Does anyone use Fitbit?

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    Aug 05, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    I received a fitbit-ultra tracker today for my birthday. I want to know your thoughts on this device; pros, cons, etc...

    http://www.fitbit.com/

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    Thank you
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    Aug 05, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    I'm unfamiliar with it, but am very interested in knowing how it works out for you.
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    Aug 05, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    Quite pricy! I've also never heard about this. Do let us know how it goes.
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 05, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Sadly, I think u're the only one with any experience. I'm interested to see how you like it.
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    Aug 05, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    Seems a bit expensive for a pedometer. I guess the sleep tool is nice? Most of the other features (online tracking) etc you can use free services like Livestrong.com

  • mybud

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    Aug 05, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    kinda small for a vibrator....
  • ChrisRo

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    Jan 12, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    I have the fitbit flex. I am a little disappointed in how the food tracking and the sleep tracking is supposed to work. Also, I am not so sure the steps and calorie burning monitoring is very accurate.
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    Jan 12, 2014 12:34 AM GMT
    These fitness trackers are just fancy pedometers. We don't have the sensor technology (yet) to accurately measure what they're promising in those little clips/bracelets.

    For most people, these gadgets "work" because they act as mental reminders to exercise and eat right. I know a few people at work that have made some good progress after getting those Nike Fuel Band things. The Fuel points system creates goals and maybe adds a little competition amongst other Fuel Band users. If that's what they need to stay fit, then that's awesome. Use whatever works.
  • BillandChuck

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    Jan 12, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    We have both Up (by Jawbone) bands and Fitbit Flex bands. We've had Up for over a year, since well after the second generation came out and solved the unreliability of the original, and we're now on the current 3rd generation Bluetooth-connected Ups. And the Fitbit all have the same essential internal mechanisms, so the Flex, Force and One are basically the same (only the Zip doesn't have the sleep monitor function). We also both tried the Nike+ Fuelband SE. So we might have some worthwhile commentary.

    First, we abandoned the Nikes because they're far more sports-oriented than general activity; no sleep monitoring. The advantage they did have was a clock display.

    Up and Fitbit are very close in functionality. Up's battery seems to work a hair better; Fitbit's online dashboard is much better than Up's mobile-device-only access to the data, and its Bluetooth connection has yet to be dropped, unlike Up, where it's fairly frequently requiring re-pairing. But neither Fitbit's sleep monitoring nor its food intake monitoring is as granular as Up.

    Since you have Fitbit, ENJOY IT! It takes getting used to to remember to set it to sleep mode and even more getting in the habit to remember to take it out of sleep mode in the morning. We both thought the sleep monitoring would be so-what after years of "controlled" sleep patterns, but we both admit it was eye-opening. Also, USE the food intake function. Although for one of us it was a great tool to contribute to getting back into shape, we both found it very illucidating to see what we've been eating with the Fitbit app and tools. And the activity monitorning is a similarly great tool if your goal is to improve your fitness. It also really is waterproof: it goes into the pool or ocean every day, and it goes in the shower multiple times every day, so don't be leery of that.

    Feel free to email if you want to bounce anything off us as you're getting used to it.
  • ChrisRo

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    Jan 18, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    If anyone is use the fitbit, please add me in the fitbit.com forum. I think have others to compare with helps motivate each other to work harder towards fitness. My id in fitbit is jchrisro

    Thanks,
    Chris
  • Latenight30

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    Feb 06, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    Might be late to the party but I have Shine. It's a pedometer and tracks your sleep. It's nice and stylish. I also found Lift. It's a community of people trying to set habits. One is 10k squats. You build up to it over about 75 days. Just if you are looking for something different and easier than trudging all the way to the gym or need a way to get into the habit of going.
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    Feb 06, 2014 8:55 PM GMT
    i have one and used it for about 2 months. it was pretty much useless and didn't provide accurate information. it's just a gloried pedometer and nothing else
  • frogman89

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    Feb 06, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    Waste of money.
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    Feb 06, 2014 11:03 PM GMT
    Most of the things this gadget claims to do is impossible. The calorie monitor in particular is a colossal joke. I'm afraid you just bought yourself a $130.00 watch/pedometer.
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    Feb 10, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    I have a fitbit one and I really like it, having gotten it free with a conference registration last April.

    I keep it in my pocket and it does motivate me to track mileage, climb more stairs and increase the distance I cover every day (it's accurate, if you properly set stride length and other specs at the outset). Not sure about the calorie burning tracker, but I don't care much about that feature anyway.

    It syncs automatically with a web-based log—pretty much carefree in that regard.

    They're a great company. I lost the first unit in vacation and they sent me a replacement absolutely free.