Fitness Tracker Test

I was enjoying my monthly People Style Watch earlier this summer and saw a highlight talking about Lumiod. A great website that let’s you trial products for a flat fee. Yes, it was that easy. Originally created for camera equipment, it has since expanded to fitness trackers. Here is how it works.

Go to the website. Pick up to five devices you want to trial. Pay $25. They send you the devices you chose. Use them for up to 14 days. Send products back with provided return label. Honestly, it was that easy. Oh, and an added bonus? Purchase the device you liked best through their website and the $25 becomes a credit towards that product!

I had no idea there were so many fitness tracking devices on the market. Wowza! It was helpful that Lumiod asked me some key questions to narrow down the options. Examples: sleep tracking, notifications, swimming, display capabilities, price points, etc.

I ended up trialing the following:

Garmin Vivosmart.
Pros – Vibrates when it’s time to move (triggered after one hour of no movement). Sleek design. Comfortable to wear. Displays all stats.
Cons – I felt like I was pounding it to get the display activated (it’s touch-activated). I didn’t like the app. Cumbersome charge cord/hook-up.


Timex Ironman Movex20.
Pros – I like having the two buttons for display and menu functions. App has calibration to increase step count accuracy. Has a ‘find phone’ feature.
Cons – Not a very sleek design. The display part was ‘hard’, so not very flexible on your wrist. The app required a couple extra steps to get to your dashboard that I found annoying.


Fitbit Flex.
Pros – Super easy app. The actual computer part ‘pops out’ of the band so you can tuck it in your sock or bra if you don’t want to wear it on your wrist. Fun colors.
Cons – No display (so you have to pull up the app to see your daily progress, turn on/off the sleep function, etc).


Jawbone Up24*.
Pros – The charge cord was super sleek. I liked the app.
Cons – It was extremely uncomfortable on my wrist. No display.
*In refreshing myself on this device it appears they have a whole new line. UP2/3/4. They definitely look more comfortable but still don’t appear to have a display. If it did, I would highly consider this option. Plus, I LOVE the look of the UP2 Oat color.


Striiv Fusion.
Pros – Pops out of the band so can tuck it elsewhere. Cool colored bands (and you get three options with one purchase). Neat display and easy to use.
Cons – The screen display took a couple taps to actually show up.

Overall consensus:
I definitely want a device that displays your steps. But I didn’t like the full notification features of all your calls and text messages (I mean some times I tuck my phone away for a reason and if now my wrist is vibrating all of the time, I never get a break. But I like the idea of a call because during the week I’m day cares first call! ;)). I like a real button because those I experienced without one felt like I was beating the thing to get it to light up. Comfort and sleekness is important to me. I don’t want to give myself excuses to not wear it because ‘it doesn’t go’ with something (<–real talk). And while I appreciated some of the apps being better than others, I truthfully didn’t invest much effort in that aspect of the trial since I knew it was a short time, relatively. But regardless, I want one that is easy and clear.

Winner –
Fitbit Charge.
That’s right. I am picking one I didn’t even trial!!! I liked the Fitbit app, so I know I’ll like the functionality. I like that the Charge has a display, a button, and will alert you with an incoming call, but not text messages. I plan to purchase the Slate color so it’s a bit more universal.
I haven’t taken the plunge yet, but I will soon. I’m secretly hoping/waiting for more of a peach/cream/rose color to come in to their line-up, slash, house projects keep sucking up my fun money/budget! 😉 SOON though!


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