Black Friday 2020: Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker Deals

Whether you want a wrist-worn extension of your smartphone or a device made for fitness and the outdoors, these deals may be what you need to find the right gift for yourself or someone else.

With COVID-19 continuing to bear down on the world, this year’s holiday season is going to look pretty different than those of previous years. That includes holiday shopping that kicks off on Black Friday, which is likely to be more online than ever before due to fears of crowded public spaces.

If you’re considering a smartwatch or fitness tracker, either as a gift or just for yourself, you have a lot of options to choose from, but it can take some work to find the best deal. These 10 options are great choices for those looking for a new wearable device, whether it’s for fitness or as an extension to your smartphone. Note: The deals in this article are for specific models/colors and prices may change if different customization options are chosen.



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Samsung’s smartwatches are some of the most popular around, which makes sense considering Samsung is the most popular smartphone manufacturer on the planet, and pairing devices from the same manufacturer is always easier than syncing third-party devices.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 runs Samsung’s Tizen OS and has most of the fitness and watch-mirroring features you’d expect from a modern smartwatch. This deal only applies to the 40mm GPS version of the Active2 with the fluoroelastomer (synthetic rubber) band, but it is available in several colors for the same price.


$180 at Best Buy



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It’s possible to use a non-Apple smartwatch with an iPhone, but if you choose to do so you’re missing out on a lot of features that make the iPhone + Apple Watch an ideal combo. 

The Series 6, Apple’s latest smartwatch, can detect falls, has an ECG sensor, can read blood oxygen levels, and track a variety of different workout types. This deal applies to the 40mm Series 6 with GPS, but several colors are available at the same price.


$380 at Best Buy



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Getting the best smartwatch deal requires knowing what you want out of your device. In the case of the Apple Watch SE, you’re getting what is essentially a Series 6 without the blood oxygen or ECG sensors. Aside from those differences it’s essentially the same device.

If you’re more interested in the non-fitness aspects of the Apple Watch the SE is a good choice: It looks the same, but it’s way cheaper.


$260 at Best Buy



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One of the biggest drawbacks to most smartwatches is their less-than-stellar battery life, which is a particular problem if you want to use it for sleep tracking. Enter the Fitbit Charge 4: A basic device that can get up to a week of battery time between charges.

The Charge 4 has a heart rate monitor, can track workouts, and can sync with iOS and Android to put alerts

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Black Friday Fitbit deals: fitness tracker discounts and smartwatch sales galore

New Fitbit Black Friday deals make this the perfect time to buy a fitness tracker or smartwatch from across the company’s health-focused wearable portfolio.

We’re seeing discounts on everything from the new Fitbit Sense to older fitness trackers and the kid-oriented Fitbit Ace 2 too. So whether you’re looking for a new premium fitness companion or just something to count your steps, these Black Friday deals should cater to you.

These definitely aren’t the only Black Friday smartwatch deals out there right now, but Fitbit has created a community of dedicated fans who will only consider a wearable from the company. If that’s you, or you’re buying a gift for someone it applies to, these Fitbit deals in the US and UK should cover what you need.

Not in the US or UK? Scroll down to find Black Friday Fitbit prices in your region.

The top Black Friday Fitbit deals

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Fitbit Versa 2 40mm smartwatch: $199.95 $129 at Walmart
Pick up a Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch (40mm) at a $70 off discount with this Black Friday deal. The Fitbit Versa 2 packs an AMOLED display, sleep, and fitness tracking, and up to 5 days of battery life at a compelling price.View Deal

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Fitbit Sense: £299.99 £269 at Amazon (save £31)
The Fitbit Sense is a smart, feature-packed smartwatch that not only offers all-day heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, smartphone notifications, contactless payments and sleep tracking, but also tracks your stress levels by measuring changes in your skin’s conductivity. UK deals are sparse on this but Amazon has a £31-odd saving.
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Black Friday Fitbit deals in the US

Fitbit Sense: $329.95 $279.95 at Fitbit.com (save $50)
The Fitbit Sense is a smart, feature-packed smartwatch that not only offers all-day heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, smartphone notifications, contactless payments and sleep tracking, but also tracks your stress levels by measuring changes in your skin’s conductivity. It’s clever stuff, and can really help you keep track of how different factors affect your mood.
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Fitbit Charge 4: $149.95 $99.95 at Fitbit.com (save $50)
The Fitbit Charge 4 is an excellent fitness tracker for causal runners and cyclists thanks to its on-board GPS, which allows you to track runs and rides without carrying your phone. The data will sync with the Fitbit app, and can even be uploaded automatically to Strava. At under $100, it’s a steal.
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Fitbit Versa 3: $229.95 $199.95 at Fitbit.com (save $30)
The first watch in the Versa line to offer built-in GPS, the Fitbit Versa 3 is stylish and versatile, offering most of the same features as the flagship Fitbit Sense (above) minus the stress-tracking sensor. It’s a brilliant smartwatch for anyone fitness-minded, and looks great too. This is a great Black Friday deal at Fitbit.com – especially since the Versa 3 only launched a few months ago.
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Fitbit Versa 2 40mm smartwatch: $199.95 $129 at Walmart
Pick up a Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch (40mm) at a $70

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Fitbit’s Black Friday 2020 Sale Starts, With Cheap Smartwatch Deals

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We know you’re probably getting tired of seeing Black Friday deals all over the internet, but Fitbit has just launched its own sale and it’s definitely worth a peek.

