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Nike FuelBand
Nike FuelBand
  • CNET rating: 3.5 out of 5
  • Price: $99.95 to $132.99
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    Fitbit Ultra
  • CNET rating: 4 out of 5
  • Price: $99.95 to $132.99
  • www.fitbit.com
    Motorola MotoActv
  • CNET rating: 3.5 out of 5
  • Price: $192.72 to $249.95
  • www.motorola.com

Sure, all you NEED to work out is a pair of sneakers, but modern technology can really bring something new. A wave of new mobile accessories harnesses wireless technology and social media to help couch potatoes catch the exercise bug or enrich the experience of habitual athletes. From fitness tracking to gamelike rewards to smart motivational playlists, these gadgets can expand your horizons while you build your muscles or slim your waistline.

Nike FuelBand

The good: The Nike FuelBand offers a simple design that stays out of the way during most physical activities. The accompanying iOS app and Nike+ website offer great motivational tricks too.

The bad: The FuelBand score is worthless to anyone who doesn't have a Nike+ product. There's no way to measure distance for specific runs, so it isn't useful for athletes or people who train regularly.

Fitbit Ultra

The good: Small, light and easy to carry, the Fitbit Ultra effortlessly tracks your basic daily activity level. It has a host of online analytical tools, and boasts Android and iOS mobile apps.

The bad: The Fitbit Ultra needs to be within 15 feet to sync with its USB-connected base station.

Motorola MotoActv

The good: Extremely versatile, the MotoActv tracks workout stats through GPS and a pedometer, and it even suggests energizing playlists.


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The bad: This gadget costs as much as a modern smartphone. It's made for serious exercise and doesn't provide casual activity tracking.