I had heard of Fitbit and I had never had the desire to wear one as I knew it wouldn't be as accurate and I thought having something on my wrist would drive me nuts. I had originally planned to upgrade to the BodyMedia Core 2, which was "supposed" to come out summer of 2013. However, they kept pushing the release date back and back...rumor has it...because of a company buy-out. Here we are in December and there is still no word of when it's coming out. I was excited about it because it was going to be waterproof. Not just splash proof like the fitbits are, but you could actually SWIM with it. That would be amazing! They were also going to have these fashion bands for them so that you looked a bit "cuter" wearing one. But mostly I was just excited for waterproof. So as time went by I started to get impatient. I wanted to upgrade to something...now. Enter the announcement for the Fitbit Force.
The Force is slightly bigger than the Flex (which a lot of my friends have), but that's because it has a display screen that actually shows your progress in numbers! The Flex uses dots to show how close you are to your main goal, but the Force can show the time, my steps, my calories, my active minutes, my distance walked, my flights climbed...AND it tracks my sleep for me. So basically, it tracks everything that my armband does and then a little bit more. I was pretty excited. Add onto all of that that I can wear it on my wrist and I was hooked. The problem, however, is that I knew before ever putting it on that it would not be as accurate as my armband.
The BodyMedia armband has sensors that actually press against your skin and make thousands of calculations a second regarding body temp, movement and a bajillion other things all scientific like. It's VERY accurate. 99% I think. The Force is worn around the wrist and is thus bounced around a bit and not held to the skin. There are no skin sensors. It is almost completely based off of your own body movements. This alone tells you it won't be nearly as accurate. The question was...how big would the difference be. Would it be worth it?
So for 5 days I wore both. I wore my armband AND my Force. I must admit I felt a bit silly and my arm felt rather decorated, but no one cared. Here's what I found.
DISCLAIMER: All information in this post is purely my own honest personal opinion. I was not contacted by BodyMedia or Fitbit about this review.
UPDATE: (4/3/14) The Fitbit Force, from what I understand has been taken off the market due to a small % of people having skin irritation. I chose to keep mine, rather than return it. It's never irritated my skin (and I do NOT wear it in the shower or pool) and I still absolutely LOVE it. I'm just sorry other people can't buy it now! Hopefully it will be fixed and back on the market soon :)