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This is probably one of the best pedometers on the market, at a fair price, beautifully modern design and surprisingly accurate technology!
I bought my Fitbit One two weeks ago from Argos, for £79.99. Now, I know that sounds like a huge chunk of money for something small enough to get lost in your pocket, but it's been worth every penny!
The Fitbit manual suggests keeping your pedometer attached to a belt, in your pocket, or attached to your bra, which is where mine has loyally stayed for 14days now (different bras obviously - I'm not that dirty!).
Although a special feature of the Fitbit One is its sleep tracking ability, I can sadly say I've not even used the tracker, as I'm overwhelmed by everything else it can do, and don't really care enough about my sleep habits to use it!
Now, for the main feature, the pedometer. The Fitbit has a screen showing the time, your distance travelled, your steps taken, and your calories burnt, as well as a cute, motivational little emoticon which smiles or pulls faces!
The pedometer is a sleek, plain, but modern looking, lightweight piece of equipment. It has a handy clip which allows you to slide it onto your clothing, where it faithfully stays, and a resistance to water (apparently only sweat-level water, so don't try submerging it or anything!)
When I first used my Fitbit, I clipped it onto my bra and went for a little walk around my house, careful to count each step (19). I then looked down at my Fitbit, where the display showed 19 steps! I'll admit, I've only ever had a free Special K pedometer before, and surprise surprise, it was terribly inaccurate. But, I have always remained sceptical about pedometers, mainly because they are a complete mystery to me! I can't understand how they work!
So, naturally, my next step was to remove my Fitbit and try to simulate a walking motion by waving it around in my hand. To my shock, the little thing was clever enough to know i was tricking it, and recorded no extra steps!
I will mention though, that a few days later, I happened to put up a trampoline in my garden and play around on it a bit with my younger brother, completely forgetting that I was wearing my Fitbit, and what effect this might have on it. I synced my device (I'll explain this later) later that day, and was confused to find that I'd apparently walked several thousand steps within an hour whilst remaining in my garden! So, obviously, the Fitbit isn't perfect. It's not psychic and can't tell when you're on a trampoline! But let's face it, unless you're going to be going for a walk on a pogo stick or something, this really doesn't affect your fitness journey too much!
The best thing about the Fitbit One, is the motivation it gives you to get started on your way to Fitness! I bought mine simply to be able to easily record the sort of distance I was travelling on my dog walks, but discovered so much more!
It's made me want to elongate every walk, and to walk faster (I'll explain later), and even to just walk around the house a bit more to add some more steps to my day!
This is all thanks to the clever software, which I think makes the Fitbit stand out from any other pedometer brand. When you set up your Fitbit, you have to plug a little dongle into your computer USB port, which allows the device to sync. From here, you access the Fitbit website and download the software. When you've inserted the battery into your device, you can then sync it to the software, with the help of the dongle, and the end product is all your data uploaded to your online account.
Syncing will then occur pretty much whenever your device is close enough to the dongle, so all your data will be updated several times throughout the day.
This next bit is extremely difficult to do justice to without showing you what I'm talking abut and I'm scared I'll not make it sound as amazing as it is!
Basically, when you're logged onto your Fitbit account on your computer (or iPhone 5 if your have one), you get a dashboard of options. The first that I use is the activity board. This is a graph mapping each hour of your day, against the steps you've taken at certain times. And the steps recorded are colour coded, depending on how fast you walked (red for slow, green for fast). There is also an option to change the graph to a calorie chart, showing the calories you burnt at each time of day (as the Fitbit takes into account your BMR).
The next function is the steps board. This is a simple rounded bar, which fills up throughout your day, starting at 0 and (I think depending on which goals you set during set up) ending in 10000 steps. As you get closer to your daily goal, the steps taken go from blue to red, to yellow, to green, then lastly, once you've attained your goal, a bright smiley green face that shouts "Hooray" at you! This last icon occurs on all your boards once you've completed their goals, to add that little extra reward for being fit!
The next three boards all work pretty much the same as the steps board, and are calories burnt, distance and active minutes, all filling up as you increase them throughout the day. There are also several other icons you can chose to have on your dashboard, including weight loss and walking badges, but I have left these out from my dashboard.
