on 9 August 2013
I got my nike fuelband second hand but never used.
Pros- Very motivating to exercise instead of taking buses/car. I just love seeing the fuel gauge fill up, I went drinking last night. Realising that I was at 90% completion with around 20mins before midnight I bought it on myself to sprint the remaining way to achieve the awesome "goal" show when you reach the target.
- I think there's a light intensity sensor because when I activate it in daylight the time will come up and then increase brightness to be more visible but at night it stays the same.
-Very clear led's.
-the simplicity of having one button and managing the settings on the computer.
-The nike+ pc software is really nice, but can be a bit weird having 2 places to do settings for the band (nike+ online opens up with the pc software). I also like that you can set goals and customise how many fuel points you want to get.
Cons- My band's battery life is a bit sporadic, I charge every 20 hours give or take and sometimes it'll charge in an hour and sometimes in 10 minutes but the battery bar will usually be around 1/2 full. I think this may just be mine though seeing as it was second hand and on zero battery for quite a while
- Nike+ app is only on ios, so android and everyone else has to plug their fuelband into the computer every day to upload progress.
-Can cause slight discomfort when doing push ups or repetitive hand movements (I mean like tennis, not what you're thinking).
Overall- great for people trying to track stats for physio reasons, people trying to lose weight who need motivation/ a plan and for athletes to track calories and distance. I think it'll work very well for most but not for some (if you're impressed by flashy stuff and need motivation like me then this a must).
You can even just use it to ensure you keep a healthy balance of calorie intake, another thing I use it for to try make my eating habits healthier
on 21 June 2012
This is a very nice bit of tech and adds that extra level of motivation.
Not hit your fuel points yet? Take the stairs instead of the lift! It really does keep your mind on the goal. :)
I am a very active person anyway with running 4 nights a week and cycling to and from work (30mile round trip) everyday, so to me, this was just another gimmick I just had to have! 6-7k is what I keep hitting, though a daily gym goer with an office job can look to achieve 3-4k.
It has a great battery life and just looks super cool. The website keeps getting improved and just adds to the number game. A mate of mine is getting it just for the watch aspect lol.
The only downside to the Fuel Band is rust. Although it is advertised as being water resistant (not water proof), it actually isn't. They say you can shower with it but you can't swim. If you do decide to shower with it then you will start to notice the 4 torx screws on the inside of the band will start to rust. Very unpleasant.
Nike will request you to send your band back to them in order to fix this flaw. Instead, I just used the same sizing screw found behind the screen of a couple of old HTC QTEK 9100 mobiles and the band was back to normal.