health and fitness

Reviewed: Fitbit Charge

Fitness trackers seem to be attracting quite of bit of attention lately, and those looking for a tracker have a wide variety of options to consider. But while there are plenty of available options — one company seems to have risen to the top in terms of market share. Fitbit, who first launched back on October 2007, is closing in on 70 percent of the market with the number two player sitting down in the teens.

The stats by themselves may show Fitbit as being a dominant player, but that doesn't necessarily mean a Fitbit branded tracker will be the best option for everyone. That being said, given the wide range of models and price points — as well as the wide range of mobile device support — Fitbit does seem like a good place to start looking. We've seen the folks at Fitbit release several trackers over the years, including some that clip to your waistband, and some that are worn on the wrist. Just last month the Fitbit lineup grew by three. The new models include the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge — and we took one of them for a spin over the last week.

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Arki isn't about just step counts, it's about stepping better

Quick, what's your walking posture like? Are you moseying around with your hands in your pockets, or are you head down towards your smartphone? Are you just doing it all wrong? That's what Arki aims to fix by using motion tracking for more than just counting steps. The Kickstarter campaign, which has been up for just over a week and is already closing in on their $100,000 goal, is geared around building a fitness tracker that uses data about how you move and the ideal walking posture to get you moving not just more, but moving more smartly.

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Wrist-on with the fancy Withings Activité fitness watch

Smartwatches and fitness watches started out somewhat utilitarian and understated, but watches like the upcoming Withings Activité are bringing real fashion to the party. Unlike the round-faced Moto 360 and LG G Watch R smartwatches running Android Wear, the Withing Activité dials things back to real dials. At first glance it's more watch than fitness tracker, with a simple Swiss-made two-hand watchface dominating the proceedings.

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Sony's $200 Smart Tennis Sensor will tell you everything that's wrong with your swing

If you've been wondering why you're just so bad at tennis, or hoping to improve on your already awesome game, Sony's new Smart Tennis Sensor might be just the gadget you've been looking for. The gadget, which will screw into the lower end of compatible "select tennis racket models by top manufacturers such as Wilson, Prince and Yonex" will log shot counts, impact location, swing and call speed, and even spin, all through some crazy advanced vibration mechanics analysis.

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Runtastic Orbit keeps things focused on the run

Runtastic, best known for their suite of fitness apps, has today released their Orbit fitness tracker. The Runtastic Orbit tracks a users steps, fitness activities, calories burned, sleep cycles, and even ambient light. The Orbit uses Bluetooth smart to connect to the companion smartphone app, features and OLED display on the front and is waterproof up to 300 feet. Available for $119, the Orbit will be shipping on August 11.

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Endomondo brings fitness tracking to your Pebble adorned wrist

Endomondo has announced that it is now available for Pebble users so that they can take their workouts with them and monitor their fitness from their wrists. Endomondo is now available for iOS users in the Pebble appstore and will be coming to Android Pebble users later in the year.

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Everything you need to know about Fitbit

Using technology to try and improve your fitness is becoming more and more common these days. There are a variety of devices available, however one of the lower cost and simpler to use options is a fitness tracker. These trackers are coming from a variety of well known companies such as Jawbone, Nike, Garmin and even Samsung. They are also coming from some newer companies such as Misfit Wearables.

But while wearables, and fitness trackers in particular, may be somewhat of a new trend -- there is one company that seems to have a slight edge in terms of name recognition. That company is Fitbit, and despite this all being a new trend, they have already been around for more than a few years.

MobileFit month is well underway here at Mobile Nations and as part of this months coverage, we've already covered such topics as why you should buy a fitness tracker, and some of the problems surrounding fitness trackers. Up now is a bit of a deeper look at Fitbit and the variety of items that are connected to the name both by hardware and software. Yes, this all goes beyond simply wearing a step counter.

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 unboxing and setup

I want to lose weight and track my progress along the way. Sure, there are several scales available, but this is MobileFit month. I decided to check out the Withings Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50). It measures weight, body composition, heart rate and air quality. Withings has also partnered with hundreds of compatible apps such as RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, and LoseIt.

Want to see what you get when you buy the Withings Smart Body Analyzer? Check out our unboxing and setup video.

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Why you should buy a fitness tracker

It's #MobileFit Month here at Mobile Nations, and that means we're looking at all of the best devices to get you fit and healthy. A big part of that group is of course, fitness trackers.

There are people who like to exercise and those who avoid exercise at all costs. The exercising group may be more willing to strap on a fitness tracker, however we'd argue that those who avoid exercise are the ones that would benefit much more. In fact, it seems the non-exercising group are the ones that should consider buying a fitness tracker.

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Assistive tech and fitness: We're not quite there yet

There's a major niche for fitness products that is mostly untapped — for now

As you will see during Fitness Month here on Mobile Nations, there is a wide array of cool and connected gadgets to help you get fit or stay fit. Bracelets, bands and clips that communicate with smartphones to tell you how far you've walked, how fast you did it, and how healthy it makes you come from plenty of manufacturers. They even get social and make for great games and contests. It's really cool to see how far this area has come in such a short time, and it's pretty great to see how well it's been accepted by tech enthusiasts and those who aren't quite as enthused about circuits as we might be.

But there is one group of people who have (so far) been left mostly out in the cold when it comes to being healthy connected-style — folks who have disabilities.

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