I checked out the Fitbit Flex, which is a bracelet version of what I previously had, but eventually decided upon the UP. The bracelets make the mind think about movement more often because its not hidden from view, so you are reminded about it more often. What were the deciding factors?
- FitBit Flex band....saw numerous mentions of it breaking. Clasping the Fitbit Flex’s strap shut is tricky. The UP wristband snakes around your wrist, and takes no effort to put on or remove.
- UP can also fit on your ankle, which is a added benefit if you want to wear it in a more discreet place. Many of these devices inaccurately track stationary exercise (eg bikes, elliptical, treadmills), but if you can easily attach it to your ankle, problem is resolved! You may not be moving your hands on a bike, but you are definitely moving your legs! This isn't related to just stationary bikes, but bike riding outside is often misrepreseted as well.
- I didn't want to burn my battery syncing via bluetooth. UP ensures a quick sync via the speaker port on your phone. Takes a second, really. Sure, I would prefer wireless syncing, but its a small effort and its not a hindrence to me. I also thought that the process of syncing will ensure that I look at the stats more often, and yet not always be in my face (as with the Flex). I can appreciate both, however, I don't want to live looking at my steps every few seconds. I'm inundated with data enough.
- UP battery life is twice as long as the Flex (10 days v 5 days).
- I had some Apple giftcards burning a whole in my pocket, and Apple sells UP :)
Note: you can manually sync (eg if you modified your goals), but the syncing will occur automatically if you insert the UP into the speaker port. For me, I just need to be cognizant that the "bumper" on my iPhone doesn't always make this easy, even when it appears that the UP is fully inserted into the phone's speaker port. So, sometimes I just need to give it an extra push.
Slide your finger to the left, you see:
Easy enough to initiate some auto feeds into other applications (via the "Apps" icon). Yes, very iPhone-like.
From the main screen, you can click on three vertical bars. You basically want to ensure, by the end of the day, that both your steps and sleep icon go all the way "UP" to the top...yes, pun intended. I had a 96% effective sleep. and thus far, I'm only at 16% of my daily activity goal.
When you click on the "Sleep" icon:
When you click on the "Steps" icon:
When you click on the "Food" icon:
The integration to and from MyFitnessPal seems appropriate. Syncing is not an issue, and its quite speedy thus far. The food detail does not come over, but the total calories consumed per meal, and the nutrition breakdown, comes over properly. In addition, mealtimes are indicated on the timeline on the screen. So, you can see in the image above, I had breakfast and lunch already.
Note, however, that UP is more focused on physical activity than weight loss. True, one is required to attain the other. But for weight loss progress, I defer to MyFitnessPal. That being said, if you want to ease efforts, this will do it....focus on the activity and sleep, and the goal of weight loss will be reached. If you are a data nerd (like me), you will mostly want to look at the detail on MyFitnessPal. This is actually a bit backwards, and I realize it. Again, if you are doing everything right, you don't need to do anything else! But I simply cannot NOT look at the data if its there. So, in other words.....UP focuses on the lifestyle, while MyFitnessPal focuses on the daily goal. I think there is value in both, but once I attain my goal, I cannot say that I will ever visit MyFitnessPal on a regular basis, but I will continue to utilize UP.
All in all, once I gained comfort with UP, I do like it! I love the flexibility of the band. I love that i can place it on my ankle discreetly when I don't want to be so open about tracking my body. While I was put back with the lack of weight loss focus on the UP, in the brief time I have had it, I now understand why. Again, as a culture, we need to focus on the lifestyle....focus on the journey to being healthy, rather than the minutae in MyFitnessPal.
Well, for those on the fence, I hope this helps!