Several months ago I wrote about Fitbit and how much I love the company. Click here to read the post. However, in the past few months I’ve lost my satisfaction in the company. I’ve been a loyal customer since 2011, having one of their original fitness trackers. Since then, every model I’ve had was replaced by the company at least once for something faulty – software issues originally and now it’s usually hardware problems. I’ve overlooked these flaws in the past since the customer service has always been stellar and I have always received a replacement free of charge. Well, it seems like Fitbit is changing.
The quality of their fitness trackers seems to be in continual decline. Trackers from the past two years only seem to last about six months before breaking. Recently, I wore my Fitbit Charge to Mexico, and within a couple of hours, there was condensation in the tracker’s tiny screen. That was simply from the humidity in the air – I had no contact with water. As a result, my Fitbit died during the trip. When I returned home, the Fitbit no longer had the condensation and had power once it was charged. However, it would only work for about a day and then it would die. I wrote to customer service and since my one year warranty is no longer valid, they could not issue me a replacement. All they could provide me with was a coupon for my next Fitbit.
Being that Fitbit’s popularity seems to have brought down its quality (to reap more profit), I decided that it was time to branch out to other companies and leave their brand of fitness trackers. This was not an easy decision due to the tracker’s accuracy and user-friendly iPhone app. But I wanted quality – something that would last.
But what to buy? There are so many fitness trackers on the market these days. I looked into the Garmin Vivosmart HR, Jawbone UP2, the Apple Watch, and even the Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse. This last tracker is a fitness tracker from China, but is now popping up in the US. My husband travels to China for business and is a fan of this tracker. It’s accurate, it tracks sleep, has a fitness app for the iPhone, and it only cost him $20. However, I wanted a tracker with more than the basics, and one that was going to last.
So, I decided on the Apple Watch. I figured it was worth buying since you can try it out for 30 days and see if it’s right for you. (If you buy from Apple, you get a two week return policy. I bought my Apple watch from Target, which gives you 30 days.) I bought the cheapest watch available – the Sport Watch – and opted for the woven nylon band, instead of the sport/synthetic rubber watch band since it was the same price.
It’s only been a week since I’ve had the new watch, but I think it’s a keeper. It keeps track of how much you move, how much you exercise, and how much you stand, in addition to tracking your heart rate. The Apple Watch also counts steps, floors climbed, and total mileage. Plus, there are a lot of apps that will help with your fitness and health goals. It is a little overwhelming to learn how it works and all the capabilities it has, but I try to learn something new each day. I plan on writing a review in a month or so, after I can adequately review its fitness functions. But as of now, I’m enjoying having a new piece of technology to play around with; one that is not only attractive and well-built, but does more than track my steps.