Fitbit or Up?
Do you already have a Fitbit? Are you going to switch to the Up (or considering getting one and using both)?
- I don't see how wearing a wristband everywhere is as feasible as wearing a discrete clip on your belt (I also hate wearing stuff on my wrist - that's why my phone is my watch!)
- Like everything these days, they're releasing on iOS first, and I haven't seen an announcement for Android, just "working on it"
- It may be very easy to plug into your phone, but there's seriously nothing easier than the Fitbit. I do absolutely nothing.
- I still can't figure out how you can get accurate whole-body movement information from something on your wrist versus something attached to your torso. How does it tell the difference between running and something like grating cheese?
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I definitely prefer the food tracking on fitbit a lot more than the UP. The picture idea is cool, but what it is it really recording? Also you can't go back and add food. Fitbit let's you add food you ate at any meal at anytime and gives you a calorie counter.
Sleep tracking is pretty much the same on both.
Like other posters not really sold on UP's pedometer. My fitbit logged 5,800 steps today and UP came in at 6,800. That's a pretty big difference. I'm assuming my fitbit is more accurate, making the UP 1k steps off...
As far as wearability the black UP isn't eye catchy, I thought it would be a lot thinner and more metallic from earlier pictures I'd seen. But it's kinda bulky and rubber, with an easy to loose cap on one end. Conversely I do like how easy it is to wear... But I am in good habits of moving my fitbit between the "Chapstick" pockets of my jeans.
Overall I'm thinking of returning the UP I like that it's water proof and the alarm is cool, but it just doesn't seem worth $100. I was really disappointed that it wasn't wireless considering it was a Jawbone product.
I found a link that explains it better than I possibly could: www.bodytronics.com/page/bodytronics/PEDOMETERSHOW...
I have worn my FitBit in a variety of ways and find the count is consistent... whether it's in a pocket, on my bra or wrist brace. I am making the assumption that the UP is using something on par with the "normal" technologies...
I might be more inclined to check it out and play with it if they allowed the user more control over their data, etc, the way that FitBit does.
- Up only works with iOS devices right now, and there's no web interface. I'm planning a move to Android soon, and this would kind of burst that bubble.
- The Fitbit seems more inconspicuous than the Up. The Up's pastel colors seem like they would sharply contrast with skin and more people would ask about it. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I would be wearing one of these things for my benefit, not to make a fashion statement.
I hardly use the iPhone app (it only displays data but does not sync it) but use the website (on desktop and iPad) more. I agree that FitBit should have an android app in principle, but since you cannot sync your data without the base an app seems secondary.
I still think the Up scores higher points design-wise, but have recently seen a few articles about Ups that randomly brick and stop working. To Jawbone's credit though, it seems like the company is doing a great job replacing bad Up devices for their customers, and are trying to sort it out. Rather than link to those articles and reviews here, I figure the gdgt community can find them via google.
Funny enough, the biggest reason I didn't get an Up was because I was afraid of losing the cap, and that seems to be a big problem for Up owners.
Overall, I'm glad I got my FitBit and am seriously thinking about getting a set for my Mom and Dad -- I am concerned about their health and want an easy way to check in with them since I live in another state. It seems like it is simple enough for my parents to use - they don't need complicated data visualizations.
For that reason, I think the price should be $50-60 rather than $99 to make the price point more affordable. I think many of us want to be healthy with our families, friends and loved ones and the current $99 price makes buying them for multiple family members out of reach for those that want one, but can't afford one or justify that expense. If you could buy two for $100 or $120, then I bet FitBit would see multiple family members, or workout buddies/friends/couples buying them.
I've only been using Up for a few days now, but so far I'm leaning towards Fitbit as a better product.
I feel like my steps can be more accurately calculated by something I wear on my waist then something on my wrist.
You get more visual feedback on the Fitbit then the Up, (calories, steps, distance, activity level). The Up has an icon that shows you if it's in active mode or sleep mode.
The Up has to be plugged into your iPhone in order to sync info to your online account, with the Fitbit you just need to walk near your base station.
As far as the two Apps. Fitbit is more intuitive. I'm still trying to figure out how to enter things and join challenges with the Up. On Fitbit, you enter items that you've eaten as text, which I must say their database has grown quite a bit since they first started, it's easy to select from your list of favorites. Entering the water amount you've drank is super easy with as little as two taps. On Up, you take a photo with your phone (can not select from photo album), and it doesn't let you log any calorie information, just a description and you can tag a location. BUT, what's cool about it is that in a certain amount of time after you log it, you get a push notification that allows you to select your mood so you can get an idea of how the food you eat affects your lifestyle.
Joining Challenges is interesting and motivation, but I think my interest will fade as it did with Nike+ challenges. There is a company that is allowing you to earn points by completing challenges and then you can use your points as a reward currency which is smart, yet I have been having trouble linking my account and haven't gone through that whole process yet.
