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FitBit vs. Body Media?

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Body Media armband's bluetooth gave up just 2mos after the one year warranty expired. Contacting customer support got me a "here's a 15% off coupon to go buy a new one" with no idea if this is a common problem and I'm looking at a new one every 14mos. I don't have the money to do that, thankyouverymuch. Saw an ad here on SP for FitBit and how they sync with SP so checked them out. It looks like it has basically the same functionality but the unit is cheaper (even after the sale price and 15% off coupon) with no $6.95/monthly subscription fee to see my data. Even if I got their premium package to get all sorts of bells and whistles I'm not sure I need, it's still cheaper than the Body Media dashboard basic package so I'm really considering making the jump. I figure if being a loyal customer for 4yrs including paying fees when I wasn't even using the stupid thing and then buying a new one because it was BT and I could give my old one to hubby so we were then paying for two subscription fees isn't enough to earn some kind of "Oh, hey, yeah, that's not cool, let's do something to really help you out" instead of taking over a week to respond to my emails and a pittance...yeah, it's time to start shopping around.

So I ask you, which do you have and how do you like it?
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    i don´t use any either but i have loads of spark friends on here that have brought the fitbit and all like it.one of the teams i am on have even a thread about it .from what i remember of the thread their were two fitbit winners from people who had tried several versions.top was fitbit uniqueor equal(can´t quite remember which it was called but when you want can check it up for you and the second place was fitbit one.both of them have the sleep funtion which they were all saying surprized them,they also do climbing steps,etc.hope this helps love.what they all liked wasthe fact that it posted straight to sp so they were getting their points for tracking etc,automately.two of the people on the threads had also brought the scale that also post direct to sp. emoticon
    3127 days ago
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    I don't use either, but Coach Nicole wrote a review on the FitBit on daily spark and she really liked it. I suppose it will really depend what you use it for, how useful it will be to you!
    3127 days ago
    I weighed the options of the two before I bought my Body Media last March. I love it and can't speak to the unit quitting on you. I wanted more accurate data than the Fit Bit could give me - specifically calorie burn. Like anything, it's just a tool though - so if you are going to use a Fit bit, get a fit bit! :)
    3127 days ago
    I looked at various options and recently bought a Fitbit. I LOVE it. It syncs so easily with Sparkpeople in both directions so my fitbit takes into consideration my calorie inputs into SP and SP gets all my activity from the Fitbit. I'm also loveing the sleep tracking fuction and using it to try and improve my sleep patterns. There is no subscription cost to the fitbit website and it you have an iphone they have a great app so you can update wirelessly anywhere.
    3127 days ago
    Sorry that your Body Media broke.
    3127 days ago
    It's common for them to break? :

    Well, I guess I'm not going to need mine in 14 mo. I JUST bought one (I'm hoping it comes soon...) because I do NOT need a fancy pedometer (which is basically what the FitBit is. I've talked to personal friends my age who have had it, and said the first couple months it's a great tool to understand activity levels throughout the week, but that in the end, it was nothing but a fancy pedometer). The thing about the FitBit is that it has a pedometer accelerometer in it and now a new altimeter, but it isn't good for gym exercises. Knowing your true 'activity level' outside of the gym is great and all, but it isn't accurate if you do non-walking based activities. For example: when I clean my apartment, it involves a lot more bending down and standing up and waving my arms around trying to get the stuff up top. My apartment is very small and I don't end up "walking" a lot because of that, so a FitBit would only count the steps I take during my clean, completely ignoring the fact that even though I'm 'moving' slowly and not very much (I wore a pedometer once, and I took only about 300 steps cleaning), my HR was up and I could tell this was more exercise than any fitbit or pedometer would notice.

    So keep that in mind. The FitBit really just adds in steps tracked and maybe tells you you are burning more a day than Spark estimates, but you still have to track a lot of extra stuff to get a true reading.

    And honestly, while the bluetooth is fabulous, if it breaks, what's the big deal? don't get one with the bluetooth. It's fun, yeah. But why not just get one that syncs and when you get home from work or anytime you need to check something on a computer, sync it?
    3127 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 2:31:24 PM
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