Living a healthier life these days is made easier thanks to the many gadgets dedicated to tracking and motivating us to keep focused on our goals. One such gadget comes from Fitbit and it’s called Fitbit One. Unlike previous Fitbit trackers, the Fitbit One boasts a much smaller size and clearer screen, but that’s only part of the story.
In addition to the aesthetic improvements, a splash-proof design makes those accidental runs through the rain or splashes while doing the dishes a bit less scary for the wearer. I lost my Fitbit Ultra during an unscheduled trip to the washing machine, and the Fitbit one doesn’t guarantee against that type of incident causing damage, but it’s good to know it has a little extra protection from the elements.
Unlike previous Fitbit devices, the Fitbit One doesn’t have a built-in clip that makes it look more like a clothespin than a clever fitness gadget. The Fitbit One can be kept in your pocket and is about the size of a small USB thumb drive. It’s smooth on all edges and I would probably trust it in the same pocket as my smartphone, though it’s recommended that you keep it in a pocket by itself to improve accuracy. An included belt clip doesn’t add much (if anything) to the bulk of the unit and secures easily to waistbands and belts big and small.
Here’s a look at some of the things the Fitbit One does.
- Step tracking
- Distance tracking
- Tracks floors climbed
- Calorie tracking
- Measures activity level
- Wireless syncing
- Free online services (including food and weight logging)
- Measures productive sleep
- Silent alarm
- Works attached to bra, belt, or inside pocket
- 5-7 days of battery life per charge
The Fitbit One is small enough to fit just about anywhere. It feel very well built in my hands, and the screen can be adjusted using the online software to conform to a right or left-handed person. The included wrist strap works very well during sleep. It is comfortable enough not to be noticed and the velcro doesn’t come apart very easily. This is an especially strong point for restless sleepers that do a lot of tossing and turning like myself.
Speaking of sleep, let’s talk sleep monitoring. The Fitbit One rests on your arm at night and tells you not only how long you slept, but how many times during the night you woke up. Our most restful sleep happens during long periods of undisturbed slumber. When we toss and turn during the night, we tend to disturb our sleep and wake up for brief periods. Often, we forget that it even happened, but it’s all right there on the chart.
When I first started using Fitbit, I would wake up 35+ times a night. After adjusting a few variables in the bedroom (temperature, position, background noise) I’ve been able to get that average down to about 10-15. It isn’t a sure-fire way to get a more restful sleep, but it is a great way to find out more about just how much (or how little) you’re actually sleeping each night.
Fitbit’s food tracker connects to Lose It! which is an amazing free online service that helps you keep track of what you’re eating and when. As part of my personal diet (recommended by a doctor) I have to keep the caloric intake down to a certain level. Fitbit (and Lose It!) help me do it from my Galaxy Nexus.
Is the Fitbit One a good value at $99? What price would you put on your health? For me, it’s easily one of the best $99 I’ve ever spent.