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[Deal] Fitbit Flex Activity + Sleep tracker for $69.99

Fitbit Flex

Customers can now get the #FitbitFlex activity + sleep tracker with a $30 discount on eBay. This means you can snatch up the wearable for just $69.99, which is a 30% discount on the wearable and hence an excellent deal.

This is one of those basic fitness bands from Fitbit and syncs seamlessly with your devices (mobile and web), giving you easy access to all your fitness metrics. Sleep tracker is also a crucial feature here, but not something new as there are multiple fitness bands in the market today that offer the same functionality. Unfortunately, the retailer is only offering the black colored variant of the Flex as of now, so color options are relatively limited at this point.

The unit being offered here comes directly from Fitbit, which means you’re also getting one full year of warranty on board here. The Fitbit Flex is a great value for $99.99 and a no brainer for $69.99. Make sure you hit the link below to snatch up this attractive fitness band on the cheap.

Get the Fitbit Flex Activity + Sleep tracker for $69.99!

[Deal] Fitbit Flex wearable selling for just $69.99

Fitbit Flex

The #FitbitFlex fitness band/tracker can now be yours for just $69.99 courtesy of a deal over at eBay today. The fitness band usually sells for $99.99, so you’re getting a pretty decent 30% discount on the accessory.

The Flex can let you track your steps, runs, distance covered as well as sleep. It will also give you alerts for notifications from your smartphone, which is a very basic fitness band function really.

This is not a smartwatch and the customers have quite often complained about the relatively steep price tag. If you’ve been one of those customers, this deal should come as welcome news to you. Make sure you hit the link below and get the Fitbit Flex on the cheap while you still can. The retailer hasn’t mentioned if there will be an expiration to this deal, but given the nature of such deals, we won’t be surprised if it vanishes in no time.

Source: eBay

[Deal] Fitbit Flex wearable now available for $59.99

Fitbit Flex

The #FitbitFlex which usually retails for about $80 can now be yours for just $59.99, courtesy of a deal over at eBay. This is a brand new unit of the fitness band and will come with free shipping as well.

What makes the Flex a lot more versatile compared to its competitors is the fact that it comes with replaceable bands, letting users swap them out according to their convenience. Barring this, the Fitbit Flex can do pretty much everything that a standard wearable + fitness tracker can do, so you’re not in for a lot of surprise in that area.

It can give you a good measure of your sleep, the number of steps you’ve taken in a day and some other crucial data to keep your health in check. We’re not sure how long this deal will last, but it makes sense to snatch the wearable on the cheap while you still can.

Source: eBay

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This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories : August 17 – 23

Summer break isn’t over just yet, and until the fat lady sings (or the bell rings), you’re advised to make the most of whatever precious time off you have left. The leaves haven’t begun to fall, the weather is still terrific, so go out there and sip your Mai Tais on the beach all day long, party all night long and… shop in between.

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You don’t need an excuse to buy discounted Android gear, but let’s say you’re starting to feel the autumn blues. The pressure of hiking your GPA close to Ivy League standards. Hormones. Anything goes in love, war and shopping.

In a way, today’s roundup of the best mobile deals for the week is an extension of the recent back-to-school smartphone catalog, with a separate post dedicated to classroom-friendly tablets incoming.

This week’s top smartphone bargains

 

Motorola/Google Nexus 6 – $489 unlocked with 32 GB storage in midnight blue

Nexus 6

While waiting for Huawei’s predictably inexpensive sequel, Moto’s OG feels like a smarter and smarter buy by the day. After all, it’s got fully stable Android 5.1 Lollipop software now, and the 6-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, quad-core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3 GB RAM and 3,220 mAh battery are as impressive today as they were when the N6 first saw daylight.

If there’s one thing we can’t wait for Huawei to improve, that’s definitely the mediocre (by high-end standards) 13 and 2 MP cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $542 factory unlocked in gold; $545 in black; $550 in white or blue

To be honest, we were expecting a steeper price drop here on the heels of the S6 Edge+ and GNote 5 introductions. Then again, neither actually follows in the footsteps of this non-edgy 5.1 incher. This conventional but beautiful Exynos 7420 powerhouse with essentially the same internals as the extravagant GS6 Edge+, save for a trivial gig of RAM.

Sounds like a decent deal to us at below $550.

