Which Fitbit should you buy?

Best for: all-round health tracking

Fitbit Alta HR (RM730)

Fitbit's latest tracker is quite a feat of miniaturisation - it's the first fitness band to pack in an optical heart-sensor, which is particularly handy for tracking both exercise and sleep.

The Alta HR still errs on the side of health rather than sport-tracking, though you can connect it to your phone's GPS to get maps of your runs using the MobileRun feature. Its main strength, though, is sleep-tracking. It's one of only three Fitbits (along with the Blaze and Charge 2) to support the app's new Sleep Stages and Insights features.

These give you extra-fine detail on your sleep patterns and match this with your exercise data to give you advice (for example, there's a strong correlation between your runs and better sleep). The only real downside is that, like all Fitbits other than the Flex 2, it's not waterproof for showers and swimming.

If you want an always-on health tracker with a week-long battery life, and aren't too bothered about getting real-time data from a screen, the Alta HR is the best around.

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Best for: swimmers and stylehounds

Fitbit Flex 2 (RM430)

Want a Fitbit that you can take swimming and wear in the shower? Other than the Ionic, the Flex 2 is your only option - and the good news is that it's also a fine health-tracking all-rounder. 

You get the usual steps and calories tracked and, thanks to its usually reliable SmartTrack exercise detection, it'll also automatically log runs, bike rides, walks and other workouts. For swimming, it'll also stand by with its virtual clipboard and note down lengths swum, distance and pace.

The downsides? Unlike the Alta HR, there's no heart-rate tracking, support for the Fitbit app's new Sleep Insights feature, or a screen. But it does tick off all the basics and comes in a good range of colours, not to mention gift-friendly bangle and pendant form factors.

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Best for: cash-strapped newbies

Fitbit Zip (RM220)

At RM220, the Zip is the cheapest in the entire Fitbit range, and offers basic tracking in the form of steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned.

Aside from displaying the time (but lacking the silent alarm functionality present on all of its brothers and sisters), that’s pretty much it. The benefit to all this simplicity, apart from the price, is its massive six-month battery life, whicn comes thanks a coin cell battery. 

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