Nike Fuelband SE vs. Fitbit Force.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Comparison of the Fitbit devices.

From “Fitbit Flex vs. Nike Fuelband”

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“I recently decided to get the new Fitbit Force. I had previously used the Fitbit Ultra, which is no longer available for sale because they have new models now. Instead Fitbit Ultra, Fitbit now has its successor as the Fitbit One, or you can choose the Fitbit Flex, which is wearable on the wrist. Here’s a comparison of the Fitbit devices.
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I had been a fan of Fitbit from the beginning and was one of the early adopters. It was really useful to be able to track my daily activity, as well as my lack of sleep. However, I had issues with the Fitbit Ultra mostly surrounding how easy it was to lose and how fragile the clip (and difficult to replace) it was. Back in 2012, Fitbit really had great customer support and was very gracious about replacing the product when it was lost. I am a mother of two young children, so those two factors did bother me enough that I stopped using Fitbit Ultra and gave it to a child-free friend. This time around, I decided to try Fitbit Flex (which is worn around the wrist).

During the time which I was not using the Fitbit, I tried the Nike FuelBand. It was a more expensive product at $149.00, compared to the $99.95 for Fitbit product, but as it was easier to wear, I decided to give it a try. I bought the Nike Fuel Band back in September 2012 and now have had a year’s worth of experience dealing with it, so I will compare my experience with the two companies’ customer support as well as their products now with slightly different angle than many of the review articles out there.

Nike FuelBand

When I purchased my Nike FuelBand in September 2012, I was not sure how well I would like it. First, it ONLY tracks activity (not sleep) and it had its own “Nike Fuel” points. Nike explains this of Nike Fuel: “Unlike calorie counts, which vary based on someone’s gender and body type, NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards all participants equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical makeup.” All the data that goes up on Nike’s website and is locked up there forever (you can’t export it), and the application does not allow any food tracking. The Nike community is also not quite as easy to use as with Fitbit. I hooked it up to my Facebook account and it did find a few people but it wouldn’t display the full list of people I had as my friends. The iPhone app is also pretty huge, so I ended up deleting it from my 16GB iPhone to save space.

Right around the 1-year mark, I noticed some problems with my Nike FuelBand — the display LCD was not working properly. At first it was fixable by reseting it, but then the problem came back and did not go away. Of course, being a busy mom, I of course did not contact Nike support until the week after my one-year anniversary with Nike FuelBand. Luckily, dealing with Bike Support was easy. They responded quickly to my email and was also available by telephone with US-based customer support reps that are very easy and pleasant to deal with (win!). Nike provides a 90-day grace period for their one-year warranty for Nike FuelBand so I was able to exchange it! I had the option of going to their Nike store or do it via mail. Being that I don’t live that close to a Nike store, but mostly because I am a busy mom who doesn’t like to idea of taking my two toddlers with me on such an exclusion, I chose to do an Advance Exchange where I gave them a credit card number (used in case they don’t receive my return), they mail me out a brand new FuelBand (they even let me chose a new color!) at no charge! My new FuelBand was received in 4 days and I was very happy with the experience.

Fitbit Flex

I purchased my Fitbit Flex back in early September, right around when I was having issues with my Nike FuelBand and thinking that I might not be able to get the FuelBand exchanged. Part of me missed the Fitbit, so I decided to get one with Best Buy. I do not recommend doing this because Best Buy has a very limited return policy (15 days). If you purchased with Fitbit.com, it’s policy states, “Online Store has a 45-day return policy. Any product purchased from Fitbit can be returned for a refund for any reason within 45 days of shipment.”

The Fitbit Flex tracks everything that the Fitbit One tracks, except for stairs climbed. The Fitbit Flex was easy to wear but it does not display your tracked status or tell the time like the Fitbit One or Nike FuelBand, so the only time you can see your activity is when you sync either on your phone or at the computer. The 5 dot lights are supposed to tell you how close your are to hitting your goal but I liked it better when I was able to see the numbers without having to check the phone or computer. The Flex does have a nice vibrate alert for when you have achieved your daily goal or for the alarm that you set. I found the light indicator to be a bit cryptic and I was frustrated that I wouldn’t be alerted when the battery needed to be charged unless I was at the computer or checking via the Fitbit iPhone app but that might be due to a problematic unit as opposed to a general feature of the device.

