Fitbit One vs. Fitbit Force – Why I Chose the Fitbit One
After a couple of years of use, my first-generation Fitbit finally broke, with a little help from my kid. It didn’t stop recording steps, but the casing cracked when my son tried to pry it apart, making it impossible to wear.
I was secretly happy, as I’d been eyeing the more recent Fitbit gadgets. I did considerable research comparing the Fitbit Flex, the Fitbit Force, the Fitbit One, and the Fitbit Zip. I chose the Fitbit One, and I’ll explain why:
The Fitbit One, like the original Fitbit, clips to your belt or bra. It tracks steps and distance, along with number of floors climbed (handy if you have stairs at home or at work and you want to be reminded to use them), calories burned, general activity level, and sleep patterns. It wirelessly syncs to your Mac or PC. And it also shows the time and will even wake you in the morning with a silent alarm. The online interface is better than ever, and the new itty-bitty syncing doc is much more convenient than the syncing hardware that went with the original Fitbit ultra. Now, you can easily keep the doc plugged into your Mac or PC at all times.
The Fitbit Force tracks all the same stuff as the One, with the added benefit of goal setting, and you wear it on your wrist like a watch. After reading a bunch of online reviews, I came to the conclusion that the Force is probably less accurate than the One because of its placement. With the Force, you run the risk of getting a higher than accurate reading on steps. For example, if I were wearing the Force right now, instead of the One, I might get steps for typing, or even for lifting my coffee cup to my mouth. Because accuracy is the most important thing to me, I chose the One, which, happily, is only $99.95 (as opposed to $129.95 for the Force).
However, if it’s important to you to have access to the readings at all times without sticking your hand down the front of your shirt, I’d recommend the Force, and accept that it may be giving your credit for a few steps you didn’t actually take.
The Fitbit Flex, which, like the Fitbit One, is priced at $99.95, tracks steps and sleep, but does not track floors climbed. It also doesn’t have a watch, and the display is, in my opinion, not very helpful. It uses dots, rather than numbers, so in order to know how many steps you’ve taken, you have to check your stats online. I think that of all the products in the Fitbit line, the Flex is the one that I wouldn’t recommend at all. If you want to go with a wristband, shell out the extra $29 to get a much better user experience.
Bargain option: The Fitbit Zip
If you’re looking for the least expensive option, the Fitbit Zip is a bargain at $59.95. It’s the cutest of the fitbits by far, and, like the One, it clips to your belt or bra. The big downside of the Zip is that it doesn’t track your sleep. Since sleep tracking is one of my favorite functions in the fitbit line (for example, I noticed that when I took prescription cough medicine after a bout with bronchitis, I slept WAY more than any other night), the Zip was a no-go for me.
Verdict: Fitbit One wins. Highly recommended
I’ve been using the Fitbit One daily since December 5, and I love it. It helps me to meet my goal of 10,000 steps a day, it’s comfortable to wear during the day as well as at night (a soft, stretchy, armband is provided for nighttime use), and the battery lasts forever. The syncing function is vastly improved over my first Fitbit. The Fitbit One is by far the best hundred bucks you’ll spend on fitness this year.