New gadgets typically arrive just in time for holiday season shoppers. This benefited me nicely during my recent purchase of the Fitbit Force, which came to market around the same time as the JAWBONE UP24. While those two companies have had wristband activity trackers for some time, there is a new guy in town who wants a piece of the action. Say hello to the Polar Loop Activity Tracker. Let’s put it into BATTLE with my Fitbit Force and see how it does!
During my recent trip to the local electronics store to pick up some other activity trackers that I’ll be testing soon I came across something interesting. On the end-cap where the adult-sized devices reside was a rainbow of colorful little units called the iBitz Kids Activity Trackers. Using my phone to quickly visit the manufacturer’s website informed me that this might be a fun gadget for my six-year-daughter. At only $34.99 it was worth a shot, right?
Do a web search for “activity trackers” right now. Go ahead, do it. What do you see? Almost every link is a gadget reviewer providing their thoughts or comparison of the latest and greatest device to come to market. Readers beware: this blog is NOT going to turn into one of those sites!
Just over a week ago I purchased a Fitbit Force for myself, a Flex for my wife, and an Aria wifi digital scale. After the first few days I wrote my initial review HERE. With more time to adapt and understand the devices deeper I’ve returned to share my thoughts, more data, and more about our experiences thus far. Enjoy!
PREFACE: What you are about to read is not your typical review. There are already plenty of sites dedicated to reviewing the basic function of these devices, giving you a run down of the physical specifications. If that is what you are after, check out Fitbit product-related articles on Engadget or Tech Crunch.
Instead this review is going to dig deeper, show results & data compared to other options run in tandem, and discuss the practical use of such data. I’ll apologize now for the verbosity of this post.