Fitbit Force review: a wrist-worn pedometer with smartwatch aspirations
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.
- Simple, understated design
- Information-dense OLED display
- Wireless syncing over Bluetooth 4.0
- Stunning battery life
- Cumbersome app design
- Food database still lacking
When you're Fitbit, a fitness gadget maker at the top of its game, there's always the difficult question of what comes next. The answer, at least for this company, was to take its successful Flex band, and push it into smartwatch territory (if only barely). The Force keeps the same basic design and feature set, but adds a few new flourishes, like a proper screen and an altimeter. In doing so, it also nudged the price up to $130. On paper, it sounds like a recipe for success. But if you've ever bought a high-end gadget, only to have the experience ruined by a single shortcoming (say a tiny, non-removable battery), you know that what works on paper doesn't necessarily work in real life. So, the question isn't whether Fitbit can succeed (we know it can); it's whether it inadvertently screwed up its new fitness tracker. The answer is a bit complicated.
How It Stacks Up
Life Tracker 1
Your Pebble watch will still work after its servers shut down
A final update ensures that time keeps on tickin' tickin' tickin' into the fuuuuuture.
Fitbit's new sleep-tracking feature works well (most of the time)
The new Alta HR needs to sit firmly on your wrist all through the night.