Whether it’s a work day or a weekend, there are always a few signature items that I will likely be sporting: sparkly nail polish, my Alex & Ani SF bracelet, Road ID and a variety of other ‘arm candy.’
Well, just a few weeks ago, I amped up the ante with a new, high-tech piece of wrist wizardry when I purchased the Fitbit Flex. I had been contemplating purchasing a device like this for quite some time – and this fascination was further cemented upon reading a post from my pal Kat’s blog on her experience with the Fitbit and Jawbone Up. From her post, I did some more research, learning the pros and cons of a variety of devices on the market, from the variety of Fitbits (here’s a great comparison chart), to the aforementioned Jawbone Up, and even the Nike Fuelband.
After several hours of reading, I came to the conclusion that the Flex was for me, for these particular reasons:
- As much as I loved the Fitbit One’s small size and digital screen, scouring of the Fitbit Facebook page proved to me that I, queen of the klutzes, would likely put the poor device through the washer. Also, as per Kat’s review, I realized that I would probably not get the most accurate amount of steps if the device wasn’t “on my person” at all times.
- I live and breathe with my iPhone!! I needed a device that could “talk to it” whenever and wherever, without extra “stuff.” When I discovered that the Jawbone Up required hooking it up manually with the headphone jack to upload data, I was pretty turned off.
- I had seen a lot of neat commercials about the Nike Fuelband – but it did not measure sleep – a cool feature found in both the Fitbit and Jawbone Up.
So, that was that: I was going to get a Fitbit Flex! I checked the website and it looked like they weren’t quite shipping yet (this was the last week of April) so, as hard as it was, I knew I would have to be patient before getting my new fitness toy…to make matters even more challenging, on April 24, Administrative Professionals Day, my firm was kind enough to deposit $150 into my account, so I told myself I’d use it to by my Flex…as soon as I could find one!
About a week later, still without a release date in sight, I was perusing the Facebook page and saw something interesting…a few posters had commented that their local Best Buy stores were stocking them! Now, this caused a little drama with other members of the page, as many had made pre-orders through Fitbit or Amazon, but I was intrigued! I checked our local Best Buy’s site, and though it indicated that they were not yet in stock, I decided to chance it and visited right after work on May 2: and lo and behold….there it was:
Well…there they both were, really: black or slate. I took to instagram to decide which one to purchase (ended up going with black) and well, the rest, I can say, is really history.
Soon, I’ll share my thoughts on the last two weeks I’ve experienced my Fitbit Flex – and would love to answer any questions you might have about it, so please, leave your comments here and it’d be my pleasure to answer them in a future post! I have really enjoyed the device so far, and am proud to have shared that enthusiasm to convince a few people to check them out already – both internet and IRL friends/coworkers!
So stay tuned!! I am stoked to post all about how Fitbit has already changed how I look at each day 🙂
Disclaimer: I purchased the Fitbit Flex on my own and am not being compensated or sponsored in any way whatsoever in using this device, so all opinions are 100 percent my own 🙂