When it comes to a wearable device, you don't want something that's only going to do one thing. If you're going to invest in and wear a fitness band, then shouldn't it also tell you the time? The good news is that there are plenty of fitness trackers that do just that. From Fitbit, Garmin, and others, our savvy selection of the best fitness trackers out there with time displays makes it easy to keep up with both your fitness statistics and the time of day.
Latest and greatest
The most up-to-date Fitbit fitness tracker, the Charge 4 improves on older models with built-in GPS rather than using your smartphone. Other improvements include live statistics from fitness sessions and up to seven days of battery life. If seeing the time on a larger screen is important to you, the Charge 4's display is a generous 1.57-inches.
A step up
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a more advanced offering than the Inspire HR, featuring a more advanced heart rate monitor and better sensors for things like automatic activity and swim tracking with over 14 exercise modes. It also gives you smartphone alerts so you can see at-a-glance notifications. Like the Inspire, you can customize the clock faces on the Charge 3.
The capable Inspire HR offers fairly affordable fitness tracking and versatility. It's a lot more slimline than the Charge models, so more comfortable to wear. The Inspire HR features heart rate monitor, which enables monitoring of your heart rate, overall cardio health, goal-based exercise modes, and more. You can customize the display with a few different clock faces.
Fitbit on a budget
The most affordable of Fitbit's newest trackers, the Inspire might not have all of the bells and whistles of the Inspire HR, but you can still get a lot out of it. It will track all-day calorie burn, sleep, and some swimming. You can customize the display with several different clock faces.
Color AMOLED display
If you want to see the time in glorious full color, then consider this option from Xiaomi. The waterproof Mi Band 4 is a budget tracker yet boasts a brilliant 0.95-inch AMOLED display. It shows smartphone notifications, and on the fitness side of things, there are six exercise presets and a heart rate monitor.
Big beautiful display
Available in black or "Diamond Red," Samsung's Gear Fit 2 Pro also gets a AMOLED color display. It's waterproof, has a heart rate monitor, and can do o- device GPS mapping. As well as the fitness tools you'd expect, this wearable will show you phone notifications and works as a music player with additional wireless earphones.
For the adventurers
The Vívosport is a small, rugged fitness band that keeps track of all of your vital stats, including heart rate, steps taken, and your various workouts. It also features all-day stress tracking, putting you in touch with your body's response to various sources of stress. Unlike other trackers you have to "wake," this boasts an always-on color Garmin chroma display.
Slim and sporty
A sleek fitness tracker, the Garmin Vívosmart 4 puts some style in your fitness routine with a selection of excellent band colors: berry, black, rose gold, and azure. This tracks stress, heart rate, and various activities. It can also monitor your blood oxygen saturation levels. This impressive device also gives you vibration alerts for all phone notifications.
Great battery life
This has a small 0.43-inch by 0.43-inch display, but it is customizable, full color, and very vibrant for quick time checks. The waterproof Vívofit 4 tracks steps, calories burned, and sleep, offering a personalized daily step goal. While it doesn't have heart rate monitoring, it does have an impressive battery that Garmin claims should last more than a year.
If you want our recommendation
All of these fitness trackers let you view the time as well as your fitness stats. Given that Fitbit has been on top of the fitness band game for forever and a day, the Fitbit Inspire HR has become a popular choice and is a good mid-range option. Though not quite as advanced as the Charge models, the Inspire HR features the sensors to do what it needs to do at a much lower price than Fitbit's more advanced trackers.
If you're looking something a little more advanced, the Fitbit Charge 4 comes top of our list as our overall Staff Pick. It does the same things that the Inspire HR does, monitoring your heart rate, tracking activity and sleep, and offering specialized activity tracking modes. Still, it has a bigger display, which better presents the time, as well as up to seven days of battery life, as opposed to the Inspire's five days.
If having to have a brand name on your wrist doesn't bother you, then you can save money with the excellent Xiaomi Mi Band 4. It's an affordable option that offers the same useful features as more expensive models, including heart rate monitoring functionality, and it gets a gorgeous AMOLED color display.
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