Review: Fitbit Fitness and Sleep Tracker

Having the number of steps you took all day staring you in the face as you slump in front of a PC is a really good incentive to get off your ass and start working out. And the sleek, sexy new Fitbit is a great motivator for walkers, avid runners, data geeks, dieters, pedometer virgins and experienced pedometer sluts alike.

The much-anticipated Fitbit has a triaxial accelerometer that doesn’t just track your steps; it calculates the intensity level of your movement, the distance you traveled and the calories you burned. All you have to do is surrender details on your weight, height, age, sex and meals to the Fitbit website, plug the gadget in, and start walking.

But in order to learn how to tell your Fitbit you are going to sleep, you have to hunt around on the website because there is no manual. The only instructions that come with the packaging are: To start using your Fitbit, go to We assumed the dearth of information meant that Fitbit was so easy and self-explanatory, a manual wouldn’t be needed. This is almost true, which is impressive and frustrating at the same time. We hear a manual is in the works, however.

And it is true, you can literally plug the base station into your computer, PC or Mac, sign up on the website and go. Connecting with a PC was seamless, but pairing it with a Mac and a Luddite led to a few hiccups. However, that same Luddite had been drooling over the Fitbit since it was first promised last year, because the pedometer options were very limited when she switched from PC to Mac and was forced to abandon her Sportbrain pedometer.

But overall, we loved the Fitbit, and once the kinks are ironed out and the manual exists, it will be worth the investment.

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