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Is Basis Peak a better fitness tracker than Fitbit Surge?

James A. Martin | May 4, 2015
If you still haven't bought into the whole wearable-health thing yet, and you don't have your sites set on an Apple Watch, consider giving Basis Peak ($199) a look. After a few weeks of use, I found a lot to like about the wrist-worn activity and sleep tracker -- which also has some smartwatch features -- as well as a few things that could use improvement.

Other features also set Surge apart from Peak, such as built-in GPS for tracking your exercise routes. On this point, Basis said it has no immediate plans to include GPS tracking, but it pointed out that you can stream heart-rate data from Peak via Bluetooth to apps that use GPS for tracking.

Conversely, there are things Peak can do that Surge can't. For example, the Basis band is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can wear it while swimming. Fitbit recommends removing the Surge before showering or swimming.

Ultimately, they're both worthy trackers for dedicated fitness buffs, but users should take heart-rate data collected during sweaty exercise with the proverbial grain of salt.


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