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Fitbit Zip vs. Nike Fuel Band

Monday, November 26, 2012

Being one of those gadget crazy types, I've bought both the fitbit and the Nike Fuel Band.

How do they stack up?

I compared results today, as I wore both and wore them for exactly the same amount of time. My fitbit was on my belt. The Nike Fuel Band is a bracelet.

Fitbit registered 5209 steps / 2.1 miles / 1536 calories burned (obviously taking basal burn rate into account)

Fuel registered 4678 steps and 1.92 miles, with 439 calories burned (obviously NOT taking basal burn rate into account)

That's a difference of 600 steps--who knows which is right? I think I'll do this experiment a few days and see if it's a consistent difference.

I like that fitbit is synching automatically with SparkPeople, so I'll keep using it. I like that the Nike Fuel Band is so readily visible. I find it motivational to look at it and see how many calories I've burned or how much "Fuel" I've earned. I can't do that with the fitbit without taking it off (awkward if I have it on my bra, as I often do!). It's more of a visual reminder than the fitbit is.

Updates to come...
Monday 11/26 - The fitbit logged 900 more steps than the Nike Fuel Band. I suspect the NFB is more accurate in this instance.

Tuesday 11/27 At 11 a.m. The fitbit was already 700 steps ahead of the NFB. Somehow, by the end of the day, the two became more in sync. The final steps on the NFB were 8,493 and fitbit, 8,698.
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    Thanks everyone for your comments!
    1786 days ago
    emoticon interesting
    let us know the future records of this to se the consistency emoticon
    1786 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    The comparison is interesting. I wear my FB and a pedometer and generally the step counts are within 400-500 steps of each other. Will be interested in seeing further results from this experiment.

    1786 days ago
    Thanks for the post...I LOVE my FitBit...I just named her Fiona...and she rocks! BUT I think she may be a bit overly generous with the steps recorded. Perfect example..I got up this morning and noticed I already had 445 steps recorded. HUH! emoticon I don't know if I needed to reset her before I slept with the armband recording my sleep...or...I go to the bathroom a WHOLE lot more than I remember...by the way our bathroom is quite a bit away from the bedroom since I have to walk through the adjoining sitting room...but STILL...that's a bunch! OR...worse yet...maybe I'm a sleep walker..hubs has never mentioned this...but then he snores like a freight train and wouldn't notice if a tree fell on our house when he's out. VERY puzzling so please keep me posted on your comparisons. emoticon emoticon
    1786 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Thanks....helpful! Still have not bought either but thinking about the Fitbit.
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