Fitbit Ultra review
Fitbit is as easy to use as ever, but the features added to the second generation are too gimmicky to help justify that $100 price tag.
- Simple designEasy to useClean, intuitive website
- New features are mostly gimmicksExpensive for what it isOnly really counts steps
Oh, hey, Fitbit. Nice to see you again. Although we thought the original fitness tracker did too little for a $100 gadget, enough people apparently begged to differ, as the the outfit just trotted out a second-gen model, dubbed the Fitbit Ultra. Like its predecessor, this little guy analyzes eating, exercise and sleep patterns (largely with the help of an accompanying website). If you've been following along, you know that design hasn't changed much, while that website and hundred-buck price should be mighty familiar, too. This time around the company is adding a few new features, including Foursquare-esque badges and an altimeter for counting how many steps you've climbed. But does this series of minor enhancements add up to a significant improvement? Time to lace up your running shoes, kids, and meet us after the break.
How It Stacks Up
Life Tracker 1
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