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2020-08-27 11:28:16 AM  
Charge 3, and I love it.
 
2020-08-27 11:36:10 AM  
That's all I need is one more thing to yell at me for not exercising enough.
 
2020-08-27 11:36:47 AM  
Inspire.  Love it.

If you prefer a clip-on (can't stand wristbands myself), any of the knock-off clips you can find on Amazon with a search on "fitbit inspire clip" will do.  They're also considerably less expensive (~$11 for a pack of 3) than fitibit's (~$25 for one).
 
2020-08-27 11:37:50 AM  
I had one, it' wasn't bad but the Apple Watch was a huge upgrade.
 
2020-08-27 11:39:17 AM  
I used to use a Charge 2, but then I got too fat and it doesn't fit anymore.
 
2020-08-27 11:55:44 AM  
I have a Charge 2 that I acquired used and needing some minor repairs to the optical sensor.  It fits comfortably and does a decent job of counting steps.  The heart rate monitor is a little finicky.  It works best with running, elliptical, strength training, and other exercises that don't really shake your arms around a lot.  I find it tends to cut out during kickboxing or HIIT cardio.

I do like that it reminds me to get up and move (I have an office job) and that I can forward phone alerts to the Fitbit display.
 
2020-08-27 11:55:52 AM  
Versa 2.

/ Until I went swimming with it in a saltwater pool.
// Now it's not working so hot.
/// Third slashie needs to get its 10K steps in.
 
2020-08-27 11:57:41 AM  
I have friends with fitbits.  That way I don't have to wear one.
 
2020-08-27 12:11:19 PM  
Had a charge 2 that I inherited from gramma when she got her pacemaker but lost it after a year. I loved the sleep tracking and fitness stuff but wanted a decent looking watch and got a Fossil Collider hybrid which rocks a black and white e-book style screen and 2 week battery life.
And it looks like a normal watch, I hate the smartwatch looks.
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Being aware of garbage sleep habits was an eye opener.
 
2020-08-27 12:13:31 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: Being aware of garbage sleep habits was an eye opener.


VERY true.  The graph of night of drinking vs not drinking is amazing.
 
2020-08-27 12:24:22 PM  
My wife has an Alta HR. She likes the small size of it. The thing tends to have syncing issues ever few weeks. I'm not impressed with its reliability.
 
2020-08-27 12:25:14 PM  
Versa 2 for almost 10 months now.  Originally bought it to track my sleep status and remind me to get up and around, but found out it can also alert me to incoming texts and calls which turns out to be pretty useful.

The plastic band is crap though, getting a bad case of contact dermatitis.  Should see if a cloth (or even metal) band is available.
 
2020-08-27 12:28:47 PM  
None. I walk a 4 km commute to and from work each day.
 
2020-08-27 12:31:37 PM  
My wife has a Garmin Vivoactive 3
She loves it
 
2020-08-27 12:34:05 PM  
I wore one religiously for about 3 years, but at a certain point I realised it had ceased causing me to do anything to change my habits so when the second one broke I didn't bother replacing it. Steps are a pretty poor substitute for real exercise, though I must admit I did like the heart rate monitoring.

Wish I could get something that could count calorie burn in real time...that would be far more interesting to me than fitness tracking.
 
2020-08-27 12:35:02 PM  
I used to have a Fitbiatcharge but after wearing it for about a year my wrist started to get irritated by the band do I haven't replaced it.

I still track my exercise on Fitocracy, which seems to be on the verge of collapse but I'm a creature of habit.

It has been interesting transitioning to indoor exercise with an exercise bike, kettlebell, and Fit Ring routine replacing my usual Gym Rat routines.
 
2020-08-27 12:35:52 PM  
Filterpowned.
 
2020-08-27 12:36:10 PM  
I've had a Blaze for a little over three years Now and it's served its purpose well. Don't like wearing it for sleep though as the green sensor would often wake me up. Probably going to get an Apple Watch series 5 once the 6 is released and the 5 drops in price.
 
2020-08-27 12:36:38 PM  
I keep finding Charge HR's cuz that's what I'm used to. What I don't like is being forced to use Fitbit's website to get my damned data.

I switched to an Oura ring, but that damned thing uses BLE, which requires me to turn on location services in Android. Google's reasoning for linking the two features is complete rubbish, and just a different way of spying.

I'd change in a minute if I could find something that doesn't conduct f*cking surveillance on me.
 
2020-08-27 12:39:57 PM  
Garmin Vivo-something. It works fine, but I only wear it any more when I go out walking. I don't like the way the band gets wet when I wash my hands, and I do that a lot more these days.
 
2020-08-27 12:42:11 PM  
Bought an Inspire HR at Wal-Mart this past Saturday after my Alta HR's screen stopped working. Figuring that one out but I loved my last one and I am liking this one now.
 
2020-08-27 12:51:01 PM  
FITBIT BAND IRRITATION

Oh and by the way, Fitbit knows that some of their bands can be bad on skin. The way to avoid skin problems under your band is to wipe it down with an alcohol prep wipe every day before you charge it or shower.
 