BLU Life Pure Mini – $99.99

BLU Life Pure Mini

What can low-cost unlocked gear master BLU pull out of the hat for one measly Benjamin? A monster 3,000 mAh battery, somehow squeezed into a compact and slender 4.5-inch package measuring 8.9 mm in depth and tipping the scales at 149 grams.

A wonder of modern engineering, the Pure Mini unfortunately runs Jelly Bean, which overshadows a little the respectable quad-core MediaTek chip inside, the 16 GB internal storage space and 8 MP rear camera.

BLU Studio 6.0 HD – $136

Is it worth 36 bucks more than the Pure Mini, considering it offers half the data depository and far inferior endurance? If you like your handhelds big, even slightly uncomfortable, then definitely. Plus, you get a newer, smoother version of Android, albeit not the overall smoothest – 4.4 KitKat.

HTC Desire 526 – $89.99 with Verizon LTE prepaid

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A new arrival in Big Red’s no-contract roster, the affordable 4.5 incher stands out with 5.1 Lollipop software, Blinkfeed and Sense 7 UI, as well as decent 8 MP/2 MP cams and 4G XLTE connectivity. That’s plenty to justify the $90 tag, free of carrier agreements.

Motorola Moto E – $69 global GSM unlocked

It’s old, almost ancient to some, and it can’t hold a candle to the latest entry in the Moto G franchise or above-listed low-end BLUs. But it’s a perfectly fine little gizmo for first-time Android users, what with its looming Lollipop update, 1 GB RAM, microSD capabilities and widespread network compatibility.

Best tablet deals for the week

 

Amazon Fire HD 6 – $69 with special offers (today only)

Just one word here: hurry! It’s impossible to argue with this massive discount (30 percent), and although Amazon may soon refresh the entry-level 6 incher, last year’s version remains a classic. With an HD screen, quad-core processing power, 8-hour battery, Dolby Audio and free unlimited cloud storage for proprietary content.

If Apple ever sold something like this, they’d probably charge three times as much. Perhaps more.

Fire HD 6 Kids Edition – $119 (today only)

Fire HD 6 Kids

It looks expensive compared to the non-kid-targeted model, but the case surrounding and protecting the tablet is likely worth the price gap alone. And then you have unlimited, free access to content tailor-made for children for a whole year, excellent parental controls and, best of all, a comprehensive 24-month worry-free guarantee.

They break it, and Amazon replaces it gratis, no questions asked. How cool is that?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $198

Headed to T-Mobile with LTE speeds added in the mix, the 8-inch Tab A is irresistibly cheap when solely equipped with a Wi-Fi modem, given it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out the box, accommodates 16 GB of data locally, and is no slouch, thanks to a quad-core 1.2 GHz chip and 1.5 GB RAM.

LG G Pad 10.1 – $199

LG G Pad 10.1

How popular is this mid-range Lollipop 10-inch soldier? So much so that, right now, it’s out of stock at Amazon. But you can still order it today, and get it shipped when available, which is definitely what you should do if the razor-slim bezels, quad-core S400 CPU, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP camera and 8,000 mAh battery feel good enough to occasionally play a game and do some homework on.

Wearables, wearables, wearables

 

Samsung Gear S – $199.99 with AT&T contracts; $330 outright

Samsung Gear S

The times are a-changing for Samsung’s Gear portfolio of so far rectangular smartwatches and fitness trackers. The transition to circular form factors is nigh, so it’s best to keep an eye on the squarish cellular-enabled Gear S. It’s not particularly tempting at the moment, but it might soon become hard to refuse, at, say, $250 contract-free.

Fitbit Flex – $79

Don’t think of the two-year-old Flex as old. Think of it as seasoned and distinguished. Some gadgets get better with age, especially as they get cheaper, and this thing reliably tracks your steps, distance covered, calories burned and active minutes, not to mention it monitors how long and well you sleep. It’s (still) a winner, no doubt about that.

Mobile accessories promotions

 

Jabra Move wireless Bluetooth stereo headset – $70

Jabra Move

“Ultra-lightweight”, adjustable and durable, these premium headphones provide up to 8 hours talk time/music time on a single charge, and the digital sound reproduction is flawless, courtesy of a system shortened DSP. Oh, and they’re dirt-resistant too.

