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Activity trackers

Nike+ FuelBand
 
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$105.99
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Summary: This activity tracker, Nike+ FuelBand, tracks calories, counts steps, provides real time results throughout the day, syncs wirelessly to your computer or smart phone, and it has an indicator to tell you how close you are to your daily activity goal. It also has a built-in clock, can be worn in the shower.
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Type: Can be read in real time
About - Nike+ FuelBand

The Nike+ FuelBand is part of the activity tracker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, activity trackers models like the FuelBand are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Step count accuracy:
Combined step count accuracy for walking for five minutes on a level treadmill at 3 mph, using an elliptical exerciser for five minutes, walking up and down several flights of stairs and picking up toys from the floor.

Calorie accuracy:
Combined calorie use accuracy from walking on a level treadmill at 3 mph for five minutes and using an elliptical exerciser for five minutes.

Ease of use and features:
Ease of use includes clarity of instructions and how easy it was to operate the device, and important features.
User Reviews - Nike+ FuelBand
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Disappointed in New Version
8/19/2014
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Comment:
I had an original Fuel Band for close to two years. I love the product and found it to be a great motivator. After close to two years the hardware failed and would no longer sync with the Nile + web site. Customer service was very nice and arranged to send me a replacement FuelBand SE. After three times sending it back and forth, we determined that their new hardware/firmware would not work with the USB ports on my less than two year old computer. My only option was to purchase a new computer. Obviously I sent everything back to Nike. I am very disappointed that they would develop upgraded devices but fail to address the needs of existing customers. I am having to give up the Fuel band after constant use for nearly two years-hitting my goal every single day. Very disappointing.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Good motivator -- Poor quality
7/27/2014
Pros
Comfortable to wear
Good Motivator
Cons
Only Counts Steps
Poor quality
Best Uses
Motivation
Comment:
This is a good motivator and it is comfortable to wear. I like it better than a belt-mounted unit like the FitBit. However, quality of design and/or construction is poor.<br /><br />I have bought three -- for two sons and for me. Two have failed. On one of my sons' bands, the failure involved button that you press to see your Nike Fuel count. On mine, the connection between the metal closure and the band has failed twice. The metal closure pulls away from the band and cannot be reattached.<br /><br />I will try one more warranty repair, then will change to another brand, unless Nike redesigns this one.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Quality Control Issues
4/1/2014
Pros
Data History
Ease of Use
Cons
Button Keeps Failing
Can't Track Calorie Intak
Won't Link To Other Apps
Best Uses
General Activity Tracking
Comment:
Started using product Feb. 2013. I am on my 3rd band. Had the same problem with the first two - button failure. I am not hard on it. Probably push the button a few dozen times each day to track activity which one would think would be a normal function of an activity tracking device.<br /><br />To Nike's credit, they have honored the warranty on the product and the replacements have been at no cost.<br /><br />I too was not pleased with the change in the algorithm regarding the activity levels being different (harder) to attain as before. I also share the concern about the STEPS not being steps but some sort of concocted formula based upon activity points.<br /><br />I fully expect this 3rd band to stop working and when it does, I will be looking somewhere else for a device that works more in line with what my needs are.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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