Microsoft Band vs. Apple Watch vs. Jawbone Up vs. Fitbit Surge


With so many options on the market, it’s difficult to tell which wearable is the best.
Here’s how the 4 biggest names in fitness tracking stack up:
Capabilities: Winner – Microsoft Band (until Apple is actually in the game)
Price: Winner – Jawbone Up ($130)
Looks: Winner – Apple Watch
Compatibility: Winner – Microsoft Band
Durability: Winner – Apple Watch (at least some models have sapphire crystal watch faces, a material supposed to be hard and scratch proof)
Battery Life: Winner – Jawbone Up
Smarts: Winner – Jawbone Up

Find the Best Fitness Tracker

TIME

Microsoft on Thursday announced its entry into the already-crowded fitness tracker space with Microsoft Band, a full-color touchscreen bracelet driven by cloud-powered data smarts. Looking to beat the Apple Watch to market, Microsoft’s wristband is already available in the U.S., but that still puts it months, if not years, behind other fitness devices.

With so many options on the market, it’s difficult to tell which wearable has the upper hand — or upper wrist. Here’s how the four biggest names in fitness tracking stack up:

Capabilities: With an entire app ecosystem in the works, the Apple Watch would be the clear favorite here, potentially providing everything from Snapchat-like disappearing scribble messages to telegraphed heartbeats right out of the box. But there’s one major caveat: the digital timepiece won’t be available until early 2015. Jawbone Up, meanwhile, has been around since late 2011, is used by hordes to track sleep…

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