Jabra Solemate Max wireless Bluetooth stereo speakers – $249.99

We’ll be honest with you, we could recommend roughly a dozen much cheaper no-wire speakers that essentially do the same things as the Solemate Max, and deliver decent audio. But this beast is hands down the loudest, sharpest mo-fo in its price range, with two tweeters, two woofers and a custom-designed proprietary bass.

It also lasts a good 14 hours of aggressive use between charges, and supports NFC in addition to Bluetooth for easy smartphone pairing. Last but not least, it’s guaranteed to withstand rain, shocks and dust contact.

RAVPower Portable Charger Deluxe 13,000 mAh – $26.99

RAVPower

You know how these things work. They’re wireless, plug to your handheld or tab via USB and beef them up on the move. Them, as in more than one in the case of this gargantuan Deluxe power bank, which can charge your Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 no problem.

Ulak slim synthetic leather case 360 for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $11

The 9.7-inch GTab A costs $298, and for the time being offers no carrier subsidy prospective, but aided by this ultra-versatile accessory, it’s enticing nonetheless. You can shield it against bumps and scratches with the synthetic leather cover, plus keep it propped up for comfortable typing or video watching.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories: July 6 – 12

With the Fourth of July weekend regrettably behind us, it’s time we evaluate our losses and… allocate a bit of extra cash for more shopping. Worry not, you won’t end up on the street, living in a cardboard box while obsessively building mighty new “Minecraft” castles.

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That’s because we only have extreme bargains to recommend after scouring the discounted depths of Amazon, with a bunch of low to mid-end and mid to high-end Android smartphones leading our deal list for the week, joined by respectable tablets, fancy smartwatches and a slew of perhaps modest yet oh-so-convenient mobile accessories. Here goes:

Handhelds on the cheap

 

Motorola Moto E second-gen 4G LTE – $99.99 unlocked

Do we even need to highlight the limited and time-sensitive nature of this promo? Well, to better understand just how much you’re saving, let us mention the non-LTE original E still costs $84 in a US GSM configuration, and $92 global GSM.

Moto E LTE

Of course, there’s a lot more separating the two Es than merely 4G connectivity. The 2015 edition is larger, punchier, offers twice the internal storage space, an improved rear camera and VGA front snapper. Also, a considerably heftier battery. Overall, if the Independence Day celebrations left you with a Benjamin in the bank, the wisest way to spend it is the advanced Moto E… if you can get it.

Huawei Mate 2 – $260 factory unlocked

We’ll be honest, for a second there (or a million), we lost all hope the otherwise venerable Mate 2 would ever be brought (relatively) up to date software-wise. But credit where credit is due – Huawei delivered on their ancient promises. Big-time!

Huawei Mate 2

Now, with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board, the big-battery 6.1 incher is maybe more enticing than it ever was. Especially at $40 off its list price, 720p screen resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 2 GB RAM and all.

LG G3 Stylus – $200 unlocked international

To make it clear off the bat, this isn’t the G4 Stylus, aka G Stylo. It’s a 2014 precursor, with decidedly 2014 mid-range material, including Android 4.4, 1 GB RAM and 8 gig ROM. Alas, the 5.5-inch 960 x 540 panel is quite crappy, but on the plus side, the 13 MP LED flash cam and 3,000 mAh cell… aren’t. And neither is the pen support.

Motorola Moto X second-gen – $299.99 GSM unlocked in white/bamboo, black soft touch or black leather

Moto X second-gen

5.1-upgradeable and due for a hardware renovation before long, the X+1 has plenty of juice left in the tank, but it might be discontinued any day now. Perhaps not altogether canned, but if it becomes really hard to score, its tariff could jump back up to over $400. The clock’s ticking, y’all.

Hisense HS-U688 – $155 factory unlocked

Hisense? What the fudge is that? Actually, it’s a decent Asian brand, with a history of nearly half a decade in the electronics industry, although obviously, not a stellar background in the Android niche.

For a little over a Benjamin and a half, the Chinese OEM offers an uber-stylish, 0.31-inches thick 6-inch phablet capable of sharp 720p images, crisp sound, 3,000 mAh endurance and 8 megapixel stills.

