I tested 5 fitness trackers – The winner only costs 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 explains which one he preferred.

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

I bought my first activity bracelet because I wanted to know if I was getting enough daily exercise despite working from home. I have half a dozen now. Because I wanted to know which device I like the most and which best meets my wishes.

I wore the fitness tracker all the time: I walked around with it and wore it at night.

What criteria did I use to rate? I’ve rated all fitness trackers with the same criteria so they can be compared to each other.

  • wearing comfort: How well does the device fit and bother me on my arm in the long run? How secure is the coin on the wrist?
  • Fitness Features: What functions are available and is the data I want to track correct?
  • Operation and display: How bright is the screen when I’m outdoors. How readable are things?
  • Battery life: When should the tracker be reconnected to the charging cable?

Incidentally, none of the fitness trackers have an account with the manufacturer. I used all devices in combination with an Android smartphone. Sometimes I wore two devices at the same time so I could compare the trackers with each other. While heart rate and sleep data are close on all devices, sometimes there are hundreds of step differences when it comes to movement.

This article does not replace a personal consultation with a doctor and you cannot use the data to evaluate your state of health. If you have health problems while sitting or working, 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 GameStar’s Health Report.

Xiaomi’s fitness tracker relies on a weird app policy

Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 6 is in last place for me. The price is 49.99 euros, but it is often available for as low as 30 euros. Wearing comfort is decent and Xiaomi uses a snap lock with a metal pin for the strap. This brooch holds surprisingly well, I would have preferred a loop.

Irritating to me: Xiaomi switched from its official Mi Fit app to the “Zepp Life” 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. A negative point for me, because I don’t know if all my data will continue to be transferred in the future.

What I don’t like: The provider uses collected health data, such as menstrual data, to market goods and services. It’s not allowed in Europe, but the provider doesn’t seem to care. In principle, all trackers and applications are allowed to process data, but this feature was too good for me and the sudden change of application leaves me a little confused.

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

Supermarket tracker lacks important convenience features

SilverCrest’s Activity Tracker comes fourth on my list. You can get it regularly at Lidl for around 25 euros. The tracker sits very securely on my wrist. The app is also clearly structured and you can find your way around quickly. 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. It is sufficient in the apartment or in the rooms, but the display is difficult to read outside and in the sun.

The following properties are also annoying: There is no real night mode, so the tracker turns on at night if you make a wrong move. It is really boring. Much more disturbing, however, is that the tracker only saves data until the end of the day. So if I don’t save the day’s data via Bluetooth before midnight, it’s lost. All other plotters store data in system memory for at least several days.

The treatment is also not a highlight. After a while, the display bracket broke.

The Silvercrest plotter does not store my data for long, the processing is moderate.

Discounter’s second tracker feels better

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

Like Silvercrest, Medion relies on a color LCD screen for its tracker. Quite 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 ribbing of the bracelet, which gives the tracker more grip if I have been swimming and want to remove the tracker. All other manufacturers use smooth, flexible rubber for their straps. With the buckle closure, the Medion Life fits securely on the wrist.

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

Medion’s tracker offers a good feel.

The Amazfit fitness tracker surprised me

The Amazfit Band 5 came second for me. The RRP is 44.99 euros, but now you can get the tracker for around 20 euros. The tracker relies on the Zepp app, which initially resembles Xiaomi’s. No wonder, since both apps are from the same manufacturer, but for different devices.

The Amazfit tracker uses a snap lock secured by a metal pin. The clasp is delicate, but the watch fits well on the wrist.

Huami, the manufacturer behind Amazfit, uses an AMOLED display 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.

The tracker from Amazfit is distinguished above all by a long battery life. On average, I manage 10 to 15 days with it. The app is beautifully designed and very clearly structured. Without an account at the manufacturer, nothing works here either.

I can see all important data such as heart rate or my sleep directly. A language assistant is integrated into Alexa. The other trackers tested do not offer this feature. But I never used Alexa. Alexa has been available in German on volume 5 since 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 I prefer. Data protection remains confusing, but the range of functions is still better than with the Mi Band 6. Because here you pay 10 euros more for the same range or 15 euros more if you are interested in NFC and Alexa.

The Amazfit Band 5 offers long life and full application.

Samsung’s fitness tracker can convince me the most

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

I really like the Fit 2’s AMOLED display. The colors are rich and strong and the display is easy and intuitive to use. In strong sunlight, I can still read the display well – but then I have to set the brightness to maximum. In my opinion, the AMOLED display is better than the Amazfit Band 5.

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

It is also useful that I can view 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 entirely satisfied with the steps counted. According to Samsung, steps can be counted by both the phone and the tracker. In the end, there is a difference of several hundred steps between the Samsung wearable and my tracker: The watch complains that I should not have reached my step count yet, the wearable 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. Incidentally, the tip comes from Samsung itself.

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Similar to Xiaomi, Samsung also uses a snap closure for the strap. A small piece of plastic is inserted into the band. Here, I’m skeptical how long this closure will actually last with permanent use. I like the metal clasp of the Amazfit Band 5 better here.

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

My conclusion: the winners, the losers and the surprise

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

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

Are there any surprises? The Band 5 from Amazfit for around 20 euros is a real surprise for me. The device combines good battery life with good software and Alexa integration. The AMOLED display is not as good as Samsung’s, but it still convinces me in everyday life.

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

More exciting devices in the short test: Looking for more exciting gadgets or recommendations? So take a look at the small test of 5 in-ear headphones that I also tried. I still use my daily buy recommendation in everyday life:

I blind tested 5 in-ear headphones and was surprised by the winner

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