My thoughts on the Fitbit One

Like pretty much anyone interested in technology I was curious from the very beginning what body or fitness trackers can provide of value to our every day lives at this point in time. The ability to accurately judge your level of fitness and what to do about staying healthy is something I’d truly appreciate. I’ve been struggling with my body weight since I was a small child and still struggling with staying healthy, positive and depression free to this very date.

The next chapter recounts my experience using the Fitbit One for three weeks. And while I also purchased a Jawbone UP2, I won’t give an account of its performance here since it didn’t do any better than the One, in fact, it performed considerably worse in most categories.

Fitbit One

I mainly purchased the Fitbit One to help me with the seemingly never-ending quest of losing/keeping weight, staying in good health and also to maybe improve my sleeping habits. I turned to the One for a couple of of reasons:

For keeping track of my meals, I also connected it to MyFitnessPal to let the One know about my calorie intake and my weight.

I then started wearing it tucked away in my trousers’ pockets.

What I liked about it

What I didn’t like

What I ended up doing

Well, I sent it back.

All in all I couldn’t shake the feeling of using inadequate technology for a task it never was meant to cover. I’d love to get technology that helps me live a healthier life, but I’m afraid the current standard isn’t quite there yet. It’s probably going to take at least another year until it’s viable enough.

Also, all of these trackers do not come in cheap, the One is available from 95€, it’s fiercest competitor, the Jawbone UP2, costs upwards of 120€. That’s not exactly pocket change, at least not for me. Which puts a heavier emphasize on my last argument.

It was worth a try, but for now I’m as well off without a fitness tracker than I am with one.