I’ve never done a review before but I have some honest and hopefully helpful opinions on my latest splurge, the Fitbit. I bought it about two weeks ago and have grown to love most of the features and have had some trouble with others.
Steps: One of the main features and reasons to buy a Fitbit is it tracks your steps and distance. I’ve never been one to track my steps and I was very surprised on how much I wasn’t walking. I quickly noticed my calorie burn per day was highly affected by my steps and how little things make a difference daily. As simple as this feature is I love it, I feel that it very accurate (moving my hands while talking or typing doesn’t affect my steps) and it is motivating!
Calories burned: This is a great feature. I have never known how many calories I burn in a normal day! It varies so much each day depending on what I’m doing and how much I am moving and it is great to see how much I can eat while staying under how much I burned (I am currently trying to lose weight). One thing that kind of stinks is you do have to enter in workouts like biking or weight lifting but the website and app make it easy to do. This device is not a heart rate monitor and estimates a lot based on steps and the information you give it about yourself. I still get a lot of use out of my polar watch so for those like me who just got one for Christmas… don’t worry! It won’t go to waste.
Sleep Tracking: I have tried almost every night to track my sleep with out much luck. It says to tap your Fitbit device to turn on the sleep mode but I haven’t gotten it to work once. If I go through the app and click begin sleep it seems to work but takes a while to actually show my sleeping pattern from that night. The few times it has seemed to track my sleep I was very surprised by how much it says I was actually awake or restless. If anyone has any tips on getting it to work properly I’d love to hear!
The site: As much as I hate tracking food, I have became a complete addict of logging in and syncing my device and logging my water and meals and workout. Which is great! The site is easy to function and has had few glitches. And I got an unexpected weekly email that showed my best day and worse day and my averages. It was very motivating to read into and I cannot wait for this weeks!
Battery Life: I was really worried about the battery life on the Fitbit and how often and how long I’d have to charge it. So far in two weeks I have had to charge it once for about 20-30 minutes. I did it while going through work and school emails and am now at about 50% battery life almost a week later.
Comfort: At first I had trouble getting the Fitbit to actually stay on, until I asked a friend and I was just trying to hard.You simply press straight down while getting the band to clasp together and that is it. After figuring that out it has been very comfortable and unnoticeable. (and btw… I can’t stand anything on my wrists, not even hair ties.) It came with two band sizes which is unlike other similar brands where you have to actually buy the correct size for you. I tested the bands on some friends and each could find one that fit great.
To clarify I have a Fitbit Flex and I love it. I bought it for $106 (including tax) from Target about two weeks ago. I have lost a total of 8 pounds in two weeks myself with the motivation from this device and am eating more than I used to using LoseIt! since I can actually see a closer estimate to how much I am burning and not be worried I am eating too much. I believe it is totally worth the splurge. I would love to hear what YOU think about the Fitbit or a similar advice or answer any questions you may have about it.