I started having problems with my Fitbit Flex about 10 days ago. It would not hold a charge very well (dies within 8 hours) even though a charge is supposed to last 5 days. I checked their support forum and FAQ, followed all the suggestions but none helped my situation. This time around dealing with Fitbit has been slow and frustrating. Their customer service was slower to respond compared to Nike. Fitbit does not offer phone support so you just have to wait and wait for them to return email. This gave me some time to do research and notice customer complaints from folks who ordered the colored bands MONTHS ago and are still waiting for their orders! They did end up returning my email and after several back and forth and sending in my receipt, they sent me a replacement, which arrived about 4 days thereafter.

Of course, just as the replacement Flex arrived today, Fitbit announced the new and improved product, the Fitbit Force! It is not due out for another 3-4 weeks but it sure does look like it addresses some of the Flex’s weaknesses when compared to Nike FuelBand. I will be curious to see how this product plays out, and will probably wait for all the reviews to come out before I get one for myself, in spite of how promising it looks.
Read more at http://www.mommybelly.net/2013/10/10/fitbit-flex-vs-nike-fuelband/#t6iP8o08tyrZWxm1.99

 

Fitbit Force review:

“The Fitbit Force takes the same basic bracelet design and adds a real miniature OLED screen — instead of a cryptic series of notification lights — so you can see bright, legible readouts of your physical activity. In addition to toggling through all of that data — your daily steps, how well you sleep, how many calories you consume — you also get the time, making the Force a credible smartwatch (or, at least, a smart enough watch.)
the Force enjoys a full wireless link to iPhone 5 models on up, which run iOS 7. That means the Force will harness Bluetooth 4.0 to sync activity data in the background (without you having to command it) to your handset and then up to Fitbit servers living in the cloud. Additionally, the Fitbit app has the power to push software updates to the tracker When the Fitbit Flex was released last May, it volleyed for dominance with the Nike FuelBand and Jawbone Up in the emerging category of bracelet-style wearable fitness trackers. Less than six months later, though, the Flex is already old hat.  automatically. ”  Read more.

I had been a fan of Fitbit from the beginning and was one of the early adopters. It was really useful to be able to track my daily activity, as well as my lack of sleep. However, I had issues with the Fitbit Ultra mostly surrounding how easy it was to lose and how fragile the clip (and difficult to replace) it was. Back in 2012, Fitbit really had great customer support and was very gracious about replacing the product when it was lost. I am a mother of two young children, so those two factors did bother me enough that I stopped using Fitbit Ultra and gave it to a child-free friend. This time around, I decided to try Fitbit Flex (which is worn around the wrist).

During the time which I was not using the Fitbit, I tried the Nike FuelBand. It was a more expensive product at $149.00, compared to the $99.95 for Fitbit product, but as it was easier to wear, I decided to give it a try. I bought the Nike Fuel Band back in September 2012 and now have had a year’s worth of experience dealing with it, so I will compare my experience with the two companies’ customer support as well as their products now with slightly different angle than many of the review articles out there.

Nike FuelBand

When I purchased my Nike FuelBand in September 2012, I was not sure how well I would like it. First, it ONLY tracks activity (not sleep) and it had its own “Nike Fuel” points. Nike explains this of Nike Fuel: “Unlike calorie counts, which vary based on someone’s gender and body type, NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards all participants equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical makeup.” All the data that goes up on Nike’s website and is locked up there forever (you can’t export it), and the application does not allow any food tracking. The Nike community is also not quite as easy to use as with Fitbit. I hooked it up to my Facebook account and it did find a few people but it wouldn’t display the full list of people I had as my friends. The iPhone app is also pretty huge, so I ended up deleting it from my 16GB iPhone to save space.

Right around the 1-year mark, I noticed some problems with my Nike FuelBand — the display LCD was not working properly. At first it was fixable by reseting it, but then the problem came back and did not go away. Of course, being a busy mom, I of course did not contact Nike support until the week after my one-year anniversary with Nike FuelBand. Luckily, dealing with Bike Support was easy. They responded quickly to my email and was also available by telephone with US-based customer support reps that are very easy and pleasant to deal with (win!). Nike provides a 90-day grace period for their one-year warranty for Nike FuelBand so I was able to exchange it! I had the option of going to their Nike store or do it via mail. Being that I don’t live that close to a Nike store, but mostly because I am a busy mom who doesn’t like to idea of taking my two toddlers with me on such an exclusion, I chose to do an Advance Exchange where I gave them a credit card number (used in case they don’t receive my return), they mail me out a brand new FuelBand (they even let me chose a new color!) at no charge! My new FuelBand was received in 4 days and I was very happy with the experience.

