Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 2: Fitbit One

If you haven’t read Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 1: Introduction make sure you head there first.

By the time I, I mean the washer, destroyed Nate’s pedometer new activity trackers were hitting the market and were “all the rave”.  I will fess up and say that I bought into the hype and purchased my first activity tracker – a Fitbit One.  I looked at the wrist trackers, the clips, all different brands, ones with and without displays, and it all came down to wanting an accurate tracker at the end of the day.  After all, I was coming from using the Omron pedometer that was Accurate with a capital A.  Fitbit is the brand known for accuracy in the activity tracker world.

Thank you for noticing the accuracy of the Fitbit. We put a lot of effort into making sure the Fitbit is accurate! – Fitbit executive in a conversation with Nate

From everything I read, the trackers that you clip to your waistband, bra, or pocket are more accurate than the wrist trackers so that is what I went with.  The One clips to the waistband, belt, pocket, or bra of the wearer and it has a display so I can just glance down and see my step count, floors climbed, distance, and calories without needing an app or my phone.  The One also came with a nifty wristband to wear at night for tracking sleep and for use as an alarm clock.  I used this for awhile, but realized that I didn’t care as much about sleep tracking as I did activity tracking during the day (and I lost the wristband).

Now if you remember from Part 1, I could take a specific number of steps and the Omron pedometer was 100% accurate.  I did the same test with the Fitbit One and it passed with flying colors.

Actual Steps Taken Omron Pedometer: Steps Recorded Fitbit One: Steps Recorded
50 50 51
100 (Trial 1) 100 99
100 (Trial 2) 100 101

These results are close enough for me and I have been happily using my Fitbit One since August 2013.  I can honestly say that I love my Fitbit One and would buy another in a heartbeat if I lost mine or broke it somehow.  If I were to hand out ratings on battery life, accuracy, ease of use, and durability this is what the Fitbit One would look like after nearly two years of use:

  • Battery Life:  9 out of 10
    • only because I don’t like to charge things, I forget even with the reminders from Fitbit that the battery is low.
  • Accuracy: 9.9 out of 10
  • Ease of Use: 10 out of 10
  • Durability: 10 out of 10

I have never had it unclip from my pants, I like the display features, and the app is easy to use (more on that later in the series).  Although it doesn’t have the heart-rate feature*, the Fitbit One is a great product for just under $100.  Curious about how it “measures” up?


Although this may look tall, I find it quite comfortable to wear facing in on my waistband (The tracker is against my skin and the clip is facing the world).


If you want to use the tracker without the clip, it really is slim.



The Fitbit One is my go-to tracker.  It is the one that I love to put on and use regularly.  If you have specific questions about the Fitbit One, please post them and I will answer each one just as quickly as I can!


In Part 3, learn more about the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge.  These are also great options!


*I use a HR monitor watch when I feel the need to track my heart-rate.  Most of the time I just use the simple rule that you should be able to still speak while exercising.