Fitbit hasn’t been around that long, but in respects to pedometers, they’re probably one of the most seasoned on the proverbial block. But now there is intense pressure from not just competitors such as the Fuelband, or the affordable Sync Burn, but the iPhone 5s, which includes a motion sensor chip called the M7. The M7 promises to track your daily steps all without burning up your battery. So far, in my limited testing it seems about as accurate as a Nike Fuelband, and if anything provides some insight into your lack of exercise.
So it stands to reason that Fitbit needs to continue to innovate. And they did that not too long ago by launching the Fitbit Flex, effectively a Fitbit One masquerading as a Fuelband minus the screen. In my review, I expressed that while I enjoyed the Flex’s simplicity, I didn’t much appreciate the requirement to always have a compatible smartphone on hand to view your daily and weekly stats.
Now, the company has launched the Fitbit Force, a love child of the One and Flex. Remaining is the same Flex band, much like the Fuelband, and added is the One’s screen for instant read outs. Fitbit says the Force will retain your minute by minute data for the last week, and your daily totals for up to 30 days, provided of course it stills has battery power.
And speaking of battery, the Force has been spec’d to have at least 7-days of battery life. However, unlike the Fuelband, which charges via any USB port, the Force, much like the Ultra and their other pedometers, still requires a proprietary cable. Lose it and you won’t be able to charge the device (and it’s different from the previous Fitbit cables).
So what can the Fitbit Force do you for you? It can track steps, show you the time of day, floors climbed, keep tabs on your distance, calories burned and your actual activity minutes. It can also monitor your sleep and wake you using a vibrating alarm, much like the Fitbit One.
Syncing the Fitbit Force to your phone comes by way of Bluetooth, and like their past devices they include a small USB dongle for wirelessly beaming data to your computer, where it can be uploaded to a free Fitbit account.
Much like the Fuelband (unless of course you get one of these), the Fitbit Force is not waterproof, but water resistant, meaning it can survive if splashed with water (i.e. sweat).
Two sizes are available, though I believe small should work for the majority of the population. That said, you can buy the Force today for $129.95. Color choices are the same as the Flex (slate or black).