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The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2017
Health and fitness accessories: get fighting fit with your phone
Product: Hardware Group Test | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, iPhone
 
Updated 20th November: It's Black Friday week, so we've added some timely deals on health and fitness gear.




We're so deep into the year now, it's probably time to give up on those 2017 New Year's resolutions and start thinking of some new ones. How about getting fit for the New Year?

Try letting your smartphone help you out on that by investing in some smart health and fitness tech.

There's a vast range of fitness accessories that tie in with your phone and help track, motivate, and direct your get-fit schemes. Here are some of the best examples.

Fossil Q Marshal smartwatch

It's far from being a fitness watch, but the Fossil Q Marshal looks great and deals with all your notifications (if you're an Android user) with a side order of step counting.

Black Friday price: £159.99 (£40 off)
Buy from Argos






Nokia Body+ smart scale

Get a detailed picture of your body composition (bone mass, water retention, fat and muscle mass) with this smart scale. It also syncs up with the Health mate app to provide you with personalised fitness plans.

Black Friday price: £69.99 (£20 off)
Buy from Currys






Asus ZenWatch 3

One of the best Android wear smartwatches on the market, with a superb screen and decent build quality. Again, it's not a fully fledged fitness watch, but it'll track your steps.

Black Friday price: £199.99 (£30 off)
Buy from Currys






Samsung Gear Fit 2

No wearable maker has iterated more than Samsung, and you can see the fruits of those efforts in its latest devices. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is an excellent fitness tracker, with a sleek design, a strong AMOLED display, and advanced heart rate monitoring features. It even has iOS support.

Suggested price: £140
Buy from Amazon





TomTom Spark 3

You might recognise TomTom more from its work on sat nav systems, but it also dabbles in the fitness wearable field. The TomTom Spark 3 has the kind of robust, no-nonsense looks you might expect from the brand, but it also brings across its GPS and route-tracking expertise. You can also load up music on it, so you don't need to take your phone.

Suggested price: £110
Buy from Amazon





Withings Activité Sapphire

While most of the devices on this list put health and fitness first and form second, the Withings Activité Sapphire is more like a traditional timepiece that happens to track your exercise. It hooks up to your smartwatch, but in a charmingly analogue way.

Suggested price: £150
Buy from Amazon






Huawei TalkBand B2

We won't lie to you - the Huawei TalkBand B2 is a little bit crazy. But it's also rather clever. This is a fairly standard-looking fitness tracker, until you realise you can remove the body and use it as a very functional Bluetooth headset. Eh?!

Suggested price: £73
Buy from Amazon







Misfit Ray

If you want something a little more stylish and less, well, geeky than your average fitness tracker, try the Misfit Ray. It sports a sleek cylindrical design, and there's no screen to speak of. All the step and sleep tracking is funnelled through your smartphone.

Suggested price: £89
Buy from Amazon






Moov Now

You don't need to break the bank for a good smart fitness tracker, nor do you have to contend with fiddly UIs or compromise on functionality. The Moov Now is a simple wrist-mounted tracker that tracks and talks you through your workouts with real-time audio coaching.

Suggested price: £57
Buy from Amazon






Misfit Shine 2

Here's another neatly unobtrusive fitness tracker from Misfit. This one looks more like a traditional watch - although there is a discrete ring of LED lights rather than a display - but the main unit can also be removed from the strap and clipped to a shoe for bare-wristed running or walking.

Suggested price: £40
Buy from Amazon





Apple Watch Series 3

Forget all the high-falutin' claims about the Apple Watch - it's not going to transform your life. But the latest model is a really good fitness tracker (provided you own an iPhone) with the worthwhile addition of GPS and cellular connectivity, so you don't need to take your iPhone with you on your workout.

Suggested price: £399
Buy from Apple






Moto 360 Sport

If you're an Android user, your best and nearest equivalent to the Apple Watch as a fitness-tracker-with-benefits is the Moto 360 Sport. It's tough, capable, has built-in GPS, and the Android Wear software is improving all the time.

Suggested price: £200
Buy from Amazon






Fitbit Charge 2

The brutal truth is that the smartwatch market hasn't taken off like everyone predicted. You can bypass all that notification nonsense and skip straight to the hardcore fitness tracking with the Fitbit Charge 2. It's comfy, as a clear display, ties in with your phone's GPS, and has a great hear rate sensor and fitness tracking software.

Suggested price: £110
Buy from Amazon






Garmin Vivosmart HR+

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ might not be quite as slick in operation as the Fitbit, but it has the added benefit of built-in GPS and water proofing to 50 metres - both of which make it the ideal fitness tracker for swimmers.

Suggested price: £140
Buy from Amazon






Withings Body

If your health and fitness-tracking aims are more related to monitoring your weight than embarking on regular runs, check out the Withings Body. It's an advanced set of bathroom scales that will automatically sync your weight, BMI, body fat, and even heart rate readings with your smartphone over Wi-Fi.

Suggested price: £55
Buy from Amazon



 

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Jon Mundy 20 November 2017
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