On a whim while in the Apple store a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up the fitbit one to see how it compares to my Jawbone Up. I have been and Up band wearer since the day it came on the market – I have been very happy with it’s sleep and fitness tracking, but to be honest … I’m getting a little sick of wearing it all the time. It’s awkward with a watch. It doesn’t look good when you want to get all dressed up. And sometimes I just don’t want to have anything on my wrist.
Enter the fitbit one. It is so small and so easy to wear. I love the little silicone clip too! You simply don’t feel this thing. Ever. This is a huge plus for the fitbit!
I have worn the two together to see how they track the same activities and have found them to be quite different. Here’s a little side-by-side comparison.
- Up : I feel Up is pretty accurate to the amount of steps I take in a day. I don’t know why, maybe because I’ve been using it for so long, but I do feel like it tracks me well.
- Fitbit : The ftibit is VERY generous. It measures more movement than the Up, by quite a lot. Not quite double, but close. That said, somehow the miles and calories seem to be similar to the Up count.
- Up : I like the readout of how Up visualizes sleep – deep sleep, light sleep and awake. I get that. Still not sure how it determines deep vs. light, but I can tell the more deep sleep I get, the better I feel.
- Fitbit : Fitbit has only sleep and awake. When I view the dashboard it tells me I slept for 8 hours, how long it took me to fall asleep and how many times I was “awakened” during the night. This can be 10 times or 18 times or something similar. And it’s usually only for a minute or two. It gives me a sleep efficiency number, but no idea how to evaluate this really.
- Up : Since Up is always on my wrist, it tracks everything without any thought. Put the bracelet on and go. If you want to go into fitness mode – hit the button twice and go. Ready to go to sleep – push the button and hold till the icon changes. It’s dead simple.
- Fitbit : I begin the day by taking the fitbit out of the sleep wristband and putting it in the silicone sleeve, then have to find a place to keep it while I am getting ready for the day – I tend to clip it to my robe. Then once I get dressed for the day, I have to move it to another location – I like the bra or waistband best. Then at bed time, I have to move it again back into the sleep wristband.
food tracking :
- Up : Their newest software make the food tracking actually usable. You can scan the barcode with the phone camera and enter that way, manually enter product and such. To be honest, I have not really used this function of the Up because I still feel it’s cumbersome. Everything has to be done on the phone and I would prefer a web portal for this activity.
- Fitbit : This is the real winner of the fitbit. I loooooove the fact that it connects to myfitnesspal.com! I have used this food tracker in the past and to be able to link it with the fitbit is outstanding.
Bottom line … it’s too hard to choose a favorite. They both work, and work well. I will continue to use these type of trackers because I do feel it helps me evaluate my diet and exercise. They show me the importance of movement. Having a desk job, it’s very important for me to find ways to get those steps in!!!