Active minutes is brilliant. I have no idea how the Fitbit works it out, but basically it tracks the difference between you walking slowly, and walking fast/jogging. It gives you a daily goal of 30 active minutes and records these in a separate area of the dashboard, so that you know just how active you've been! I'm assuming that it also then recalculates all of your calories etc for the day,according to the activeness of your walking.
Finally, the last big feature of the Fitbit One, and all Fitbit products, is the Food plan and calorie tracker. Not only is there a fairly large database of foods which you can log like any food diary, but the Fitbit also lets you connect to your MyFitnessPal account (a great calorie counting site), to make dieting even easier to link hand in hand with fitness! The Fitbit then takes your food intake into account when working out your data for the day, and even tells you how many calories you can afford to spend on food that day!
The dashboard not only records your data daily, but builds up a history of all your activity, for each function (steps, calories etc). It also has a Badges section, in which you are rewarded for reaching certain milestones! So far, I have achieved the 50 miles milestone and 25000 steps in one day badge, but who knows what else I have left to discover!
There is also a social option, for those of you who have friends with Fitbits, wanting to get fit together. You are able to view your friends dashboards, and compete with them in your daily activity and badge earning, to give you even more motivation on your way to fitness!
Once you've joined Fitbit (which is free apart from the device), you are also given the option to join premium for £39.99 a year. Personally, having spent £80 already, I wasn't up for spending an extra £40, so cant tell you much about the premium account option. But from what I've seen of it, it includes more detailed, professional daily reports for all features including steps and calories, as well as a nutrition report and even something called trainer, which adapts your goals etc to your progress. Maybe I'll try this once I've got a little fitter!
Overall though, I honestly can't fault the Fitbit. It really is worth every penny you spend on it, and it's just something else - like the Apple product of the pedometer world!
I am someone who needs a bit of help when it comes to improving my fitness. In the past I have been a big fan of wearing pedometers, trying many of them since I started wearing them in the early 2000s. While in the past I have been persuaded to take the 10,000 steps per day needed, I know I am a lot more sedentary these days (thanks to the evidence of the expanding waistline) and a simple pedometer was not providing motivation anymore.
Link to this an upgrade this year from my very basic mobile phone to a smartphone, and I was keen to start using some of the apps that are about to improve my fitness. I started using myfitnesspal to start tracking what I was eating in an attempt to lose weight but finding it very hard to know how many calories I was burning in my daily life, so I kept looking at the fitbit monitors - eventually, the £80 pricetag was less offputting than my desire to improve my fitness and lose a bit of weight. I know the cost is high, but for me, my husband works odd hours, so it is the cost of a few months of slimming classes, or a few months gym membership. I was persuaded to part with my cash.
The fitbit is a very appealing looking device. It came in a cardboard box alongside a few accessories. Firstly, a charger to connect the fitbit to my computer via a USB port to recharge the internal battery. Secondly, a small USB dongle so that my fitbit will wirelessly transmit data to my computer. There is also a case (as seen in the picture above) which provides a means of clipping the fitbit to my clothes. There is then a band to put around your wrist to wear your fitbit while you sleep at night to monitor your sleep.
Initial thoughts were not great when I realised there were no instructions with the fitbit apart from a small slip of paper advising me to go to the fitbit website, but once I logged onto that I was reassured as it was absolutely simple to get my fitbit working, and to help, it arrived with me fully charged. It provided me a small bit of amusement to see the data of the number of steps taken by postal workers as it winged its way to me via Royal Mail.
Batterly life on the fitbit is pretty good. It lasts about 2 weeks, and only takes about one hour to charge, which I can fit in when I am sitting near the computer doing other tasks. I can track battery life on the device or via the website, with a prominent notice if battery life is getting low with enough time to stop it running out.
On the website, you are asked to put in data like your age and your gender, and you can play around with settings like stride length, whether you are right or left handed, and altering the sensitivity of your fitbit.
The fitbit collects data as you go about your day. I wear it attached to my bra strap during the day, and then when I get into bed I transfer it to the wrist strap to monitor my sleep. I find that it is mostly quite comfortable to wear unless the bra straps are really thick when it won't sit straight. All through the day, my fitbit transfers data to my computer roughly about every 15 minutes when I am close enough to be in range of my dongle. At first I found this frustrating, and I want a sync now button so it updates when I want, but I am becoming more patient with the system and trying to be more active now in the 15 minute period between updates to see what the update is.