This week’s best tablet deals

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $199 in smoky blue

Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Not exactly a first-class iPad mini 3 rival, Sammy’s newest 8-inch budget soldier at least mimics the 4:3 display aspect ratio and squeezes it into a slender 7.4 mm frame. Plasticky but fairly fashionable. Meanwhile, under the hood, you get quad-core power, 1.5 GB RAM and 4,200 mAh battery juice, which isn’t half bad at $30 off the $230 list tag.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $265

Essentially the same average slate, only bigger. And $65 pricier, which is $35 off. Oh, and the screen-to-body ratio hits a sweet 72 percent, albeit at the expense of clarity. Come on, Samsung, 132 ppi?!?

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 – $232

An oldie but goldie, the 8.4-inch Tab Pro is stuck on KitKat. Otherwise, it’s so much better than the Tab A 8.0 that the very comparison feels ridiculous. 359 vs 160 ppi panel, 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 vs… 400, we presume, 2 vs 1.5 GB memory, 8 vs 5 MP cam, 4,800 vs 4,200 mAh pacemaker. Shall we go on? Probably not.

Lenovo IdeaPad S8-50 – $169 certified refurbished

Lenovo IdeaPad S8

It’s pre-owned, which is never ideal, but boy, are those specifications impressive for sub-$200! 1,920 x 1,200 IPS panel, Intel Atom inside, 8 MP rear camera with f2.2 lens, 2 GB RAM, 7-hour battery. Too bad Lollipop seems but a sweet, distant dream.

Discounted Android-compatible wearable devices

 

Motorola Moto 360 – $149 in black or stone grey leather

Reduced at all major US retailers, the OG 360, like the Moto X2, is waiting on a sequel. Prettier, more powerful and, hopefully, longer-lasting. Also, a lot costlier. Hence, this remains a smart buy, at least until we can thoroughly gauge the value and performance gap.

Pebble Steel – $176

Pebble Steel

It’s a good time to be in the market for upgraded versions of the smartwatch classics, including the Pebble Time and Time Steel. But it can be thoughtful to turn to the actual classics too, particularly if they stand the test of time as robustly as this black matte, full-week, metallic, waterproof, iOS and Android-supporting wrist-clock.

Fitbit Flex – starting at $84

The savings are by no means massive (a humble 15 bucks), yet the resulting deal is virtually unrefusable for fitness nuts who don’t need a fancy screen, complex smartphone notification pushing and the works to reliably monitor the things that count: steps, general distance covered, calories burned, active minutes, sleep duration and quality.

Accessories steals

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 case armor – $5.99

It’s no secret the GS6 can crack under the “right” amount of pressure, so in the spirit of safe before sorry precautions, a “heavy duty” cover feels obligatory for folks who tend to frequently drop their precious gadgets. At the price of a couple of Happy Meals, the “dual layer” case on hand provides “maximum drop and scratch protection”, with rubberized edges and flawless shock absorption.

Motorola Droid Turbo rugged protective case with built-in kickstand – $5.95

Droid Turbo rugged case

It’s basically the same thing, only it fits the Turbo best and vows to shield its already muscular exterior and gigantic 3,900 mAh battery from harder contacts against tougher surfaces, scratches, crashes and… bullets? Probably not, but close enough.

Sony MDRXB950 extra bass Bluetooth headset – $158

You had to be very thrifty during the recent extended national holiday period to save money for a pair of high-end wireless headphones. Or take advantage of Sony’s promotion, and cough up $40 less than usual for Electronic Bass Boost circuitry, 40mm drivers, ergonomic, stylish design, and up to 20-hour endurance.

RND Ripple Bluetooth speaker – $28

RND Ripple

A couple of front speakers, subwoofer, microphone, 8 to 10 hours battery life between charges, NFC capability up to 30 feet distance, and universal Android compatibility. In other words, the basics at a more than reasonable price. Definitely not an audiophile’s wet dream, though.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories: June 8 – 14

No better way to start off a new, long, tedious work week on the right foot than finding the perfect distraction at the best possible price.

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Be honest, you all like to clear a few Candy Crush levels when the boss man isn’t watching, catch up on your favorite TV shows during lunch break on your ultra-high-res Android tablet, or get your jog on after eight hours of sitting on a chair and accurately measure distance covered or calories burned.

Fancy new smartphones, slightly older and/or lower-cost gear, big and small slates, all ideal for multimedia consumption, plus smartwatches and fitness trackers. They’re front and center in our latest Amazon promotion roundup, alongside the often overlooked but essential affordable mobile accessories.

