Quantified self device comparison: Basis, Fitbit and Fuelband

Here at BioBeats, we’re building our foundations on being ‘device-agnostic’ when it comes to the quantified self – that is, our platforms will be able to pull in data from various sources to give you a greater overall picture of your health and wellness from drawing on numerous data points (so much more than just your heart rate variability).

CLICK FOR FULL SIZEEvery member of our team has a vested interest in devices now on the market and we believe in the future of this field. With that in mind, it behooves us to review three of the best wearable devices that are available today from which biometric data is gathered (we’re not going to let the fact that our Founder Nadeem Kassam was a driving force behind the Basis watch sway our comparison). Make sure to see our comparison chart to the right for a quick run-down of device specs and prices.

Basis

Basis is a wrist-based health tracker and online personal dashboard designed to help people easily incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines.

Sensors

  • Heart rate variability – captures your heart rate patterns throughout the day and night
  • Accelerator –  3-axis detects the body’s movements to measure activity levels and sleep quality
  • Sweat levels – Indicates workout intensity by showing changes in sweat levels
  • Skin temperature – indicates exertion levels by monitoring changes in skin temperature in relation to ambient temperature

Battery life

  • 4 days

Apps and Connectivity

  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Web dashboard

Price

  • $199

What users say

 

 

 

FITBIT FLEX™

Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes.

Sensors

      • Accelerator –  detects the body’s movements to measure activity levels and sleep quality

Battery life

      • 7 days

Apps and Connectivity

      • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
      • Web dashboard

Price

      • $99

What users say

 

 

 

NIKE FUELBAND

NikeFuel counts all the activities of your athletic life. Running, walking, basketball. Nike+ devices measure your moves and turn them into NikeFuel. And since NikeFuel is calculated the same way for everyone, you can compare and compete with anyone.

Sensors

    • Accelerator –  3-axis detects the body’s movements to measure activity levels and sleep quality

Battery life

    • 3 days

Apps and Connectivity

    • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
    • Web dashboard

Price

    • $149

What users say

 

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Summary

When it comes to which device will outlast the rest, the FitBit Flex comes in first with its battery life at about a week (though some reports say it comes in more at five days). If that’s the case, the Basis watch is right on its heels and with more sensors than both Nike and FitBit put together.

Don’t forget there’s a number of apps that each of these bands can sync with. FitBit Flex supports many fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal and LoseIt!, while the FuelBand focuses on the social side with connections to Facebook, Twitter, and Path (but unless you use Path often for other things you’ll just end up annoying your friends with constant Fuelband updates).

Everything depends on your usage, which may include monitoring your sleep patterns (which both Basis and FitBit do) and whether you want to wake up with an alarm (which is FitBit’s sole territory). Basis will track your sleep, but you’ll have to rely on another device to get you out of bed.

Of course, your final decision will depend on which aspect / feature matters most to you. Is the data and great looking charts the things that get you motivated? Or is it the science and technology that you’ll be carrying around with you? Or does it all really come down to price and battery life?

Let us know which of these is most important to you and which (if any) you chose to buy.