The skinny on the Fitbit One
The Fitbit One is a wearable fitness tracker designed to help users monitor exercise and sleep, and is an updated version of the Fitbit Ultra. Unlike the Ultra, which could only be ordered from the US, the One is available in Australia, although at a steeper price than in the US.
Fitbit One vs Fitbit Ultra
At first sight, the Fitbit One contains many of the features found in the Ultra, including readings for calories burned and stairs climbed, as well as the sleep tracker. The most noticeable change is the One's smaller size, and it also comes with a more secure clip for attaching to your clothes and an equally secure pouch for when you're sleeping.
The new silent alarm function also means you can set it so the One vibrates to wake you soundlessly - a definite bonus if your partner's not a morning person.
Charging and syncing
The One comes with a charging cable and a very small USB dongle that you can plug into any PC, install the software and have it sync without the need for a charging station. The upside is that it's small, but the downside is you take up two USB slots if you want to charge and sync simultaneously.
The One syncs via Bluetooth to a variety of devices without the need for a wireless dongle.
The Fitbit One claims to be able to sync with a number of apps on the market such as RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal and Endomondo – we only tried it with MyFitnessPal though, because of the better Australian food diary database of that app, and found that it works.
Fitbit has also released a wristband called Flex, which does similar things to the One (without stairs tracking) and its competitors Jawbone UP and Nike FuelBand.
The Fitbit One is a good next step in the development of these fitness trackers, although we expect a few more iterations until they're perfected. They still have lots of room for improvement and extension, to the point where they become as inseparable from their owners as smartphones are today.