Fitbit Flex

I purchased my Fitbit Flex back in early September, right around when I was having issues with my Nike FuelBand and thinking that I might not be able to get the FuelBand exchanged. Part of me missed the Fitbit, so I decided to get one with Best Buy. I do not recommend doing this because Best Buy has a very limited return policy (15 days). If you purchased with Fitbit.com, it’s policy states, “Online Store has a 45-day return policy. Any product purchased from Fitbit can be returned for a refund for any reason within 45 days of shipment.”

The Fitbit Flex tracks everything that the Fitbit One tracks, except for stairs climbed. The Fitbit Flex was easy to wear but it does not display your tracked status or tell the time like the Fitbit One or Nike FuelBand, so the only time you can see your activity is when you sync either on your phone or at the computer. The 5 dot lights are supposed to tell you how close your are to hitting your goal but I liked it better when I was able to see the numbers without having to check the phone or computer. The Flex does have a nice vibrate alert for when you have achieved your daily goal or for the alarm that you set. I found the light indicator to be a bit cryptic and I was frustrated that I wouldn’t be alerted when the battery needed to be charged unless I was at the computer or checking via the Fitbit iPhone app but that might be due to a problematic unit as opposed to a general feature of the device.

I started having problems with my Fitbit Flex about 10 days ago. It would not hold a charge very well (dies within 8 hours) even though a charge is supposed to last 5 days. I checked their support forum and FAQ, followed all the suggestions but none helped my situation. This time around dealing with Fitbit has been slow and frustrating. Their customer service was slower to respond compared to Nike. Fitbit does not offer phone support so you just have to wait and wait for them to return email. This gave me some time to do research and notice customer complaints from folks who ordered the colored bands MONTHS ago and are still waiting for their orders! They did end up returning my email and after several back and forth and sending in my receipt, they sent me a replacement, which arrived about 4 days thereafter.

Of course, just as the replacement Flex arrived today, Fitbit announced the new and improved product, the Fitbit Force! It is not due out for another 3-4 weeks but it sure does look like it addresses some of the Flex’s weaknesses when compared to Nike FuelBand. I will be curious to see how this product plays out, and will probably wait for all the reviews to come out before I get one for myself, in spite of how promising it looks.
Read more at http://www.mommybelly.net/2013/10/10/fitbit-flex-vs-nike-fuelband/#t6iP8o08tyrZWxm1.99

I had been a fan of Fitbit from the beginning and was one of the early adopters. It was really useful to be able to track my daily activity, as well as my lack of sleep. However, I had issues with the Fitbit Ultra mostly surrounding how easy it was to lose and how fragile the clip (and difficult to replace) it was. Back in 2012, Fitbit really had great customer support and was very gracious about replacing the product when it was lost. I am a mother of two young children, so those two factors did bother me enough that I stopped using Fitbit Ultra and gave it to a child-free friend. This time around, I decided to try Fitbit Flex (which is worn around the wrist).

During the time which I was not using the Fitbit, I tried the Nike FuelBand. It was a more expensive product at $149.00, compared to the $99.95 for Fitbit product, but as it was easier to wear, I decided to give it a try. I bought the Nike Fuel Band back in September 2012 and now have had a year’s worth of experience dealing with it, so I will compare my experience with the two companies’ customer support as well as their products now with slightly different angle than many of the review articles out there.

Nike FuelBand

When I purchased my Nike FuelBand in September 2012, I was not sure how well I would like it. First, it ONLY tracks activity (not sleep) and it had its own “Nike Fuel” points. Nike explains this of Nike Fuel: “Unlike calorie counts, which vary based on someone’s gender and body type, NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards all participants equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical makeup.” All the data that goes up on Nike’s website and is locked up there forever (you can’t export it), and the application does not allow any food tracking. The Nike community is also not quite as easy to use as with Fitbit. I hooked it up to my Facebook account and it did find a few people but it wouldn’t display the full list of people I had as my friends. The iPhone app is also pretty huge, so I ended up deleting it from my 16GB iPhone to save space.

