February 19th 2010 4:24 pm

Heads up! A newer version of this product is out!


by jneff

How is your Fitbit holding up?
I've had mine for a little over five months and wear it on my waist most days. The outer cover is starting to peel off and the number of scratches and dings is worse than on my fifteen year old car. Yet I don't feel like I've been overly rough with mine. As I said, I wear it on my waist and don't play with it during the day. It generally goes from belt to recharger to sleep band to belt, etc. etc.
Also, I ended up getting mine just before the Ultra was announced. Do you think Fitbit is going to...

by kris

Which fitness website offers integration with the most devices?
There are plenty of apps that offer fitness tracking, and websites that allow you to manually track your fitness habits, and while many fitness devices have their own dedicated websites, they don't usually integrate with devices from other manufacturers. When you have different devices measuring different things, it might be useful to have them all collected in one place where you can get a better overall picture of your health. Which websites incorporate multiple devices into their fitness... Read more →

by cass

For something that is supposed to be constantly clipped and unclipped, the Fitbit is surprisingly fragile
I've had my Fitbit for about a month and a half and I'm noticing that there are cracks developing on the hinge area. They really should use more durable materials on this. I just started using the plastic belt clip that comes with it. Hopefully it holds up.

by Dignan17

Finally, integration with the WiThings WiFi scale!
I just wanted to let FitBit owners on GDGT know that the folks at FitBit finally listened and added a plugin for updates from the WiThings WiFi scale. FitBit owners have been asking for this since the product was released, and it's finally here! http://goo.gl/QEkt0 or, if you don't trust link shorteners: http://www.fitbit.com/forums/post/4NSMKM6MNN2YG/wi...

by donlyle

I bought a competing product, the Bodymedia Fit, last September.
You wear it on an armband and it measures all of the things, as I understand it, that the Fitbit measures. I sync it with their website daily although it will store two weeks of data and the battery lasts for well over a week. I've lost over twenty pounds since I began using the device. Their advertising says it's like "having a personal trainer on your arm." I figured that was over-the-top marketing BS but there's more than a grain of truth to it. When I get lazy and... Read more →

by drawkward

Fitbit gets a mention at TEDMED 2009
"Eric Topol: The wireless future of medicine" Eric Topol says we'll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine's future -- all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds. http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_topol_the_wireless_f...

by nothingreal

Love this thing, but it needs a mobile app
I really like the Fitbit I just received, and I'm already loving the charts graphs and stats that are generated. What i think they really need to complete the package is an App for iPhone/Android etc. (or at the very least, a more mobile-friendly site). Logging food, for example, is a great way to encourage weight loss and healthy living - and they've built a pretty good system on the site, but waiting until you're back behind your computer instead of quickly logging what you're... Read more →

by timex104

Sleep Tracking
So far I've heard a lot of positive things about the Fitbit but one thing I'm a little skeptical about is the sleep tracking capabilities. If I read correctly, the Fitbit uses an accelerometer to track your sleeping activity. However I'm not really sure how my movements in bed correlate to my stages of sleep. I toss and turn in my sleep, and I suppose i'm not positive, but i'm pretty confident when I say that every time I roll over i'm not waking up. I guess i'd just...

by Dignan17

Want it, but can't get it!
I just wanted to speak to the unavailability of this device, so other users could be aware of the problems. I placed my order on December 31st, 2009. Since then, the expected ship date on my order page has changed from "late January" to "mid February" to "February 28th" (which was oddly specific). Guess what: it still says February 28th. With emails and forum postings going completely unanswered (that's just bad customer service) I finally hunted down a phone... Read more →

by Globalcop

What a mess, this thing is destined to fail
I'm not even going to get into the conflict of interest and how it manifested itself in the uncritical love-fest on the podcast. It costs 3x a comparable Omron pedometer (that's all the fitbit is, a pedometer). The Omron comes with local software that you sync to your PC via USB (no massive battery draining wireless). Yes, you can actually keep your data on your very own computer! Because they wanted Fitbit to be "wireless" (ohhhhh), the battery only lasts DAYS(!). And what... Read more →