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Getting a Fitbit

Back in 2006, my wife came up with an idea for her Master’s thesis around the concept of a gamified pedometer and “tackled the challenge of motivating people […] to exercise more [using] a device which encourages physical activity of its users in an entertaining way and reinforces positive exercise habits.” Here I am in 2014; considering getting a Fitbit (a little pre-Christmas gift to myself?)

Which one should I get?

Making a Choice

As I scan the Fitbit website, it’s obivous I need to figure out what my main Use Case is going to be.

Checking out the Charge HR, I’m reminded of a time years ago when I used something very similar: my Timex Ironman Triathlon heart-rate monitor! Wondering where it was, I dug around in my belongings and sure enough, I found it (albeit dusty):

Timex Ironman Triathlon

Wow; not sure how long ago I got that. I think I was living in Vienna, so it’s at least eight years old. I could have sworn I got it shipped to me via Amazon but I don’t see it listed anywhere in my last 12 years (12!) of order history with them, so I must have picked it up there at some brick-and-mortar store.

Anyways, the Charge HR isn’t even available yet and judging by how much dust the Timex has collected in the last five years, maybe that’s not the best model for me right now.

The Surge looks like it does everything under the sun. “Music Control” - very intriguing. One problem; also not yet available.

While comparing the wearable models, I came across the Aria and wonder how it compares with the Withings scale. I bet the value-add is how well it integrates within the Fitbit ecosystem.

I’m a little hesitant to even consider any of the timepiece models as a replacement for the beautiful watch my wife got me for my birthday years ago, so that rules out the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge and really only leaves the Zip, One, and Flex.

I’ve been waking up fairly early recently so I definitely think it would be helpful to have a model that tracks my sleep habits, eliminating the Zip.


Between the One and the Flex, I think I’m going to go with the One. I really don’t want to wear a second item on my wrist in addition to my watch so the One it is.