Right around the 1-year mark, I noticed some problems with my Nike FuelBand — the display LCD was not working properly. At first it was fixable by reseting it, but then the problem came back and did not go away. Of course, being a busy mom, I of course did not contact Nike support until the week after my one-year anniversary with Nike FuelBand. Luckily, dealing with Bike Support was easy. They responded quickly to my email and was also available by telephone with US-based customer support reps that are very easy and pleasant to deal with (win!). Nike provides a 90-day grace period for their one-year warranty for Nike FuelBand so I was able to exchange it! I had the option of going to their Nike store or do it via mail. Being that I don’t live that close to a Nike store, but mostly because I am a busy mom who doesn’t like to idea of taking my two toddlers with me on such an exclusion, I chose to do an Advance Exchange where I gave them a credit card number (used in case they don’t receive my return), they mail me out a brand new FuelBand (they even let me chose a new color!) at no charge! My new FuelBand was received in 4 days and I was very happy with the experience.

Fitbit Flex

I purchased my Fitbit Flex back in early September, right around when I was having issues with my Nike FuelBand and thinking that I might not be able to get the FuelBand exchanged. Part of me missed the Fitbit, so I decided to get one with Best Buy. I do not recommend doing this because Best Buy has a very limited return policy (15 days). If you purchased with Fitbit.com, it’s policy states, “Online Store has a 45-day return policy. Any product purchased from Fitbit can be returned for a refund for any reason within 45 days of shipment.”

The Fitbit Flex tracks everything that the Fitbit One tracks, except for stairs climbed. The Fitbit Flex was easy to wear but it does not display your tracked status or tell the time like the Fitbit One or Nike FuelBand, so the only time you can see your activity is when you sync either on your phone or at the computer. The 5 dot lights are supposed to tell you how close your are to hitting your goal but I liked it better when I was able to see the numbers without having to check the phone or computer. The Flex does have a nice vibrate alert for when you have achieved your daily goal or for the alarm that you set. I found the light indicator to be a bit cryptic and I was frustrated that I wouldn’t be alerted when the battery needed to be charged unless I was at the computer or checking via the Fitbit iPhone app but that might be due to a problematic unit as opposed to a general feature of the device.

I started having problems with my Fitbit Flex about 10 days ago. It would not hold a charge very well (dies within 8 hours) even though a charge is supposed to last 5 days. I checked their support forum and FAQ, followed all the suggestions but none helped my situation. This time around dealing with Fitbit has been slow and frustrating. Their customer service was slower to respond compared to Nike. Fitbit does not offer phone support so you just have to wait and wait for them to return email. This gave me some time to do research and notice customer complaints from folks who ordered the colored bands MONTHS ago and are still waiting for their orders! They did end up returning my email and after several back and forth and sending in my receipt, they sent me a replacement, which arrived about 4 days thereafter.

Of course, just as the replacement Flex arrived today, Fitbit announced the new and improved product, the Fitbit Force! It is not due out for another 3-4 weeks but it sure does look like it addresses some of the Flex’s weaknesses when compared to Nike FuelBand. I will be curious to see how this product plays out, and will probably wait for all the reviews to come out before I get one for myself, in spite of how promising it looks.
Read more at http://www.mommybelly.net/2013/10/10/fitbit-flex-vs-nike-fuelband/#t6iP8o08tyrZWxm1.99

Fitness activity trackers Store and free applications.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Fitness Gadgets  Store and free apps and online tools for fitness trackers.

Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

forceFITBIT FORCE

With an innovative and easy-to-read LED display, the high-performance Fitbit Force Activity+Sleep Wristband tracks your real-time activity stats day and night.

  • LED display shows you your stats on the go; wristband wirelessly syncs stats to your computer and leading smartphones so you can watch your trends over time
  • Water-resistant wristband records steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day
  • When the day’s over, track how long and how well you sleep, and wake with a silent vibrating alarm that won’t disturb your partner
  • Log food intake, weight and more at Fitbit.com and on free apps for iPhone and Android
  • Set goals, view progress and earn badges from Fitbit; share and compete with friends and family throughout the day
  • The Fitbit Force Activity+Sleep wristband features a rechargeable battery
    Wristband sizing:

  • S: fits wrists 5.5 – 6.9 in.
  • L: fits wrists 6.3 – 8.2 in.

Steps, distance, calories burned
Floors climbed
Goal setting
Sleep (hours, # times woken, sleep efficiency)
Silent Wake Alarm (vibrates on your wrist)
Syncs wirelessly to Macs and PCs
Syncs to select Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth 4.0 devices
OLED display
Price $ 129.95

Resume: A powerful Force for everyday fitness tracking, this sleek wristband is with you all the time. Stay motivated to keep moving with real-time stats right on your wrist. Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm.

flexFITBIT FLEX
Steps, distance, calories burned
Goal setting
Sleep (hours, # times woken, sleep efficiency)
Silent Wake Alarm (vibrates on your wrist)
Syncs wirelessly to Macs and PCs
Syncs to select Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth 4.0 devices
LED indicator lights
Price $ 99.95

Resume:

the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep wristband helps you achieve your fitness goals by tracking movements, activities, your quality of sleep and more.

