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2 Days In — I’m very pleased so far!
March 19, 2019
I purchased this item from Target. I’ve owned a handful of fitness trackers in the past, but never one from the Fitbit brand. My Garmin devices (Vivofit 2, Vivosmart HR, Vivofit 3) served me well in terms of functionality, but they never seemed to hold my attention. That is to say, the user interface, while functional and useful, simply was not that...inspiring (excuse the ridiculous pun). It wasn’t very fun. I know that’s not important to everyone, but the Fitbit app and UI are so much more engaging and easy to use. The Garmin devices I sort of just wore and didn’t think much about, but this device and the accompanying app keeps me interested and motivated all day and night long. It’s also an all-in-one solution for me, as opposed to using multiple apps to sync all of my info together to create a complete picture that I can use to motivate myself to be better and do better.
We all know the accuracy of all fitness trackers is highly debated and, to be honest, I’ve finally managed to accept that and just keep in mind that the info I’m getting is an approximation. I have found the accuracy to be perfectly acceptable for my needs—it is useful information to work with, regardless of the hyperspecific levels of accuracy of the device. The trends are what matters. The consistency of the device’s info from day to day is ultimately more important than the fact that no, this is not a medical-grade device that will nail every piece of info to a T. And that consistency is certainly there. As far as I know, there are no user-friendly, portable, wearable devices out there that can tout perfect accuracy. The human body’s mechanisms are far too complex to measure precisely. These trackers are motivational and informational tools. And, for most users, I think this device is perfectly suited to that. It’s fun to use, looks streamlined and fairly fashionable (or at least unassuming), and comfortable to wear. It seems to be fairly accurate (at least as accurate, if not more, than devices I’ve used in the past—positioning of the device away from the wrist one and wearing it snugly helps out here). The app is an amazing companion.
No tracker is perfect. It’s unfair to expect that, at least at this point in time.
This device is amazingly priced for what you get, looks good, feels good, and does its job well. I know it’s only been two days, but it’s already got me up and moving more than I would be otherwise. At a glance, I can see my steps, heart rate, calories burned, notifications from my phone, water intake, etc. AKA everything it is advertised to do. I have high hopes for the future with it. I do hope it remains durable over time. The fact that it is waterproof was a selling point for me; I simply do not wish to be concerned with a splash or a shower completely destroying the device.
I would recommend it to those looking for a fun and functional tracker that won’t quite break the bank. It does what it claims to do and it does those things well. Frankly, I love it. Some folks may find it does not meet their expectations, but I’d argue that those folks simply need to look to other devices with capabilities that are simply more in line with what they want to get out of the device. This is not a super-advanced device. But that’s not what it claims to be. And for the average person like myself, it’s perfectly adequate for fitness tracking purposes, and has met and exceeded my expectations so far. It gives that motivation and inspiration, and it gives the right information to work off of in order to make progress toward better fitness and health.