My name is Coco, and I’m addicted to fitness trackers. It started with the Jawbone UP. Then I gave the Garmin Vivosmart a try. I was surprised at how much I liked the “smart” features and upgraded to the Vivosmart HR for its wrist-based heart rate monitoring. I loved being able to see all that data, but the Jawbone UP3 caught my eye with its sleek profile. I never was tempted by the popular Fitbit devices because they didn’t have idle alarms, but that changed with the Fitbit Alta–the newest device on my wrist.
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So why did I trade my UP3 for the Alta? I’ll give you five reasons in my Fitbit Alta review so I can join the Friday Five link up hosted by Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run and Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!.
My Fitbit Alta Review
1.The Alta Can Tell Time. The number one reason I wasn’t happy with my UP3 is its lack of on-wrist display. Even though I knew this, I constantly found myself looking at my wrist to check the time–only to see the blank band. It sounds like a small thing, but it was so frustrating!
Jawbone UP3 vs. Garmin VivosmartHR
I really think Jawbone needs to add a discrete time display to its bands–I’m sure it can be done! The Alta screen usually is dark, but if you twist your wrist or tap the screen, it will tell you what time it is. Brilliant! 😉
2.The Alta Can Be Dressed Up. The main reason I decided to try the Fitbit Alta is because of it’s relatively sleek profile. It’s not quite as pretty as the UP3, but it’s much smaller than the Garmin devices. Plus, you can buy different bands for a dressier look.
3. The Alta Has An Idle Alarm. Unlike many fitness tracker devotees, I don’t care much about how many steps I take. If I run, I will meet my step goal; if I don’t, I won’t. What I rely on fitness trackers for is to remind me to MOVE throughout the day, especially when I’m at work. The UP and Garmin devices have an idle alarm that vibrates every hour. The Alta has an idle alarm that vibrates after 50 minutes if you haven’t taken 250 steps yet.
Looking at my data, you can see how much I need this feature. This week was particularly rough since I was in meetings all day and could not take significant walk breaks, but even Saturday is shameful since I spent most of the day relaxing, blogging, and reading.
4. The Alta Has All The Great Fitbit Features. The Alta does not measure heart rate, but it has all the other great Fitbit features–activity tracking, sleep tracking, the option to log your food and water, and the ability to track your weight.
I may be less active during the day on business trips, but I get more sleep.
When you are active for at least 15 minutes, the Alta counts that as “exercise,” and keeps a tally of your weekly exercise minutes.
And, its algorithm recognizes cycling!
5. Everyone Has A Fitbit. Sometimes I feel like I was the last person to get a Fitbit device. Now that I finally have joined the crowd, I have a lot of friends on Fitbit whom I can cheer on or taunt. (Sorry, Kiran!)
Bonus Reason. Amazon Promised Me Same Day Delivery. When I decide to get a new toy, I want it NOW. When I saw that Amazon could deliver a new Fitbit Alta to my doorstep by 9:00 pm for free with my Amazon Prime Membership, I could not resist. Once the tracking information showed that my package was out for delivery, I was like a kid looking out the window waiting for Santa to come!
I’d like to think that the Alta will keep me happy for a while, but even as I’m writing this Fitbit Alta review, I’m wondering why I didn’t research the Garmin Vivofit 3 ….
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