Fitbit Ace 2 will help your kids stay active… And we wouldn't mind some of its accessory bands ourselves

Much too cool to be left to the kids

Fitbit Ace 2

Designed for children of 6 and up, Fitbit Ace 2 is a basic activity and sleep tracker in a selection of funky colours, in a rugged band. This updated version is swimproof to 50m and there are some replacement bands on sale for it that could work well for us adults, so long as we are adults with rather narrow wrists. 

Maybe Fitbit should consider that – the technological part of the Ace 2 is identical to its new Fitbit Inspire, after all…

Fitbit Ace 2

Replacement bands such as the Jazz and Go! straps here cost £24.99. The standard silicone bands ('Grape', rear) are £19.99

The bumper case protects the screen 'during kid-related activities', but the tracker is essentially Fitbit's new Inspire, in a more child-friendly setting. 

Other differentiating features are new animated clock faces, child-specific 'challenges' to keep them moving, and 'colourful avatars and cover photos' to personalise Fitbit app profiles. 

Needless to say, app access is via a parent-controlled 'Fitbit family' account, so you know what they're getting up to. 

The Ace 2 is not the most sophisticated device – there's no pulse tracking for instance – but it does the basics well and is very wearable.

With childhood obesity a popular moral/social panic du jour, a fun, child-centred tracker like Ace 2 should do very well – the first Ace  no doubt did too. However, unlike some of its rival productsAce 2 is not overtly 'childish'. In fact, we could imagine it being still worn by kids even when they start secondary school. Although admittedly probably not for much longer after that.

• Fitbit Ace 2 will be on sale from summer 2019 for £69.99 in watermelon with teal clasp or night sky with neon yellow clasp. 

• After something more grown-up but still affordable? Try the new, £150 Fitbit Versa Lite Edition

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Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years and fitness ever since he became middle aged and realised he could no longer rely solely on his boyish good looks. He used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."
Pre-lockdown Duncan was widely regarded as the best-dressed man ever to work for T3 – admittedly not saying much. Post-lockdown he is looking forward to wearing clothes other than shorts and hoodies again very soon, assuming he can still fit into them. He currently writes about cycling, fitness tech that isn’t too heavy, and all things kitchen and home related.