I have mixed thoughts on the FitBit Tracker. This is my review of the FitBit — after having one for about a month. Here is some background information on the FitBit: http://www.fitbit.com
Via Wikipedia: “The Fitbit Tracker uses a three-dimensional accelerometer, similar to that in the Wii Remote, to sense user movement. Like many pedeometers, the Tracker measures steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, and activity duration and intensity. It uses an OLED display to display this and other information such as the battery level. It also measures sleep quality: how long it takes the wearer to fall asleep, how often they wake up over the course of the night, and for how long they are actually asleep.”
The device retails for about $100 dollars US — which is a bit expensive for a pedometer/sleep tracker — even if it pushes your data to the company’s website. I would spend the $100 on a personal trainer OR other applications/services like Runkeeper, DailyBurn, etc.
The main problem I’ve found with the Fitbit is it’s size—- WHICH is GOOD AND BAD…
GOOD = It is VERY small and lite… You won’t even know you are wearing it.
BAD = It is VERY small and lite… You WILL forget about it—and put it through the wash! I DID. $50 for a replacement unit.
Once washed— FORGET IT… If you are lucky, the device will start working again after a few days—- However, in my case, the battery’s life was significantly decreased, making it a pain in the ass to keep charged.
With that said, I DO believe that it’s a pretty cool device. It totally works as advertised — and if you are a gadget lover; you’ll like it. —- however, worth $100? IMHO, I just don’t think so.
Here are some better suggestions about other Tech/Health devices to spend your $$$ on:
Withings Internet Enabled Scale: http://www.withings.com/en/bodyscale – $159 – I have one, LOVE IT!
RunKeeper Elite: https://runkeeper.com/elite – $20 per year
IRONMAN Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor – http://tinyurl.com/3gqfup6 – $100 – I have one, LOVE IT.
IRONMAN GPS Global Trainer w/HRMonitor – http://www.timex.com/dp/B003P65RVI – $360 – I want one!
Membership at your local YMCA – http://www.ymca.net/ – $50-100 per month. WELL WORTH IT!
Hope this helps,