  • Slim and stylish wristband doesn’t scream fitness tracker, but subtly says, “check out my cool rubber bracelet”; includes a small and large wristband for the perfect fit
  • The Flex tracks your steps taken, calories burned, hours slept, distance traveled, minutes active and your quality of sleep
  • Silent wake alarm gently vibrates to wake you—no more terrifying alarm clock noises!
  • 5 built-in LED indicator lights let you monitor your progress; each light represents meeting 20% of your goal
  • Water-, sweat-, and rain-resistant design. Not intended for prolonged submersion
  • Download the iPhone or Android app and sync your real-time stats via Bluetooth® to track your progress throughout the day
  • App also lets you set goals, log food and workouts and monitor your sleep trends
  • Make fitness social by connecting with friends through the app to share results, compete with each other, or simply share some encouragement
  • Rechargable lithium-polymer battery lasts 5 – 7 days per charge
  • The Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband includes the tracker, small and large wristbands, charging cable and a wireless sync dongle USB device
  • Compatible with iPhone 4S and newer, iPad 3rd generation and newer, iPod touch 5th generation, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Note II, PCs and Macs

This slim, stylish device is with you all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal. It’s the motivation you need to get out and be more active.
Make fitness a lifestyle with Fit Bit Flex.
SEE STORE FOR MORE WRISTBAND COLORS

 

Get fit. Sleep better. All in the One. THE FITBIT ONE™ WIRELESS ACTIVITY & SLEEP TRACKERFITBIT ONE
Steps, distance, calories burned
Floors climbed
Sleep (hours, # times woken, sleep efficiency)
Silent Wake Alarm (vibrates on your wrist)
Syncs wirelessly to Macs and PCs
Syncs to select Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth 4.0 devices
OLED display
Price $ 99.95

Resume:

activity tracker never rests, even when you do. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed, and come nightfall, it monitors sleep and wakes you in the morning.

  • Fitbit One tracker uses a 3D motion sensor to monitor your activity while walking, running, participating in daily activities and sleeping
  • Tracker counts how many steps you’ve taken during the day, assesses how many miles you’ve traveled and calculates how many calories you’ve burned
  • Altimeter encourages you to walk up hills and take the stairs by tracking the number of stairs you’ve climbed throughout the day
  • Switch to Sleep mode before you go to bed to track how many times you wake and how long you’ve slept; a sleep quality score is assigned to help you apply what you learn
  • Includes a silent wake alarm that gently vibrates to wake you at your desired time without disturbing your partner
  • Wear the tracker clipped to your pants, shirt, undergarments or to the included wristband; wear it clipped to the wristband at night to track your sleep
  • Sync the Fitbit One with your PC or Mac; free online dashboard gives you a snapshot of your daily and cumulative progress with graphs, tools and charts
  • Fitbit One can also sync over Bluetooth with certain mobile devices, including iPhones® and iPads®
  • Fitbit free mobile app for your Apple iPhone® 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and 3rd generation iPad keeps track of your stats and celebrates how much you do each day
  • Receive badges and alerts on your smartphone for daily, weekly and lifetime achievements to help keep you motivated; receive a weekly email of your stats
  • Connect with friends on Fitbit.com to compare stats, share progress, set challenges and cheer each other on
  • Use the online tool to log your meals, water intake, workouts and weight
  • Fitbit One plays well with several other popular fitness apps, including SparkPeople, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFITNESS, so you can track your health the way you want to

If you want to turn fitness into a lifestyle, the One™ is for you. For starters, it never rests. During the day, it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. Come nightfall, it measures your sleep quality, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you in the morning. The Fit Bit One motivates you to reach your goals by bringing greater fitness into your life – seamlessly, socially, 24 hours a day.

Zip_FitbitFITBIT ZIP

Make fitness fun with the Fitbit Zip™ wireless activity tracker. The Zip tracks steps, distance and calories burned so you can turn everyday life into an achievable path towards good fitness.

