Fitbit One is essentially a suped up version of the Fitbit Zip we recently reviewed. It’s also a true update to the original Fitbit Ultra. And while the Fitbit One carries over all of the great wireless tracking features of the Zip, it improves on the Zip by also working as a Sleep Tracker.
The One tracks your steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, distance travelled, hours slept and quality of your sleep. It’s pretty much an all-in-one companion to your daily activities. Like the Zip, the One flawlessly syncs via bluetooth to your phone and syncs with the Fibit app. But first things first, we can’t help but point out the key differences between the One and the Zip. For starters, the One sports a neat LED screen that is readable in the dark. And while the Zip’s battery requires replacement every 6 months, the One’s battery does not, and it is only dependent on a USB charge.
It’s also important to note that the Fitbit One is about half the size of the original Ultra. The design is also a lot sleeker this time around, and more pebble like. Weighing just 8 grams, you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing it all day long. It also uses a silicon case as a belt clip, as opposed to having a clip built into its form-factor. We noticed right away that this silicon case offers a much more secure fit than the original Ultra did. More than once we lost the Ultra during our travels. But not so with the One which adheres very tightly to our pants. A wristband is also included with the One to use while tracking your sleeping.
Battery life has also been vastly improved over the Ultra. While the Ultra lasted about 4-5 days for us on a charge, we’ve been experiencing over a week on a single charge with the One. This longer battery life makes the One ideal for trips since you don’t have to worry about taking another cable along with you. The LED display on the One is also the best yet and is a lot crisper and brighter than the Ultra’s display. Furthermore, in comparison to the Ultra, the One can sync with your computer or phone over Bluetooth now, so there is no more USB connection required for syncing.
Fitbit has also included a silent alarm feature on the One. It’s a pretty neat alternative to waking up- it sets up the device to vibrate you awake! So it’s a perfect way to wake yourself up without waking up your partner. Unfortunately, you’ll have to dig in to Fitbit’s online interface to set the alarm up.
When it comes to tracking your sleep, the Fitbit One does a fine job, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Our biggest gripe with its sleep tracking system is it can not automatically detect when you go to sleep and wake up.
The Fitbit One is not a fool proof tracker – it’s definitely not extremely accurate, but it gets the job done. Regardless, at the end of the day, even if you’re not a fitness buff, you’re going to find the device’s tracking features to be quite fun and addictive. We love its new design and think that the extra $40 is worth it for choosing the One over the Zip, especially for the build quality alone.
The Fitbit One is available in a choice of black or burgundy and retails for $99.
The Good: Offers fine refinements over the original Ultra – including better battery life, a smaller design, and a more secure clip
The Bad: Pricey, still not super accurate, would love to see it automatically recognize when we go to sleep and wake up
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