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Fitbit ReviewsFitbit has been growing in popularity lately, due to their trendy "activity tracker" devices. These are wireless-enabled devices that measure data such as quality of sleep, # of steps walked, and other useful metrics.

Let's take a look at some of the Fitbit devices on the market today:

Fitbit Force

Fitbit Force

The Fitbit Force is the latest Fitbit device, released in Oct 2013. It tracks a wide array of data, such as calories burned, stairs climbed, steps taken, and active daily minutes, all in real-time. It can even track sleep patterns and wake users with a vibrating alarm.

Pros

  • Tons of features not seen in competitors devices
  • Fashionable
  • Different colors are available

Cons

  • Users have reported rashes on wrists
  • Fitbit recently recalled 1M units

Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria

The Fitbit Aria is a wi-fi enabled "smart scale". It measures weight (of course), Body Mass Index (BMI), and perfectage of body fat. It uploads data wirelessly to fitbit.com as well as mobile apps, and can track up to 8 users.

Pros

  • Readings are accurate
  • Backlit LCD
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive - $130
  • Requires a Fitbit Ultra to use all features
  • LCD can't display all data, mobile app required

Fitbit Zip

Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit Zip was released in Sept 2012 and is about the size of a quarter. It's one of the most affordable Fitbit devices on the market. Rather than bearing worn on the user's wrist, like its siblings, it clips onto whatever you want, like your jeans or jacket. It syncs data wirelessly to most mobile devices. The Zip can track steps taken, calories burned, and distance travelled.

Pros

  • About the size of a quarter
  • Inexpensive
  • Disposable battery (could also be a con)

Cons

  • No sleep tracking
  • Small enough that it's easy to lose
  • Disposable battery (could also be a pro)

Fitbit One

Fitbit One

The Fitbit One is an updated version of the Fitbit Ultra which uses a better display, separate charging cable, and separate clip. It can sync wirelessly with newer smartphones such as iPhones and Androids. It also uses Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth SMART technology. It can measure everything from elevation gains to steps taken and even has a stopwatch.

Pros

  • Best smartphone app on the market
  • Great battery life
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Doesn't give advice on better fitness choices
  • Not as user-friendly as some competitors

Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex was released in May 2013. It is the 1st water-resistant personal fitness tracker. The LED is fairly simple (just 5 lights). It tracks movements all day and even at night (sleep patterns).

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Impressive battery life
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Design could use some work
  • Not as accurate as other counters

Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex was released in May 2013. It is the 1st water-resistant personal fitness tracker. The LED is fairly simple (just 5 lights). It tracks movements all day and even at night (sleep patterns).

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Impressive battery life
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Design could use some work
  • Not as accurate as other counters

Fitbit Ultra

Fitbit Ultra

The Fitbit Ultra has a lot of great features that one would expect in any current fitness tracker. A stopwatch, altimeter, digital clock, step counter, calorie counter, and even a sleep counter. It can be clipped onto clothing and worn 24/7.

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Easy to cary
  • Has an app for both iPhone and Android

Cons

  • 15 feet max in order to sync
  • Not waterproof
  • Extra charge for trainer feature

Fitbit Classic

Fitbit Classic

The Fitbit Classic was the original Fitbit personal tracking device. It came out in 2009 and is no longer available new. It only tracked distance travelled, steps taken, activity intensity, sleep, and calories burned. Like the Fibit Ultra, it's clipped onto clothes and can be worn 24/7.

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Easy to cary
  • Easy to sync to app that collects data

Cons

  • Pricier than competitors
  • Not waterproof
Posted Mar 14, 2014 activity tracker calorie counter fitbit personal tracker sleep counter stair counter step counter