|Fitbit Alta HR|
One of the reasons why I made the switch, other than receiving the Alta HR as a gift, my Nike Fuelband failed...again. Since the Nike fitness tracker is discontinued, there really is no support for their Apps and operating system. Once my Fuelband stopped working, obviously, I stopped wearing it. For six months, I did not have a way to 'track my fitness'. While it was a relief to not have to reach 2000 NikeFuel points, I kinda miss knowing how much I moved.
|Nike Fuelband - discontinued|
Now, I mention failure of my Fuelband. One day, it just crapped out, and I could not sync my data. The only thing I could do was reset the band to factory setting, losing data since last sync. Well, that breaks my streak of 1133 days....argh! I was not going to start over.
The other issue with the Fuelband is the button. I have spent a lot of time and tried various ways to repair the damn button. I went through three bands and without failure, the button will fail. The problem is, it is a physical button, a moving part...which will wear down after a few hundred pushes. Add to that, the silicone will also wear down and tear. Eventually, you will have no button and will not be unable to access the information on the band.
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By the way, I should mention that all the images in this post were stolen from the internet. I am too lazy to take my own photos...although, I should as it may earn me more steps. If I borrowed your image and you have an issue with it, let me know and I will replace it with another one from the internet.
As mentioned, I have the Alta HR, it has a 'quick glance' feature. Bring up the band to view and it displays watch and heart rate (by default). Other fitness trackers also have this feature. I love this feature.
|Charging and syncing Fuelband|
Charging the Fitbit Alta HR requires a goofy looking clip. The charger clamps on to your tracker like it is biting the Alta HR.
The Fuelband does not have Bluetooth, but it is no fault of Nike as it is an old system. Obviously, there are many features that the Fuelband does not have because of cost and technology. From here, I will discuss and review the 'new' features of the Alta HR.
|Alerts for calls, texts, and calendar|
The vibrating function is also used to give you reminders to move. The tracker encourages you to move every hour, at least 250 steps. About ten minutes to the hour, you will get a little buzz, encouraging you to move. If you get your 250 for that hour, another buzz lets you know mission accomplished.
Reaching the goal of 10,000 steps a day (default) will also buzz the unit. A little animation will be displayed on the screen to celebrate.
|Fitbit Alta HR|
Back to the Fuelband for a second. The Fuelband was a fixed semi-rigid shape. It could be uncomfortable at times, say if you were wearing with slashguards, playing hockey. The Alta HR has a soft rubber strap with buckle closure. Not fancy enough for you? The strap is interchangeable. There are a variety of straps and bracelets available for the Alta HR, everything from rubber, leather, metal...you can even get one that looks like a traditional watch with a round dial. Yep, accessories that cost more than the base unit.
If you are looking for a fitness tracker, check out the Fitbit Alta HR. Ha, not like you can get a Nike Fuelband. Those might be collector's items one day.