  • Tracker counts how many steps you’ve taken during the day, assesses how many miles you’ve traveled and calculates how many calories you’ve burned
  • Wear it in your pocket, on a belt or clipped to your bra—this tracker is as discreet or as visible as you want it to be; silicone clip is soft and comfortable
  • Sync the Zip with your PC or Mac; free online dashboard gives you a snapshot of your daily and cumulative progress with graphs, tools and charts
  • Fitbit free mobile app for your Apple iPhone® 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and 3rd generation iPad keeps track of your stats and celebrates how much you do each day
  • Receive badges and alerts on your smartphone for daily, weekly and lifetime achievements to help keep you motivated; receive a weekly email of your stats
  • Connect with friends on Fitbit.com to compare stats, share progress, set challenges and cheer each other on
  • Use the online to tool to log your meals, water intake, workouts and weight
  • Fitbit Zip plays well with several other popular fitness apps, including SparkPeople, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFITNESS, so you can track your health the way you want to
  • Tracker includes a wireless USB dongle, replaceable CR2025 lithium battery, battery door tool and a free Fitbit.com membership

Steps, distance, calories burned
Syncs wirelessly to Macs and PCs
Syncs to select Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth 4.0 devices(i.e. iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, iPod touch 5th, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, S III, Note II & Note 10.1)
LCD display
Price $ 59.95

Resume about FitBit ZIP™ WIRELESS ACTIVITY TRACKER – Get a kick out of fitness with this little device.
It tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned – and syncs those stats to your computer and select smartphones. In doing so, it celebrates how much more you do each day. Zip™ encourages you to set goals, challenge friends, and go farther – one step at time. That’s how you turn everyday life into a social, achievable, awesome path to fitness.

All FitBit Fitness Trackers support online and mobile apps tools (set goals, track trends, log food and more) like Lose It!by FitNow, Inc., MyFitnessPalby MyFitnessPal, LLC., Microsoft HealthVaultby Microsoft, MapMyRun® by MapMyFitness, Inc., Fitabase by Small Steps Labs LLC and much more.

You can read about the applications for fitness trackers here:
Fitness gadgets tools and applications. Part two.
Apps for fitness tracking.
Fitness tracking apps. Part 4.

 

The New Flex: Wireless Activity Tracker

Helpfull articles about FitBit Fitness Gadgets.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Fitbit Flex-Fitness Tracker 2013 Review.

Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

By Clara Moskowitz, Senior Writer.

The Fitbit Flex is an activity tracker aimed at measuring your exercise, diet and sleep. The device was my constant companion for about a week, and by the end of it, I felt informed about my activity levels, and was motivated to get moving. While the Fitbit has some frustrating features, it’s also simple, comfortable and useful, and I found myself surprisingly addicted to checking my progress. Here’s a breakdown of how it did in several areas:

The wristband and I got off on the wrong foot when I tried and failed for a few minutes to fasten it around my wrist. When I read the instructions, however, I was able to snap it into place, and after a week of use, the band became a bit more flexible, and was easy to take off and put back on again… Read more

Fitbit Flex – A Amazing Fitness Tracker.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

FitBit_Flex  The Fitbit Flex is a tracker that helps in monitoring your daily activities. It keeps a tap on your daily diet, exercises, and even sleep. It is very light in weight when compared to other cumbersome fitness wrist bands.
Flex tracker is flexible. You can take this tiny tracker out and put into any of Flex’s colorful bands to fit your mood. Check out our accessory band colors and look good no matter what you’re wearing.
Flex automatically syncs your data to PCs, Macs, the iPhone 4S, 5, 5S & 5C, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch, and to select Android phones without plugging in or pushing buttons. This gives you real-time access to your stats on the Fitbit dashboard throughout the day.
Flex comes with free online tools and a mobile app that allow you to set goals and follow your progress through awesome graphs and charts.

 

Badges galore

 FitBit.com’ll sing your praises and keep you motivated with Fitbit badges for daily, weekly, even lifetime achievements. Each time you achieve a new goal, or “wow” us with your performance, we’ll award you with a badge. But you’ll have to work for it.

 

Challenge and compete with friends and family on Fitbit.com. In addition to rooting for one another, you can compare stats and see how your progress stacks up

Fitbit Zip

One disappointment with fitbitflex is that it is little difficult to understand a few features. For instance, telling fitbit about going to bed is a tricky process. It involves many processes before it displays the sweet message – “begin sleep now”. This could have been made easier by a fewer number of steps or with a simple click on tab option without having to open the app at all.

