Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.
The first goodie I was sent was a Moto X smartphone. I’m an iPhone girl, so this was a whole new experience to me! I’ve never owned an Android smartphone, so it took some getting used to – platform wise. I’m not going to spend too much time talking about the phone because well, it’s a smartphone, and that would take forever. You can read the specs here on the Verizon site.
Physically it’s a nice size phone. Feels roughly the same weight as my iPhone 5 although the screen is a smidge bigger on this. I think this is a solid choice for anyone who is interested in what is considered a “midsize” Android smartphone at the moment. More importantly than the phone itself, is the cool things you can do with a smartphone – and the other cool gadgets you can use in tandem with them.
Most of you know that I use a Polar FT60 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor, which I swear by. Since I’ve been speaking a lot about cutting back on the amount of exercise I’m doing – I was excited to test this little guy out. I’ve heard a lot of good things about various models in the FitBit lineup.
In a nutshell the Fitbit One tracks:
- Calories burned
- Steps you take
- Stairs climbed
- Distance traveled
And since it’s an activity and sleep tracker, it also tracks: hours slept, and quantity of sleep. Now I can’t comment on how this gadget performs with the sleep functions, because the particular one I was loaned as missing the sleep wrist band that’s included in the package. Yours will include: The One™ tracker, silicone and metal clip, wireless sync dongle, charging cord, sleep wristband, and a free Fitbit.com membership.
You can sync this guy with a whole bunch of different devices (android and iPhone’s) – and it’s super easy to set up. Also for the techy nerds like myself, the Fitbit One can be linked to a ton of apps you may be using – likes like: Map My Run, My Fitness Pal, Lose It!, and more.
Differences between a FitBit and Polar
I figured I’d address the distinct difference between a Polar Heart Rate Monitor and the Fitbit One. A Polar is moreso a Training device that gives you specifics about where your heart rate falls within your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds; whereas FitBit is an activity tracker that counts steps, mileage, etc. Although yes, the FitBit does count calories expended as well.
I was actually curious as to how the FitBit counted calorie burn, and I found this tidbit of helpful information via the FAQ. Basically it uses your BMR calculated by your height, weight, etc that you input into your dashboard at setup. The more you use your FitBit, the more accurate the caloric burn in turn becomes because it stops guesstimating.
Because I was curious (ok and nerdy) there were a few times where I wore both my Polar FT60 and the FitBit at the same time to compare. I always burned more calories based on the FitBit because it isn’t a heart rate monitor.
I really liked the FitBit One. I think if I were to own a FitBit model, this would be the one I would personally purchase.
Do you own a FitBit? How do you like it?
What kind of phone do you use?
Let me know if you have any questions!
Disclaimer: I was loaned these devices by Verizon Wireless. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own
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