What does a pedometer need? MORE POWER!

Due to my job requiring me to handle raw food, and requires me to have ridiculously high cleanliness, and not allowed to wear anything on my wrists. Also, the 1.5KG bags of onions have declared war on any wrist based devices... Completely smashed the metal clasp on my last watch.

And the Fitbit One fits all my requirements nicely, low profile, sits in my pocket, and is quite rugged.


It's quite small only measuring 48mm x 19.3mm x 9.95mm (HWD), and weighing in at 8 grams. It's a lightweight.

Mine is black [It does come in Burgundy] and incredibly low profile, with only a single button. And there's the invisible OLED screen, which even with an LED flash can't penetrate, I've only seen it on an ultra bright sunny day. It's very well made, and rugged, so I expect it to last. Plus it's holders are replaceable if they are damaged.


It's only got one button, so understandably it's really easy to use. You just cycle through displays. Most of the features are on it's Dashboard.

Not to mention, it is literally wear and go!


So what does the Fitbit One bring to the table. It brings everything that other Fitbits can do, steps, distance, calories, silent alarm, sleep, and can also monitor floors that you walk up and down, but it's not waterproof.

Sleep Tracking

Is AMAZING! With it's included wrist band, it allows to see how well you actually slept... It can be surprising!

Online Dashboard

It's fairly clean cut, and is fairly useful, if not flawed usability wise. [s]There are no tooltips, on any of the buttons... Which means you have to randomly click buttons and hope they don't delete all your data.[/s] Most of the buttons have tooltips, but there still are some without. And the battery meters, only shows one of 4 images, High, Medium, Low, Dead. Which is kinda useless, since you could come from Medium to Dead in the same day. Ever heard of showing the percentage as well?

[s]Not to mention the page doesn't auto-update. All the backend code is there in the APIs, but they haven't implemented it. It's not hard, all fitbits upload their data every 15 minutes. All they need to do is fetch the device info, every 15 minutes, and check if the lastupdated time has changed since the last update, if so update all the dashboard widgets.[/s]

They now have integrated Auto-Updating to the dashboard since I wrote this. A tad bit convenient if you ask me...


Now one of the powers of this device, is the data output. This is where I was most interested in. And this is where the device falls down.

The API is way too restrictive to be useful, with a measly rate of 150 requests per hour, which means that you can only process 12.5 Fitbit data streams an hour, which means you have to let data get quite stale.

And their fix for that, was horribly implemented that it actually, made it worse! But that's way too long, and out of scope, so it will be a post of it's own.

What would I not recommend

The one thing I wouldn't recommend buying, is the Fitbit Aria. It's a pathetic, excuse of a smart scale, $200 scale, with less features than a $25 Weight Watchers scale. And pathetically out of date wireless tech... Also it doesn't integrate into any other of their products!

I now have a 1 month review for this.
If I had to give this an subjective score I would give it a 10 of 10.
Well built, highly replaceable, and a great product. The product itself is flawless. The Cloud side, not so much.

The only issue is that not many apps integrate its data. Probably due to it's poor API.