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Fitbit Flex vs. the One

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The New Flex: Wireless Activity Tracker

A few months ago I excitedly announced my love of the Fitbit One. I received one as a gift when I attended BlogHer this past summer and I honestly didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

The One is a clip-style tracker with a display showing your:

  • Steps
  • Calories Burned
  • Distance Covered
  • Floors Climbed
  • Very Active Minutes

I loved that I could wear it and check my stats without my phone or computer.

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It also had a clock that I’d check quite frequently as I don’t wear a watch.

Honestly, there wasn’t one thing I didn’t like about that little device until I lost it. :(

Somewhere between Lexington and Baltimore it must have slipped off. I know I put it on in the morning and when I got back to the house it was gone.

I was devastated.

Well, that’s a little dramatic, but I was upset. I really enjoyed having the 10,000 step goal and it really helped me adopt more of a #wycwyc attitude. I started walking more, sneaking in short runs and playing more actively with the kids.

I heard from quite a few folks that Fitbit will replace lost units so I reached out to their customer service. They responded within 24 hours but since I didn’t purchase my unit, they couldn’t help me. I totally understood.

That’s when I decided to buy a different model and compare the two for the blog.

My FitBit Flex

That’s me and my new Fitbit Flex. Unlike the One it’s worn on your wrist like a watch. At first I didn’t think I would like it but truth be told, I put it on and totally forget it’s there!

It’s made with a very comfortable rubbery material and the small fits my wrist perfectly.

Instead of a detailed display it uses a series of dots that let you know what percentage of your steps you achieved. The device also vibrates once you hit 10,000 steps and it has scared the bejesus out of me a few times, but it always makes me smile.

The Flex tracks all the same stats as the One except for floors climbed. Here’s my stats from yesterday…

fitbit stats

Surprisingly, the One and the Flex are the same price, $99.95. I would have assumed the One was a more expensive model with the detailed display and extra stat but I guess it evens out with the Flex’s easy-to-wear wrist band water resistant nature. (The One is not water resistant.)

Honestly, I liked the One a lot more mostly because of the display, but the convenience of wearing the Flex around your wrist is a bonus.

Funny enough, Fitbit recently announced the Force.

Fitbit Force

From all the info I read it seems like the perfect marriage of the Flex and the One. It can be pre-ordered now for $129 and will ship in 4-6 weeks.

I’m seriously thinking about it!

Overall I love the FitBit line of products. They help give me that little nudge to move more and they integrate easily into my life with the web site dashboard and phone apps. Bonus: They also play nice with MyFitnessPal. :)

Fitbit Force

Full Disclosure: This is not a paid review. The One was a gift from BestBuy at BlogHer. I purchased the Flex myself. I have joined the Fitbit affiliate program through shareasale.com and will make a small percentage of any sales made online through this link and any links found in this review.



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Discussion

There are 23 comments so far.

    Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    November 7, 2013

    I’m seriously considering upgrading from my One to the new Force. I love the concept of a bracelet vs. wearing a clip-on device like my One which I’ve almost lost a few times, too. I considered the Flex when it came out, but I’m not a fan of the lack of hard data on it like I get with the One. Since the new Force combines the display features I love about the One with the convenience of the bracelet design of the Flex, I’m thinking it might be pretty awesome.

    Alyssa @ DoubleChinDiary.com

    November 7, 2013

    Roni, do you know how it tracks calories? I’ve been scoping these out for awhile but unfortunately haven’t heard back from Fitbit. I’m trying to figure out if it tracks based on heart rate/activity etc or if it’s just through info you plug in, ie weight, etc. That’s confusing but I’m basically trying to figure out how my Polar would come into play – would it become obsolete?!

      RoniNoone

      November 7, 2013

      My assumption is that it calculate2 the calories based on your movements and stats. I do not think it measures heart rate but I could be wrong. I will inquire with them.

      Alyssa @ DoubleChinDiary.com

      November 7, 2013

      You gals rock – thanks!!!

      Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

      November 7, 2013

      Alyssa – I’ve been using a Fitbit device for several years now. It doesn’t have any type of heart-rate monitor in it. It calculates calories based on the factors you input (height, weight, gender, etc.) coupled with the data it detects from the accelerometers within the device.

      Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

      November 7, 2013

      Here’s some info from their Help files:

      https://help.fitbit.com/customer/portal/articles/898903-how-does-fitbit-know-how-many-calories-i-ve-burned-

    MySizeHealthy

    November 7, 2013

    I’ve only had my Fitbit One for a few months and I love it; however, the little tab on the back at the end where it would clip onto your pants or bra has since fallen off and the metal underneath pokes me quite a bit and it drives me nuts. I’d have to purchase another One color cover to replace the problem. :( I really wanted the Flex initially because it would be on my wrist and not something I would lose (most likely). So far so good but I have forgotten it at home a time or two. I also don’t have an app on my phone that it will sync with (not offered for Windows phone users yet) and so I figured stick with the One so I could see the display. Now that there is a Force option I might look at that whenever the time comes that I need a replacement!

