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Fitbit Ultra CNET rating: 4 stars out of

Fitbit Ultra

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

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, it tracks sleep quality, and it boasts both Android and iOS mobile apps.

The bad: The Fitbit Ultra needs to be within 15 feet to sync with its USB-connected base station. The Trainer feature and a deeper activity data analysis cost extra. The Fitbit Ultra isn't waterproof.

The cost: $99.95 to $132.99

The bottom line: The Ultra extends Fitbit's already impressive personal fitness data measurement abilities, but for the same $99.95 price. Already a high-tech pedometer, the Ultra now has an altimeter to record stairs climbed, too. It isn't as advanced as more expensive mobile fitness gadgets, but the tiny device is easy to wear all day long and fun to use.

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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 harness wireless technology and social media to help couch potatoes catch the exercise bug or enrich the experience of habitual athletes.

From fitness tracking to game-like rewards to smart motivational playlists, these gadgets can expand your horizons while you build your muscles or slim your waistline. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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