The information this collects is displayed in a shorthand format on the device itself, so I can see data such as the time, how many steps, how many floors I have climbed, how many calories I have burned, and how well I'm doing towards my daily goal. This is not something I tend to look at a lot I have to admit, as I prefer seeing the data on a screen.
I have tried using the smartphone application to see my progress, which is ok, but only updates when you are near wifi (so no good in the middle of a countryside walk) and also only displays the data as progress bars which is not really that exciting when compared to what you see looking on the website.
My website is the favourite and most motivating part of the device, as you can really work with the data to improve your fitness. I also love how customisable the screen is. You can focus on particular things you want to work on such as for example, climbing stairs. You are given a default target of how many stairs you should climb (10) but if you are a competitive person motivated by beating yourself, you can adjust your target - mine is now 20, with the goal of hitting this daily. I can click on this particular data on the screen, and I can access quite a few days data in one go.
The dashboard fascinates me by how I can monitor my health.
- BMR - I am given a daily goal. At first this is based upon my height and gender and age, but the more I wear my fitbit, it starts to pay attention to my activity level. The more I work out, this gets higher. You are shown how well you are doing as a % as well as how many caloried your body has burnt, which is motivating to try and get to a point where you hit 100%. Its also interesting as if I am not at 50% by lunchtime, I can start to think about a short walk or going upstairs again to try and boost it.
- number of steps - this is set at 10,000, but again you can adjust this if you like. Again, this is shown as a % of target or an actual number. You can get awards when hitting certain targets as a badge on your profile when you hit 5000 and 10,000 steps.
- There is an activity box which displays graphically how many steps you have done at particular time intervals during the day. This data can also be changed to how many floors you climbed or the calories burned. I like seeing the peaks at school run times, and trying to boost each 15 minute period in the graph.
- number of flights of stairs - every time you climb a flight of stairs it counts it. One slight glitch is if you live somewhere hilly, it seems to work on the height climbed, so when I walk up the hill we live on to school it counts that as two flights every time. However, I know that, so I set my stairs target at 20 to compensate for this a bit and force me to be more active when at home. Otherwise, I find it pretty accurate as long as I go right off the steps. I tried to do a few times up and down at home and stopped at the top step, and it didn't register as more than one. I was gutted as well as a bit tired.
- Number of active minutes -this is set as a target of 30 minutes for government guidelines, but again you can customise it. This works in one of two ways. Firstly, if you have a very active burst like me walking quickly to school, it will take some of this data towards your active minutes. I haven't worked out yet how many steps per minute trigger this, but it happens more when I am rushing as we are late. A second way of using this feature is there is a stopwatch. Pressing and holding down the one button on the device starts it. It goes till you stop it. You can then input later on the computer what exercise you did and this monitors for how long.
- distance in miles - this converts your steps into miles from your stride length. The goal is set at 5 miles which is a bit steep for Mrs Average I reckon. I haven't got round to playing with this yet to alter the setting, I'm quite happy to leave it as a thing to work towards for now.
- friends - you can connect with your friends who also own the device either from knowing their email address or via social networks like facebook. This then displays their weekly steps against yours so that you can compete (or support) each other in your journey to being active.
- sleep - this panel is my most fascinating one. I knew I slept badly as I am always completely shattered when I wake up and this can make me very grumpy at times. When you go to bed, you put the fitbit in a band around your wrist of your non-dominant hand. You start the stopwatch when you get in bed, and stop it when you wake. I thought this would be hard to sleep in at first, but I honestly don't notice it. It tracks data like how long you sleep for, how many times you wake, how much of your sleep is restless or normal deep sleep. The first few nights it was telling me I'd slept soundly for 8 hours. I didn't believe it, so I altered it to sensitive setting, and an interesting pattern emerges of restless periods in the night. This has been great for me, as just looking at the data I have been trying to go to bed earlier, and not have as much to drink before bed, and I have gone from 3 hours ish sleep per night to nearer 5, and I do feel better on nights where this says I had more sleep. It does seem quite accurate for me as if I wake and get up, it does say this.
