Sometimes when you are out there trying to improve your health, it’s hard to see the results immediately. That’s why many people invest in fitness trackers to keep an eye on their metrics and ensure they are working towards their goals. But with the popularity of these pieces of technology, there are a wealth of options available to you, which could become a little overwhelming.
Having to look at all of the features and benefits of each and narrowing down your selection can be time-consuming. So to help you out and take away some of that stress, we have compiled an in-depth comparison of two of the biggest names.
Below, we are looking at Fitbit and Coros to give you every piece of information you need to make a detailed and informed decision on what fitness tracker is the right option for you.
Fitbit: An In-Depth Look
Whether it was the first fitness tracker or not, one of the most well-known names when it comes to this type of watch is Fitbit. Over the years, they have developed more and more compatibility with other smart devices and have helped millions motivate themselves to get out there and get in shape.
There are many different display types because there are many models. But each of them offers some standard features like customization of the display. Whether you’re looking at a touchscreen model or one that has to be navigated using buttons, you will find the display easy to understand and read.
The display of these watches is a simple design and, depending on the models, comes with some pretty advanced features. Some models like the Versa use an AMOLED display that gives them a bright screen with amazing colors.
Once again, because there are so many different models, the GPS systems used in them differ. There are some that have built-in GPS and some that have connected GPS. But either way you go, the GPS capability of these phones is pretty impressive and offers you real-time information to get the most out of your physical activities.
The models that are outfitted with the built-in GPS technology (Versa 3, Ionic, and Sense, to name a few) utilize that system along with GLONASS. Like the Charge 4, some models are outfitted with built-in GPS and tend to rely more on a connected GPS via your smartphone. This connected system uses your phone’s GPS and requires you to connect using your Bluetooth.
There are many options when it comes to navigation and your Fitbit. Most of them are done through user-friendly apps that optimize the compatibility with things like Google Maps to ensure you can always find where you are.
Like with most fitness trackers, the Fitbit monitors things like your heart rate and daily steps. But along with that, there’s a whole slew of other metrics that your Fitbit can measure. This, of course, depends on which model you are using, but some of them include calorie consumption and come with a food diary.
Though it seems like we’re repeating ourselves, it really depends on the model you choose. No matter what model you are looking at, your Fitbit will be powered by a lithium polymer battery. For those who don’t utilize the GPS feature, battery life can range anywhere from a week to several weeks. But there are many tips that you can utilize to extend that battery life so that you can take advantage of all the monitoring you can.
When it comes to data management, your Fitbit will be able to ensure that you have access to all the information quickly. On top of that, customizing and finding data is relatively easy, which may be one of the more user-friendly options on the market.
Coros: An In-Depth Look
Coros is a relatively new name in the game. In fact, they launched just last year in the fall and have been on a roll ever since. They offer high-quality performance sports technology that is designed specifically for athletes and their active lifestyles.
Like many other fitness-focused timepieces, this brand’s watches offer a customizable display that relays in-the-moment information to the wearer. Along with this, the athlete or individual wearing the tracker can find summaries of this data with a simple button push.
Even better is that if there are any updates, this company pushes it to all the watches. When you utilize this fitness tracker, you are always up to date with all the current features it has to offer.
The physical aspect of the Coros displays is all pretty advanced. You will find that all the watches are outfitted with an always-on memory LCD screen covered with sapphire glass. Some of that glass is diamond coated for more durability as well. In regards to the LCD screen, some of the more luxurious models offer touch screen capability (like the Vertix 2).
The GPS capability of this watch is quite fantastic. Those using this option will never have to worry about getting turned around and finding themselves lost. It utilizes high-quality GPS systems to ensure that it always has the most up-to-date maps and that you can always find your way back to where you started.
These watches use a built-in GPS technology that accesses several different satellite networks (depending on the model). The systems you might be able to get coverage for include QZSS and GLONASS.
Depending on the model, many options are featured on these watches that could be pretty helpful. Some of these models include things like breadcrumb navigation and downloading set routes. Along with that, many also offer back-to-start navigation which is critical in ensuring that you can find your way back to your starting point.
This watch allows you to set up detailed workouts for your specific needs and even displays them on the screen. When it comes to the metrics you can monitor, there are the traditional things like pace, time, calories burned, and heart rate. But it also allows you to monitor sleep data and other vital factors.
Regarding Coros watch batteries, typically, you’ll find yourself with a battery life of up to 30 hours. That’s when you utilize your GPS extensively. If you are using it for just regular use, it should last up to 30 days.
This is done through a proprietary app that helps the individual customize their workouts and manage their data. When it comes to the available data to be tracked, it does have the ability to track select training workouts from a pretty extensive library. It is also compatible with external apps like Strava.
Pros & Cons: Fitbit Versus Coros
When it boils down to it, you can understand everything possible about the futures built into the watches themselves, but that doesn’t necessarily make your decision easier. Most people really want to get down to the nitty-gritty information, which often comes with a pros and cons list.
So we have pulled together a pro and cons list for each brand mentioned in this article.
- Fitbit can not only be personalized but has weight tracking capability
- Outfitted with the ability to track elevation
- Monitors a wealth of data, including water intake and calorie intake
- Designed with a barcode scanner in the app
- There are a wide range of models available for you to choose from
- Systems and features are easy to use no matter how good you are with technology
- Some find the Fitbits to be a little uncomfortable due to their heft and bulk
- They can be pretty expensive for those working with a limited budget
- The clasps can sometimes come free pretty easily
- Unit is crafted to help you improve your time management by syncing existing calendars
- Crafted with a stopwatch as well as the ability to measure pace
- Designed with a route tracker for improved performance
- Offers the ability to track temperature for even more elevated performance
- It comes with triathlon and multisport features improving the overall value
- Offers accurate swim tracking for those that enjoy watersports
- Does not track BMI or weight
- No maps are included in the system for route planning
- Not designed with a food diary within its programming
FAQ on Fitbit vs Coros
Even with all that information, we are sure there are still a few questions you have. Maybe not directly related to the brands that we looked at above but maybe just in general to fitness trackers.
So we have collected a couple of the most commonly asked questions and answered them for you.
Whether you need GPS on your fitness tracker or not is really up to your personal preference and style of physical activity. If you run or walk the same trail every day, then having a GPS may not be necessary.
GPS capabilities only add to the price tag, so if it’s not necessary, you can live without it. So the answer is no, you don’t need a GPS on your fitness tracker unless you like to run different trails and routes to keep your outdoor activities interesting.
If you’re looking at a new fitness tracker, you may have seen the terms connected versus built-in. A connected GPS is a system that is attached to your smartphone’s GPS.
This is a way that some companies choose to add GPS capabilities to your device without adding the extra cost of putting a built-in GPS into the watch—having a fitness tracker that has a connected GPS saves battery life as well.
When you’re looking for a fitness tracker that will help you elevate your performance and keep you on track towards your goals, you want to make sure you buy the right one.
That means understanding the features and benefits of each and taking time to consider them against your needs. Hopefully, this look at Fitbit and Coros has done just that, and you are on your way to reaching your goals more productively.
Marko Rakic is a trail runner and fitness enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. He is the lead writer for The Ultimate Primate and believes the best way to live a happy life is through constantly challenging yourself.