The vibration feedback of the Up is unique and cool. I thought about purchasing a gadget that worked with the iPhone that was a bracelet to wake you up with a vibration during optimal sleep cycles, but this bracelet is cheaper and does the same thing (so for that alone this product is worth it to me). You can set the bracelet to vibrate when you've been inactive for so long, which is awesome because it's startling when you're not thinking about it (Fitbit shows you an icon with leaves, but you have to actively go and check it).
So for now, I'm going to continue to use both for the unique perks.
Good thing I still have my Fitbit!
I've also read on a bunch of posts in the official forum of poor battery life. So far I have not experienced it but there is a huge group that have.
Also wearing it is ok. For the most part I don't notice it until I decide to use a computer and it rubs along the desk.
If more problems pop up I will return it. Thank goodness I got it from the apple store so returning it won't be an issue.
The main issue I have is it doesn't have a web interface, sometimes I like to manage things via the web.
Personally I think having a watch integrated makes more sense than something else that goes in your pocket. Having the watch obviously water resistant/proof and use low power bluetooth 4.0 to connect to you smartphone also makes the most sense on many levels:
1- Syncing watch with phone without touching phone
2- Receiving text messages or alerts on watch without touching phone
3-It's normal to wear a watch. Though some people go a little crazy with the fight cancer/livestrong bracelets, it's not normal to wear anything else on your wrist if you're a guy. This has to appeal to guys to be successful. My assumption is that few women will want it unless Jawbone spends a ton on advertising.
4- Less is more. One versatile device. I wouldn't mind this being integrated into my phone, but I don't think I would use it. Making it into a watch instead of something else to carry on me makes sense.
Other products that waiting made a whole lot more sense: iPad, PSP, iPhone, Macbook Air, I'm sure there's plenty others.
I understand that many can be cynical about my critique of first gen products, but the 2nd and 3rd gen of many "breakthrough" products are improved significantly so much over the 1st gen and the to to wait in between seems to be shrinking with many products as well.
I found the sleep tracking info really interesting as well..
To be honest, I am a nut about tracking exercise, sleep, workouts, mileage etc.. So I am very excited to get my hands on the Jawbone UP..
If it is as good as the fitbit.. But stays attached to my person.. I will get one.. For sure
Can't say much about the fitbit, other than it just seems like a glorified pedometer. If you really want to see a change in your fitness habits, spend your money on a good pair of sneakers or a gym membership, and start working out.
It's a pedometer that utilizes current technologies. And for data nerds... that's hawt.
I have good sneakers and a gym membership.
I love my fitbit. I use it to keep tabs on my activity level and track my sleep. I use it in conjunction with my Withings scale (wifi, tracks body fat %) and RunKeeper (tracks my runs). I would like a better way to track my food and to track my circuit training.
This is an exciting space and I love seeing competition from Jawbone (though I see no reason to switch from Fitbit).
The food photo thing, only really works as a way to visualize what you're eating throughout the day. It also sends you a message an hour or so after you're recorded an item to ask how you feel after eating it, which I'm sure will help those people who don't quite understand that what you eat effects how you feel later on. But that's all it does, it doesn't like say, "hey! You had an omelet, that's 600 calories..."
The Fitbit is a glorified pedometer. But for someone who wants to track that kind of stuff, it's very convenient. Once it's set up, you just have to remember to wear it, and it syncs with your online account automatically if you're in range of the base station, so whenever you want look up your activity or sleep you go to the website or app online.
the up sounds like its going to be an interesting device i will buy one from best buy and give a month to make sure its something i will use.
i agree with some of what was stated here light you just put the fitbit on and forget about it and thats all you got to do. once you get home it will sync up for you and all you need to do it charge it every few days.
Here are my impressions on another forum but feel free to ask any questions here
im a bit concerned that to synch it i have to plug it into my phone but also like the fact that i can get data to the app more often then I can to the Fitbit since it only syncs when I'm home.
Yes i know that i can look at the display of the Fitbit to see the stats also. and i don;t think there is any display on the Up.
also where did you pick it up at?
Syncing the UP is easy and takes less than 10 seconds, and the benefit of knowing where you are stepwise on your lunch break at work is kinda cool. Although I think it would've been way cooler if it was a low power Bluetooth sync.
I picked up my UP at the Apple Store, the one I visited carried the black model in S/M/L.
Also sorry to hear about the sync trouble my Fitbit has been syncing fine on Mac OS 10.5 to 10.7 for me.
The idea of a 24/7 wristband that I just keep on is appealing. If I don't have a reason to not put it back on, then I'm more likely to keep wearing it. Have to double-check on its shower wearability.
I'm mostly concerned about how it connects to the phone - bluetooh, I"m guessing. Which could have a pretty sizable impact on the phone's battery life depending on how frequently it chats with the phone. I'm guessing it's a pretty consistent connection
$99 feels a little steep for something I may stop wearing, but I'll give it a month or two and see if the price dips