October 2nd 2011 6:42 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Durability The hinge seems to be wearing a bit, but over all it seems to still be in good condition. No noticeable wear or tear on the device yet. great!
  • Portability You will forget it's there. Though that can be a problem, if you forget to remove it when you change clothes. great!
  • Ease of use You wear it, and that's it. I'd appreciate it if, after a Tracking session, it would allow me to go over the final numbers, but the website is OK for that. great!
  • Design and form factor Feels like many pants pockets will over-extend the hinge. Can be difficult to put it on wrist band. Does't always feel secure. Belt clip is very uncomfortable. good
Detailed review
I rather like the Fitbit. It's a pedometer on steroids that does a lot of clever things, like measuring your basal metabolic rate. The thing about the Fitbit is that it isn't just the hardware: you have to use the website too, and that's where things get pretty powerful. You can track sleep, activities (manually logging overrides data from the tracker, so don't worry about double-logging), food, allergies, weight, and a bunch of other things as well.

I've always had a problem with its calibration, however. I don't know whether or not I can trust its estimation that I'm burning around 3,000 calories per day (my job can be fairly physical, so it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility), but I can never get its numbers to jive with GPS tracks or a treadmill, and I've re-calibrated my stride three times (I even did math with Fitbit tracked steps over GPS tracked distance). Still, it seems to be good enough for daily use.