Fitbit Alta vs. Misfit Ray: Comparing 2 stylish new fitness trackers

The best activity band is the one you'll wear all day, every day. Fitbit and Misfit are aiming for your dollars with fitness trackers that focus on fashion.

I’ve tested out a variety of fitness bands, from activity trackers disguised as analog timepieces to powerful cardio-focused watches and everything in between. There’s a different audience for every fitness tracker on the market, but I’ve found that most people are looking for a basic band that tracks daily stats and sleep. A solid app dashboard that presents information in an easy-to-digest way is also essential, otherwise there’s no point in tracking all that data.

But if an activity tracker doesn’t fit into your life, you’re not gonna wear it no matter how many features it has. That’s why companies like Fitbit and Misfit, which was acquired by Fossil last year, have designed fitness bands that are fashionable and discreet enough to be worn all day and night, from the gym to the office to a night on the town and back to bed, without looking ridiculous. The Fitbit Alta and Misfit Ray have a few differences, namely the Alta has a display where the Ray does not, but both are designed with style in mind for daily wear, and both are in the same price range. The Ray is $100 MSRP (available for the same price on Amazon) and the Alta is $130 MSRP (currently $117 on Amazon).

But that extra $30 gets you a better, more accurate fitness band in the Alta, which has a display for easier, quicker access to your daily activity stats. Misfit’s Ray is designed to look like a sleek piece of jewelry, which I appreciate, but I don’t love its notification method: a combination of vibrations and changing LED lights that mean different things. (What things? I can’t remember.)

Fitbit also has a better app, and because the company leads the wearables market, chances are some of your friends, family, or coworkers are using a Fitbit and can compete in activity challenges with or against you.

The Ray wins on battery life, at eight months compared to the Alta’s five days, but I’d rather charge a device than deal with batteries.

Check out my full reviews of both devices—the Misfit Ray, and the Fitbit Alta—and let us know in the comments what your must-have features are in a fitness tracker. Style? Comfort? Heart rate sensor? We want to know.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Fit Tech

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Caitlin McGarry

Macworld.com
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?