Fitbit Review

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Posted under: Digital Natives From the Blog Uni iPhoneApp Reviews 13th of September, 2014

As smartphones grow ever so smarter, more and more of life’s simple applications are able to connect with your phone. You can view some of the more innovative ones in the technology section of Kickstarter – programmable light bulbs which fit into your regular lamps, a handheld molecular sensor, or even a paper plane controlled by your phone. fitbit Fitbit, while not a Kickstarter project, is one of these newfangled pieces of technology that is made to make your life easier, exciting, and/or rewarding. There is a range of fitbit devices, but the basic premise is that you wear the fitbit on your wrist or you have it in your pocket, and it acts like a more complex odometer. When I saw that fitbit was now stocked in my local JB Hi-Fi, I thought that this was an opportune moment to try out something new, and not wait weeks in shipping time, or months of development time. What follows is my thoughts after the first day of using the fitbit. Day Two: 6th September, 2014 The first thing I noticed when taking out the packaging is that fitbit is aimed at a younger generation. The only instructions available is a small pamphlet, saying the same thing in six different languages: “To set up, go to” Being the young and hip person that I am, I am of course able to follow these instructions, and probably didn’t need them anyway, but I find that the lack of explicit instructions already excludes those from older generations. Anyway, onto the actual product. Worn alongside my hockey wristbands on my non-dominant wrist (as fitbit suggests), the fitbit flex is comfortable, unobtrusive and generally easily ignored – which is how any monitor should be. The information it records is stored in the device, which can then be shared with a smartphone whenever bluetooth is switched on. As someone who is very cautious of overusing battery, this is great for me. I can turn on bluetooth for a brief couple of seconds to transfer the data, and then switch it off to continue powersaving. The data itself seems very accurate. It measures steps accurately, and no shaking of the fitbit or half-hearted motions mimicking an arm in motion will fool it into believing I am walking. A variety of meters show my progress for the day – steps taken, kilometres walked, ‘active minutes’, calories burned, and even a sleep monitor (a feature of the fitbit flex). I won’t go into these in detail until a bit more trialling, but thus far I am most looking forward to discovering what these ‘active minutes’ are, and how well this pairs with my MyFitnessPal app.

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