enjoying the Fitbit so far
I would say the design of the device is simultaneously a pro and a con. Clearly they were aiming for a more minimalist look, so there are no controls on the band, and very minimalistic display. I like this because the device looks OK to wear to work or social events. I don't suppose I'd wear it if I were going to some highly formal occasion.
The minimalism means that you only get an approximate view of steps taken so far during the day, on the display. You turn on sleep logging by tapping the device - sometimes this works right away, but sometimes you're furiously tapping and all it will do is keep showing you the steps taken display.
There is always the option to manually log your sleep start and stop times on your phone or computer the following morning, if you can't get it to work on the bracelet.
The other caveat is that it isn't a super sophisticated sleep monitor (like the high end ones where you actually wear a sensor on your forehead). If you wake up, and then are completely still for a while (and yet awake), and then roll over and fall asleep, the readout will interpret that as two brief awakes with an interval of sleeping in between. So "sleep time" on the final readout has a good chance of being overstated.
That said, I'm finding it helpful to track the trends with my sleep and I AM finding that tracking my steps every day is incenting me to take more steps. I've tried using pedometers before but found it was a hassle to remember to put it on every morning and to move it when I changed clothes. With the bracelet system, it's on all the time with absolutely no effort on my part.
Accurate enough for me
If you are an avid exerciser who wants every possible metric about your performance, the FitBit Flex probably isn't for you. It really is primarily a pedometer that will count your steps, though you can go online and enter different activities (like cycling, swimming, etc.) if you know the start time and duration and FitBit will calculate the "steps" equivalent. For cycling, I've had the best luck getting Endomondo to sync correctly and do the calculations right, though MapMyRide is supposed to work as well.
One of the things I like most about it is that it's very difficult for me to lose it -- I wear it on my wrist 24/7 and only take it off to charge it. Every other pedometer or activity monitor I've had was one that clipped to my clothing and I would constantly lose it or forget to put it on. I don't have to worry about that with the Flex, because it's always on my wrist and I don't even have to think about it.
It is VERY important to figure out your stride length and enter that into your Dashboard online (you can have separate stride lengths for walking and running). Once I did that and synced up, the information I got was far more accurate. People who are having trouble with accuracy should be sure to take this step -- I think they will be much more pleased with it once they do.
I love this product. It syncs with fitbit.com and you personalize your profile to measure a compendium of personal stats. The sleep tracking was interesting as it showed what time I went to bed, how long it took me to fall asleep,when I got up, if I was restless, total hours of sleep and total hours in bed. Amazing! My sleep was much different than I thought. I think it's accurate based on the steps/calories measured by my other pedometer, but even if it isn't it is accurate for me day to day and that's fine for my use. I am wearing it on my dominant hand which is not recommended, but I wear a watch and they didn't both fit on my wrist. I am obsessed with the tracking part on the website and my awareness of exercise and what I eat has increased tenfold. One cool feature is that when you reach your activity goal for the day, 10,000 steps, 10 miles, whatever you input, it vibrates and buzzes very softly and the lights go crazy in celebration! It's a little private moment of self satisfaction. Great positive reinforcement. If I was an avid athlete, I think I would be even more into the possibilities of the device. The only con is that you have to take it off to charge it and you lose that tracking time. Otherwise I haven't removed it since I bought it.
All that I wanted it to be...
I purchased the FitBit Flex to replace the FitBit Zip my company gave all employees. I wore the Zip every day and met the company goal of a 1,000,000 steps. I decided this technology was going to be a constant part of my life/routine and wanted to upgrade and move away from the shifting the Zip between clothing changes. It works just as well as the Zip and the sync is faster and more consistent. I do miss the digital screen of the Zip to know where your goal is for the day, but I always carry my phone and just get in the habit of checking my progress for the Flex.
The Flex is very consistent with my RunKeeper program for distance. I have enjoyed getting feedback on my sleep patterns. I wear it 24/7 and have had no issues with showering. I will purchase one for my wife when she meets her 1,000,000 program.
I really enjoy the feedback and challenge of meeting my goal. It has really helped my wife and I understand how hard it can be to stay active when juggling work and kid schedules. It really helps see what it takes to burn off the calories you take in for the day and gets you motivated to get your steps.
Worth Every Penny.
