I agree with your conceptions of the fitbit... It does do stair count and sleep monitoring (kinda), but I opted for the BodyMedia (and I LOVE mine) because it seemed much more accurate!
Regarding the computer in the US: Honestly I'm not sure. I think, like most websites, it doesn't matter where you access it. Unless you will be in a country that has strict internet...restrictions... (ie, China), I wouldn't worry about it. You can contact the manufacturers directly to ask if there is access in a certain country. As far as customer service- I think they all do it via a phone or electronically, so out-of-country rates might apply. This is another question to ask the manufacturers. I DO know that the UK has BodyMedia Fits- same thing, except I think they're called Ki Fit. Really, I would call customer support and ask directly.
Now, the "requires to wear 23 hours a day." That's not incredibly true. You CAN wear it as much or as little as you want. They suggest that you take it off for an hour during the day to let your arm breath, but you can also just move the device up or down the arm a little. It isn't waterproof, so you take it off while showering, and if you get the Core, you have to take it off to sync it... Plus you need to take it off to charge (once every few days). I find I sync mine 3-4 times a day and take it off for ~10 min each time while I am just sitting at my computer on Spark or something, and then I have it off while I shower. Also, it's advised not to wear it while driving (the accelerometer is kind of sensitive to bumps and it always registers my "activity" level as "moderately active" or a MET level of like 3- which is the same as walking and I guarantee you I am not expending that energy)
I think, personally, that the BodyMedia tracks not-so-heavy activity pretty well. For example, I'm a college student studying sciences so I am in labs a lot- and those require light walking and lots of standing. You can see the MET differences between my resting, my studying, and my labs- which is pretty cool. I don't have much to base accuracy on for strength training (because I have nothing bu the BodyMedia for data, so I can't compare), but I think the overall calorie burn is pretty accurate.
I was kind of in your position before I bought my bodymedia. I bought mine second-hand ($50 off of ebay, woohoo) and I love it... before, I was losing weight VERY slowly, eating ~1200 calories/day. I chalked that up to Spark's range being right for me (it estimates I burn... 1690 calories a day if I don't go to the gym). I got the armband, and then it was saying I was burning 2100-2200 calories. Uh no wonder I wasn't losing weight... I was eating way too little for my size. I brought up my calories to 1500, and then the weight seriously just DROPPED off of me... Eating more IS difficult, especially doing it healthy- I don't eat meat except seafood (and some poultry) either... but it's been rewarding, and I thank my armband for showing me that I needed to eat more.
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