You’ve decided to take the plunge and buy yourself an upscale fitness smartwatch. Many fitness-minded smartwatch buyers find themselves choosing between the top of the line Fitbit activity tracker called the Surge, and the Apple Watch Sport. Which one is right for you? Here’s a comparison of the two to help make your decision a little easier.
Price: The Fitbit Surge comes in at $249.95, a full $100 less than the starting price of $349.99 for the Apple Watch Sport. The Fitbit sounds appealing if you’re budget conscious, but be sure to compare all of the features before you decide.
Similarities. Here’s what the Fitbit and the Apple have in common:
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Water resistant
- Heart rate sensor
- Text notifications
Differences: The Fitbit and the Apple have some significant differences which may influence your decision. The battery life for the Apple Watch is up to 18 hours. The battery life for the Fitbit Surge is up to 7 days. The Apple has call-making capability, the Fitbit doesn’t. The Fitbit syncs wirelessly to tablets, computers, Android and Windows smartphones, as well as 150 iOS. The Apple requires iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, or 6 Plus, as well as iOS 8.2 or later.
Fitbit Surge Fitness Features. The Surge is billed as the “ultimate fitness super watch.” Here’s what you get:
- GPS tracking
- Heart rate readings
- Activity tracking (steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes)
- Sleep monitoring
- Multi-sport exercise summaries
Apple Watch Sport Fitness Features (note that many of the fitness functions require your iPhone nearby):
- Activity monitoring (tracks standing vs sitting, calories burned, and time exercising)
- Heart rate sensor
- Workout App (tracks workout stats, goals, progress, and provides summaries)
Bottom Line: Fitness tracker experts recommend spending the extra money and getting the Apple if you’re already in the Apple ecosystem. They like its sleek look, readable display, and selection of compatible apps. The Fitbit is the way to go if you are a serious athlete. You get total body monitoring plus GPS. It’s less expensive than the Apple and is good for novice smartwatch buyers.