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Nike Fuel + Band

3.7 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews
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Price: $384.97
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  • Ideal for monitoring calorie burning.
  • Helps weight loss
  • Recommended by professional athletes
  • Conform fitting

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  • Item model number: Fuel + Band
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,021 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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First off, there are alot of bad reviews for this product from people who received broken ones, and while that's unfortunate and really poor business on Nike's part, those reviews really shouldn't be counted against this device's product rating. I, however, was lucky enough to receive a working one.

If you want my review summed up in one sentence here it is: This thing is absolutely fantastic for the non-fitness nut who wants to improve their health with exercise.

So here's why I say that.. First off, if you run, bike, swim multiple miles a day, or play on a high school sports team, you're not gonna need this. You get loads of exercise and all this thing is gonna do is tell you you exercise a real lot. Yes, it will allow you to set even higher goals for yourself, but when you're at that level you probably have other reliable ways of tracking your progress.

But if you're only hitting the gym a few times a week, or are getting even less exercise than that, as I am, this simple thing can provide you with some surprisingly useful tools, and you'll get more than your moneys worth out of it. I, for example, am recovering from Cancer. I used to run every day, but after cancer and multiple cases of pneumonia due to a suppresseed immune system, i'm lucky to stand up for more than 2 minutes, and that will leave me gasping for air. I have a physical therapist who comes to see me, and parents and doctors who encourage me and remind me to keep moving, along with my own desire to get better and return to my former athletic prowess. Exercise, for me, is often a very brief activity, like getting up and going down a flight of stairs.

With the fuelband, I can see an actual number to gauge how active I'm being during the day, and at the end of the day.
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Great idea, low profile system with a nice display, simple to use, custom-fit, hooks into mobile devices. Here's my two cents.

Quality of Construction:
I bought a Fuel Band in May. I wore it for about 3 months. I wore it every day, to track my fuel points, which is the system Nike built to measure activity.

The Fuelband fit well. There were problems with the interface, and I had to reset it after a week because the firmware update didn't work right, it wouldn't connect, so I lost all that data. I talked to a service rep and got it fixed. Then I synced it to my iPad and it worked for about 3 weeks, I tracked my workouts, and then the sync stopped working, and it asked me to go to the Nike website and update my account. I did that, and it started working again, until today, and now it appears to have finally given up, just telling me to plug it in over and over, sometimes with a firmware update, sometimes not.

Then there's the LEDs that display everything. They started to burn out after the first month, line by line. I'm down to about 75% of the lines working at this point. Its unreadable now. I was pretty gentle with the thing, so I don't know why they are burning out.

So the quality of my $200 band withstood 3 months of moderate use, and was maintenance heavy throughout that period, and now it is pretty much useless and I'm looking for a new watch. I've done 3 factory resets, the past two haven't done anything and its just giving me the "Error returned from Nike+" when I plug it in to the computer, and the display is giving me the "plug me in to the computer" symbol.
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From a cursory glance, the Fuel Band appears to be a very well thought out device. The band is covered in a rubberized material that appears to be water resistant (not water proof) with a metal clasp. The band comes in three sizes and can be further adjusted with extenders (note it comes with one extender already installed). The animated LED display will go straight to any geek's heart, looking something out of an 1980's scifi movie.
Unclasped, the band exposes a USB connector which can be used to charge the band and sync the data collected with the Nike+ website to record and log your activity. Alternatively, if you have an Apple iPod/iPad/iPhone you can sync via the band's bluetooth connection to the Nike+ app.
The band will track steps taken, calories burned and "Nike Fuel" burned during the day, displaying the current numeric status on the band as well as a progress bar (a series of colored dots from red to green) showing your progress towards the goal for the day. These goals can be set on the website or Nike+ app.
The app itself will show your activity level throughout the day and point out goals and achievements to help increase your activity.

All of this being a thick coating of gloss over a simple motion sensor.

As you move your arm the motion is tracked and converted into the amount of energy burned. The more you move your arms the more active you are. The steps taken during the day is derived from this (IE if you walk across the floor without moving your arm, the band won't show that activity has taken place), on the flip side I got into an active discussion at work with lots of white board usage and gesturing and my "activity" levels shot up.
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