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6 reasons why Apple Watch will kill activity trackers (and 6 reasons it won't)

James A. Martin | Aug. 21, 2015
Apple Watch owners and users of dedicated fitness trackers, such as Fitbits, share opinions on why smartwatches will eventually make trackers obsolete, as well as reasons why fitness gadgets will remain relevant … at least for a few more years.

6) Fitness trackers have better battery life

"Until smartwatch makers figure out how to match battery life to that of activity trackers, many consumers will prefer to keep their Fitbit, Jawbone, or Misfit," Rincon says.

Dedicated trackers for fitness buffs, smartwatches for the rest of us

Ultimately, it's likely that "fitness enthusiasts will continue to use dedicated activity trackers," according to Pluss. "But the general public will opt for built-in fitness tracking on something like an Apple Watch. A good analogy would be the continued use of SLR cameras for hobbyists and enthusiasts of photography, but the mass public opting for the use of their built-in camera phones for much of their photography."

Pluss adds that the Apple Watch "will displace and take market share from fitness trackers." However, the high price points and different consumer needs will leave room for dedicated activity trackers to survive, at least for now. "The cost [of an Apple Watch] at the moment will stop some people. And since you need to carry your phone with you to take advantage of many of the features of the Apple Watch, this will put off some hardcore fitness users."

(Again, if you're looking for good reasons to wear both gadgets, read "Why you might want to use an Apple Watch AND a Fitbit.")


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