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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
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- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE9 ReviewsLaptop Magazine80Fitbit Ultra Wireless Tracker ReviewWhile it would be nice if it had Bluetooth for wireless syncing, Fitbit's ease of use and wide range of features will satisfy anyone from couch potatoes to gym rats.CNET80Fitbit Ultra (blue)The $99.95 Fitbit Ultra offers the same great features and engaging backend analytical tools that the original model did. Admittedly, though, it's not as fancy as higher-priced devices like the $149 Nike FuelBand and Motorola MotoActv that can sync wirelessly directly to iPhones and Android smartphones. The Fitbit Ultra's badge-based incentives aren't extremely engaging, either, and a lot of the more powerful data-sifting tools reside in the Premium service. That said, for its price, it's a fun, well designed fitness gadget that's easy to wear and use.PC Mag70Fitbit UltraFitbit Ultra is a sleek, sturdy, and affordable device that can help you monitor your general physical activity level. It's meant for casual users, not serious athletes.TechCrunch70Fitbit Ultra: More Fitbit Goodness, Same Fitbit paIf you’re a hardcore runner, biker, luger, or anything else, this is probably not the best device. A sports watch with GPS and heart-rate monitor would be far superior.Engadget90Fitbit Ultra ReviewFitbit 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.Pocket-Lint70Fitbit Ultra ReviewIf you know that you are an active person already, then you probably don't need the Fitbit Ultra. If, however, you are on the cusp of changing your lifestyle, and getting up off the sofa, then this could just be the kickstart you need.Android Central80Fitbit ReviewThe Fitbit is a great fitness accessory, but this will require you to remember to use it daily, and to hold yourself accountable to trying to do better ... If you are serious about your health, and need a little extra boost to help you achieve your results, this is a great addition for you.ChipChick90FitBit Ultra ReviewIn case it was not clear: we couldn’t be happier with the FitBit Ultra. It has encouraged and nudged us towards a more active, and healthy, lifestyle.TUAW90Fitbit Ultra: An unobtrusive fitness trackerThe reason I like the Fitbit, after all, is that it's unobtrusive and I don't have to physically enter information on a small device or start and stop an app.
- 93AVERAGE USER SCORE32 ReviewsEngadget Reader80April 29, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100February 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love ItEngadget Reader90January 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I do work out every now and then, but this keeps me from getting too lazy. I park in the first spot I see instead of the closes to the door. I take the stairs, instead of the elevator. In general I push myself to do just a few more things than I would otherwise. Not a big change, but still, it has helped me a lot. I only wish it could sync with the phone (Android) since some days I don't sync it with it's base.Engadget Reader80December 28, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 28, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great tool when used with scales !Engadget Reader100October 10, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My only complaint about the FitBit Ultra is that it will not sync to my iPhone/iPad or Mac via Bluetooth. I have to use the FitBit dock. The newer FitBits solve this so it is a bit disappointing. That said, love this device. It is a must have for those who want to keep track of how much they are doing each day with walking, stairs, calories burned, etc. Also ties in very well with MyFitnessPal to keep track of everything.Engadget Reader90September 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really like this device and after using it for 3 months, along with their website for calorie tracking (free) I have managed to lose 5.6kg. It is easy to use and the scoring makes it a sort of game for me which of course is very motivational.David90August 20, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had the fitbit for about two weeks now, have played soccer with it, used it to track my training for an upcoming half marathon, and so far I've had no problems, and it's worked flawlessly.Engadget Reader90July 23, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 6, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'm on my third Fitbit and they have all been great. I highly recommend it.Engadget Reader90July 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have nothing but great things to say about my Fitbit. I've been using it for 6 months or so now and I feel naked if I ever forget it. Though I wish is that it could sync with my phone instead of needing the dock and would charge off of my movement.Engadget Reader80June 25, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Very nifty device that has shows you how active you have been. Using it for almost a month now and I find myself striving to hit those goals and push myself to reach them if I have not already reached them during the day. It is a good motivating tool to keep you active and allows you to track your progress. The price tag is fairly steep, however I got it on sale ($70) so I think it is a worthy investment. The design is nice allowing you to clip it on your clothing, however the clip is a little flimsy, I tend to use the belt clip whenever possible. I also wished it was in a band design like the jawbone up or nike fuel band. The website interface and app is very easy to use and shows you everything you need to know. This is a great step forward in devices that monitors your activity level.Engadget Reader90June 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 15, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Fitbit Ultra has been a noted and worthwhile improvement over the original; the web tools at Fitbit.com could still use some refinement.The device itself is small, discrete, and sturdy. It measures one's steps, both in steps and in distance, activity, stairs climbed, calories spent, and sleep patterns. The battery lasts for four or five days at a time and the display is bright and easy to read even in daylight.The device is meant to be used in conjunction with the Fitbit.com website, where a user's data can be stored and tracked and graphed over a given period of time. The website has entry fields for what one has eaten, one's mood, blood sugar, fluid intake, exercise, and several other things. For people who are serious about their health or who want to be more serious about their health, the device and website together are a very powerful tool. There is an active community section and Fitbit employees routinely monitor and take part in the discussions there, especially in the feature request forum.The fitbit, as a device, is a young brand, and there are still refinements to be made. The dock is somewhat cumbersome and the need to sync through a computer, rather than through the available mobile apps can be a little frustrating. Replacing either a dock or a clip or an armband (for sleep mode) is likewise cumbersome, with the company, for the moment, preferring to sell you an entirely new fitbit rather than just the needed