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SLYSAM SparkPoints: (43,184)
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2/28/13 1:23 P

I have a fitbit and love it. I think it seems to be pretty accurate for me. There are users on the fitbit forum that have both and most of them report Bodymedia gave them higher calorie burn estimates. I do find that interesting because a lot of people assume fitbit is overestimating their calorie burn. Mine seems to balance okay in relation to my actual results though. I do use a heart rate monitor for some of my exercise though so maybe that is correcting if the fitbit would be underestimating for me. The reasons I love my fitbit: it is very small and discreet (I wear it clipped to my bra and noone sees it), it is comfortable (I forget it is on), it seems pretty accurate for me, and I love the numbers it gives.

The data is all movement based as it doesn't have other sensors like the body media. But it still gives a lot of data and stats: steps, floors (one or ultra), distance, estimated calorie burn, minutes spent in each of four activity minutes (sedentary, lightly active, fairly active and very active), "activity score" (has something to do with METS in the day estimated from movement), as well as little detailed reports on specific activities (for the One or Ultra, Zip doesn't do this). The sleep data is just based on movement, but I still find it helpful even though it is probably not accurate for many people. The activity records (one and ultra) report for a specific duration steps, distance, average pace, floors, and also have a minute by minute breakdown of those stats.

I am very curious how my numbers would compare if I had a body media. But so far I have not splurged on it because I suspect I probably would not wear it as consistently as the fitbit (which I've worn daily). I think one big factor to consider is which one you would get the most use out of and I am sure that varies by the person.

Edited by: SLYSAM at: 2/28/2013 (13:24)
2/28/13 12:26 P

WOW, thank you so much for all of your input! It all makes sense and I truly appreciate that!

Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback!


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2/27/13 9:30 P

I have heard that the Fitbit is not as good as the BodyMedia Armband. I have the armband and I absolutely love it. I'm not real happy about having to pay extra after the first three months for a subscription, but i will probably pay it because I don't want to buy anything else.

I really like that it gives you your sleep patterns, your duration of sleep, and this is very helpful to me. Sometimes I have slept for what I thought was 8 or 9 hours and it comes back and says that I really only slept for 6.75 hours. It also counts your footsteps, you can get a heartrate reading if you download the free software for it, and we are now able to sync to Spark! It gives other info as well. I wouldn't trade it for anything else.

Hope that helps! emoticon

2/27/13 8:25 P

I have the BodyMedia Fit and I really like it. I got the BMF ecause I wanted to be able to track my sleep, activity levels and steps - though I have found the calorie burn/MET's aspect and ability to import heartrates an extra benefit. It is not the most confortable thing, though you do get used to it. If you are very large DO invest in the large size armband, it makes a world of difference. There is a small monthly fee to access the Activity Manager which I consider very reasonable, but some people find the ongoing cost to be a bit of an outrage.

Arguments for the slightly simpler fitbit include that it is lighter, smaller and more discreet and comfortable to wear. You don't need to pay an ongoing monthly fee to acess the data either. You don't get the same wealth of data, bt you do get the basics.

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2/27/13 5:59 P

I've researched them both, and haven't yet made a purchase, but when I do, it will be a fitbit. They both do essentially the same thing, but BodyMedia has a monthly fee for their online access features.

I have enough subscriptions to worry about. :)

2/27/13 5:23 P

Which do you have or prefer and why?

I'm ready to purchase the BodyMedia, but I've heard a lot of talk about the FitBit as well...

What are your thoughts... good or bad? one or the other?

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