There’s a lot of competition when it comes to fitness trackers, but Fitbit remains one of the best brands on the market for managing your steps, sleep, stress and fitness goals. And the products come in a stylish package that feels comfortable and durable.

If you’ve been holding out for a bargain over the last few months and have been eyeing up a fitness tracker, now is the best time to jump into action.

Fitbit is offering up to £60 off on some of its best products, including the Versa, which doubles up as a pretty powerful smartwatch that we think rivals the latest devices from Apple or Samsung.

Each Fitbit product is a little bit different, whether it’s the design and the overall look of the watch, or the fitness functions and the battery life, so we have laid out every deal on the official Fitbit page to help you decide which one to go for.

These prices are some of the lowest offers we have seen on the range, so if you’re looking for an early Christmas bargain or you need that boost to get you through your Christmas training, check out the Fitbit Black Friday sale below.

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Fitbit Versa 3

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£199.99

The Versa is the fitness watch that walks that fine line between a super-stylish smartwatch and a great fitness tracker. 

The special edition comes with a sharp woven wrist strap and an extra black wrist band for extra options.

It has all the usual features you’d want from a Fitbit device: workout reminders, pre-installed fitness programmes to inspire you, and easy-to-read charts to track your progress, all packed into a watch that looks great in the gym, on the track or at the bar.  

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Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Voice Control

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£129.00

Fitbit’s Versa 2 uses Amazon Alexa to get news, info and weather, to set reminders and alarms,  while also measuring your heart rate, time asleep and awake, calorie burn and effort during workouts. You’ll also be able to assess your cardio fitness level int he Fitbit app, control Spotify and get notifications for calls, texts and events, all with a handy 4+ day battery life. 

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Fitbit Versa Lite

There are three editions of the Versa watch, and the Lite is the cheapest, though all three versions have the same tech and features.

The Lite has more customisation options for the strap to make yours unique, so if you want different colours for different scenarios, this one is for you. 

As with all Fitbit products, you can keep track of your fitness goals, test out different workout regimes and manage your progress.

We use this one ourselves, and we haven’t had our heads turned so far.

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Fitbit Sense

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£299.99

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Fitness tracker and smartwatch data used to predict COVID-19 cases

A preliminary study, from a large and ongoing research project, is suggesting measurements from fitness tracker wearables and smartwatches, alongside self-reported symptom data, can effectively detect cases of COVID-19. The goal of the project is to develop a real-time tracking system that can help identify and contain viral outbreaks at their earliest point.

“One of the greatest challenges in stopping COVID-19 from spreading is the ability to quickly identify, trace and isolate infected individuals,” explains Giorgio Quer, first author on the new study. “Early identification of those who are pre-symptomatic or even asymptomatic would be especially valuable, as people may potentially be even more infectious during this period. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Researchers from Scripps Research Translational Institute have previously demonstrated how influenza outbreaks can be tracked using wearable fitness devices such as a Fitbit. Early in 2020 the researchers launched a new study called DETECT (Digital Engagement and Tracking for Early Control & Treatment), which called for the general public to sign up to a research app that collects fitness tracker data and logs self-reported symptoms. By June over 30,000 subjects had signed on to the project.

A newly published study in the journal Nature Medicine is reporting the first results from DETECT, revealing fitness wearable data, along with self-reporting of symptoms, can detect cases of COVID-19 with around 80-percent accuracy. This predictive rate is significantly higher than models based on self-reported symptoms alone.

“This is really an exciting result,” says Eric Topol, Director of Scripps Research. “It shows that passive, continuous monitoring, with devices like Fitbit and the Apple Watch might turn out to be an important public health surveillance tool for COVID-19. Especially in a time when we don’t have enough tests or at enough frequency with enough turnaround of results, this might be a way to identify and isolate the individuals who are infected.”

Heart rate, sleep, and activity data were the key wearable measurements that proved most helpful in detecting COVID-19 cases. While everyone’s individual baseline measurements were slightly different, by evaluating deviations from normal measurements over time the researchers were able to effectively detect cases of COVID-19.

The predictive model being developed through the DETECT study still needs more work before it can be deployed in the real-world so Jennifer Radin, a Scripps epidemiologist leading the study, is calling for citizen scientists to download the free app and anonymously offer their wearable data to help accelerate the research project.