Fitbit flex is certainly a device you need in today’s busy world to give you an extra push so as to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Fitbit Force
Flex’s wristband is available in three different colors (black, blue, and pink), and the product pack includes two different band sizes – one large, and one small.
The Fitness gadget  itself features many different notches, meaning users can configure a perfect fit, and Flex’s motion tracking device can slip in and out of the rubber wristband quite easily.
Weight trends can be influenced by a variety of fitness and nutrition factors. Fitbit works with several popular health apps that let you export your Fitbit data their way. Some, like Lose It!, also let you import their data into your Fitbit dashboard, so you can track your stats in either location. Learn more in our App Gallery.
Make Fitness a Lifestyle with Flex

Fitness gadgets tools and applications.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Tools and applications that extend
your experience with your Gadget for fitness!

Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

Lose It!by FitNow, Inc.

Lose It! uses proven principles of weight loss (tracking and peer support) to help people manage their weight and improve their health. Lose It! members have recorded more than 6 million pounds of weight loss. Originally created for the iPhone in 2008, Lose It! is now also available on the web and in the Android Market.

Sync your Lose It! meals to  Fuel Band SE or Fitbit gadget and extend Lose It! food budget by daily activity level from your tracker.

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MyFitnessPalby MyFitnessPal, LLC.

Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter available. With the largest food database of any calorie counter (over 1.2 million foods) and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! There is no better weight loss application — period.
Connect your Fitness gadget to MyFitnessPal account to automatically adjust your daily net calorie goal and import the data measured by your tracker.

MyFitnessPal - Connect your Fitness gadget to MyFitnessPal .

SparkPeople™.

SparkPeople provides a fun, supportive environment that encourages you to live life without limits by setting positive, attainable goals that will change your life. By simply creating a SparkPeople member profile you can take advantage of our nutrition and fitness tracking systems, which allow you to dynamically link data tracked with Fitbit to your account.
Track all your activity, including your weight, fitness and sleep. Start tracking now.

SparkPeople

Balance Rewards by Walgreens

Now Balance Rewards members get rewarded for taking steps toward a healthier life. Get 20 points for every mile you walk or run and 20 points per daily weigh-in. Connect with the active community for motivation and participate in local events with friends.
Take your first step today!

BalanceRewards

Microsoft HealthVaultby Microsoft.

Microsoft HealthVault is a free service that lets you store health information from many sources in one online location, so that it’s always organized and available for you to share with your family and those you trust with your care.
Link your accounts now to share your Fitbit  or Nike+ Fuel Band SE body statistics with HealthVault.

Health_Vault

Digifit® by Digifit, Inc.

Get Fit & Stay Healthy with Fitbit and the Digifit, the first and most comprehensive heart rate monitor for the iPhone. Digifit tracks your workouts indoors with fitness sensors or outdoors with GPS. Turn GPS off to conserve battery life and track your cardio activities for hours.
Link your Fitbit and Digifit accounts, and your workouts are “automagically” posted to your Fitbit account and Fitbit activity to My.Digifit.com.
DigiFit

More applications and tools for fitness gadgets will be added soon.

Fitbit wireless activity + sleep trackers

Android Apps 2013 for FitBit Flex

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

<p>Experience Enhanced Synchronization and Scalability With Improved Android Apps<br>
By <a href=”http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Mark_Spenser”>Mark Spenser</a></p>

