Amazon Halo vs Fitbit vs Apple Fitness Plus | Survival Of The Fittest29 September 2021
The Amazon Halo collection is growing, and if you love fitness tech as much as us, you’re probably wondering how the newly announced Halo View stacks up against the Apple and Fitbit health trackers. On sale this winter, we’re going to explore how its features compare to that of its competitors to help you decide which one to put on your Christmas list. Here goes!
What does the Amazon Halo do?
The Halo View is Amazon’s second fitness tracker. The Halo Band that was announced in 2020 offers similar features to the new model, but doesn’t have a screen. The latest Halo device display can show your sleep scores, track your workouts, and alert you with haptic feedback when you receive a text or earn activity points.
The tracker works by using a skin-temperature sensor, accelerometer, and an optical sensor for monitoring your heart rate and blood oxygen. Put simply, the Halo View covers the activity and sleep tracking features just like the Apple Watch and Fitbit devices already on the market. So what makes it different?
Link Halo to Alexa
It really wouldn’t be an Amazon product without Alexa integration. When you link Halo to Alexa, you can ask your best (albeit artificial) friend for an update on your health stats such as your sleep score or activity points. You’ll also be able to add items to your grocery shopping list to stay on track with your Halo nutrition plans, which we’ll come on to now.
Amazon Halo Nutrition
Halo Nutrition is a personalised, guided meal planner on the Halo app that is included in the Amazon Halo membership. You will be able to find new recipes, plan meals in advance, or use the pre-curated menus for specific diets such as Keto, vegan, and vegetarian. Once it’s launched, Amazon says over 500 recipes will be available, some of which will be provided by their partners Whole Foods and WW.
This is all part of the Halo Subscription cost, which will be $3.99 a month (UK price yet to be announced). The monthly subscription will also include access to Halo Fitness, a new service for interactive home video workouts that looks a lot like Apple Fitness+.
Halo Fitness vs Apple Fitness+
Amazon says Halo Fitness provides studio quality workouts led by industry experts. Syncing with your Halo band, you’ll benefit from streaming a real-time display to your TV of metrics like heart rate and heart rate intensity zone. Workout coaches include Michael Hildebrand, Elena Cheung and Elizabeth Andrews, and the app will offer cardio, strength, yoga, outdoor, and mobility classes.
When stacked against Apple Fitness+, Halo Fitness takes the lead in the pricing category. It’s $3.99 a month (your first year is free when you buy an Amazon Halo View) whereas Apple Fitness+ is $9.99 a month. But is a low subscription cost going to be enough in the long run?
As it appears Halo Fitness doesn’t offer any obvious differences to Apple Fitness+, you’ll probably find it hard to justify continuing your subscription once the free trial is up. Apple Fitness+ launched during lockdown, providing helpful coaching to their customers when the gyms closed. So if you were already a loyal Apple user and appreciated their support during tough times, there isn’t any incentive to switch over to Amazon.
It might simply be a case of Halo Fitness being too late to the game.
Halo View vs Fitbit Charge 5
There’s no denying that the Amazon Halo View looks identical to the Fitbit Charge 5. However, the Halo View comes with a year of Amazon Halo for $80, while the Fitbit Charge 5 plus six months of Fitbit Premium (the first six months are free) is $240.
So the Halo View wins on pricing yet again. But it’s rather dubious features are definitely letting Amazon’s side down. The original Amazon Halo band included a microphone that allowed users to monitor their tone when speaking to others throughout the day (which is a seemingly invasive and useless addition). That feature will still be available to Halo View owners, but through the app instead of the wrist. This is also true for the body fat analysis function, which uses your phone’s cameras to create a 3D model of what you would look like at varying body fat percentages.
Though inexpensive for a 7 day battery life, you may not want this strange undertone of body shaming. Better off sticking to a Fitbit.