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Photo: ORION PRODUCTION (Shutterstock) If you want an activity tracker, there are a bunch of great choices out there, from budget step trackers to full-featured watches. If you’ve decided you want a ton of data and don’t mind spending extra money for it, that narrows down your options a good bit, but one of the candidates is not quite like the others. So let’s look at the question: Should you get a Whoop band or a traditional smartwatch? Whoop is a wristband-shaped wearable that does not have a screen, but it can still track your activities. Athletes like it because it measures your “strain” from activities, as well as the “recovery” that it estimates from the amount of sleep you get and the data it picks up during sleep. A smartwatch, on the other hand, doesn’t have this narrow focus but most of them can track activities and monitor your heart rate and other vital signs during sleep. So you can get the same basic functionality out of either type of device. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each. Whoop doesn’t have a screen The biggest difference in your day-to-day experience is going to be what you’re actually wearing. For some, Whoop’s lack of a screen is a plus; for others, it’s a dealbreaker. So you have to decide how you feel about that. No screen means you don’t have to worry about scratching or smashing it during a workout, but it also means you […]