Because my motivation here is weightloss, I have a tile to track my weight where I could set my target weight goal, I also have one where it shows my cals in versus cals out. Setting a weight target also gives me a tile where I have a food plan and it tells me how many calories per day I should eat to hit my goal. You can imput food you've eaten through this website, but as I was already using myfitnesspal I just linked my two online accounts and this syncs automatically everytime I add something to it.
I trialled a feature you get when you are a premium member. Here you can have an extra tile on show which is a personal trainer tile. Here, they try and gently motivate you to get a bit more active each week by setting you a calories burned goal. This links with the BMR tile data. It is quite motivating having a goal set for you, but it is £40 per year for having premium membership, and apart from it doing a bit of data analysis for you, this was the only tile I'd have liked to have kept from that feature.
Overall, it is expensive, but if you are looking at improving your health as well as your weight, I think it is extremely useful for monitoring your progress. I am not a dunce, I have a Biochemistry degree, and I know that calories in needs to be less than calories out in order for me to lose weight, but its hard to really keep track of that data by yourself. Here, I can see a pretty picture of it which very much appeals to my visual brain. It is not only motivating, but also effective as my weight has started coming down finally where it had before been a bit static or even increasing.
I think I might be just a tiny bit in love with this little bit of plastic. I love all the data because I am a not so secret geek. I think I am boring everyone in real life with my titbits of information like I woke up 16 x last night don't you know. No wonder I am tired.
Fully recommended to those interested in data who are trying to monitor health and fitness. If you can get past the £80 pricetag, you will love it.
I'd been doing weight watchers for about a month when I felt that exercise was probably the one thing that was really missing from my quest to lose weight and get fit! I had a weight watchers pedometer and got a thrill at looking at it at the end of the day to see how many steps I had completed (sad I know!!), and felt that although it worked for me, I wanted something a little more interactive. I went online and just googled pedometers and hundreds came up, I managed to filter it and came up with a few options, one being the Nike fuel band and one being the FitBit. From the reviews, and with me being relatively new to exercise, and initially just starting off walking, I decided to go with the FitBit One - and I'm so glad I did!!
*Ordering and arrival* - When I decided that I wanted to go down the FitBit route, it made my search much easier. Going to the FitBit website (www.fitbit.com/uk), I realised that there were a few different models, so set about reading up on them all to decide which one was for me. At the time FitBit had 3 models, the Ultra, the Zip and the One.
The Ultra is very similar to the One however now not available.
The Zip is very similar to a normal pedometer and tracks the basic Steps, Distance and Calories Burned comes in a range of colours and costs about £50.
The One does the same as the Zip with added features including logging the number of Floors Climbed and has a built in Sleep Monitor that tracks your sleep and wakes you up with a silent alarm.
Since I bought mine, they have just realised the new Flex, whereas the others are splash/sweat proof, the Flex is waterproof and can be worn in the shower. Rather than clipping onto an item of clothing you wear the Flex around the wrist, the added features are an LED light that shows your progress to your goal and shows you your active minutes.
I decided on the One, which comes in either berry or black, I went for the black as the berry was out of stock!
I had a look online and found that Amazon was giving the best price and purchased my One for about £70 - expensive I know, but definitely worth it. The One arrived a few days later in a small box with the FitBit, a silicone case for it to sit in which can be clipped to your bra, trousers, pocket etc, a USB charger, a sleep band (to wear around your wrist for when you are tracking your sleep) and a dongle to connect it to your computer.
*Set-up* - The FitBit came with an instruction booklet which basically told me to plug it into my computer, I have a Mac and the FitBit is compatible with both Windows and a Mac. On loading the software it took me to the FitBit website and asked me to sign up using my email address, name and various personal details e.g. weight and height (this is used to calculate things like Cals Burned). The FitBit came nearly fully charged, however I left it plugged in whilst I was signing myself up and by the time I had finished it had fully charged. Since then I have found that it doesn't need very long to charge it from nearly empty to nearly full (approx 2 hours). After that it was a case of plugging in the dongle to allow the FitBit to wirelessly sync to your computer and app (if downloaded) and then getting your steps in.
