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Which fitness band is just your type?



The wholesome one

Pros: The Jawbone UP24 automatically syncs with a smartphone using Bluetooth technology and has fun apps (one monitors your caffeine consumption and can tell you when to quit drinking coffee for a good night's rest). It's easy to take on and off and slim enough to stack with other bracelets.

Cons: There's no clock display, which can be jarring on a device that feels like a wristwatch. Although it's water-resistant, the device has glitches after being worn in the shower.

Price: $129.99 at RadioShack (citywide;


The sporty one

Pros: Unlike many other fitness bands, the Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker is compatible with bike sensors and water-resistant enough to be worn swimming, making it ideal for triathletes. The touch screen displays notifications from a smartphone.

Cons: It's not attractive, and the sleep tracking is not very detailed.

Price: $169.99 at Best Buy


The cute one

Pros: Tory Burch designed this metal hinged bracelet to hold the Fitbit Flex, which tracks movement, calories burned and sleep patterns. The sophisticated brass casing makes it one of the only fitness bands to complement formal attire.

Cons: At $195, the designer casing costs more than the FitBit Flex itself, and it only comes in gold hues.

Price: Fitbit Flex, $99.99 at Best Buy (citywide;; Tory Burch bracelet, $195 at


The geeky one

Pros: The Microsoft Band has a wide range of sensors and measurements, from heart rate and sleep tracking to workout tracking. It works across platforms (Android, iOS or Windows phones) and vibrates when you get a phone call or email. The touch screen is easy to navigate.

Cons: It's bulky, rubbery and loses a charge quickly.

Price: $199 at Microsoft Store (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-841-5180;

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