Quite a few of you are asking which is the best tracker for you, is it the new Oura Ring, the Motiv Ring or perhaps a Fitbit or Apple Watch is a better option? The best tracker would cover MANY options but as your search probably involved smart rings, this post is geared towards high-level comparisons of Apple & Fitbit watches with the two major smart rings – Motiv and Oura.
Each of those 4 broad options will be able to give you a 24×7 view on your activity and are good in their own respects.
Elsewhere, this blog delves into the details of sports and activity tech A LOT – however, if you are considering Oura vs Motiv vs Fitbit vs Apple then it’s perhaps best you forget the tech for a minute and think about how your purchase will fit in with your normal life.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I ‘athletic’ in my sport and want to track it to a reasonable level of detail?
- Do I want to wear a device 24×7? and would I wear a watch, ring or a band in bed?
- Do I want to delve into the details of my data or just receive some simple daily guidance?
Not interested in Sleep?
One of Oura’s strengths is its awesomeness at sleep insights and ease of wear at night. So if you don’t want any sleep info then you won’t get many of Oura’s benefits.
You want a daytime tracker, right? The more expensive the Fitbit you buy for this then the more data, insight and…errr.. app complexity you will get. If you want to keep the data side of things simple then Motiv is a great choice. On the other hand, the Apple Watch does have much greater depth in the sleep apps it supports than does Fitbit. Indeed, Fitbit’s app store is somewhat limited in my opinion.
If you want ‘steps’ and ‘flights of stairs’ type information and ‘more detailed sports tracking’ then Fitbit or Apple is the way to go.
At the extreme end of the spectrum, where you might consider yourself an athlete, then Garmin, Polar, Suunto and Apple are the ones you will look at.
Interested in Sleep?
Everyone’s tech claims to do sleep analysis.
I strongly suspect that most companies are just guessing at your minutes of DEEP SLEEP and other sleep stage info. In my opinion, the Oura Ring and EMFIT are two great sleep products for those of you who want to look at sleep more seriously and those products might be able to help if there is some sort of condition that you want to keep a closer eye on.
The most important call you can make is to think how many of the last 7 nights you wore your regular watch or band. If the answer is ‘none’, then you may well find it annoying to wear a watch or band every night (I’m one of those people). But many of you will be happy to wear a ring…you already do, right?
If you do wear a watch, then a smartwatch or sports watch (Fitbit, Apple, Garmin, etc) may well give you an apparently better insight into the machinations of your nightly sleep.
Further, consider if that sports watch of yours will be fine to wear at work. The world of work is generally casual these days and most watches will be fine. But not everywhere. Again, just like with sleep, you WILL be able to wear a Motiv or Oura ring at work.
Edit: As of December 2018 Apple has finally released a new version of the BEDDIT product they acquired last year (version 3.5 is the new one). However, as of Jan2019 BEDDIT, 3.5 looks POOR from the specs I’ve seen. BEDDIT is like the EMFIT product I mentioned earlier. EMFIT is an awesome sleep tracker and I have yet to review BEDDIT.
Interested in Deep Activity Insights?
Fitbit, Apple and the other activity watch platforms have more in-depth apps and cloud platforms than Oura and Motiv. If ACTIVITY is your ‘thing’ then go for a watch like an Apple or Fitbit.
Sometimes those platforms can be a little too complex and Oura strikes a great blend of simplicity and easy access to key lifestyle metrics.
If you want deeper insights into your activity/athletic sports performances then Garmin, Suunto, Polar and Co are always going to be the ones to go for.
Clearly, a ring is a super-practical solution to activity tracking for most people. You will not get the insights into your SPORTS with either Motiv or Oura, although Motiv is a little more sporty-focussed than Oura. The sporting insights from Polar Flow or Garmin Connect are on a whole different level to Fitbit or Apple.
I asked you these paraphrased questions. Here they are again with the answers:
- For sports tracking – go for Garmin, Polar, Apple or Suunto
- For a 24×7 holistic solution – go for Oura, or if you like watches then the previous 4 are good too.
- For deeper SLEEP insights – go for Oura the sports watches for, perhaps, less accurate insights
Of course, you can combine the options.
For example; as a more serious athlete, I would class myself as one, then I’m only ever going to use a sports watch for sports. BUT I am quite happy and willing to also wear a ring 24×7, especially to get insights into my sleep and to see how I am recovering from my exercise – I would go for the Oura Ring there every time. The major downside is that my sleep data and sports data are in two different places – I can live with that.
A Better Solution – that brings it all together
For a variety of reasons I do NOT do this myself. But it is a great way forwards for Apple-lovers.
The Apple Watch is OK for sleep data gathering and analysis via apps but Oura definitely gives more and varied insights into sleep and readiness
If you have an Apple Watch then you can prioritise which sources are saved in Apple Health. So you would give your Apple Watch actvity priority and the Oura Ring priority for sleep.
The Oura app will then sync the activity data from Apple Health (ie from the Watch). Voila, Oura is then basing it’s readiness on Oura Sleep data and Apple activity data.
Price and Availability
Neither ring is available on Amazon or eBay and can only be bought directly from each manufacturer. You should be able to get a discount on the Motiv ring below. Fitbits can be bought pretty much anywhere. If you want to help this blog then the links below should click you through to the lowest price on your local Amazon store. Thank you.
the new Oura Ring starts at $300 and the Motiv ring is $200
As at 4 Sep 2018 there is $20 off the Motiv Ring at mymotiv.com (link to: mymotiv.com)and there always seems to be $20 off each additional ring if you order >2
Black Friday period 2018: There is $30 off MOTIV