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Best fitness trackers and watches 2019: Garmin, Apple Watch Series 5, Fitbit, Huawei and more

From hi-tech step counters to serious smartwatches, there’s something here for every fitness enthusiast this Christmas

Huawei Band 3 Pro

“This is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy if you’re on a strict budget”, according to TechRadar. The Huawei Band 3 Pro is one of the few fitness trackers that offers GPS, water resistance and a colour display at a price that’s well below the £100 mark. 

The tracker also comes with a heart rate monitor, a rarity on cheaper bands, as well as “in-depth” sleep analysis that records the length of your sleep and how frequently you wake up at night, notes Tom’s Guide. Battery life is impressive, too. Users can expect about three days worth of power from a single charge. 

Huawei Band 3 Pro, £49, amazon.co.uk

Moov Now

Not all fitness trackers look the same. The Moov Now is a perfect example of this: it doesn’t have a conventional screen, nor does it have a built-in pedometer to track your steps. Instead, the device relies heavily on Moov’s smartphone companion app. 

“It’s designed to be a personal trainer on your wrist,” The Daily Telegraph says. Using the app, the device records your fitness data and guides you through a workout it recommends to you. It will even send instructions through your earphones, so there’s no need to keep checking your phone. 

“The best thing about it all is that the app starts you off slowly”, making it a solid option for those who are just starting out, the newspaper says.

Moov Now, £48, amazon.co.uk

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Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit arguably kick-started the fitness tracker craze earlier in the decade. They’re cheap, accurate and boast a design that’s minimal yet colourful.

One of the latest iterations of the Fitbit tracker is the Charge 3. The third-generation model features an improved touchscreen display, the ability to tag on to your smartphone’s GPS chip and a mode that monitors your sleep patterns, says Tom’s Guide. It can also be used underwater, making it an ideal companion for swimmers.  

Buyers can expect seven-day battery life from the device. That’s significant, given that the more expensive devices on this list will run out of puff in a matter of hours. 

Fitbit Charge 3, £99, amazon.co.uk

Apple Watch Series 5

Don’t be fooled by the Apple Watch Series 5’s appearance. It may look like a regular smartwatch, but the device’s focus on health makes it a left-field choice for fitness fanatics. 

Along with the company’s existing suite of health-tracking features, including a heart rate monitor and activity tracking, the Series 5 comes with a new decibel monitor that warns the wearer if the environment they are in is too loud to prevent hearing loss, notes Engadget.

There’s also menstrual cycle tracking so users can track log symptoms and predict the start of the wearer’s next period, the tech site says. 

With prices starting at £399, the Watch Series 5 isn’t as cheap as some of the other trackers on this list. It is, however, easier to recommend to iPhone users because it benefits from being a conventional smartwatch, allowing you to keep tabs on your messages and manage your songs while on the go.

Apple Watch Series 5, £399, apple.com

Garmin Fenix 6X Pro

Those who are more serious about their fitness regime need look no further than the new Garmin Fenix 6X Pro. 

What makes the Fenix 6X Pro the go-to model in the range is the addition of PacePro, which is  “a training tool that combines a number of features within the watch to act as a sort of coach when you’re out running,” says Wareable. It’s available through the Garmin Connect app on all models, but is only available as a built-in feature on Pro modes.

It may be the most expensive tracker on this list by quite a margin, but the 6X Pro comes with a larger display than its siblings and can also be specced with a solar features that top up the battery while you’re out and about, the site says. 

Garmin Fenix 6X Pro, £614, amazon.co.uk

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