accessory.Likewise, the website still needs work. In particular, the food entry system and meal planning areas would benefit from a complete re-design making it easier to enter things with one or two clicks and by making the brand field unnecessary. Also, the site needs to be more international with multi-lingual support, easier metric to standard switching, and a wider database of foods and dishes.To reiterate, as a device, the Fitbit Ultra is fantastic. As a service, it still needs some work but it has a lot of potential.Engadget Reader100May 11, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 11, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Sadly very easy to lose. I'm now on my second one. Very easy to use, superior food tracking to the Up (even though the food database is a little lacking) and the dashboard is a one-stop shop.Engadget Reader60April 25, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far I am impressed with the unit and the website associated with it. However the App crashes every single time I try to use it on my 4S and iPad. I can't use even the most basic functions. You start it up and it crashes. Half way to a great product.Engadget Reader90March 26, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader90March 23, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The fitbit is overall a great device. The biggest problem for me is that I forget to put it on in the morning because its so small.Engadget Reader100March 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 24, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 9, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The fitbit is one of the easiest devices I've ever used. Setting it up took less than 5 minutes: Plug in the base station, download the sync software, plug in the device and link it to your computer, and you're done. Once you put the device on you never have to think about it again, it syncs automatically in the background, and the battery lasts a week. Very slick.Engadget Reader90January 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I like the extreme ease in setting this thing up. Just plug it in and create your account on the Fitbit.com website. Then just start 'wearing' it, and make sure every now and then you are within 20 feet of your computer. That's all! Two weeks I can wear the littly thingy without any issues and then it needs a recharge. Very nice power consumption I would say. I love the way you can share data you like with your friends and get a little competition going.Engadget Reader100December 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A FitBit and a little OCD can go a long wayI'm the type of person that typically says "I'm tired just listening to you" when people talk about exercising or running a marathon or such. I've just never had the desire for exercise. So when the time came that I wanted / needed to start getting into better shape I turned to my geekness and started looking for something to help. That lead me to the FitBit Ultra. With the ease of use I had it active and syncing in no time. The first couple of days was getting a baseline of my current activity and tracking what I eat. Within a few days the I got the touch of OCD. I was looking at the FitBit frequently to get a status of my activity. Pushing myself for more. More steps, stairs and goals. I would think things like, "I only had 7k steps yesterday, I need to make up some today." Same with food tracking. Finally understanding how many calories I was eating and evaluating what I really 'wanted' to eat was a huge step for me. The OCD and the FitBit allowed me to lose 10 lbs. in 2 weeks. Actually I need to wrap up this review so I can go for a quick walk and get some more steps counted. :-)The only negatives I've seen after 2 weeks is that the 'clip' design and the wristband. The issue with the clip is that it really isn't. It feels too tight to be clipped on to any clothing. I read a lot of reviews of the original about cracking along the clip area and that it was improved with the Ultra but it still feels too tight. There is a clip included for thicker belts but I don't wear this out in the open like that. So it's usually in a pocket. The wristband used for sleeping is comfortable enough but getting the FitBit into the slot is a pain. It might just be a 'man hand' issue. Or I'm just not coordinated enough but I fight a little with it every night. The FitBit is a device that I highly recommend.Engadget Reader100November 29, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love love love my fitbit. If I had a complaint, it would be for them to look at different ways for it to clip on. And a way to use it durring lap swimming. I love it. I wear it every day.Engadget Reader100November 8, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Totally digging this little device. It tracked my sleep perfectly last night, and seems very accurate (when worn on the hip) in tracking stairs and steps. I'm glad I opted for this over the Aliph Jawbone Up, I don't really need another thing to wear on my wrist.Engadget Reader100October 16, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love this product and have been using it for over a year now. With this device as a tool along with the company's free website, I have been motivated enough to lose over 20 pounds now. It helps quantify my activity level every day and it motivates me to do better because i can compete with friends and family.Engadget Reader100October 14, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I don't enjoy exercise and always feel like technology will make me stay with it longer. At this point (4 days with a fitbit) and I am tracking my food, water, exercise, sleep, and steps all online. The process is simple, and I have actually enjoyed it. I have not paid for the premium service as I have not seen a reason to as of yet. I just dropped $99 on this bad boy, I don't need another $49 for premium services. All in all, the fitbit is pretty bad ass. It is so much more than a pedometer and it has really opened my eyes to how much i move, when i move and most importantly, when i am not moving enough.Engadget Reader90October 6, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall the Fitbit Ultra is a nice device. I use it to track my daily activity throughout the day. It has done a good job of tracking my climbs up the stairs at work or at my building when I get home. It only seems to track steps up which i guess makes sense.The motivational or supportive messages are something i think are cute but they don't really provide me any things because for me the device is not something i am usually looking at to see them. i tend to clip it on in the morning and Iâ€™m done till the end of the day with it.I do use the mobile webpage to enter what i am eating throughout the day and once I started adding food to my favorites I have found it a lot easier and quicker to use. My only complaint about this is that since itâ€™s a mobile webpage you canâ€™t access it when not on line.Do I think the Fitbit Ultra is a must have device? not really the original worked great and other than tracking my steps I have not seen anything that really makes it a must get upgrade. But since itâ€™s the same price as the original I would definitely go with the Ultra over the original.
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