*Website* - Once you have some data, or even beforehand you can access the website and log on and it tells you everything you need. You log on and are met with the main Dashboard which documents total steps taken against your target, number of floors climbed against your target, number of miles travelled against your target, calories burned against your target and your active score against your target. Each of the targets is changeable on a daily basis/weekly basis or just whenever you see fit.
Below these there is an area for your badges, so dependant on the number of steps and floors climbed you are awarded badges, e.g. 'You have now climbed a 3 story building,' 'You have walked 25000 steps,' I really like this as it makes you think about it in a different way.
To the right of this you can see your lifetime badges, or your personal best, which again I like as it constantly provides me a visual of what I need to do to beat my personal best.
There is also a graph, an area which tells you how many calories you can eat that day, your sleep information and body information.
You can then change the view from Day to Week, Month and Year.
The dashboard is probably the page I use the most, however you can do a 'deep dive' into some of the other pages, above all of this are 3 main options, 'Log Food,' 'Log Activity,' and 'Track Weight.'
The Log food tab does exactly what it says on the tin, it allows you to go on and log what you ate and how much of it, however as this is an American site a lot of English foods aren't on there. One big tip for this is to use MyFitnessPal and set this up with your FitBit account, and anything you track on MyFitnessPal will automatically sync with FitBit which is much easier.
Logging activity is much easier and again does as it says; you can log any activity that has taken place that hasn't included your FitBit.
Next is to log your weight, which allows you to log it in stones & pounds or just pounds, I tried the stones and pounds however it never seemed to match up correctly and was off, so I found the pounds much more accurate. When logging your weight it also allows you to log your measurements, and body fat %.
From this you are then able to access your sleep information, which tells you how many times you awoke, when you fell asleep woke up etc. I don't really use this feature too much as I found it to be a little inaccurate, at one point I had got up in the night to go for a drink and it hadn't even logged that I was awake - I'm pretty sure I was!
There is also an opportunity to log comments in a journal, log your heart rate, BP and glucose levels.
Another good feature of the website is the community section, this is an area similar to most websites nowadays in which you can go on and create new discussions with your fellow FitBitters! Again it's not a feature I've used massively mainly because of the fact that most people are in the US, and not many threads for the UK.
Finally there is a page to be able to see your friend's activities, if you have any friends that have a FitBit you can add them and see their steps, floors climbed and their 7 days step total, the good part of this is that you can completely control what they can and can't see!
*Application* - Along with accessing the website, there is also the option to download and use the application, once you've logged in it pretty much gives you a mini version of what the website tells you. As long as your FitBit is close and you have Bluetooth on, your FitBit will automatically sync with the application.
*My Opinion* - The One is about 2 inches long and about half an inch wide, I tend to wear it on my bra and have never had a problem with losing it etc. To be 100% honest I could not recommend this product more, I love it, I've worn it every day since I got it 7 months ago and can genuinely say it has been the biggest contributor to me losing 2 stone. It pushes me every day to do more, and each week I keep a journal with how many steps I had taken that week and looking back the weeks I do more steps, I always lose more. I've never not worn it, not even for half a day.
I love it so much that my parents and my sister went out and bought one and again we use it with a bit of healthy competition to really push ourselves to do more. I've taken it to Vegas, Florida and everywhere I go in the UK and I've never had a problem with it, it lasts for about a week before I get the low battery signal, however they let me know using every medium, on the app, on the FitBit itself, they send me an email and it's on the website - so I've never let it die!
I've found it to be pretty accurate with steps, I've tried jumping etc just to see if it alters it but it doesn't, the only frustration I sometimes have is due to where I live it is pretty hilly and can sometimes log the hills as floors rather than steps. This became really apparent in the US where I seemed to double my steps and do about 3 flights of stairs per day, when at home that would have been half the steps and about 50 flights of stairs!
The calorie section is also a little off I find, I know you burn calories when you sit etc, however I find it hard to believe I've burnt 1000 calories before I've even left my bed and picked up my FitBit. You can change the setting from 'estimate' to 'actual' however I still found the issue, so tend not to pay too much notice to that.
Overall it has by far been my best purchase in the last year; I may not use all the features, but I make it work for me.
