Fitbit Inspire 2

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What is it?

A value for money activity tracker helping to achieve those 2021 fitness goals.

Good points?

The device includes most monitoring metrics you would expect in a premium product, including heart rate, step count, distance covered and sleep tracking. With a battery life of around 10 days, you have more freedom to move and not be tethered to a power outlet.

You can set goals through desired exercise methods so, if you have joint issues and prefer swimming to more impact-based activities, then the device can factor this into your plan. Being water resistant to 50 metres (164ft) allows most aquatic endeavours to be counted.

Other nifty features include on-screen communication notifications for calls and texts, guided breathing exercises and menstrual health tracking.

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Bad points?

No built-in altimeter or GPS but these can be provided through a wireless link from your smartphone. This means if you want genuine movement data for outdoor sports, such as running or cycling, you will have to carry your phone on these activities.

The display is a little small and it can be hard to read the data, especially when concentrating on where you are stepping during a run.

Another gripe is that Fitbit continue to power their devices through proprietary means rather than standardise with USB-C.

Best for …

Those who feel the need to make physical changes in their life but don’t know where to start or lack motivation. The Inspire 2’s “reminders to move” feature allows you to get absorbed in your work without forgetting to move regularly.

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Avoid if …

Goals and achievements don’t inspire you, preferring to go with the flow.

Score: 9/10.

Fitbit Inspire 2, £89.99 (fitbit.com)

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