Fitbit Force Review

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In my pursuit to get back into shape, I’ve enlisted the help of the Fitbit Force, the company’s newest fitness tracker. And I’m glad to say – no buyer’s remorse here. It’s a splendid device, and though it’s still not perfect, it sure comes close to it.

What it does

The Fitbit Force up-close and personal (clockwise, beginning from top left): the lone button on the Force, the strap, charging port and the Fitbit branding

The Fitbit Force up-close and personal (clockwise, beginning from top left): the lone button on the Force, the strap, charging port and the Fitbit branding

If you’re still not familiar with the Force, this here’s a wristband that features built-in sensors that track how many steps you’ve taken, how many floors you’ve climbed, and how long you’ve stayed continuously active, and based on those info and other personal deets you’ve inputted (i.e. weight and height), will also give you data on how much calories you’ve burned and the distance you’ve already traveled.

Fitbit Force icons

The icons (left to right): Step, Mileage, Active Minutes, Silent Alarm

And yes, it gives you the time and has a silent alarm too.

Fitbit Force: Watch Mode

The Force is a watch too

When paired with the Fitbit app – available on both iOS and Android (unlike the app for the Nike FuelBand which is only available for iOS devices) –  you can also get info on your quality of sleep – the Fitbit Force can record it but other than duration, you won’t get any other info  from it – specifically when you’re sound asleep, awake, and restless; and create a food plan, add info on your fluid consumption for the day, and input weight changes too, for a better picture of your daily fitness mileage.

Fitbit Force: There’s an app for that!

 You can also sync your Fitbit Force data via your PC or Mac. It’ll then upload all the info to the web for viewing at Fitbit.com.

What it doesn’t (aka wish list)

Having said all that, it still isn’t a smartwatch. Yes yes, I know. It’s a fitness tracker, and nowhere did Fitbit say it’s a smartwatch/smartband.

But let’s face it, all Fitbit’s lacking now is a new Android app (or update to its current one) and a software update for the Force to actually turn this bad boy to a smartwatch/smartband that’ll give you the heads up when you’ve got a new SMS or email, or even a call.

But hey, who knows, maybe they’re saving that idea for their next offering. Maybe. Maybe not. Hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

More importantly though, I wish there was a way you could find out how much juice is left on the Force without having to resort to the app. That’s one feature I wish the FuelBand had, and unfortunately, it’s still a wish I have for the Fitbit Force.

This aren’t real deal-breakers, in my opinion. Just some tidbits I think you need to know.

What I love

As I said earlier, I’ve been using it for two weeks already, and believe it or not, that’s all on one single charge. Yep, after a total of 14 days of continuous use, it’s still alive and kicking. So in case it still needs to be said, I love, love, love the battery life of the Fitbit Force.

And even though its display might seem a tad bit on the small said, its OLED display more than makes up for it. It’s crisp and bright enough that, no matter how sunny the day is, you can read info off it nice and right.

Fitbit Force vs Nike FuelBand

The Force side-by-side with the FuelBand

Oh, and if you think it’s a bit on the heavy side based on its size compared to the FuelBand, it’s not. It’s actually very light. So light – and so comfortable to wear, might I add – there were times I completely forgot I was wearing it.

What I don’t like (aka needs improvement)

The strap, though it proved to be solid enough, is still not quite as good as I want it to be. Here’s the thing, since it doesn’t fasten on to become one seamless strap, there’s a slighting protruding part where things can get snagged on to unfasten it.

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That’s one thing I can’t complain about the FuelBand. It snaps on and stays on until you remove it.

I’m not saying it’ll happen, but it CAN happen, and HAS actually happened to me several times already. Not that often, but still, it has happened.

Last, but certainly not the least, I wish it were more water-resistant. Fitbit says it IS water-resistant, but at the same time, advises that you should remove it when showering. So yeah, it basically isn’t water-resistant enough. It should be ‘cause, given how comfortable it is to wear, you should be able to wear it and take it with you wherever and whatever you’re doing, regardless if water is involved or not.

Verdict

I already said it at the beginning – the Fitbit Force is a remarkable fitness tracker.  It tracks pretty much everything with regards to your fitness and looks great too.

You might have a hard time looking for one, though, as Fitbit issued a recall due to a number of users reporting a rash of some sort developing because of the Force’s strap. No rash here, thankfully. Hope it stays that way.

Read more about the recall here.

If still you seriously want one, regardless of the risk involved – and I know some of you do – I’m sure a quick search on Sulit or via Google will yield you some favorable results so you.

But when you buy, do know, your buying at your own risk.

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2 thoughts on “Fitbit Force Review

  1. Karina

    The Force was recalled because it has caused serious blistering burns that last for weeks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges people to return them as soon as possible. Google the images of burned arms. It’s irresponsible at best to tell people to buy this product.

  2. Pat Robers

    10,000 users have the BURN and the numbers are increasing every day… We know that it takes time for the rash to develope, so far up to 98 days… I certainly hope you don’t get the rash.

    The CPSC has recalled the product. This is no longer a “voluntary” recall. And as Karina said this is a very irresponsible review, when there are a dozen device on the market right now and more coming out later this year.

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