With an up and coming Wedding I need to lose weight but fed up of doing fad diets as I know my problem mainly is I need to move more. I decided I was going to get a pedometer to try and make sure I do my healthy recommended daily steps of 10000 but after looking into the FitBit I decided to give this a try.
These are very expensive if you are just looking for a stepper but this Is more than just a stepper. There are currently three different types of fitbit devices the zip which is a basic stepper and is available for £43.99. There is the Ultra at £57.99 and then also the ONE which is the one I have opted for knowing it also tracks your sleep as well as your steps and this is £79.50. I do think it is expensive for such a small device but it is giving me the incentive to move more. I think £50 would be a more realistic price.
When your fit bit arrives it comes in a box the size of a paperback book. You get a USB charger, a Usb piece to sync your fitbit to the computer, A wrist band, a cover with a clip and of course the fitbit itself. The fitbit is smaller than my little finger so you can imagine how easy this is to hide on your body. You can wear the fit bit in the clip case and put this on your trousers, your pocket or your bra and it still accurately counts your activity.
Unlike pedometers I have had before this one is not sensitive so you cant sit down and shake it to try and get more steps! So you can't cheat with the fitbit! The Fitbit is set up to have a daily goal of 10000 steps which is your daily recommended step count but you can alter the step goal each day if you would like to try and push yourself more.
The Fitbit also manages to count how many floors you have climbed and once again there is a daily goal to meet which you can adjust. This is something I have never come across in a stepper before and I now find myself running up and down the stairs to try and get to my goal which going up stairs is usually something I avoid were possible!
So not only does this monitor your activity it also monitors your sleep patterns. When you got to bed you take the fit bit out of the cover and put it into the little net in the wrist band then you pop the wrist band on and the fitbit then monitors your sleep recording when you go to sleep and when you wake up during the night for instance last night I awoke 17 times during the night.
If you have an i-phone there is also a free app that you can download and each time you open the app your fitbit automatically syncs to the app so you can view inn more detail how you are doing. It is very easy to use and you can also track your food intake it gives you recommended calories to eat based on the amount of weight you want to lose. This amount adjusts through the day depending on how active you have been.
There is an online forum so you can meet other people who have fitbits and if you add them as a friend you then have to try and beat each other's steps on the leader board which you can view on your computer or on the phone app. This gives you great motivation there is little icons you can send friends for encouragement or a cheeky tongue out if you have past their steps and you over take them!
Each time you achieve a new goal such as 15000 steps or 15 floors climbed you get an achievement badge you can share these on Facebook and twitter.
****My Fitness Pal****
If you already use My Fitness Pal to input your food don't worry you can still carry on using it as the Fitbit syncs with MFP so you can carry on using it.
This is a fantastic little device that gives you the motivation you need. I have had mine now for 3 weeks and I have deliberately not wrote my review sooner as I am terrible for giving things a try and they are just a novelty and I give up after a week but this isn't the case with FitBit I love it and it has easily fit into my day to day life. It brings a little bit for fun to getting active although I still do think that it is on the expensive side but I wouldn't be without mine now.
I've always been a sucker for the fancy gadgets and gizmos to help fitness, a little bit of a fancy design and a promise gets me interested. I have had the pedometres since Walkers gave them away free with crisps, then I progressed to the DS version with the software to track your food and exercise. Since then the smart phones have come along with apps to help guide us through running, bleep tests, aerobics and well most exercises you could imagine but I still wanted something I could use all the time and phones cannot do this. So after looking through Men's Health magazine (I prefer this publication as the exercises are more to my level) I saw the Fitbit One; I had been saving up for the Ultra for a while but now I saw this one I wanted it - it had advanced and for the same price!
Fitbit Inc were a startup company first founded in San Francisco in 2007 and is mainly known for the Fitbit Tracker of the same name. The company have produced other models of tracker which are Classic, Ultra, One and Zip.
The Fitbit One is the newest model to be released from the company late 2012; during the day the unit tracks steps, distance travelled, calories burned and stairs climbed and by night measures your sleep cycles and how you can improve quality of sleep.