<p>Gartner estimates that smartphones captured 44% of all mobile phone sales 2013 with Android smartphones taking 31% of all mobile phone shipments and iOS in second place at 9%. Google’s app store has grown enormously since it was restored from the Android Market to Google Play. Developers are gradually launching new apps on Android with a rapid increase in the number of quality apps.</p><p>Let’s take a look at the 3 big players pushing their businesses one-step further with their Android apps:</p><p><strong>Foursquare </strong></p><p>Foursquare has added its Explore Map in its Android app. The map link will be placed right on top of the app home screen. Besides, Foursquare has updated its Android app with enhancements to search and added stress on the explore option. The Android app has now a slide-style navigation feature as it makes getting around to different sections of the app quicker. Users can now get access to shareable venue pages on Foursquare. Foursquare is working on similar lines of Google and aiming to become a complete search engine with this social media app.</p><p>The updated app promises to make it quicker and easier for users to find places and friends that are nearby, as well as keep track of their to-do lists whereby creating a smoother search experience. The app offers a range of features like it lets you get directions, hours, menus, pictures, tips and help you save money with specials at businesses you like. You can discover a lot more with direct alliance with local experts, celebrities and brands.</p><p><strong>Ubuntu</strong></p><p>Canonical presents Ubuntu for its Android phones, which are intended to launch the complete Ubuntu desktop when an Android phone is docked with a keyboard and monitor. This Android app for Ubuntu is unique as it utilizes all four screen edges. It’s a free downloadable app that gets a precise taste of Ubuntu in your smartphone. As per an Android Community report the app is created to provide a gesture-themed experience for its users. You can use the app with almost all ROM and devices.</p><p>Moreover, the app lets you adjust its sidebars to showcase recent and selected apps. Premium version of this app is said to have a number of features, not known yet. The Android app with Ubuntu Phone Experience is available for free from the XDA Developers site.</p><p><strong>FitBit Fitness gadget</strong></p><p>FitBit has come up with new first Android app that offers better weight management capabilities. With the app you can keep a track on your food and water intake, check your sleep hours, improve your exercise routine and manage your overall health. The app can either be used on its own or as a supplement with tracking devices like Zip and One. The app can be synchronized with their Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung galaxy Note 2 in just 30 seconds. The new app will sync to recent FitBit devices over Bluetooth 4.0, which means users will be able to get data feeds to their phones in real-time. With Bluetooth 4.0 users get the advantage of better battery life, for the device and the phone.</p><p>The new FitBit Flex will support NFC (Near Field Communication), the app currently uses Beta. Fit Bit Flex is hard at work on an update that will soon cut the syncing time down to just 10 seconds.</p><p><strong>To sum it up </strong></p><p>As per a report from research group App Annie, Google app market has earned six-folds revenue just from its app market. The year-end results indicate that Google has success building on Android app sale by almost 70 percent of the world’s smartphones. As of now, we can only await to find out, how Android apps re-define the future app markets.</p><p>PLAVEB, a <a target=”_new” href=”http://www.plaveb.com/mobile-application-development”>Custom Mobile Application Development</a> Company Los Angeles provides services on various technologies like <a target=”_new” href=”http://www.plavebapps.com/android-application-development”>leading Android app development</a> and more.</p>

What You Need to Know Before You Buy Fitbit

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Most popular FitBit  fitness tracker is the FitBit Flex.

But Fitbit has a number of fitness tracker products.

Of its popularity,  Fitbit decided to release an updated

version with new features.

What You Need to Know Before You Buy Fitbit.

By Stefan Hall

Do you belong to those people who are interested to buy Fitbit and who want know everything about this gadget? If you do, then this article will help you be acquainted with what you need to know before you buy Fitbit.

There are a few things that you need to know before you buy Fitbit. First, you need to know what the gadget really is and how does it work. As most people already know, Fitbit is a gadget that is designed to monitor a person’s lifestyle. This fitness tracker gadget checks if a person is having an enough exercise, eating the right kinds of foods, and sleeping adequately. It is wireless and works with the help of accelerometer. This accelerometer is a motion sensor and tracks the movements of a person. It is being detected every time he/she happens to walk in a wireless base station. Fitbit tracker also has an LCD screen, which makes it possible for a person to see instant updates on his/her overall activities. This information is collected and is being uploaded on ftibit.com. It can be worn the whole day except when the person is in water. Basically, Fitbit tracker is a gadget that will motivate its owner to have a healthy lifestyle.

After having an idea on what Fitbit really is and how it functions, the next thing people should know before they buy Fitbit is the reason why they should buy this gadget. There are many reasons why people buy Fitbit. One of these reasons is its accuracy. Fitbit is very accurate when it comes to tracking a person’s number of steps, distance he/she traveled, and the calories he/she burned. It also tracks how long and well a person sleeps every night. In addition, Fitbit tracker has free online tools that can help a person in organizing all the essential information that he/she needs in checking his/her lifestyle.

Before people buy Fitbit, they should also know if it is the right gadget for them. If they want to be motivated to have a healthy lifestyle but don’t want to hire a person to be their fitness trainer who will yell at them, then, this gadget will suit them. This gadget will not tell people directly what they need to do like jogging for an extra mile or eating the right foods but it will keep them motivated in reaching their goal to have a healthy lifestyle.

When you finally decided that you really want and need this gadget, then, the next thing you need to know is where to buy Fitbit and how much does it costs. There are numerous stores in the internet that sell Fitbit tracker. Most of these stores offer coupons and discounts so you won’t have to worry for its price. You just have to look for the best store that will give you the best deal.

After knowing all these things, you can now start searching for the best store and buy Fitbit tracker. When you buy Fitbit, you can begin using it and experience being motivated by this tracker gadget.

Before you buy Fitbit, click these links for a more in-depth Fitbit review that will give you the best deal possible!

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