The Nike+ FuelBand has landed in the UK, bringing fitness fiends another way to measure your daily activity and start improving your health. The Nike+ FuelBand joins a host of fitness tech currently swamping the market which includes the Fitbit Ultra and the Motorola MOTOACTV.
Moto's fitness watch is a smart music player and performance tracker, but is it the perfect device to get you into shape? We put both devices to the test to find out.
Nike+ FuelBand vs Motorola MOTOACTV: Style and build
Nike+ FuelBand: With Nike’s usual design flair, the Fuelband is super-light, while the LED display is an elegant activity monitor. It may look like a charity wrist band, but the curved edges and soft rubber outing make this easy to wear every day. WIN
Motorola MOTOACTV: This is chunkier than your average timepiece and the interchangeable fabric and plastic wrist straps can be uncomfortable. You might wear it to the gym, but wouldn’t be caught dead donning it otherwise. LOSE
Nike+ FuelBand vs Motorola MOTOACTV: Features
Nike+ FuelBand: A three-axis accelerometer tracks your movement throughout the day and uses Nike’s special algorithm to convert it into the amount of “Nike Fuel” burned. You can customise daily targets and track steps taken and calories dispatched. Simple, but useful. LOSE
Motorola MOTOACTV: Displays steps taken and calories burned, with many more tracking tools to keep tabs on runs, bike rides and even elliptical work accessible with a few button presses. The MP3 player actually tracks and collates the tunes that best motivate you into a playlist. WIN
Nike+ FuelBand vs Motorola MOTOACTV: Usefulness
Motorola MOTOACTV: Stats are sent via Wi-Fi to an online tracking tool, while the Android app syncs over Bluetooth to give performance info (pace, speed, etc). The detail is impressive but there’s no hugely compelling reason to use this over an app like Endomondo. LOSE
Nike+ FuelBand: Setting targets, sharing stats and competing with pals is a doddle. All info auto-syncs with the web tools when you plug into your computer via USB and there’s an app (iPhone-only) for on-the-go updates. It’s addictive, idiot-proof and feels as fresh as you don’t after a run. WIN