The Nike FuelBand SE works as an interactive pedometer, it measures your steps and your movements, and you wear it as a bracelet at al time, except of course when you are charging it. The band comes in small 27g, medium/large 30g or Extra large 32g allowing wrists of all sizes to enjoy this band.
Once you have the band wrapped snuggly around your wrist to attach the band you use the clip that also doubles up as a USB ports for connecting to your computer to see your fitness results, exports and share online.
For real time results on calories burned, fuel points, daily steps and the Nike activity metric this tracking band has a 3 axis accelerometer that is built in. This is the true heart of the Nike Fuelband. By collecting fuel points you are interacting in part of the “game” by gaining points for getting fit. Whether it is hiking backcountry, running or simply doing your normal routine Nike fuel points are used to measure your past performance and you can measure your performance against friends on Facebook.
Nike Fuel points are based on how much you move, and not to be confused with how many calories you have burnt. These Fuel points are displayed on the 25 coloured LEDs on the screen of the band by pressing once on the single button. Pressing the button twice displays the hours won screen, this is an interesting way of getting people to compete with their bands and friends in what Nike have called sessions, if you move for 5 minutes in a particular hour you win the hour, if you win seven hours you win the day, which sounds a lot easier that it actually is, as you need to be constantly moving for the entire duration of those five minutes, making a simple cup of tea won’t rack up your minutes. The third time you press the button displays the time is an easy to view digital format.
The Band works simultaneously with the Nike app on your smart phone only available on iOS unfortunately it is not available for Android or Windows. The app has a motivational target for the day, if you reach the target you get to a green bar, if you almost reach your daily target you get an orange bar and if you have had a lazy day you are displayed with a red bar, great for giving you that additional motivation to get up and move around.
The bands are really slim and lightweight and really don’t attract any attention to the piece of kit on your wrist. The biggest difference between the original Band and the SE version is the inclusion of the vibrant colours that Nike branded as the introduction of colour. The colours are a nice touch of design work, however the colours are only included on the inside of the band which when worn is hidden which seems like a slight flaw if you ask us as it would have been nice to see the splash of colour on the outside of the band for a more personal touch.
The biggest change is that the Nike FuelBand SE has Bluetooth 4.0, so data can be synced automatically with the app in real-time instead of having to sync manually or holding the button down. The Bluetooth standard is designed to deal with collecting information more frequently without adversely affecting the battery life.
The Nike Fuelband SE is also better when it comes to running in the rain or taking a shower however, it is not made for swimming. It is somewhat of a disappointment since its competitors Misfit Shine and Fitbit Flex are capable of being taken for a dip.
The other problem we have is that as great as Sessions is, the SE is still missing the ability to track a lot of things accurately. Its inability to track swimming is a particularly glaring flaw, and the lack of an altimeter means that it’s not as accurate for cycling as some other options on the market.
- Stylish fitness band
- Sessions is a great way to challenge yourself
- Battery lasts up to seven days
- Not fully waterproof
- Only works with iOS
- Doesn’t measure heart rate