Fitbit Review – Fitbit Force May Be the Best Smartwatch for Fitness Buffs
Instead of starting with a wearable computer and adding fitness capability, Fitbit leveraged its reputation as the best fitness tracker manufacturer to create a wrist band that also incorporates more advanced technology. That includes an OLED display, a watch and enough smarts to be able to pair with an iPhone to display call notifications (that function is still in Beta testing).
My wife wouldn’t touch something as heavy and cumbersome as a Galaxy Gear smartwatch — even though she thinks the technology is cool — but she loves her Fitbit Force. During the Fitbit review, she found a lot to like about the wristband. It’s light and slim enough that you forget you’re wearing it (as was the case in this Fitbit Flex review, the Fitbit Force is water resistant so a bit of rain won’t harm it), it lasts a week or more on a single battery charge and it automatically updates your information to an iOS or mobile device running Google’s (GOOG) Android wirelessly.
Improving greatly over the Fitbit Flex, the Fitbit Force has an OLED display that cycles through a full range of information such as steps taken and floors climbed. The Fitbit Force also tracks sleep, and it’s thin and light enough that wearing it to bed isn’t an annoyance.
The plastic wristband displays the time, offers silent vibrating alarms and with a coming update, the Fitbit Force is posed to make the transition from best fitness tracker to making a run for best smartwatch (at least among fitness buffs) by showing call notifications from an iPhone. After a week working on this Fitbit review and the better part of a year using other Fitbit tracker devices, the Fitbit Force is a gadget I wouldn’t hesitate to receommend.