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 We have withdrawn our Engadget Score until the problems are resolved.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
wayneis wayneis

I like it and now use this instead of a watch, its small , light and after some time hardly noticeable on your wrist. You can select the dominant hand under view settings on the web page dash board along with adjusting the clock face to include seconds as well as setting a vibrating alarm which...

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5.0
iota1 iota1

I wanted this really bad when it came out.... It was the answer to what I wanted in a tracker. A watch, wrist worn, easy to read display. Perfect right? NO! The first thing I noticed was it didn't count stairs when using a handrail. It is designed to be worn on the wrist -surely they...

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