“We’re just getting started with DETECT,” says Radin. “We have so much more research to do and that’s going to require many more participants. I’d love for us to have 100,000 or more people. That would give us the data we need to take this to the next level.”

If you are interested in helping out with the project, more information can be found at Detect Heath Study.

The new study was published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Source: Scripps Research

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A smartwatch here to replace fitness bands



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Huami Amazefit BIP U was launched in India a few weeks ago. The company is known for making some of the most efficient fitness bands and smartwatches. Although the Huami smartwatches are often priced higher, the Amazfit BIP U is here to change the entire dynamics. The BIP U was launched in India for Rs 3499. Now the price point alone is reason enough to give the fitness bands a run for their money.

At Rs 3499, Amazfit BIP U packs the attributes of a smartwatch with a host of fitness tracking tools. It looks great and has a tracker for almost every activity that one can do and does not create a hole in the pocket. All the other efficient smartwatches by Huami Amazfit are priced between Rs 5000 and Rs 10,000 such as the Amazfit GTS and GTR, the Verge.

So in short, is the perfect fit for people who want a smartwatch but do not want to spend a fortune on it. It has lots of advantages over the fitness bands that are available at a much cheaper price in the market. But is it worth spending the extra few doughs for a slightly bigger screen? We will find out in the review

Amazfit BIP U review: Design

The Amazfit BIP U bears a strong resemblance to the Apple Watch. But they cannot be blamed for this as almost every other smartwatch is loosely based on the prototype set by Apple. With the Amazfit BIP U, Huami has introduced a more compact dial with rounded curves.

The body of Amazfit BIP U is made up of plastic but that does not make it look cheap. It comes with a matte finish on the rear and sides that enhance the look of the watch. However, it is nothing outlandish and no amount of metal highlights have been used on the smartwatch to give it a more premium feel. It is simple yet elegant and does the deed without much ado. For review, we got the standard black color but it is available in two other interesting colors such as pink and green.

Now coming to the display, the Amazfit BIP U comes with a 1.43-inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 302 pixels. For protection, it has the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating along with anti-fingerprint coating on top of that. The display is quite vibrant, bright and even in outdoor conditions, it does not make the user squint his eyes to read stuff from the screen. It is a touchscreen display but to access the menu, you will have to use the physical button provided on the right side of the watch.

Huami has used soft silicone straps that are pretty comfortable to put on for hours. The smartwatch is surprisingly pretty lightweight. I wore the watch day and night but not even once did I feel any sort of discomfit. It is so comfortable that after a point you will not feel anything around

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FitLife Watch Review – All-in-One Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker

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Watches were meant to tell us the time, but how can a watch be left behind with the advancement in technology? Now, as you know, watches have become smart and can do much more than just tell the time. Enjoy your instant 50% Discount on FitLife

A smartwatch can give you call and message notifications on your wrist; it can monitor your health and motivate you to exercise. But all of this comes at a huge cost as the big brands that control the market have big profit margins. Keeping this in mind, a team of techies devised an advanced smartwatch, FitLife, that offers all the functionalities at a much lower cost.

It comes with a massive battery backup and you can even answer calls or send emails and messages from your FitLife. This is a fast selling smartwatch with limited stocks. So if you want to own this smartwatch as a reasonable price, then place your order now!

FitLife Watch Review

FitLife is an amazing smartwatch that provides you with features of a health tracker and mobile phone in one device you can wear around your wrist. It is like a travel companion that tells you the time and keeps you connected to your family and friends, work, and health. FitLife is an affordable smartwatch that ensures accurate health tracking with the latest biometrics. It is very easy-to-operate and reliable, so it is very popular with todays youngsters and fitness enthusiasts who want to keep themselves updated about their calls and messages.

How does FitLife work?

FitLife has the most modern and advanced biometric technology. It measures your blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels. The smartwatch can also measure the calories you have burnt during the day. It calculates the amount of time you have slept and computes your sleep pattern. You can also set your alarms and control your music.

The smartwatch computes the steps you have walked in the entire day. It connects to your phone through the latest Bluetooth. Using GPS, i.e., Global Positioning System, it tracks your fitness activities like cycling, swimming, walking, jogging, running, etc. FitLife provides you with all the information on the number of steps you walked, the kilometers you cycled, and the calories burnt during such activities. If you sit down for too long, it will remind you to walk or exercise. It is compatible with any device, including iOS and Android, so you will face no problem even when you change your phone.

How to use FitLife?

It is very simple to set up and use your FitLife smartwatch. You have to open the packing and charge it till the battery is fully charged. In the meantime, download the FitLife app from Google Play Store or Apple Store and connect the watch with Bluetooth. Then your FitLife will work with your smartphone and display notifications for calls, emails, and messages.