Best handheld deals for the week

 

Motorola/Google Nexus 6 – $500 unlocked in 32 GB variant; $550 with 64 GB storage

Nexus 6

Triggered a while back, the $150 discount on both premium N6 configurations is still on, to our sincerest surprise. Boy, the market must really be tough for non-iPhone 6 Plus, non-Galaxy Note phablets if this Quad HD/Snapdragon 805/3,220 mAh beast has to permanently drop to iPhone 5s tariff levels to survive.

BLU Studio 7.0 – starting at $124

It’s a tablet. No, it’s a (freakishly large) phone, or at least that’s how BLU Products is advertising it, pushing the phablet limits to fairly outlandish heights. If only Lollipop treats would be on the horizon, as is the case with the more compact Studio X, X Plus, G, 6.0 HD and Energy.

BLU Studio 6.0 HD – $135 unlocked with 8 gigs of storage space

Speaking of other, soon-to-be-updated Studio family members, the 6.0 HD is a nice bargain as well, what with its 720p screen, quad-core processor, 8 MP LED Flash camera and 3,000 mAh battery. Be afraid, Motorola, be very afraid!

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime – $175 factory unlocked ($125 off)

Galaxy Grand Prime

Okay, so this mixed bag was probably never worth three Benjamins. Less than two, though? Definitely, given the near-guaranteed Android 5.0 promotion, 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, 8 MP and 5 MP cams. Besides, for a previous-generation (read non-metal) budget Android soldier, the Grand Prime looks dapper, with an 8.6 mm waist.

LG Optimus Exceed 2 – $40 on Verizon prepaid

The Optimus brand suggests you’re dealing with an archaic LG slab, and for the most part, the hardware upholds the antiquated sensation. But the Exceed 2 is really “only” a year old, so technically, it could score Lollipop before it slips into oblivion. Other (semi-) respectable features? KitKat software, for the time being, a 5 MP autofocus rear shooter and 2,100 mAh cell.

Tablet deals and steals

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2013 edition) – starting at $349 in 32 GB config; $379 and up for 64 gigs

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Nothing new under the sun for the frequently discounted Fire lineup, but the two year-old 8.9 incher remains a robust proposal to this day, thanks chiefly to the 2,560 x 1,600 pix res LCD panel, 2 GB RAM, up to 18-hour battery life and forever young Snapdragon 800 processor.

Fire HD 7 – $99

Newer, smaller and obviously humbler than the HDX 8.9, the HD 7 has itself been treated to a slew of cuts lately. This is hands down the deepest, and makes the quad-core bad boy irresistible, despite heated 7 to 8-inch sub-$100 competition.

Toshiba Excite Go – $50.37 (54 percent off)

Toshiba Excite Go

Can’t decide between the Excite Go and Fire HD 7? We say buy them both. You can save one as backup, or perhaps hold onto it and gift it to a little brother, nephew or niece come back to school season. They’ll love Toshiba’s ultra-portable, punchy quad-core Intel Atom “laptop replacement”, and you’ll keep expenses at a minimum. Win-win!

LG G Pad 10.1 – $199 ($51 savings)

Most likely signaling a sequel is on the horizon, LG’s largest but not fastest pad to date has lowered its ask dangerously close to 7 to 8-inch mid-range levels. Once again, the 10.1 incher may look the part, with nearly 70 percent screen-to-body ratio and 8.9 mm profile, but it’s by no means a high-ender.

On the plus side, it’s Android 5.0 upgradeable, quad-core Snapdragon 400-packing and endowed with 16 GB internal storage space in addition to microSD support.

Wearable bargains

 

Motorola Moto 360 – $180 in black leather; $235 dark metal

Moto 360

According to many, it’s the number one Android Wear device around. Others say it’s narrowly behind the LG G Watch R and far exceeded by the Watch Urbane in terms of premium construction, but at least the latter is ridiculously costly. Whether you place it in first, second or third, you can’t deny Moto 360’s greatness… and excellent bang for buck.

Sony SmartWatch 3 – $186 ($114 off)

Nowhere near as stylish as Motorola’s rookie smartwatch effort, Sony’s third (and best) intelligent timepiece stands out with built-in GPS connectivity, targeting sports nuts.

Fitbit Flex – $79.99 (two wristbands included)

Fitbit Flex

There’s a good reason why the Flex dominates Amazon fitness trackers, and Fitbit rules over the global wearable landscape. In a nutshell, these rudimentary-looking accessories get the job done effortlessly and unequivocally, offering stellar battery life and universal smartphone compatibility.