2020-08-27 12:51:40 PM  
Garmin VIvioactive 4 and love it.

Larger screen, easy to read incoming text messages, respond with an 'ok' on the watch, download Spotify so I can run without a phone.

If you ONLY care about counting steps and want a more traditional looking watch, the Nokia Steele Activite is the way to go.
 
2020-08-27 12:55:38 PM  
mrs. york got one for me, kind of a waste of money.
 
2020-08-27 1:04:19 PM  
a what? can i eat it?
 
2020-08-27 1:15:07 PM  
I have the Charge 2.

I wear it only at night, since I'm in it for the sleep tracking and heart rate stuffs.  It's not perfectly accurate as if I were in a sleep study, but it's enough.  It's actually very helpful info for my doctor because I have a farked up genetic condition that dicks with my sleep and adrenaline and heart rate etc.  So the Charge has been REALLY awesome for tracking that stuff, and establishing patterns.

Yep, it's a bit of an odd way to use it.
 
2020-08-27 1:15:15 PM  
I still have a Fitbit One. I like it because I can discreetly clip it into my bra and just wear it all day. When I eventually replace it, I am probably going to get an Inspire 2 or similar because they also come with a clip. I don't want to wear a rubber band on my wrist. I have a nice watch and bracelets I'd much rather wear. Being able to wear my Fitbit pretty much 24/7 is a lot more useful to me, which I can do with a Fitbit you can clip into tour clothes.
 
2020-08-27 1:22:50 PM  
I currently have a Fitbit Flex 2.  I hate having to charge it.  I wear it on my ankle.  I used to have a misfit shine 2, which was also on my ankle.  I like the misfit brand better, I like the software better, I like that it had batteries and I didn't have to charge it.  I actually had a regular misfit shine and then two shine 2s which all eventually conked out.  They no longer offer one that's waterproof and has the type of housing that could go on my ankle.
Plus when I got my weight loss surgery at Yale they required the Fitbit brand for tracking reasons. So for a while I had two, one on each ankle. I looked like I was under house arrest.
The reason I have to wear them on my ankles is because I exercise a lot in water while reading and it won't register steps if it's on my wrist.
 
2020-08-27 1:33:35 PM  
After three fit bits, I refuse to buy any more-- just don't last.

Bought Amazfit Bit for $70. Customizable, long lasting, looking battery life. Like a smart watch but only a few IQ pts lower.

Has outlasted my other FBs combined.
 
2020-08-27 1:34:25 PM  
looooong battery life
 
2020-08-27 1:41:32 PM  
I have a FitBit Ionic, got it late last year. Wear it daily. My record for least amount of Steps in a day is 47.
 
2020-08-27 1:47:17 PM  
I have the Charge 3.

It's mostly great, though there a couple of things that bug me.

Sleep Tracking - I know I was awake from 3-5 this morning, but it only showed I was awake for about 20 minutes. Using hearbeat and motion to determine sleep only gets you so far, apparently.

Exercising - I've had some issues in the last couple of weeks during one of my exercises where it thinks my hear rate is over 200. It's not. Some googling shows I'm not the only one who's had this issue. The only thing I can think of is maybe sweat is getting between the skin and the sensor and screwing up the readings.
 
2020-08-27 1:48:23 PM  
Altra HR - have had it for 2+ years without issue, except the bands. If you go the cheap route, the holes tend to wear out really quickly (and I've had to go searching for a lost Fitbit due to it snagging many times), and the more expensive ones still have cheap plastic clasps where it kicks into the fitbit, so snagging it can just break those locking clips.
 
2020-08-27 2:01:53 PM  
I have a Charge 3.
It gets worn 24-7 unless I'm in the shower, which is when it charges. I've been through a couple of bands.
It's going to have to be replaced soon because some of the lines of the display are failing. I don't know what I'm going to replace it with. Fitbit and Apple are not really friends, and I'm looking to see if an apple watch might work out for me. That Fossil upthread looks good too, I wasn't aware of that product

But I use it to track my heart rate when exercising, let it count steps and active time and whatnot to make sure I am moving around enough, and when I was tracking my food intake more closely I used the app for that too. I also check my sleep results, since I use a CPAP.

I have lost 105 pounds this year. Most of that was due to minding my diet in the app. The Fitbit itself helped a little.
 
2020-08-27 2:03:04 PM  

Stephen_Falken: FITBIT BAND IRRITATION

Oh and by the way, Fitbit knows that some of their bands can be bad on skin. The way to avoid skin problems under your band is to wipe it down with an alcohol prep wipe every day before you charge it or shower.


amazon has replacement bands that work very well, for very little cost.  2 cloth bands are typically $12 CDN for me and they last well over a year on my Versa.  I also got an Otterbox style one that's shock resistant I wear when playing hockey or i'm doing renos/projects.

Hate that plastic though.
 
2020-08-27 2:34:28 PM  

foo monkey: Markoff_Cheney: Being aware of garbage sleep habits was an eye opener.

VERY true.  The graph of night of drinking vs not drinking is amazing.


Yeah, I cut back drinking HARD and along with other healthy stuff, I feel a lot better.
 
