I tried 5 fitness trackers – the winner costs only 30 euros

You can now buy fitness trackers from Samsung, Amazfit, or even Aldi. But how good are the devices and which ones are really worth it? Mein MMO editor Benedikt Schlotmann tested half a dozen fitness trackers and explain which one you liked best.

How did the list come about? Fitness trackers promise to make my day better, because I can record many aspects of my daily life in different data and then evaluate it.

I bought my first fitness tracker because I wanted to know if I was getting enough exercise in daily life despite working from home. I already have half a dozen. Because I wanted to know which device I like the most and which one fulfills my wishes the best.

I wore the fitness tracker all the time: I went for walks with it and I wore it at night.

What criteria did I use to qualify? I rated all the fitness trackers on the same criteria so they can be compared to each other.

  • wearing comfort: How well does the device fit and does it bother me in the arm in the long run? How secure is the piece on the wrist?
  • Fitness Features: What features are available and is the data I want to track correct?
  • Operation and display: How bright is the screen when I’m outside? How legible are things on it?
  • Battery duration: When should the tracker be reconnected to the charging cable?

By the way, none of the fitness trackers have a manufacturer account. I used all the devices in combination with an Android smartphone. Sometimes I used two devices at the same time so I could compare the trackers with each other. While heartbeat and sleep data are close together across devices, there are sometimes differences of several hundred steps when it comes to movement.

This article is not a substitute for a personal consultation with a doctor and you cannot use the data to assess your health. If you have health problems from sitting or working, then contact your trusted doctor.

You can find health advice at the Federal Ministry of Health (via bundesgesundheitsministerium.de) or in conversation with your personal family doctor. You can find important health tips from experts in the plus report on health on GameStar.

Xiaomi fitness tracker uses data to market products

Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 6 is in last place for me. The price is 49.99 euros, but it is usually available for only 30 euros. The wearing comfort is fine and Xiaomi uses a pressure lock with a metal pin for the bracelet. This pin holds up surprisingly well, I would have preferred a buckle.

Irritating to me: Xiaomi switched from its official Mi Fit app to the Zepp app a few weeks ago. This comes from the Huami company, which also makes the app available for its Amazfit devices. In the future, Xiaomi probably wants to develop a completely new app called Xiaomi Sports Health. I will definitely keep an eye on that.

What I don’t like: The provider uses collected health data, such as menstrual data, to market goods and services. This is not allowed in Europe, but the provider doesn’t seem to care. In principle, all trackers and apps can process data, but this feature was too good for me and sudden app switching leaves me a bit lost.

Basically a good device, if it weren’t for the lack of data protection.

Supermarket tracker lacks important comfort features

SilverCrest’s Activity Tracker is fourth on my list. You can get it regularly at Lidl for about 25 euros. The tracker sits very securely on my wrist. The app is also clearly structured and you can quickly find your way around. A manufacturer account is required, there is no guest login.

The tracker comes with a color LCD screen and is not equipped with an OLED screen. This is sufficient in the apartment or in the rooms, but the screen can hardly be read outdoors and in the sun.

The following properties are also annoying: there is no real night mode, so the tracker lights up at night if you make a wrong move. This is very annoying. Much more worrying, however, is that the tracker only saves data until the end of the day. So if I don’t backup the day’s data via Bluetooth before midnight, it’s gone. All other trackers store data in system memory for at least several days.

The processing is also not a highlight. After a while, the display stand broke.

Silvercrest tracker does not store my data for a long time, the processing is moderate.

The second tracker from the discount store feels better.

The Medion Life fitness tracker, which you can get from Aldi for just under $30, came in third place. In terms of structure, the fitness tracker looks almost identical to the Silvercrest model. The battery life is around 10 days and thus at a similar level.

Like Silvercrest, Medion relies on a color LCD screen for its tracker. Completely sufficient in rooms that are too dark in the sun and the colors are less strong than on an OLED screen.