Accessories

 

Jarv Joggerz Pro Sports Bluetooth 4.1 headphones – $15.99 (77 percent off)

Even if you’re no frequent runner, we’re sure you can appreciate the value of a pair of malleable, HD sound-boasting wireless headphones sold at less than a quarter of their typical list price. In standard black or funkier black/green or black/grey color combos, with up to 20-hour battery life and a noise cancelling microphone.

RAVPower Qi wireless charging pad stand – $29.99 (down from $149.99)

RAVPower wireless charging pad

Fun fact – while a number of contemporary Android phones and tabs can technically be charged wirelessly via inductive electrical power transfer, very few bundle the actual pads needed to juice them up sans extra costs.

And, say, an original GS6/S6 Edge wireless charger costs roughly $40 after a $30 discount. Hence, you can no doubt see the utility of a cheaper, universal RAVPower product. Yes, this mundane-looking $30 stand is good to power up the S6, S5, S4, S3, Nexus 6, 5, 4, 7 second-gen, etc., etc.

RAVPower Luster 3,000 mAh mini portable charger – $8.99

It’s dirt-cheap, tiny and stylish (at least for the fair sex), yet it can provide a nice, full charge for many top-shelf smartphones. It’s the superlative shopping cart filler. Period.

Best Android-supporting fitness trackers you can stuff into a Christmas stocking

If you’ve been following our site closely of late, and decided to sit the Black Friday shopping craze out waiting for Christmas deals and bargains, you should already be able to put together a decent gift list for any gadget enthusiast.

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We’ve rounded up the best Android-compatible smartwatches around for your selecting pleasure, the best business-friendly tablets, as well as the smartphone big-battery champions and top rugged choices in both the handheld and slate sector.

The smartphones, tablets, budget phones and high-end handhelds we recommended for Black Friday remain excellent choices for Christmas too, and the low-cost and 4G LTE equation doesn’t have to be solved by breaking the bank, as we demonstrated here and here.

Still, there’s something missing. A buying guide for fitness nuts who merely want a device to support their hobby, nay raison d’etre. Forget fancy, stylish, smartphone-replacing smartwatches. These guys are all about stats, sleep tracking and health advice, and they couldn’t care less if their wearable piece lets them make or receive voice calls via the wrist.

fitness trackers

Stellar battery life means a week, not a day of continuous use for the target audience of today’s story, and a heart rate monitor is always going to be preferred over a punchy Snapdragon processor. Without further ado, our health enthusiastic friends, here are the seven best activity trackers for your money available today:

7. Garmin Vivofit – $75 without heart rate monitor; $120 with heart rate monitor

Time hasn’t been too kind to the aging Vivofit, which put simply can’t keep up with 2015 wearable standards. Sure, it’s still nice you can bundle the band with an external heart rate monitor, and the combo’s price is hardly prohibitive.

Garmin Vivofit

Then there’s the traditional watch-like battery, which will never get old and could well outlast the actual fitness tracker. It’s the replaceable kind, and Garmin says it can stay on for “more than a year.” Of course, some may prefer recharging the thing rather than paying extra to swap it once it’s dead.

Also, we hardcore Android geeks would really really reheally like it if Garmin stopped shoving its clunky Connect app down our throats. Not to mention at the end of the day, the Vivofit just doesn’t do very much for its $75 and up price. It’s basically a glorified pedometer, and as we’re about to show you, you can get one of those for a lot less.

6. Misfit Flash – available for $25 in black or red

This little guy is a third of Vivofit’s price, and all in all, it offers mostly the same functionality. Granted, heart rate monitoring is nowhere to be found here, neither standard, nor as a paid add-on, but much like the Vivofit, the Flash is a decent, unpretentious, tiny running companion.

Misfit Flash

It also helps you sleep better, and it’s splash-proof, so it’s safe to wear around the pool. Around it, not in the pool, got that? As far as Android support and app compatibility goes, we love Misfit lets you choose between a number of “connected partners”, Runkeeper and MyFitnessPal included.

The minimalistic interface makes it a little difficult for the Flash to be used as a watch, but otherwise, the LED light assortment is a neat, ingenious way of keeping production costs low, yet not cut very many corners in terms of functionality.

