Fitbit’s most basic tracker, the Inspire, still manages to cram a lot of useful data on to the small monochrome screen. Despite being the entry-level model, it takes advantage of more than a decade of Fitbit’s tech expertise.
As on other basic trackers, several kinds of exercise are recognised automatically, and Inspire figured this out correctly most of the time, although you can also select from up to 15 specific workouts such as hiking, running and even yoga.
The screen is swipe- and tap driven, obviously, but we find this imprecise and often unresponsive on all fitness bands, not just Fitbit, especially when your fingers are cold, sweaty or shaking with workout adrenaline.
There’s a decent range of clock faces available through the app, which makes it easier to view your preferred metrics at a glance (through the day we like to see the time clearly, with heart rate added, for example). We like that the Inspire has a proper buckle and strap, which we find far more secure than the press-in stud systems used by many entry-level models.
Step/sleep/heart rate, phone notifications, R2 000
The Inspire HR has replaceable straps, available in four colours.