Fitness Trackers vs. Smartphones: Why Wearables Win

Fitness Trackers vs. Smartphones: Why Wearables Win

Subscribe for more: | Brent Rose debunks a study claiming smartphones are as good as wearables at tracking activity. From the Fitbit Charge HR to the iPhone 6, Brent’s stress tests uncover compelling results that demonstrate why wearables with heart rate monitors win.

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Fitness Trackers vs. Smartphones: Why Wearables Win

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48 Responses to Fitness Trackers vs. Smartphones: Why Wearables Win

  1. Valentin Bozhilov says:

    We both know that this is bullshit 🙂 why keep pretending?

  2. BGmamaJwife says:

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED this video!! thank you sooo much for the demonstrations!

  3. kgwhiplash says:

    no way you burnt that many calories on a 10 min bike ride. I’m guessing 600 calories an hour.

  4. Dean Fortein says:

    Great review … You funny

  5. McKenzi Adams says:

    I love Brent Rose OMG seriously the BEST presenter!!! He needs to be on Dirty Jobs

  6. Lucas Hermann says:

    True story

  7. Roseana melgoza says:

    mmmhmmm… Thank you Dr. <3

  8. VTC Drone says:

    Referring to

    I am warning all reader about trusting Brent Rose and Wired review on any product and tech unless strong and urgent corrective action is taken. Follows is my suggestion to Wired.


    You are absolutely correct to say wrong is wrong and let it pass if the wrong is unintentional. However, if someone intentionally published bias review because he was too lazy to do his homework, stand to gain personally or simply just downright illogical; then, such wrong should never be taken lightly by a major media outlet. Publicly denouce and cutting all ties with Brent Rose for his action seems to be the only decent you are required to do and here is why.

    The reason why I stated his action is intentional is because the review by Wired is published almost 2 weeks after Mavic launch as such that is a lot of other reviews which Brent should have gone through before writing such a late review. In addition, he intentionally limit his comparison perimeter to put Karma in the best possible light. Thus, he is either intentionally crazy, intentionally lazy, intentionally bribed or their combinations.

    Without any strong and immediate disciplinary action, his values will be seems to reflect the media value. i.e. Wired is a corrupted media source, where its contributors and authors are too lazy to do basic research before review and no one should take it seriously.

    You decide!

    VTC Drone

  9. Traveler says:

    Best video ever on wearable s doc

  10. Hert Niks says:

    Unlicensed plastic surgeon. Why would anyone wanna boast about this?

  11. Sam Lefty says:

    So much product placement on this channel… But the videos are good, so I don’t care 🙂

  12. Ruba Saleh says:

    Fenix 3 is for 549$

  13. contingent exe says:

    unlicensed plastic surgen. i can’t get over that XD

  14. vanquish says:

    with the apple watch i always have half a km done after showering

  15. Max Luijken says:

    Should have just used a 3ds.

  16. Otto Donis says:

    Anyone else notice that beautiful Mora Companion he was using ? 😉
    I see you

  17. Iceyboxy 360 says:

    All I need is a timer that looks cool and which is very accurate

  18. zebocrab says:


  19. prabodh yatnalkar says:

    Fitbit Charge HR

  20. Lu Gonenc says:

    Fenix 3 has a heart strap and you can also add a ton of other little dongles to it, fiddly but will be more accurate.

  21. Bilal Ahmad says:

    I have Fitbit charge HR as well as Garmin Finix3 HR. both works well and accurate. In the video, it is clear that you are promoting only Fitbit and promoting Garmin. it seems that you are not familiar with the finix3. why you are misleading people. you did not show the count on the video. how do we know that you are not lying? its only a marking thing what you did in the video.

  22. Don Catalano says:

    Great video

  23. Marco Chapita says:

    amazing review

  24. Msdj Jdndn says:

    And I’m sitting here debating on whether a 20 dollar heartrate fitness tracker is worth it or not

  25. IdDuncan says:

    But, in a way, you will not buy a Fenix 3 / HR / 5 for activity tracker functionality! You can, but others products will performe the same, are cheaper, and can fit the requirement. Buy a Fenix if you want a good indestructible multi sport tracker, mainly outdoor, in this specific domain, it rock!

  26. ketan prasad says:

    phones do detect cycling even when ur stationary on machine…I have tested this out using Google fit

  27. Matt Cage says:

    FIX-wear them round your ankles

  28. vestererer says:

    I just run with my phone in a belt…

  29. Michael Falkous says:

    Awsome video and very helpful info. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Basshunter's Workshop says:

    All the comments suggesting using a heart rate monitor strap. My phone can connect with several different versions. If you are going to wear a strap, it makes a phone more accurate as well. Only down side is their weight and bulk, especially the plus type phones…

  31. Aidan says:

    the smartphones are for sure capable of doing caloric estimates its called strava.

  32. Graham Connell says:

    This info is useful (ish) if you want to know how much you burn during normal life. For me I only care about tracking when I’m working out, and for that I feel like they would all do equally well since all I’m after is hr, distance, pace and time. I feel like the estimate for day-to-day activities is kinda useless data, do you really weigh how many calories you burned vs intake every time you eat? I feel like you should just listen to your body, if you’re always tired, might need to eat some more and stuff like that. Just some food for thought

  33. YoBoy Jas says:

    can i use a fitness watch without a phone with me?

  34. vespers_ says:

    243 calories in a 10 minute bike ride… yeah ok.

  35. hklausen says:

    He is wearing the Garmin over his wrist bone, so it can’t measure his pulse.

  36. azatecas says:

    i still think these are unnecessary for fitness, additional technology only to satisfy the belief in fitness rather than being active

  37. LOViKaif ZaidiNaKanal says:

    not bad experiment

  38. Tom Quin says:

    I own a garmin forerunner 630 and if you wear the hr monitor that comes with it it is by far more accurate than only other fitness tracker

  39. Mario Contreras says:

    honestly no one should listen to step counting. want to get fit, with cardio. the fit bit does not stand a chance with garmin. yes no hr built in but just wear the strap… i get hr in water. stroke counts and distance as well as. bike cadence/speed and gps. same goes for running… others are trash

  40. JayJay says:

    I do like the Band 2 from Microsoft…

  41. Easwar Swaminathan S says:

    What background song is that during the cycling portion of the video?

  42. sportsMike87 says:

    They aren’t made to be 100 percent accurate. I use it as a motivator to move.

  43. Patrik Maly says:

    Well at the end you still didn’t tell us how much calories you actually burned you just showed us that the fitness trackers with the heart rate monitor showed more calories burned but they still could be overcounting or undercounting your actual calories burned so we still don’t know if the weareble devices can be trusted on their information or not.

  44. Tommy Lau says:

    does it count how many times a person jack off?

  45. Trey Sullivan says:

    my fitbit shows 115 bpm foe me just standing sometimes

  46. Kyriakos Christofides says:

    steps are like power levels in Dragon ball z