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Garmin Made an ESports Fitness Smartwatch for Streamers

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No one:

Absolutely no one:

Garmin: What’s up fam, it’s ya boi Garmin here with a new GPS esports smartwatch that you can use to livestream your biometric stats on Twitch or whatever it is you use to stream you crushing your opponents!

I wish I were joking, but 2020 continues to test everyone’s sanity. Garmin has actually launched the Instinct Esports Edition, a “rugged GPS smartwatch uniquely designed for esports athletes and enthusiasts to take their gaming performance to the next level.” How is that possible, you ask? Well, for starters, the watch adds an esports activity for tracking so you can monitor your heart rate and stress during a game. Garmin also developed a new PC streaming tool that’s called, sigh, STR3AMUP!, so you can create overlays that let viewers know your heart rate, stress, and “body battery” level in realtime. Did I mention this watch is also $300?

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“Elite athletes around the world depend on Garmin products to monitor and improve their performance,” Garmin’s VP of Sales Dan Bartel said in the press release.

This, so far, is a true statement. The following is more dubious.

“With the Instinct Esports Edition, esports athletes can tap into that same technology to track and examine how their body responds to intense competition. Players can also use Instinct’s data to make adjustments in their daily lives, whether it be altering sleep patterns or activity levels, which can result in increased cognitive and physical performance during play.”

There is a lot to unpack there. While elite esports athletes do train, my impression is that they aren’t spending hours riding dirt bikes, running marathons with gaming keyboards strapped to their chests, or scuba diving mid-competition. I’m not saying all esports players are schlubby basement gremlins who don’t engage in any physical activity at all. There’s coverage disproving that, and sports-like training is already happening among some elite esports teams. What I’m saying is a rugged outdoors GPS smartwatch built to military-grade standards, primarily targeted at triathletes, is overkill for gamers.

The Instinct Esports Editions specs are truly bananas. This watch has a transflective screen, which is normally found in watches geared toward outdoor activity for visibility under direct sunlight. It’s also rated for 10 ATM of water resistance, or a depth of 330 feet. That is double the rating that is widely considered safe for swimming. In terms of sensors, it also sports a compass, barometric altimeter, and thermometer on top of the usual accelerometer and built-in GPS. Like I said: Overkill.

The idea of stress-tracking is kind of cool—except most stress features aren’t built for real-time monitoring. They’re more related to how much your body has physically recovered from the previous day’s activities. According to Garmin’s own website, the watch monitors stress using heart rate variability data. HRV is essentially the time in between heartbeats, and as explained by Harvard Medical School,

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Fitbit Sense: Health, fitness and smartwatch features compared


The Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense are top smartwatches that can help keep an eye on your fitness levels and act as a phone alternative on your wrist. Both also have an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG — Apple uses ECG) app, track workouts, sleep and blood oxygen levels, but they’re different in the way they go about doing these things. To help you decide which is right for you, I’ve compared them on everything from fitness tracking to battery life and overall performance.


If you have an Android phone, the Fitbit is your only option, but both work with iOS devices, making the decision trickier if you have an iPhone. After two weeks of wearing these watches, I can tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all option. If you want the best overall smartwatch, with seamless fitness tracking and safety features, get the $399 (£379, AU$599) Apple Watch. If you want the most robust sleep tracking, temperature sensor and the best battery life, get the $329 (£299, AU$499) Fitbit Sense.

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The latest Apple Watch has a robust set of fitness tracking features, an FDA-cleared ECG, blood oxygen tracking and all the responsiveness you could want from a smartwatch. It’s also the better option if you need built-in LTE to use your watch without your iPhone nearby.

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The Fitbit Sense also offers an FDA-cleared ECG, strong sleep tracking, a temperature sensor and a stress tracking sensor. Unlike the Apple Watch, it also works with Android, has plenty of third-party watch faces to choose from, and offers the better battery life of the two watches.


Both are comfortable to wear, with familiar designs


The Series 6 looks like every other Apple Watch that has come before it, with a square face available in two sizes (either 40 or 44mm) plus a digital crown and side button. The Sense looks like a higher-end Versa and comes in just one 40mm size with a stainless steel rim around the square face, but instead of a physical button, it has an indentation on the side that vibrates when pressed and can be used to control the screen. While the Fitbit is physically larger than the 40mm Apple Watch, the actual screen size is only a hair bigger than the Apple Watch because of the bezels. The Apple Watch also has bezels around the screen, although they’re slimmer than those on the Sense.


Each watch has a color, always-on screen that’s easy to see in broad daylight, although I found the Apple Watch takes the edge for overall brightness when glancing down at my wrist during an outdoor workout. 


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The Sense has many more watch faces to choose from than the Apple Watch, including third-party ones. However, you can further customize some Apple Watch faces to include complications, which are similar to shortcuts: They can display

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