The Fitbit Inspire fitness band tracks your all-day activities efficiently. It can track step count, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, and calories burned.
It automatically records walking, swimming, and bike ride data.
The 7 days of detailed data have been saved and last for 30 days.
With this band, one can trace their sleep pattern and can also set up a wake-up alarm.
Moreover, it allows receiving calls and notifications from SMS, calendar, and smartphone apps.
On a single charge, it will run up to 5 days.
The 5 ATM water resistivity makes it swim-proof and, one can shower wearing the band.
The device weighs 98 grams and is compatible with iPhone 4S, Android 5, Windows 10, iPad 3rd gen, and later OS updates.
It is available in black color on Amazon India at a discounted price.
Key Specs For Fitbit Inspire Health and Fitness Tracker
- Good User Interface and User Experience
- It is mostly Accurate
- Better Build Quality
- All-day Fitness tracking
- Sleep Analysis
- Up to 6 m range
- Bluetooth 4.0V connectivity
- Price Rs. 5999
Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker :
The Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness is one of the most premium health bands that you can purchase. In fact, it is more expensive than many smartwatches.
It comes with personalized guidance, insights, and motivation which helps to achieve goals via Fitbit Premium 1-year trial.
This free-trial service should be activated within 60 days of device activation.
The smart band has 20+ exercise modes (more than any other band) to track activities like distance, calories burned, steps count, and many more.
It monitors heart rate 24*7.
The band tracks your time in light, deep, and REM sleep to get a sleep score to understand sleep quality every night.
The 10 days of battery life provides you constant enjoyable all-day wear. You can take shower or swim with your band on your wrist as it features 5 ATM water resistivity.
It allows notification from calls, texts, calendar, and mobile apps.
Key Specs for Fitbit Inspire 2
- Walking, Running, Swimming and Workout Tracking
- Live Heart Rate Tracking (24*7)
- Very Comfortable to Wear
- 5 ATM water resistance
- Track all-day activity
- Sleep pattern analysis.
- Menstrual Cycle Tracking
- Compatible with Android 5 or iOS 9 or higher.
- 15 days battery back up.
- Durable and Robustly built
- Price – Rs. 9099
Check Price: Buy from Amazon
Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker
The Fitbit Charge 4 fitness activity tracker has built-in GPS that enables you to view pace and distance on screen.
Additionally, the fitness band has up to 7 days of battery backup on a single charge and up to 5 hours when GPS is enabled.
The Active Zone Minute gives alerts on the personalized fat burn, cardio, and peak heart rates. The wearable measures the heart rate continuously that is 24/7.
It tracks sleep patterns and provides a review of in-app Sleep scores so that you can track your sleep easily.
Further, the band allows notifications from calls, texts, and smartphone apps. Also, you can quickly reply to texts from the band.
The Fitbit Charge 4 activity tracker and fitness band cost Rs. 13,490.
Key Specs for Fitbit Charge 4:
- 24/7 heart rate monitoring
- Active Zone minutes
- Workout intensity map
- Built-in GPS
- Tracks Sleep patterns
- Allows notifications from text and calls
- Up to 7 days battery backup
- Weight – 100 grams
Fitbit Charge 5
Fitbit Charge 5 has been launched globally with a sleek design and brighter Always-On display. It has a long 7 days battery backup.
The newly revealed fitness band will be available in India starting this fall (after September) and the price starts at INR 14,999.
The pricing of the band in the USA is $ 179.5 (roughly INR 13,300), in Europe – EUR 179.95 (roughly INR 15,600), and in Australia – AUD 269.95 (roughly INR 14,500).
It will be available in colors of Graphite/Black, Platinum/Steel Blue, and Soft Gold/Lunar White.
Further, the band has 1.04 inches color AMOLED touchscreen display with 450 nits brightness and no buttons.
As per the company, Fitbit 5 is 10% thinner and 2X brighter than its predecessor.
Moreover, it sports 20 attractive colorful watch faces. It has a built-in GPS+GLONASS, SpO2 sensor, skin temperature sensor, NFC, and an optical heart rate monitor.
The 7 days long battery backup charges up fully in 2 hours. It has up to 5 meters of water resistance.
Also, the wearable notifies for calls and emails, and you can quickly reply (this feature is limited to Android users). It features Do not disturb mode, a Smart Wake alarm, and Fitbit contactless payments.
The company has introduced a new and advanced feature – Daily Readiness Score (only for Fitbit Premium users). This trait will help to know, whether you require to focus on recovery or has to do an intense workout. The data is measured for three days of sleep, level of activity, and heart rate variation.
It includes – 20 goal-setting exercise modes, real-time active zone, automatic exercise recognition, and sleep monitoring.
Key Specs for Fitbit Charge 5
- 1.04 inches screen
- Always-On AMOLED display
- 450 nits peak brightness
- up to 7 days battery life
- Built-in GPS
- Skin temperature sensor
- 5 ATM water resistivity
- Compatibility – Android 8.0 or iOS 1.2 and above
Here is an initial list of the best Smart bands that you can choose from based on your need and the features you want.
We will add more Fitness bands to the list post some more careful analysis. If you wish to add your experience in the comments below, please feel free to do so.