Fitbit Force: Comfort in Mind

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The Fitbit Force is designed with comfort in mind, despite being largely a fitness device, which, for many, is at the very end of their comfort tethers. Fitness has developed a strange concept that it is only for the select few however the human body is, by design, always striving to be in homeostasis.

The newest craze in the fitness and technology market is this nifty little gadget, a sleek wristband to keep wearers motivated and well informed. A huge plus point is that the wearer is informed with his/her own data, and while this is common to most new fitness self-trackers, it is important to remember that you are still going to have to actually do the work- just wearing it as a statement or for ‘motivation’ (dormant or active) is not the whole deal.

The Fitbit force keeps itself updated with the moment, keeping you motivated in real time. Not only does the tracker keep up with the amount of stories you climb (stairs) but it also keeps you informed with how much sleep you are getting. Calories burned, distance travelled and active minutes through out the day are also tracked and, being in real time, the information is always ‘at hand.’ As a sneaky extra, the clever design incorporates a silent, vibrating alarm to ease the sleeper from dreams and into morning fitness.

There is one feature reviewers have been unenthusiastic about – the difficulty of attaching it to the wrist. A plastic clasp fastens the Force to the wrist but many have complained that it is difficult to actually get the clasp to well, clasp. Once the clasp is secure, the designers have integrated comfort for the wearer to forget that it is on, wearing the water-resistant band for every waking, and sleeping, moment.

The design itself exudes minimalist contemporary elements; sleek, slim and barely there yet incredibly efficient. The wearable fitness tracker has a bright OLED display.

It has ben dubbed as one of the smartest fitness trackers yet, but why?

The bright OLED display enables the wearer to check time and progress with a swift glance even in direct sunlight. A new altimeter tracks how many stairs you climb each day. Sleep tracking technology to track how well and how much you have slept; in relation to your workout this can be beneficial information. The Force uses movement to read and track sleeping patterns. Both pressing and holding the button on the band or by igniting Sleep mode through the mobile app engage the function. It then emits a soft buzz while a stopwatch icon comes up on screen. By most reviews, the Force worked well with measuring light or deep sleeping rhythms and is a comfort to wear, even in the sensitive time of sleep.

The Force encompasses a rubber strap with a smooth, glossy black screen on top. On the side there is a small button used to change to the different metrics: active minutes, stairs climbed, calories burned, distance, steps and time.

The Force weighs in at 1.15 ounces, 5 times the weight of its rival, the Withings Pulse. Although the weight is more, the design is so that the wristband is less prominent and more coherent with the human body. Unlike the Pulse, however, the Force does not measure heart rate. This is an interesting feature to omit in a fitness tracker and is a strike against the Force.

For now, the Force is only available in the colors black and slate. The two sizes to choose from are small and large, and can be seen on their website.

The jury on the Force has decided it to be a worthy and smart addition to the ever-growing hall of intuitive technology. The price sits pretty at $129 and as a little extra, rewards the wearer at the end of the day with a little vibrating dance and animation on screen when set goals and targets have been reached. The comfort of the Fitbit Force is indeed one of the greatest plus points of this fitness tracker and the sleek design is sure to win over the hearts of many tech savvy and fashion conscious fitness folks. Whether or not it actually boosts a fitness regime that is sustainable is up to the amount of effort and energy the wearer is prepared to put in.

 Jessica Rosslee

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