5. Basis Peak – $200 on Amazon in black or white

The Peak means business, no question about it, and in many ways, it’s closer to a smartwatch than a basic fitness band. It’s got an LCD screen that’s not too fancy but not rudimentary either, displays notifications from synched Androids, and puts out vibrating alerts for stuff like incoming messages, calls or alarms.

Basis Peak

It’s also pretty impressive in the autonomy department, holding a charge for “up to four days”, and is completely water-resistant, not just splash-proof. It’s perfect for swims, as well as runs and whatever sporting activities you can think of, and it even passively measures your heart rate.

Why is it only #5 then? First and foremost, it’s far too expensive. Second, as it can’t decide whether it’s a smartwatch or fitness band, it looks like an ugly cross between the two. And third, the swipe-based interface is just a little awkward to use and get used to.

4. Fitbit Flex – $94 in slate; $95 in black; $100 in blue or tangerine; $130 in pink

It’s Amazon’s number one best seller in health and personal care products, but while we personally love, love, love the Flex, we can’t put it on our podium. It would be unfair to the three medalists we’ll dissect a little later, as it has started showing its age, similarly to Garmin’s Vivofit.

Fitbit Flex

The Flex’s biggest problem today is it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. A forte. A key selling point. The battery life is decent, at around five days, but not the best. Design-wise, the band is sleek and low-key, but perhaps a little too low-key.

There’s no heart rate monitor, the price is fairly steep, and the Android app showing those detailed statistics you all love so much… well, that’s pretty great, but not enough for more than a spot just under the podium.

3. Misfit Shine – starting at $77

Cheaper than ever before, the Shine is very similar to the Flash, but it’s obviously better-looking, more functional and productive. It’s also waterproof up to 50 meters deep, and can be worn as a necklace or clip, not just as a watch.

Misfit Shine

The minimalistic interface is perhaps too rudimentary for almost 80 bucks, which is why the Shine has to settle for bronze.

2. Jawbone Up 24 – $70 in red; $100 in “onyx” or lemon lime

No display, no problem? Then you can’t do any better than the Up 24. This thing is uber-cheap, extremely easy to use and master, and highly reliable for anything from running to sleep tracking.

Jawbone Up 24

It also comes with perhaps the world’s best companion Android app, as well as Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal and Nest support. Sure, it’s basic, really, really basic, and uses indicator lights that make Misfit’s gizmos look light-years more advanced.

But because it doesn’t waste energy on a screen or complex LED light arrangement, it can outlast pretty much every other rechargeable fitness band out and about, with 7 days of real-life continuous use. A-mazing!

1. Garmin Vivosmart – $170 without heart rate monitor; $200 with heart rate monitor

It’s a matter of personal preference at the end of the day, and it’s perhaps not fair to compare the Vivosmart and Up 24 or Shine. But if you have the extra money, and want the extra functionality, the Vivosmart is hands down better. A lot better.

Its battery holds a single charge for five to seven days, yet you also get a nice OLED touch screen for email, text message, incoming calls, Twitter or Facebook notifications. It sounds like a smartwatch from that standpoint, and it’s part that, but it’s an activity tracker first and foremost.

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And it does the job stupendously, with its optional heart rate monitor, mind-blowing slew of sensors, personalized stats and goals, sleep observing abilities and record-setting water resistance. The review scores the Vivosmart has been garnering recently speak volumes about the near-perfect execution of Garmin’s simple but inspired concept.

A wearable to tick all the essential boxes of a smartwatch, and leave every fitness tracker in the dust with the best activity-monitoring user experience. Nicely done, Garmin.

AT&T offering $50 off on Fitbit devices on every HTC One M8 purchase

AT&T offering $50 off on Fitbit devices on every HTC One M8 purchase

Looking to get a new activity tracker and a new phone? Well, if you’re willing to go with HTC’s latest flagship on AT&T, then you might be able to save $50. AT&T is currently offering a $50 discount on the Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex for those who buy either device along with the HTC One M8, with the phone itself costing $199 on a two-year contract.

The HTC One M8 comes preloaded with the Fitbit app, and you can even see the data it monitors right from the BlinkFeed homescreen, integration that you probably won’t see on any other device. The Fitbit Flex can be purchased in black or slate, while the Fitbit One is available in black and burgundy; meanwhile, the M8 can be picked up in the standard Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver colors.

Source: AT&T