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)
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