Could This Be the Smartest Fitness Watch of them All?

by Joe Sesso on March 29, 2016

I have owned an Apple Watch since they first came out in the Spring of 2015 and, for the most part, I love it. The only area that I am skeptical of is it’s fitness tracking. When I wear both my Apple Watch and my Jawbone Up 3, I get very different reads as to steps taken and calories burned. I believe that the Apple Watch under reports my daily activities by about 50%. That’s a big difference. Sometimes it is hard to be the best at every aspect of wearable tech, especially when one device can do so much. For those of you who want to wear a smart watch for primarily fitness purposes, there may be a better solution. It’s called the Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker.

Let’s start with the basics: The watch is Bluetooth enabled, water and scratch resistant with aircraft-grade aluminum casing and a Gorilla Glass touch screen. It has a companion app that works with both Android and iOS (iPhone 5 or higher, IOS 8 or higher), which is great for non-Apple users. The battery life can last four to five days (awesome!) and it comes with a silicon strap and magnetic charger.

What the Basic Peak understands is that it can’t be all things to all people. It’s niche is activity and sleep tracking, as well as telling time. But what it does, it does very well. It automatically tracks activity and sleep, a truly smart function (unlike other devices that you have to activate to tell it you’re going to work out or sleep). It is also water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about sweat or a shower ruining the device. It’s performance is truly top notch in the fitness and sleep categories.

The price is $199.95 and it is available at retailers such as Target and Best Buy, as well as

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