    ItsMeVsMe

    November 7, 2013

    I’m with Melissa… I want the stats right in front of me without having the possibility of anything fall into the toilet… (I can’t tell you how many pedometers I’ve lost in my day).

    I’m also intrigued by the LifeTrak that Carla has. It’s bigger, but it’s cheaper. I’m anxious for the Force to start getting some side by side reviews with the LifeTrak.

    shanink

    November 7, 2013

    I used the Fitbit before the One came out years ago and loved it as well but when all the wristband craze came in, I immediately bought a Flex. However, on more than one occasion, it gave my a rash. I’d make sure your skin isn’t sensitive to whatever rubber this is made of. I tried even taking if off for showering thinking it was the moisture, making it more loose on my wrist…however, working out, you sweat so there was bound to be moisture there and that’s the prime time you want to wear it! I had to give up on it after trying more than twice to wear.

    Beth M

    November 7, 2013

    I had a pedometer briefly, but it was forever falling off my waistband, so I wanted something in a wrist band format. I’ve had my Flex for about 5 months and love it. I call the little thing it does when I reach 10,000 steps the “party on my wrist” – it never fails to make me grin that I met my goal for the day! I think the Force may end up on my list for Santa though, the extra features are very tempting.

    nancyabc

    November 7, 2013

    Roni—-I have a question.
    I have tried several pedometers in the past—last year I tried two but they didn’t count my steps correctly—I don’t have a normal step because of a fluid sack on my left leg (30 or more pds of fluid). I kinda have a duck walk.
    Ok now my question–I am also not a computer person could I buy a FLEX just to count my step???? Even at that price I would be happy if it worked just counting my steps.

    Ann

    November 7, 2013

    I wanted a FitBit sooo bad. I had an amazing activity tracker already by a different company, but I wanted to try it out. I loved that it was available in Best Buy. Who doesn’t love using their Best Buy card on a healthy purchase. Then, I read the recent scholarly research study and I it turned out the one I used was considered one of the best activity trackers and the Fit Bit was considered to be one of the worst. So sad…

      Erin

      November 8, 2013

      Ann – do you know what they were measuring in this study to come to that conclusion? I’d be interested to learn why FitBit was ranked so poorly.

      Ann

      November 8, 2013

      They were measuring energy expenditure. Here is a link which has a link to the study.

      http://www.fittobeann.com/fit-bite-brief-bits-of-news/fit-bite-activity-trackers/

    Tiffany Walker

    November 7, 2013

    Ooh, the Force looks pretty awesome! I’m thinking…early Merry Christmas to me? lol

    Kimberly Anne

    November 7, 2013

    I have the Flex and love it…but I really crave the time feature on the Force. I wear a watch…but it’s really for show. :) I would much rather have a combination of a tracker and watch in 1.

    Sammy @ Peace Love & Ice Cream

    November 7, 2013

    Love numbers – this thing is right up my alley!

    Jackie Miller

    November 8, 2013

    Thanks Roni. I told the hubs that I was going to buy one of these devices when he found a job (was laid off in Feb). He did and we’re moving cross country next week. After your review I’ll try the new one and purchase it through here to give you a bump. It’s the least I can do since I’ve been an avid reader of your (Ronisweigh and greenlitebites) for years. I will really need the extra help as my fitness and activity level has taken a huge hit during the past three months of getting our house ready to sell, finding a new house, and going the quasi single parent thing while the hubs was working in the new state. I’m trying hard to not sweat it right now and to not fall into the ‘all or nothing’ mentality as I’d be piling on the pounds right now. As it is, I’ve gained 5 pounds but am keeping an eye on that, while still enjoying the many goodbye lunches and dinners right now.

    Melissa Fraser

    November 8, 2013

    So I purchase the flex a couple of weeks ago and I am a little obsessive I think. Last night, it’s 9-ish and I sync and see that I am at 9635 steps…so I walked around in circles in by driveway until I hit 10,000—family thinks I am just a little nuts. I love it because it makes me completely competitive, I also purchased the premium web tools and I see that I am not eating enough at breakfast and too much at dinner, so this feedback gives me some new things to focus on.

    Shauna

    November 15, 2013

    Great stuff, Roni! I am soooo hanging out for the Force! I accidentally laundered my early model fella and have had far too many near-misses with the One. The combo of on the wrist AND seeing the numbers sounds ace.

    Álvaro Pedroche

    November 17, 2013

    I would like to get one tracker but know I have the Nike Sport Watch I don´t think I will get rid of it. I wish there was some mixed watch of Nike sport watch and fitbit. Something who tracks every single step you do and something to help you in your running training…
    Thank you from Spain and sorry for my English!

      Álvaro Pedroche

      November 17, 2013

      I will make a review of the Nike Sport Watch o my blog. www.consejosfitness.com I hope you will enjoy it!

    heidi

    August 25, 2014

    I had the Fitbit One, but also lost mine. I am looking to replace it and was thinking about getting the Flex instead. Your comparison has been very valuable — thank you!!