A special feature compared to other models is the rib on the wristband, which gives the tracker more grip if I’ve been swimming and want to remove the tracker. All other manufacturers use smooth, soft rubber for their wristbands. With the buckle closure, Medion Life fits securely on the wrist.

In a direct comparison with the Silvercrest product, I like the “Medion Fitness” app much better in terms of structure and design. Synchronization is also faster. Also positive: the Medion Life comes with a replacement bracelet in a second color.

Medion’s tracker offers a good feel.

Amazfit fitness tracker surprised me

In second place for me was the Amazfit Band 5. The recommended retail price is 44.99 euros, but now you can get the tracker for around 20 euros. The tracker is based on the Zepp app – Xiaomi now uses the app as well.

The Amazfit tracker uses a snap lock that is secured with a metal pin. The clasp is fiddly, but the watch stays securely on the wrist.

Huami, the manufacturer behind Amazfit, uses an AMOLED screen for the Band 5. This offers strong colors and good brightness. Only in direct sunlight not everything is readable, even if the brightness is set to maximum.

Amazfit’s tracker scores above all with a long battery life. On average, I drive 10-15 days with it. The app is beautifully designed and very clearly structured. Without an account with the manufacturer, nothing works here either.

I can see all the important data like my heart rate or my sleep directly. A language assistant is integrated with Alexa. The other tested trackers do not offer this feature. But I never used Alexa. Alexa is available in German in Volume 5 from April 2021.

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Although Huami is part of the Xiaomi ecosystem, it does not use my data to market goods and services, which is what I prefer.

Amazfit Band 5 offers long running time and comprehensive application.

Samsung’s fitness tracker is the one that can convince me the most

I put Samsung’s Galaxy Fit 2 first. You can now get Samsung’s smart tracker for around $30 from various retailers.

I really like the Fit 2’s AMOLED screen. Colors are rich and strong, and the screen is easy and intuitive to use. In strong sun I can still read the screen fine, but then I have to set the brightness to maximum. In my opinion, the AMOLED screen is better than the Amazfit Band 5.

According to Samsung, the tracker should last up to 21 days on one battery charge, for me it’s only 14 days on average, but it’s still good value.

It’s also handy that you can show all notifications on the tracker. Silvercrest’s tracker only offered a very limited selection of supported apps, and well-known apps like Messenger Telegram weren’t even included.

However, I am not completely satisfied with the counted steps. According to Samsung, both the phone and the tracker can count steps. At the end of the day, there is a difference of several hundred steps between the Samsung phone and my tracker: the watch complains that it should not have reached my number of steps yet, the phone is already well above the recommended number of steps Here it only helps if I turn off tracking on the phone and let the watch do all the work. By the way, the advice comes from Samsung itself.

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Like Xiaomi, Samsung also uses a snap closure for the bracelet. A small piece of plastic is inserted into the band. Here I am skeptical as to how long this clasp really lasts with permanent use. I like the metal clasp of Amazfit Band 5 better here.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fit 2 offers a large display and long battery life.

My conclusion: winners, losers and the surprise

Who is my winner? The Samsung Galaxy Fit 2. Good intuitive software and a great AMOLED screen, combined with good battery life. The strange step count can be easily resolved.

Who is the loser? The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5. The features are better than with Silvercrest and Medion, I don’t like selling health data for products at all. The data protection regulations of Samsung, Silvercrest and Co are better regulated here.

Is there a surprise? The Amazfit Band 5 for about 20 euros is a real surprise for me. The device combines good battery life with good software and Alexa integration. The Amoled screen is not as good as Samsung’s, but it still convinces me in everyday use.

Winner (left) and surprise (right): Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 and Amazfit Band 5.

Most exciting devices in the short test: Are you looking for more exciting devices or recommendations? Then take a look at the short test of 5 in-ear headphones that I have also tested. I still use my purchase recommendation every day in everyday life:

I did a blind test of 5 in-ear headphones and was surprised by the winner.

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