October 2nd 2013 8:31 am

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On February 20, 2014, Fitbit announced a voluntary recall of all Fitbit Force units due to reported cases of contact dermatitis caused by the device. As Fitbit has halted sales and is offering a full refund for units already sold, we can no longer recommend this product. We have withdrawn our Engadget Score until the problems are resolved.

Critic reviews

8.2
10 reviews
  • Durability
    7.9
  • Portability
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.7

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User reviews

7.3
17 reviews
9.0
Engadget Nov 6, 2013

The Force takes what made the Flex fitness tracker successful and adds an extremely useful OLED display. Unfortunately, the diet and sleep tracking features are both still in need of improvement.

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9.0
PC Mag Nov 21, 2013

The Fitbit Force takes everything we love about the Fitbit One and puts it into a secure wristband, making it an affordable alternative for users who don't need all the data that more expensive options like the Basis B1 provide.

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8.0
CNET Oct 10, 2013

The Fitbit Force leaps to the top of the fitness tracker heap, with a bright screen, comfortable fit, and a bevy of slick features.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 14, 2013

The $129 Fitbit Force is a welcome addition to Fitbit's product portfolio for those who want to be a little less reliant on their smartphones to track their fitness.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 30, 2013

It works really well, it's comfortable, it's accurate, and you won't have to dig through your hamper every morning trying to figure out which pocket you left it in.

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8.0
Mashable Oct 16, 2013

From the OLED display to sleep tracking, floor climbing and social integration, it has everything you need to get off the couch and keep moving. It's so good, we can turn a blind eye to another mediocre rubber aesthetic... for now.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 25, 2013

These drawbacks pale in comparison to the benefits that can be achieved by being motivated by Fitbit Force - no pain, no gain. The Force is still strong with this one, at least until iWatch or Google Gem take activity tracking to the next level.

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8.0
The Verge Oct 18, 2013

The Force is the best of the fitness-tracking bunch right now, and there’s plenty of potential in combining smartwatch with fitness bracelet — but it’s a revolutionary idea more than a revolutionary product.

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8.0
Fit Technica Jan 19, 2014

While the Fitbit Force isn’t perfect, it’s still one of the best-designed and most fully featured fitness trackers currently available.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 10, 2013

You're looking at all the same features you've come to know and possibly love from Fitbit products: it counts steps, tracks the quality of your sleep, has a silent alarm and syncs wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0. The only question that remains is when exactly you'll be able to buy your own.

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Gizmodo Oct 10, 2013

In general the band is pretty comfortable. It doesn't really get in the way, and it's thin enough that I can type with it on and it doesn't dig into my inner wrist. Also, subjectively, it looks nice, and it wouldn't be an eyesore even if you were dressed semi-formally.

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TUAW Oct 25, 2013

Design-wise, I like the understated look of the Force. It's a slender black (or slate) strap, not emblazoned with bright LEDs, and all in all quite futuristic-looking. The band straps onto your wrist securely with two small studs that go into holes on the strap, and it's easy to put on and take off.

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8.0
swin1974 swin1974

I really like that the Fitbit app connects to other apps like Fitstar and Lose it, to give a better sense of overall activity and calories burned and consumed. But, I feel like it is 70% accurate in terms of mileage and steps taken. However, that is kind of unimportant because it does the job...

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10
timmytims timmytims

I've had this for a week and a half, but I absolutely love it. It's re-orienting me around simple health goals and it's a pleasure to use.

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9.0
amf amf

Software needs more improvement. Sleep algorithm and info is almost useless. Step count too sensitive for my taste. I wear it on my left arm and Wrist Placement setting is at dominant hand. Previously using the Ultra and the Force is a big improvement!

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8.0
fwilliams70809 fwilliams70809

So - I bought this based on the review here and elsewhere. However - the wristband does not necessarily measure all "very active minutes" - for instance, it does does not register when I do a workout on the elliptical at the gym. Now - there is an online dashboard where you can see your...

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9.0
tmarie514 tmarie514

Admittedly, I'm a numbers nerd and crave data (hence, the Fitbit purchase). However, I'm disappointed by the lack of science behind the data that Fitbit produces. I understand it's meant to be a fancy pedometer, not a heart rate monitor, but I suppose I wanted...more... That being said, the...

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4.0
rbrown59 rbrown59

I lost the Force in less than a month due to the poorly designed wrist strap. I could never get it to snap on properly, it was always coming loose. For the most part it was nice device but the poor wrist strap is a killer for this product. Now waiting to see what Apple does in this space.

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2.0
MQDean MQDean

I bought this a month ago and loved the product except that it popped off several times and finally I lost it for good. VERY poor design that makes it hard to put on yet easily pops off. Someone did not do their homework or too much ego involved. Fitbit does not seem to get it. Their funders...

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10
mrmarcos mrmarcos

The engadget review is incorrect. The Force does measure floors, and the Flex does not. Also, the Flex can be worn in the pool, the Force should not even be worn in the shower.

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1.0
wasafitbitfan wasafitbitfan

Not only did I get a terrible rash from my Fitbit Force, I learned after I did that hundreds of people had already reported these rashes.

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4.0
MsMtDew MsMtDew

Updated January 14, 2014 - Let's get answers to our rashes/burns/sores/scars...answers to our injuries! I recommend all Fitbit Force users experiencing an issue should report your injury to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They have a simple, online form you can complete. Here is...

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