Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker Review

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  • Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracke
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The Fitbit One is a personal pedometer that attaches to your waist and syncs electronically via Bluetooth.

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Staying fit and healthy is a difficult task for many of us today which is why the obesity rate was calculated at 26.2% in 2012. One of the most common reasons people can't lose weight is that they find it difficult to keep daily track of what their eating in addition to how much exercise or physical activity they receive. With advancements in technology over the past decade there has finally been a device can help people overcome this issue. The product is called the Fitbit One and it is a personal pedometer that attaches to the waist. The Fitbit One tracks statistics on your daily activity levels and syncs them wirelessly to your iOS device, Mac, or PC.

After unboxing the device, I was surprised how small and portable the Fitbit was. It is a durable plastic material and only features a single button. The device to be sleek and appealing especially when the LED text is being displayed. The device is not cheaply made and feels convincing enough to warrant the $99 price tag. Included in the package is a USB charger, wrist strap (for sleep tracking), belt clip adapter, USB dongle, and the Fitbit One device. From my experience wrist strap is rather large, ugly, and uncomfortable. It is held together by velcro and there are holes throughout it to add breathability when worn overnight. The belt clip adapter is made of a silicone-like material that wraps around the Fitbit One device. I have heard people complain that their Fitbit has fallen out of the adapter while on-the-go, but from what I have experienced this seems unlikely as it is a snug fit.

The Fitbit One has a great deal of features so I'll try to cover all the significant ones. First off, it is important to understand that the device itself's main function is to be a pedometer or a step counter. This means the device tracks your steps and based on this calculates statistics like your total calories burned. Therefore it will not accurately track physical activities such as when your biking, lifting weights, or any other form of exercise that is not step based. The Fitbit is accurate for what it is designed to do, so it is important to realize it's limitations before criticizing it for providing incorrect data. I've found the step tracking to be precise and satisfying as well as the additional daily statistics such as number of stair sets climbed, distance traveled (in miles), and calories burned.  The advantage of having the Fitbit on you waist is that it will not miscalculate random things like picking up something or using your hands for eating into steps like a wrist worn pedometer would do. Another small, but useful feature is that the device also functions as a clock for those of you who like to keep track of time without wearing a watch. The battery on the Fitbit One is excellent and only needs to be charged once a week. It's battery life is rated for 5-7 days and I think this is an accurate number from my experience. Another advantage is that it only takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery via the included USB charger.  This makes it easy enough to plug in while your surfing the web for a quick recharge.

All the data collected by the Fitbit is then synced with your computer, smartphone, or both. In order for the sync to happen you must have your smartphone synced via Bluetooth with the device, but keep in mind this will only work with select smartphones that feature Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4s and above models only). If your within your 10 or so feet of your computer that has the USB dongle inserted you will also be able to update your stats wirelessly. There is a free iOS app that lets you view your stats while on the go or you can visit your free Fitbit account online that will give you the most in-depth statistics and graphs. While logged into your Fitbit account you can enter in how much water you consumed and what foods you have eaten. There is a built-in library of foods that you can choose from which is useful, but it is not nearly as complete of a library as the ones included in popular iOS apps like Lose It! or myfitnesspal. The good news is the Fitbit is compatible with both of these and can be configured to sync to them automatically. Unfortunately, in order to sync to Lose It! you need will be required to subscribe to Lose It! Premium at a rate of $39.99 per year. Luckily, myfitnesspal is free to setup syncing so I tested the device using this choice. There is a community like feature built into your Fitbit account that will allow you to compete with friends and show off badges you've earned for completing milestones like walking 5,000 steps in a day. I don't have much to say on this aspect as I was not particularly interested in this especially since non of my friends or family have a Fitbit.

The sleep tracking was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to try this device and it is pretty remarkable. In order to accurately track your sleep you must remove the Fitbit One from the adapter and place it inside the wrist strap which you wear on your non dominate wrist throughout your sleeping period. I found the instructions initially confusing on how to initiate sleep mode, but in the end found out it just involves holding the button down only a few seconds until a stopwatch starts and then holding the button down again when I wake up in the morning to exit sleep mode. The tracking of my sleep has been seemingly spot on and I was impressed with its detailed information. It is capable of telling you interesting statistics such as your total time asleep, how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up, and my personal favorite your sleep efficiency (displayed as a percentage).

The silent alarm is a cool feature, but I find it a bit dull and barely enough to wake me up. This may be since I wear the wrist strap loosely (due to its uncomfortable feel). You set the alarm via the website or mobile app and can configure it to only go off on certain days of the week which is a nice feature that doesn't force you to have to reconfigure the alarm every night. Once of the largest disappointments about the sleep tracking was that it does not have an intelligent alarm like the iOS app Sleep Cycle does. A feature that wakes you when you feel the most well rested is very appealing to me and I was bummed when I realized the Fitbit cannot accomplish this.

Overall, I think the Fitbit One is an excellent little device that will help people keep track of their physical activity and caloric intake in order to lose weight and stay fit. The device is appealing, durable, has an excellent battery, and is easy to use. Just keep in mind the device is a pedometer limited to only calculating statistics involving steps taken. Therefore it cannot correctly evaluate other exercises such as biking, weight lifting, or rowing. The Fitbit has done a great job motivating me to fit more physical activity into my daily routine and has also kept me disciplined as I find myself going to bed earlier to allow more time for quality sleep.  I recommend the Fitbit one to anyone who is contemplating purchasing the device and think it is a quality investment that if used correctly can help change your life and improve habits relating to your health.