Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Fitbit and more: The newest and best rated activity and fitness trackers of 2022 – CBS News

January 20, 2022 by No Comments

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Over the past decade, fitness trackers such as the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch have helped millions with health and wellness goals. The first fitness trackers on the market performed basic tasks, such as keeping track of steps, but now they’ve evolved over the years to do much more. 

The latest gadgets measure everything from blood oxygen level to heart rate. Some can play music, take and make phone calls, connect to Bluetooth speakers and headphones, interface with Peloton bike workouts and even offer visual workout instruction with the right digital fitness subscription. Fitness trackers come in several shapes and sizes, including watches and rings, and there are even activity trackers designed especially for women and children.

CBS Essentials rounded up the newest and best rated activity and fitness trackers of 2022 at every price point, from top brands including Apple, Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung and Amazon. Best of all, many of these popular fitness trackers are on sale right now.

Apple Watch Series 7


The latest Apple Watch offers a larger, more shatter-resistant screen and a faster charging time than previous generations and up to 18 hours of use per charge. Apple users know that it tracks sleep, and monitors heart rate, steps and activity. It’s also integrated with Fitness + working streaming service in addition to being completely iPhone compatible, enabling you to leave your phone at home and take calls, text messages, emails and listen to music. The watch, which is only iOS compatible, required a $10 a month subscription.

Right now, you can score a green Apple Watch 7 for just $340, a $60 savings off its list price. Other colors are available as well, at different price points.

Apple Watch Series 7, $340 and up (reduced from $400)

Amazfit Bip U


A water-resistant, budget-friendly alternative to the Apple Watch, and compatible with both Android and iOS, the Amazfit Bip U boasts a longer battery life—up to nine days per charge—and a variety of activity tracking options. Measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing, sleep quality and even stress levels. Women can track periods and get reminders when it’s almost that time of the month. Get it for $5 off now when you apply the coupon at Amazon before checkout. 

Amazfit Bip U, $55 after coupon (reduced from $60)

Samsung Galaxy Watch4


A favorite among Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 boasts features not even the Apple Watch can compete with. Want to know your body fat composition? Equipped with a BioActive Sensor, the gadget scans your body via bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) in 15 seconds, calculating from body mass index (BMI) and basal metabolic rate (BMR). It also tracks sleep and snoring and even records it when paired with a smartphone. The biggest con? Like the Apple Watch, the Galaxy Watch4 requires daily charging.  Available in both GPS/Wi-Fi and 4G LTE versions. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 with GPS/Wi-Fi, $250




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