I am one of the very unlucky 1.7% of Fitbit Force users who developed a skin rash from wearing it. I’m about to return mine under the voluntary recall, but the whole experience is bumming me out quite a bit.
I LOVE activity trackers. I had the Nike FuelBand (first gen) for around one and a half years, but had many issues with it between the band not clasping properly, replacing it due to a faulty screen display, and through to having my replacement band completely die on me just outside of the warranty period. This last issue happened last November, so with all the problems I’d had with Nike, I decided to do some research and find a good tracker that would work for me.
The Fitbit Force was a near-perfect fit for me and I convinced my husband to get it for me at Christmas. The only thing I really missed was the awesome and motivating features of goal-setting and challenges that the Nike FuelBand was great at; but with the added sleep tracker, the vibrating alarm, and the real metrics (rather than invented points), I felt that the Force was a really good trade-off. And in the two months I wore it, the band kept me motivated to move more. I got out for more walks, and I loved tracking my sleep measurements and benchmarking myself against the other-user stats. However, a week after they issued the recall, I noticed the tell-tale signs of dermatitis on my wrist where the metal part of the Force sat.
So now, I find myself listless. I’ve worn an activity tracker almost non-stop for nearly two years now, and while I know I can still get out there and exercise and that I don’t need a wrist-band to tell me what I’m doing and whether I’m being active enough or not, I’m really missing the fun and motivation that these toys brought to my life.
The only debate for me now centers around my own impatience. Do I buy the known, sub-par Nike FuelBand SE because I want SOMETHING to track my activity, or do I patiently wait for Fitbit to get its act together to release the “new and improved” activity tracker at some unknown time in the future with even more nifty features than the Force had (the only thing the company says is that it will be released “soon” … I hate that word :-P)? I’m completely torn on this issue, and it’s getting me down today.