As the weather heats up this summer, people are going out to partake in a variety of fitness activities. With that, you’ll likely need something to help guide you through various locations, in addition to track what you’ve accomplished and monitor things such as heart rate. So if you are looking for a great GPS fitness tracker, search no more; we’ve got you covered.
Here are the top 3 devices worth considering:
1. TomTom Spark 3
The TomTom Spark 3 is a great choice since it provides information in real-time and has a built-in GPS. You’ll not only know where you with the “Route Exploration” feature, but you can also explore new routes along the way. Like many fitness trackers, it displays steps, distance, calories burned, speed, active minutes and even sleep schedules.
It’s great for keeping up with a variety of activities, including: walking, indoor/outdoor running, biking, indoor/outdoor cycling, swimming (waterproof to up to 40m) and more. In non-GPS mode, the device lasts around 3 weeks; with GPS mode on, it lasts approximately 11 hours. The TomTom Spark 3 is compatible with both Apple and Android smartphones with iOS 8 and above and Android 4.4 and above.
- Samsung Gear Fit 2
Like the TomTom Spark 3, the Samsung Gear Fit2 smart watch has a built-in GPS. In addition to that, it also tracks steps, heart rate, calories burnt, sleep and more. It can recognize what activity is being done, whether it is: walking, running, cycling, etc. and as a bonus, it is water resistant.
This device does notify of incoming texts and calls, which you can respond to right there on your wrist. Want to play music during your workout; the Samsung Gear Fit2 can connect to Spotify to play you favorite tunes. The device has a noted 3-day battery life and is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones.
- Garmin Forerunner 235
The Garmin Forerunner 235 is an amazing GPS fitness tracker with a range of capabilities. Obviously it has GPS, but it also tracks steps, pace, distance, heart rate, calories burnt and sleep. Unlike the other devices, it can even motivate you to continue your workout if you’ve stopped for too long—consider it a personal, mobile motivational coach. It does have a range of smart notifications, such as displaying social media pings, texts alerts and incoming calls.
The Forerunner 235 can automatically upload your data to the Garmin Connect mobile app, which allows you to sync all your data at any given time for live tracking. What’s more is that when using the Connect IQ Store, the device can be customized with various widgets, watch faces and applications to have a device that is completely your own; no two devices are alike. One unique feature to the Garmin Forerunner 235 is its weather widget, which provides weather forecasts. It’s a great GPS tracker that is perhaps the best of the 3-featured options. The battery life is 11 hours with the GPS feature on and 9 days in the standard watch/activity tracking setting.
Make the most of your summer and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. Nothing beats having fitness tracking with GPS capabilities—regardless of whether you are going simply around the block or are competing in marathons abroad “en otro paises como Espana para carreras populares” (in other countries like Spain for popular marathons). While you are out, never worry about what’s happening back at home; keep track of your home with Pulse, a monitoring system with advanced ADT technology.