I purchased the Fitbit One from the Fitbit.com website for £79.99. When the unit arrived it was in a outer box to protect the inner packaging and unit. When I opened the box I saw a slim mainly white box with a plastic window so I could see the Fitbit One; the box contains details of the Fitbit Ones features. Inside the box is a matching clip, bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle, a charging cable and free Fitbit setup account.
The Fitbit One comes in a choice of plum or black. The colors relate to the clip and the casing of the unit but both screens are mainly black. I know the colour of the unit doesn't really matter as the Fitbit is hidden from view but I still liked the plum so went for that option.
The Fitbit One is a nice slim device which can be worn on waistbands, pockets, belts, bras . . the list goes on! It is very lightweight at only 8grams and will not weigh anyones trousers down. I often wear it on my waistband as it feels safe there to me, some people also put them in their pockets as this keeps the device hidden. Be careful not to wear the device when you go swimming and try to protect it from heavy sweating and rain as it is an electronic device after all, however, it is apparently shower and sweatproof but how they define this is unknown. If you look at the Fitbit webpage it shows images as to how you can wear the device on your clothing which could be helpful.
The Fitbit One is more curvy than the previous Ultra model and has a glossy screen but the casing is matte (less scratches show on matte) and has an OLED screen. A single button on the device controls the screen display which has a clock, steps display, calories, distance covered and a little flower which highlights the amount of activity (make sure your flower grows). The screen is easy to read but as with mobile phones any bright lights do cause a problem.
The Fitbit is powered by a accelerometer and altimeter similar to the mechanism used in the Wii remotes; this technology helps to accurately capture data such as stair climbing and true step counts that traditional pedometers cannot pick up. As the Fitbit can be synced to your own personal web account area the calories burned are worked out on an individual basis so are slightly more accurate than the average.
The Fitbit One can be used through the night by popping the unit in the black wristband; during the night it tracks how long and well you sleep plus how often you wake up through the night and then plots this data onto a graph aiding you to change things and improve sleep where required. There is a silent alarm feature on the device which gently vibrates to only wake you and not your partner (or anyone else who may be sharing your bed).
The Fitbit works with the account held on the internet and can be accessed via Apple, Android and laptops; there is a basic package and a premium but I refuse to pay fees so will only discuss the free members area. The dashboard is the area that displays your health with graphs and charts in daily, weekly and monthly views. You can create goals for weight loss etc on the dashboard and this is customisable and shows the steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled etc. in an easy to view way.
The online personal account area will reward you for any achievements you make and this is like a mini personal trainer giving encouragement. This can be achievements over a period of time, your goals, steps that are taken and even how high you have climbed the stairs. These goals will be sent as alerts if you have the app on your phone (not available on Android at the moment so I have not been able to access this) but the account does send you weekly emails with a consolidation of stats.
There is a community area online so that you can track your own achievements against others and compete; you can even challenge your own friends if they have the Fitbit too! This is an American device so expect most things to be suited to this group but it does not make a difference to challenges etc. however, there are people from the UK as well such as myself if this is what is preferred.
The best part of all is that the Fitbit One brings all of your apps together and they work in sync to create an overall picture of health. You can log food and exercise using the online tools on the Fitbit dashboard but also it will link and export data to/from Endomondo, runkeeper and myfitnesspal. This device link up is great as I already use runkeeper for my walking and running history; plus myfitnesspal to enter all of my calorie intake and fitness which has helped my lose weight. Further information can be found on the website, I think there are about 20 apps that the Fitbit One can work with.
My overall view is that the Fitbit One is a great little device, I heard some negatives about the Ultra which suggested that it fell off easily but the One is secure and snug with a silicone grip and I have not lost it once. It is discreet and tracks accurately but unfortunately does not have GPS which is disappointing. The motivational aspects are great and adds to the weight loss and improving fitness goals giving great incentives. The sleep tracker is not the most accurate part as it often says I had a bad nights sleep when I felt I actually had a good one; however I did not buy it for that aspect and was bothered about the fitness. In all honesty though I am annoyed that the device does not have the Android compatibility as I would find this much easier to use on my mobile as I do with myfitnesspal etc. However, for the accuracy of walking, climbing stairs, jogging etc this is a fab discreet way to track and keep on top of your health.