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What are some tips for buying fitness watches?

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Before buying a fitness watch, a key tip is to thoroughly evaluate the watch’s features and the quality of platform support. Also seriously consider the hardware and price before making a purchase.

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Fitness watches can be running watches or GPS watches. Running watches have training logs, lap-split counters, lap counters, countdown or interval timers, stopwatches, and alarms. However, they do not monitor factors such as the heart rate, distance covered or the speed of a fitness activity. GPS watches include the above features along with good water resistance and speed, distance and altitude trackers. Some GPS watches are compatible with bike cadence sensors for wireless data transfer.

Almost all fitness watches support either iOS, Windows or Android platforms for network connectivity. Cross-platform fitness watches enable the seamless synchronization of data to and from the watch to the Internet. The display screen is the primary hardware of a fitness watch. Some watches have an LCD, LED or OLED display, while others only have blinking lights that flash to show the progress of a fitness activity. It is ideal to choose between the two based on user requirements.

The cost of a fitness watch is another factor to look out for. Consider buying a watch that offers the most important fitness features at a competitive rate, rather than buying one with many unnecessary features at an exorbitant price. As of 2015, well-rated fitness watches are available for as low as about $100.

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