clock menu more-arrow no yes

Apple Watch or Fitbit? President Barack Obama Is Looking for a Workout Companion.

President Obama plans to try out the Apple Watch.

Scott Olson / iStock

President Barack Obama is looking for a workout companion — and we’re not talking about a spotter.

Among the topics discussed with Re/code’s Kara Swisher* in an exclusive interview on Friday, the president talked about his tech gadgets and about one in particular that has piqued his interest: The not-yet-released Apple Watch.

“I don’t have a Fitbit yet, but I work out hard,” he said. “Word is these Apple Watches might be a good companion for my workouts. So I’m gonna see, I’m gonna test it out.

“I don’t want to give [Apple CEO] Tim Cook too big of a plug here until I’ve actually seen the product, [but] he tells me it’s pretty good.”

Obama chooses his gadgets carefully, and he certainly does not suffer from device overload. Far from it. He sticks to his trusty BlackBerry — “I’m so restricted in what I can do, it’s mainly just messages,” he said — and his Apple iPad, which he uses for “non-work-related stuff.”

But he’s open to expanding his range. Obama admitted to enjoying the selfie stick (ugh), which was introduced to him on a recent vacation to Hawaii. And of course, Apple and Fitbit can now race to the post office to get their gear into his hands.

* Kara Swisher is married to but separated from Megan Smith, chief technology officer for the Obama Administration. See her ethics statement here.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for The Weeds

Get our essential policy newsletter delivered Fridays.