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Works as advertised, but could benefit from third party app support. (Edited 12/10/2013, dropped to 3 stars)
on December 1, 2013
(Edited 12/10/2013, lowered to 3 stars)
Unless I don't understand the progress LED, it doesn't seem to be working properly on my band. I guess I hadn't paid that much attention to it to begin with, or forgot to check it until after midnight, etc... But at some point, I realized that all I'd ever seen was red. At 51% of your activity goal, it's supposed to change to yellow. Green at 90%, blue at 100%+. I even lowered my goals, to be sure I exceeded 100%, and still only saw red. I am assuming I have a defective one. It seems to work, otherwise, but it kind of takes the fun out of it if you aren't rewarded by the LED changing color as you work toward your goal.
My five star rating is partially based on the fact that this is the lowest priced activity monitor I've tried, and it works as advertised. I bought it for $70 on a one day deal.
I've owned (and used in this order) Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, Nike Fuelband SE, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up 24, and this Skechers Go Walk. I also use the Motion X 24/7 app.
A lot of problems with the original Up, as has been well documented elsewhere. I bought mine at the end of 2011, actually had two of them.
My Fuelband died on me in January 2012, and a firmware update didn't revive it. It sat for about five months, during which time I went back to the Up (Jawbone had sent me a replacement). I called Nike in June, and they had me do the firmware update again. This time, it worked, and the Fuelband worked ok after that.
Upgraded to the Fuelband SE after Nike promoted it to have sleep tracking. Yeah, not really. It will record your sleep time as a session, and tell you how many calories you burned while sleeping, but no detailed analysis. I sent it back.
Thought the Fitbit Force was the answer, as it does have sleep tracking. However, after comparing the sleep analysis detail to what the Jawbone Up provided, I was disappointed.
Within a day or two of buying the Fitbit, Jawbone came out with the Up 24. It solved one big source of frustration for me, that being the requirement to plug in every time I wanted to sync or set an alarm. The Up 24, Force, and Go Walk all use Bluetooth 4.0. I really have nothing bad to say about the Up 24, but it may be going back (more on that in a moment).
The Skechers Go Walk...
Low price, although not really lower than the Fitbit Flex (which I haven't tried).
A (very cool) proprietary charger that can probably be easily duplicated with stuff you may already have (more on that in a moment).
Bluetooth 4.0, kinda... (see cons).
May give you way more steps than you really have, but my testing between it, the Up 24, and the Motion X 24/7 app showed that any one of them was apt to be more inconsistent than the others at any time.
Proprietary charger, but this is true for all except the Fuelband.
Not waterproof, but none of these that I've mentioned are.
If you leave the app open, it maintains a connection to the wristband. Otherwise, you have to hold the button down for a few seconds to get it to sync. The Fuelband, Force, and Up 24 all have a true Bluetooth 4.0 connection that doesn't require anything other than opening the app.
No integration with third party apps or websites, which is something that all of the others have.
The charger is a little pebble-looking thing that has a magnet in it to hold it against the bottom side of the wristband. There are two gold contacts on the wristband that line up and make contact to charge. I haven't put a voltmeter on it yet, but I'm assuming it charges with 5 volts DC from the USB connection. If so, it would be very easy to just rig a homemade charger to have additional chargers. I'm thinking a narrow piece of wood or plastic with two small screws spaced at the proper distance to make contact. The contact would be made at the tip of the screw, while the wires providing the 5 volts would be connected on the bottom side where the screw heads are. Assuming the magnet is in the charger, and not in the wristband itself, then a small magnet could be put on top of this piece of wood or plastic as well. Probably not even something most people would need, but I'm a truck driver, so a second charger to keep on the road with me would be invaluable.
So... I'm happy with the Jawbone Up 24. I'm just "ok" with the Skechers Go Walk. The sleep analysis provided by the Go Walk is just so-so, better than the Fuelband, as good as the Fitbit, but not in the same league as the Up 24. The activity monitoring is pretty much on par with the others.
I think the Up 24 is going back. I've ordered a Pebble watch. I really think that the combination of it and the Motion X 24/7 app will provide everything good that a combination of all of these others have to offer... (Way beyond) the on-wrist display of the Fuelband and the Force... The vibrating alarm offered by some of them... Waterproof, offered by none of the others... The 24/7 app provides detailed sleep analysis, seems to be as good as the Jawbone. Jawbone uses Motion X technology in the Up anyway, so...
Bottom line... The Go Walk works as advertised. It may not provide everything I want or need, but it does everything it's supposed to do. I haven't tested it long enough to comment on battery life. In fact, I only charged it partially, and have been wearing it for two days now. I started on 2/3 bars, and am on 1/3 now.