Priced at $69.95-99.99, Striiv’s devices are an affordable way to track steps, distance and calories burned. The Play and the Smart will also track stairs and elevation while the Touch and the Band will track sleep and feature the added bonus of being water resistant. Both the Touch and the Band, which are wristband-style trackers, offer a sleek design. The Play, which can be clipped just about anywhere, and the Smart, which is best carried in a pocket, offer larger screen designs – though they aren’t quite as sleek.
The Touch is our top pick for a wearable Striiv device because it also acts as a smartwatch: you can receive notifications for texts, emails, phone calls, as well as Facebook and Twitter alerts.
The Smart offers something that our reviewers didn’t see with any of the other fitness tracker companies we reviewed: a charity incentive. At no cost to you, Striiv will make donations to a GlobalGiving project of your choice based on the increments you walk – that’s some great motivation to get moving!
Striiv’s app is compatible with Apple or Android devices and will sync with your device via Bluetooth. In addition to the details of your workouts, the app acts as a personal trainer by offering daily challenges that are tailored to your routine, goals and fitness level. And in the spirit of making those challenges fun, the app doesn’t give you a number to hit – instead it offers challenges like “burning that cupcake you ate at lunch, beating your best friend’s average or going the distance of a marathon.”
Striiv’s app also features a game called MyLand that gives you playing power based on how much you walk, run or take the stairs. While we like the idea of incorporating a game to keep workouts interesting, the graphics leave something to be desired and the game’s concept is a bit elementary, especially for anyone who is an avid gamer. We’d like to see Striiv spend more time incorporating the charity element featured on the Smart, and maybe even developing that into a game – helping others simply by working out is an idea we can all get behind.