The official app by Fitbit is meant to connect your wearable by this vendor to your smartphone. In fact, it makes sense even if you don’t have one. With it, you have your motivation for a healthier lifestyle.
Design and Usability 5/5
Though the app has a lot to show, it somehow manages to fit it all into one screen and present it in a readable way. It displays your activity level, calories to burn, distance walked, and your current stats, like weight, food consumption, and others. When you run it for the first time, you see instructions explaining how it works.
Connecting your device is easy; there is a special wizard for that. Just find your device on the list, make sure it’s turned on, and wait a couple of seconds till the connection is set up. Then the app will also display its stats – for example, battery status.
Key Functions 5/5
Fitbit app is, like its devices, for tracking user’s activity. You can log your food to calculate the consumed calories; the app will distract the burned calories and sum up your day. Even if you spent it in a manner far from healthy, you’ll see where you went wrong and learn how to avoid it.
That was my way: I didn’t constrain myself first, just ate what I wanted and moved for as long as I wanted, I just logged everything. That led me to changes in three or four days.
The greatest thing about the Fitbit app is that you don’t need to actually own a Fitbit wearable to benefit from it. If you have one (I had Alta HR), you can connect it via the app. Depending on the device, it will collect data about your walks, your heart rate, your sleep, and so on. If you have no device, you’ll have to carry your phone with you to count steps and put it near your head as you go to sleep.
Still, even if you use it this way, you can get a lot of recommendations on nutrition, sports, everyday activity, lifestyle, and so on.
Security & App Purchases 4/5
The app comes for free; yet it both motivates you to purchase a Fitbit device, even if you have something better, and tempts to try Premium. Its free version is rather a demo if you don’t own a tracker or a watch by the vendor. It doesn’t work with devices like Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch, even if they connect natively with your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. Only Fitbit allowed.
Premium subscription delivers you audio and video workouts, challenges, wellness and sleep reports, guided programs, and even mindfulness tools. You can try it for free for seven days; then it’s $9.99/month or $79.99/year. Not so cheap, but a gym will consume more anyway.
The app makes little sense if you don’t own a Fitbit device. It’s also limited in the free version. Finally, if you are determined to get yourself in better shape, you better get yourself motivated by visiting the nearest gym. If you want your first year’s investments under $150, you can subscribe and purchase Fitbit Ace 2 or Inspire. It doesn’t make sense, though, if you already have another wearable.
- Advanced tracking for steps, sleep, heart rate, and so on
- Works without a Fitbit device
- Can generate health reports to send to your doctor
- Basically free, but with tempting Premium
- Syncs with Google/Apple Health and other health apps
- Only works with Fitbit devices
- Syncing issues are frequent