By Natalie Papaj
A fitness accessory is sure to make its way under my tree this year (hint-hint Santa). If your Santa is shopping around for the perfect fitness gift tell him to look no further than your local Sprint store (the closest store to North Pole is in Bellingham, Wa…Or he can just visit www.sprint.com).
Fitness addicts have enough commitments with their workout regimens so they should consider a no-contract wireless plan. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA offer waterproof devices to keep you connected even in your sweatiest environments.
Featuring Android™ 4.4.2, Kit Kat, and access to blazing 4G LTE speeds on the Sprint network (where available), Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE is available for $149.99 (excludes taxes). Hydro Vibe is certified IP57 dust resistant and waterproof (protected up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water). Kyocera Hydro Icon, from Boost Mobile, is a waterproof, dust-proof, drop-proof smartphone that supports 4G LTE and blazing-fast Enhanced 4G LTE (where available) and costs just $149.99 (excludes taxes).
Sprint offers a wide selection of wearable accessories that help track your fitness goals. I selected my top three that offer different features and price points.
Available for $169.99 (plus tax), Garmin Vivosmart is an activity tracker that records fitness activities and displays smart notifications from your compatible Bluetooth® device. So you can easily glance down at your wrist and monitor calls, texts and emails with vibration alerts and a swipe on the touchscreen. The Vivosmart displays the time and tracks steps, calories, sleep patterns and distance. You can also pair it with a heart rate monitor during fitness activities.
Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Available for $199.99 (plus tax) and listed as one ofCnet’s 2014 recommendations for best wearable tech. Fitness fans will enjoy the onboard pedometer with a sleep-tracking app, and a rear-mounted, LED-based heart-rate monitor that's able to do continuous readings while exercising. Beyond fitness, Gear 2 offers a ton of baked-in features: a weather app, notifications for all apps that ping your Samsung phone regularly, an onboard offline music player and a microphone and speaker for making phone calls, recording voice memos, using S-Voice voice recognition. (Compatible with Samsung Galaxy product line)
Available for $129.99 (plus tax), Fit Bit Charge is an accelerometer-equipped band with OLED display. It features a new automatic sleep tracking app and offers caller ID that works when paired to iOS, Android or Windows phones. With Mobile Run, get real-time run stats like time, distance, and pace on the display.
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Press Release -- November 19th, 2014
Gift Guide for Fitness Fanatics
By Natalie Papaj