2020-08-27 4:04:11 PM  

Shaggy_C: Wish I could get something that could count calorie burn in real time...that would be far more interesting to me than fitness tracking.


I don't know about Fitbits, but plenty of trackers can do that.  My previous two Garmins did it, and so does my current Samsung Galaxy tracker.
 
2020-08-27 4:08:19 PM  
I had a couple of Fitbits years ago, and then finally switched to a Garmin Forerunner because I wanted the actual GPS connection for running. When that screen got smashed to bits, I went with the Garmin Vivoactive 3, which I love. All the Fitbit features with GPS tracking if you want to run/walk outside.

My only minor complaint is the battery life. I have to charge it about every 4-5 days right now (not using GPS). The Forerunner lasted about 2 weeks if I wasn't using GPS. I have most of the alerts off (only text messages and phone calls list on the watch face, which I don't get a lot of), but I do use it for activity tracking at least once a day. Hopefully the Vivoactive 4 has improved on this?
 
2020-08-27 4:25:54 PM  
Mine is a knock-off, mostly a step counter and heartrate monitor. I wear it on days I go to work, but rarely elsewhere.
 
2020-08-27 4:34:03 PM  

Bennett the Mad: Mine is a knock-off, mostly a step counter and heartrate monitor. I wear it on days I go to work, but rarely elsewhere.


Nice. How do you get your data from it?
 
2020-08-27 5:08:07 PM  
I used one for awhile to help me lose some of my paunch. Don't know the model. I didn't care for it, but it had been a present from the kids for Xmas so I used it. Dropped 15 lbs. For awhile. Then it broke, someone told me I looked like a camp survivor, and I grew bored with exercise and dieting.
 
2020-08-27 6:15:27 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: I don't know about Fitbits, but plenty of trackers can do that. My previous two Garmins did it, and so does my current Samsung Galaxy tracker.


Accuracy is...questionable...given current technology. I run 6 miles every morning; for the same exercise MapMyRun tells me I burned 800 calories, FatSecret says it's 950, and my FitBit was giving me credit for over 1000. I don't really trust any of them.
 
2020-08-27 6:38:08 PM  
I've never liked the idea of the Fitbit. For one, it would feel extremely in the way at work (I use both hands, especialy my left), and I feel like it inflates numbers too much for me. Case in point, a coworker does use one, and we worked side by side for 3 hours. It counted ten times as many steps as my SHealth app on my phone in my thigh pocket did.

I'm sure my app messes up too, but I still trust it more.
 
2020-08-27 7:10:49 PM  
Alta for me, does the job I ask it to do (tell time, count steps, measure very roughly how much actual hard work time I'm putting in.)  Did have an issue with my last band breaking and it being hard to get replacements, so I bought a package of 12 from ugh, Wal-mart's market place, so that should last me until Doomsday.  I don't always trust it for calories burned, but it's doing wat I asked it to do, and that's enough.
 
2020-08-27 8:53:39 PM  
I have a Surge from like 5 years ago. Just superglued the band back on. Dunno if it's gotten any better these days, but their band engineering then was crap. Useful as a watch and bike-ride GPS, I guess.
 
2020-08-27 11:21:50 PM  
I loved the FitBit but dropped it as soon as Google took over.  I use a Garmon VivoSmart now.  It's fine but not as good as the FitBit.
 
2020-08-28 6:33:37 AM  

Shaggy_C: Wave Of Anal Fury: I don't know about Fitbits, but plenty of trackers can do that. My previous two Garmins did it, and so does my current Samsung Galaxy tracker.

Accuracy is...questionable...given current technology. I run 6 miles every morning; for the same exercise MapMyRun tells me I burned 800 calories, FatSecret says it's 950, and my FitBit was giving me credit for over 1000. I don't really trust any of them.


True, but accuracy is a different issue than real-time calorie burn reporting.

When I was researching fitness trackers a couple years ago, I found that even the best trackers have a margin of error of 25% when it comes to calorie burn.  The only way you're going to get a better reading than that is to spend some time in a lab with a metabolic chamber, which I'd imagine is prohibitively expensive.  You either wear one and accept the limits of the technology, or don't.

The reason why I switched from the Garmins to the Samsung was the Garmins were all over the place in calorie burn reporting.  Many of the Garmin devices use an estimated VO2 max for calorie burn calculations, and my VO2 max was, as you put it, questionable.  After 10 years of working out and losing more weight than most people weigh, Garmin's VO2 max estimate said I had the fitness level of an 80 year old man (I'm in my mid 50s).  I suppose that's possible, but I don't think that's very likely.  And because the calculations were based on that, my calorie burn went from 15 calories per minute (not likely) down to about 5 (also not likely) when doing cardio that was pushing my heart rate into the 140-150 range.

The Samsung has been much more consistent in calorie burn reporting.  And when I compare my all-day calorie burn with my estimated calorie intake (which I log every day), the Samsung says I should be maintaining my current body weight.  And that's exactly what I'm doing.
 
2020-08-28 4:08:57 PM  
Fitbit Zero.  You don't have to wear it, or even buy it.
 
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