Pedometers: Fitbit vs Omron
Sunday, October 06, 2013
After a while with both the Fitbit Zip and an Omron pedometers, I have some observations to share. I have been wearing them both constantly, from the time I get up until I go to bed.
Cost: I paid $20 on Amazon for my Omron. I also paid an additional $1.99 for a safety leash as it didn’t come with one. I did initially get a more expensive Omron at Walgreen’s which was $49, on sale for $40 and with Bonus Card (cost $0), it cost $35. I just loved it . . . but it kept resetting itself (a known issue) so I returned it and got the one from Amazon. I’ve had no issues with the cheaper version since I got it more than 4 months ago.
Fitbit Zip: I got mine for free for being a captain of a Get Healthy/Exercise team at my job. On line it’s $59. You may be able to find it for as little as $49.
Display: The Fitbit has small digital numbers, with no backlight, which I can’t see (my aging eyes?) unless I either take it off or go into some sort of physical contortion to read it. It can only be clipped in one direction so if it’s on my waistline (belt, skirt, pants) I have to twist it around towards me to read it. The Omron can be placed in its little holder in whatever direction works best for you. It can also be in your pocket, purse or it seems just about anywhere as long as it’s with you and still be accurate.
Syncing: The Omron doesn’t sync to your PC and the Fitbit does. I don’t care about this. I have enough sites that I’m tracking information on. What I do care about, is being able to randomly look at my device throughout the day to see how many steps/miles I’m up to. You can hook your Fitbit onto your bra. This is not convenient for me and I do not see how I can contort myself enough to check the figures on the device. If you're fine with checking your figures once at the end of the day, this may work for you.
Omron will store up to 7 days in the device, so if you want to see what you did yesterday, you can hit the button and go back and see. If you want to check any previous information in Fitbit you MUST be syncing on the PC and you can log in to the site and see your past info that way.
I also find the Fitbit inconvenient as far as giving me current info that I’m interested in. It randomly changes the display between silly digital smiley faces, miles, calories burned (ridiculously inaccurate – 2,300 cals burned for 30 minute walk . . . really???) and steps (more accurate). You have to tap (smack) the device to get it to cycle through to the info you want to see. Whatever the last display I have the Omron set on, that is what it will stay on unless I change it. I did go into my Fitbit account on line and change the displays – so you have some leeway that way. Now it only switches between clock, steps and stupid faces which I still have to keep smacking it to see what I want. BTW – Watch out for the spam emails you’ll start receiving from Fitbit – Make sure you opt out of everything or they’ll inundate you.
So, you get the jist of my opinion . . . I’m glad I didn’t spend the money on the Fitbit or I would have returned it. I am now an Omron advocate and lover, more than ever. There are some people who LOVE their Fitbit – good for them! I’m not one. I will keep using both, just because I have them – and I do like to compare the results . . . which are very close and so it confirms the accuracy of both.
But if your eyesite is not that of a 20 year old and you like to check your stats throughout the day . . . I’d go with the Omrom . . . IMHO.
If anyone has any specific questions – feel free to ask.