Fitbit Wireless Personal Trainer
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- Accurately tracks your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and sleep quality
- Simply carry it in your pocket or clip it to your clothing, and the Fitbit automatically keeps track of your fitness and sleep.
- Anytime you walk by the included wireless base station, data from your Fitbit is silently uploaded
- Contains a 3D motion sensor like the one found in the Nintendo Wii, which tracks your motion in three dimensions and converts this into useful information about your daily activities
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Top Customer Reviews
The Fitbit ultra adds a few features, like an altimeter. But it includes all of the features of the original model, so everything I wrote in my review applies to the new ultra model.
I got my fitbit in early 2010 and have been using it on and off (mostly on) since then. I am very happy with it and highly recommend it. It's an easy and fun way to track your activity levels and estimate calories burned, and it should appeal to fellow gadget lovers.
The device weighs under one-half ounce and clips securely to clothing. I'm paranoid about losing stuff (justifiably so), so I keep mine in a little USB drive holder with a clip.
It has an accelerometer chip, like most smart phones, iphones and other gadgets, which can measure its movement in three dimensions.
At any time during the day, you can push the one little button on the fitbit to display an estimate of calories burned, steps taken, miles walked, and a graphic of a flower that grows more petals as you're more active.
When you're near your computer, plug the included fitbit receiver into a USB port, and the receiver will wirelessly collect data from your fitbit tracker, then send the data to the fitbit website. You use this website for most of your tracking and analysis. (The only software you load on your computer is a driver/client for the receiver that plugs into your USB port.)
I find fitbit very accurate for estimating my walking (number of steps and total distance), calories burned, and activity and intensity levels.Read more ›
In total, I have had six (yes 6.0) fitbits. Here is our tale:
I ordered my fitbit from the company web site in December of 2009 and despite a promised delivery date of early January, I received it in late February. I should have taken this was a sign of trouble, but I am apparently a total sucker. Less than a week into owning it, my fitbit began dying during exercise which pretty much defeated the purpose. I contacted customer support and attempted to get help on their forums, both of which were deplorable.
Aside: Fitbit subscribe to a "we reply to every inquiry in 24 hours or less" customer support policy. This sounds great except that it means that they send you an automated message once a day without any actual resolution to the problem at hand. Reply to their email (even if it is mere seconds after you receive it) and you can count on waiting another 24 hours for a response.
After a week of exchanging increasingly frustrating emails, they agreed to send me a replacement.
This one shipped remarkably quickly. Unfortunately, it died in similar fashion, never lasting more than 30 minutes at a time from the moment I received it. By early March, after protracted negotiations with my friends in Fitbit customer service, my third fitbit was due to be sent to me.
The third one took well into April to be shipped. By April 14, it died in the same fashion as its predecessors.Read more ›
1. Convenience: Unlike previous pedometers I've owned, I don't lose the FitBit, I don't misplace it and I don't have problems with it missing some of my activities. I wear the thing 24 hours a day. During the day, I clip it to my bra and at night, I clip it to the armband that came with the gadget.
2. Accuracy: I've tested it against the distance of my gym's running track - it is very accurate and I didn't even have to change the default stride length.
3. Motivation: I've been a fitness nut most of my life, but due to an avalanche of health issues, I had gained quite a few pounds and was really feeling my age. In the year prior to getting the FitBit, I had lost 40 pounds but was getting bored. The FitBit gives me an instant assessment of my daily progress toward my fitness goal. If I'm near the computer I have it synched to, I can go online and instantly see where I am. If I'm out and about, I can click the counter on the Fitbit to see how many steps I have completed and calories burned.
4. More than a pedometer - I really love the whole program you get with Fitbit. I used to belong to Weightwatchers so that I could track my fitness activities and my food intake online and on my smartphone. Fitbit offers me the same flexibility and actually has a fairly comprehensive food list, plus the ability to add more of my favorite foods.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i purchased a Fitbit Flex more than a year ago and am frustrated by Fitbit's failure to improve their plastic wristbands which they have known for years are defective and break... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you update to windows 10, and download the fitbit program the entire dashboard changes. If you are a cyclist it will not allow you to log in that exercise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't recommend buying a fit bit , I got a fit bit HR for Christmas so mine only lasted 5 months they don't stand by their products they want to replace it with a flex but I paid... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patsy Doss
Customer service is horrible. Once you get through to them, they don't treat you well. I've had 2 defective FitBit Charge HR's from them since October. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rhonda Melton
The fitbit was great at first, then fitbit pushed an upgrade. After that, if I wanted to sync it, I had to remove the dongle and reinstall the dongle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joy Nurmi
worked great for about a month, then stopped syncing. Followed all instructions on Fitbit troubleshooting page to no avail. Two hour hold time on support line.Published 7 months ago by KDL
The setup download came with three unwanted programs, one of which, PC Driver I cannot delete. I found their setup to be ridiculously and unnecessarily difficult, The unwanted... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had this one for years and I decided to purchase the Flex. I miss the stairs feature this one has. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sodacrazy
Purchased a Fitbit Flex two days ago. Spent two hours attempting to sync it with an IPad Air 2 and an iPhone 5. No luck. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Drilling