FitBit Flex mentioned in PC Magazine

By Jill Duffy

August 17, 2013

How do the top activity trackers for fitness fair after their users have put them to the test for several weeks and months? A new report from Fixya says the best overall activity tracker is the Basis B1, a watch-like fitness tracker that includes a heart rate monitor, while the best for beginners is Fitbit Flex$98.44 at Amazon.

The report is based on comments, questions, and reported product problems from about 6,500 users of the different bands rather than a direct Q&A survey, according to a Fixya representative.

In addition to highlighting the most reliable and popular fitness gadgets —Nike+ FuelBand$149.00 at Nike Official Store, for example, is said to have the best online community—the report also listed the top five notable problems with each of the bands. The lack of altimeter, which measures and accounts for stair-climbing in calorie burn estimates, was the No. 1 complaint users had with Fitbit Flex (its sister product Fitbit One$91.34 at Amazon does include an altimeter and for the same price). Inefficient data, on the other hand, was the most cited problem for Nike+ FuelBand. Jawbone UP$129.95 at Amazon users, meanwhile, railed most strongly against the product’s inconsistent battery life.

Jawbone UP was rated most frustrating in the report, while BodyMedia FIT Link was said to have the most comprehensive data (No. 1 complaint? Having to pay for a data subscription). (PCMag has not tested the FIT Link, but we found similar findings in our review of BodyMedia Fit Core.)

By Jill Duffy PC Magazine August 15, 2013 How do the top activity trackers for fitness fair after their users have put them to the test for several weeks and months? A new report from Fixya says the best overall …

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