Fantastic product! I researched activity bands for months before buying the Fitbit Flex and I am convinced it is the best! It was easy to learn to use, gives me the info. I need about my sleep and activity, and is highly motivating.
I love the silent alarm feature. I am also greatly enjoying being "walking buddies" with my friend who lives several States away. Now that we are Fitbit Friends it is easy to cheer each other on and keep up with our goals. Your Friend's info. pops up on your Dashboard (alongside yours) and you can reveal as little or as much as you want with others about your personal progress and stats.
I have noticed that the window on my bracelet is already scratched, but I am not worrying with trying to protect it or keep it perfect. I have worn it day and night, and in the shower, and expect to go through several wristbands (in all colors!) over time. They are inexpensive to buy. The internal piece slides in and out easily but is secure once inside.
The Flex does everything I hoped it would and has surprised me by doing even more as far as syncing easily with computer and linking to FBook.
I used to work out avidly, and received this device as a gift for Christmas and I'm looking forward to using it more extensively as I get back into my workout routine. For the time being, I have been using this only in a sedentary lifestyle. So far, I've been happy:
The band and clasp work fine, I have had no issues with it and actually think it's a good design.
The silent vibrating alarm is a nice feature, but it doesn't start soft and build up - it just goes straight into vibrating which can be startling when it's unexpected.
It's mostly accurate. The sleep log of my first two nights were accurate, the third was not and the fourth night it didn't even capture my pattern.
Activities seem to be accurate.
I wish there was a larger database for foods, such as with MyPlate. A lot of times I just have to guess at what I'm eating and enter the info manually.
I like the device quite a bit, and I'm thinking of upgrading to the Force model so I can have a better display and time.
Overall a decent pedometer
I have worn this for a month solid. It is relatively durable and unobtrusive. The tiny 'display' is functional, but they should have built some sort of watch/time function in. The band is comfortable, but somewhat difficult to fasten the first few times. The tiny fitbit unit itself fits within the band. You have to remove it from the band to charge the device. You must either synch the device to your phone (limited compatibility.. see the fitbit site) or use the included USB wireless adapter. It works really well with my Samsung Galaxy S4. It also integrates with several food/caloric tracker applications. The sleep function isn't perfect, but it does provide some interesting reference data and has helped me determine foods/patterns that make me restless at night. I would have given this 5 stars except for the charging cable. The connectors on the fitbit are proprietary and you have to use the included cable to plug into a USB port or standard charger. I lost a cable and the replacement was $20 plus shipping. VERY annoying. Having to remove from the band to charge is also kind of annoying.
Good for the money
I bought this to keep my motivated to workout. I liked how there was an app for Android and iOS. What I noticed, was when I woke up in the morning, it already gave me 400 calories burned. That seemed a bit odd. There are many questionable measurements for counting the calories imo.
I also wondered how it would keep track of me doing P90x videos. I compared a Cardio Video of P90x to walking for 30 minutes outside and it gave me roughly the same amount of calories burned. I knew it wasn't going to be that accurate so I'm not complaining about it. I like all the added features and the website is great to use to see how you're doing with calorie intake vs burned and total steps. The sleep analysis is my favorite cuz it's making me get to bed earlier so I have that on record.
Overall a great product for the money.
perfect for work
This is great for me because it forces me to get out of the house on my off days and go for walks. I work as a tour guide so it's been neat to see how far we walk during a single tour.
The awkward thing is the dashboard and the way it syncs to some other fitness sites. It's probably just because I'm still getting used to the new website.
I'm enjoying the fit bit. It's comfortable and I don't constantly have to charge it, which is amazing.It's unobtrusive. People don't know it's a pedometer or tracker, they think it's my watch. It's subtle, and I don't concentrate on numbers during the day. I think it's a wonderful tool.
Great Hardware, Mediocre App
I wear the Flex day in day out. I do lots of walking, every other day at the gym (boxing, calisthenics, stationary bike).
The device itself is great. It's lightweight, compact, and relatively discreet. The best part is that you often forget you're wearing it.
*Battery life is pretty good considering it's on at all times.
*The downside is that the app will not sync any data from your Flex unless you're connected to the internet. If you don't have connectivity, don't even bother opening the app.
*If you're sweating, moisture will tend to build up between your skin and the inside of the band, regardless of how tight or loose you wear it.