The Fitbit One is a small yet very impressive fitness tracker. By clipping the Fitbit One to your clothes the gadget goes completely unnoticed for the duration of the day whilst accurately tracking your steps, how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed and how many kilometres you’ve travelled.
The little gadget is perfect for those who don’t want to wear a tracker on the wrist, however because of this the Fitbit One is lacking any form of heart rate monitoring.
Essential Reading: An Introduction To Fitness Wearables
The Fitbit One can be clipped securely almost anywhere you like. Whether you’re clipping it to your trousers, pocket or bra, the size of the gadget is so discreet and lightweight that you won’t even recognise that it is there; because of this it makes the Fitbit One a great piece of everyday wearable technology. You don’t even have to worry about it getting slightly wet because the tracker is sweat, splash and rain proof.
At night you do need to take the Fitbit One out of its rubber casing and slip it in to the armband that comes with the device. The Fitbit armband you wear whilst sleeping is actually really comfortable. It’s soft, doesn’t irritate the skin and after wearing it a few times you don’t even notice it’s there when you’re in bed.
Initial impressions of the Fitbit One included a doubt in regards to accuracy. When wearing the arm strap in bed, the tracker logged just over 100 steps despite being asleep. However, the more use you get out of the Fitbit One the more you see it improve. When sat at a desk the stepometer stops immediately and then proceeds counting again as soon as you are back on your feet – no steps go unnoticed and any doubts regarding accuracy are quickly abolished.
The types of fitness activities the Fitbit One tracks is lacking a little compared to other fitness trackers on the market – the gadget only tracks running, walking and hiking so if you’re a cyclist, swimmer or gym goer then this fitness tracker will be nothing more than a stepometer and sleep monitor to you.
The OLED screen allows you to view the time as well as your daily fitness stats. Simply press the small, and only, button at the top of the Fitbit One and it will show you how well you’re doing by displaying how many steps you’ve taken, floors climbed, calories burned etc.
The Fitbit One is said to have 10+ days of battery life from fully charged but we found after 7 or 8 days of full usage you start to get a little conscious of it running out of battery half way through the day. But, the charging cable is a small USB, which is tiny enough to throw in your bag so you can charge at work or on the go if running out of battery is a concern for you.
Fitbit’s app is extremely user friendly with a wide variety of tracking tools. Not only is the Fitbit One an excellent stepometer it can also accurately analyse your sleep. Plus, you can use the app to log your daily food and water intake and it will cleverly calculate, using your fitness statistics, how many calories you have burnt throughout the day.
Logging food intake via the Fitbit app proved to be a lengthy process. Someone that makes a lot of food from scratch would consider it quite timely to program in each individual ingredient and quantity. The bar code scanner is a great feature to quickly log foods, simply use your phone’s camera to hover over the items barcode and the app will read it and give you an accurate result of the nutritional value in that particular product. However, a lot of popular food is not picked up by the barcode scanner, which means you have to manually input the details. Once you have logged one item it does prepopulate in your app under the ‘Frequent’ column, so if you eat a certain food regularly you only have input it’s data once.
The sleep analysis is fairly accurate – the app provides you with a break down of how long you were actually awake and restless for whilst also giving a reading of the total amount of time asleep.
As well as viewing your fitness statistics you can use the app to see how much battery life you have left. You can also add your friends who own a Fitbit device and for an extra motivation boost you can set challenges against your mates.
The Fitbit One is cheap and for a tracker of this build that is a very good price. Its feature list isn’t as extensive as some of it’s other Fitbit family member but for the price it really can’t be beaten. Overall the little gadget is a good motivator, giving you all the fitness statistics you need and congratulating you on your daily achievements by giving you a badge when you have reached one of your goals.