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Customer Review

on 17 July 2014
Great device for monitoring daily activity and movement. It requires a simple set up - I used a Mac. Stick the wireless dongle in a USB port, register your device on the Fitbit website. Fill in the required info like height, weight and possibly stride length, and you're good to go. Tap the device twice and it gives you scale showing how far you have walked in 20% increments. It defaults to 10,000 steps and vibrates when you hit the target.
There is a usb charging cradle but no charger. Luckily I have spare chargers which take usb cables. I found that the charge lasts me 4-5 days. You do get a warning on the Fitbit website to recharge. The device is housed in a replaceable strap, so you can swap colours if that is your inclination. I don't like the square edge of the main strap body. A curved side would be less likely to catch on things. Also the catch is a 'triumph of form over function' and is a bugger to do up.

You wear the thing 24/7. You can set it into sleep mode and it will monitor your sleep - how restless you are and how often you wake. There are metal contacts on the device for charging when you remove it from the strap, so I wouldn't wear it for swimming etc. It should be okay in the shower but...I take it off for showering.

So what's it good for? Monitoring your day to day activity, like how much and how fast you have walked or run. It's not so good for other activities like cycling or weight training, so you need to update the website with details of any other activities.

If you do a lot of work on the website like inputting what you eat and adding information on your sporting activity you will get a good record of calories in and out. The website can link to other apps to suck in information and make use of other devices like wireless weighing scales and blood pressure meters. But if you are 'nerdy old school' you can manually add the information.

All in all I love the device, simple but effective. If they added a clock display, that would be great, but would probably eat up the battery. Just fix the catch and streamline the strap!
The website could do with some work. The food database is US, full of stuff you've never heard of. I haven't really played around with the reporting which is available as a premium option- you pay for it.
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