Fitbit One

Big features in a little package

The One is an entry-level device in the Fitbit activity tracker lineup but despite its lower price and diminutive size the One still packs a ton of cool features. If you just want to dip your toes in the waters of activity tracking or if you'd prefer a more discreet fitness device you may wish to consider the Fitbit One.

Features, design and performance
The Fitbit One is a small, sleek black (or burgundy) rectangle similar in size to a AA battery. On its top side there is a single button that allows you to cycle through menus on its OLED display. There's nothing fancy about it, but as small black rectangles go, it's fairly nice looking. In the box you'll receive the One sensor, a charging unit, a silicone clip for attaching the One to your clothing, a black sleeve for sleep tracking and a small USB syncing dongle that transfers data to your computer.

To use the One you can either throw it in your pocket, or you can slip it into its clip and attach it to your pants, shirt, bra or pretty much anywhere that it will fit snugly. That's all it takes. Though not officially supported by Fitbit, you can also find wristbands (look on sites like Amazon) that will fit the One device, allowing you to wear it on your wrist. This may affect the accuracy of your step count though, but not by much.

The beauty of the Fitbit One is that you can use it without drawing any attention to the device itself. If you're shy about wearing a tracker or if smartwatches and rubber bracelets don't match your fashion sense, you can clip it somewhere no one can see it or place it in your pocket. The device will still track your activity and you won't have to explain what's hanging off your wrist.

Step counting
The Fitbit One packs a lot of features for a low-cost device, more in fact than some pricier and newer models. First and foremost, the One will track your steps. Its 3-axis accelerometer can be a bit sensitive but for the most part it will accurately count every step you take during your day and store your step totals for up to 23 days. A quick press of the button on the top of the display will show you your daily total so you can keep track of your progress towards your goal. It has a pre-set 10,000 step daily goal but you can easily adjust this in the device settings.

Stair climbing
The One will also track how many flights of stairs you've climbed using its built-in altimeter. This is a cool feature not found on some other trackers including the Fitbit Flex. So if you live in an apartment building, ride the subway, or just find yourself taking the stairs a lot you can keep track of how many flights you climb using your One.

Sleep tracking
If you're curious about how much you're sleeping and the quality of that sleep, the One can help in that area too. By slipping the One into the including sleep sleeve (oddly similar to the sleeve a doctor wraps around your arm when taking your blood pressure) and wearing it to bed, the One will log when you went to bed, when you actually fell asleep and how much tossing and turning you did. It's pretty cool to be able to see how much or how little sleep you actually get every night. Unfortunately, the One requires you to manually enter 'sleep mode' in order to accurately track all the previously mentioned data. It's easy to do (just hold down the button for a few seconds when you go to bed and when you wake up) but it can be tough to remember to do that every night and it won't display data for those impromptu naps you may take from time to time.

Silent alarms
Another handy feature is the silent alarm function. Using the app or website you can configure your Fitbit to vibrate silently at specified times. This is a much gentler way to wake in the morning and it won't disturb anyone else. You can also use the silent alarms as a reminder to get up from your desk or the couch during the day. 

Display and greetings
The One has an easy-to-read display that allows you to check the time, your step and stair count, calories burned and distance traveled. Cycling through the data is quick and responsive and it's really great to be able to check those stats without having to sync the device to your phone or computer. The One also has a quirky feature where it will greet you personally when you first turn on the display. Its often humorous greetings (Woot! Hug me!) can make you smile when you aren't expecting to, and that's always a welcome thing.

Battery life
Finally, the battery life on the Fitbit One is great. While Fitbit claims you can expect up to 14 days of usage, you're more likely to want to recharge once a week depending on how often you sync or check your progress, and how many alarms you have set. You can extend battery life by turning off All-Day Sync and Always Connected in the app settings. Charging the battery is very quick, taking only a couple hours to fully recharge.

The Fitbit app and website

Design and function
In order to sync your stats to your Fitbit account for deeper analysis you'll have to use either the Fitbit app (iTunes/Google Play) or the Fitbit website. Luckily both are beautifully designed and very easy to use. When you log in to your dashboard on either platform you'll be able to see all the same data you see on the display but in greater detail. Those figures will update automatically every time you sync your device. For the mobile app you'll sync using your phone's Bluetooth, for the website you'll have to use the supplied USB dongle. In addition to the previously mentioned stats there are also fields that track your weight, meals, water intake and specific exercises, though this data must be entered manually. All of your data can be viewed through the dashboard in easy-to-read graphs that will display your history over the course of one week, one month, three months or even one year. 

Challenges and badges
Two of the most addictive aspects of the Fitbit app are the challenges and badge systems. You can find friends through your e-mail contacts that also have Fitbit devices and compare your step counts or even challenge them to walk-offs. This is where things can get ridiculously fun. Depending on how competitive you are, you may find yourself making up excuses to walk a little more to one-up your friends, or to keep pace with a particularly mobile pal. As you compete for challenge trophies, you'll also be rewarded with motivational badges reflecting total step counts, goal streaks and more. It's a great way to compete with friends and family without having to be in the same place. Plus, there's nothing that will get you more motivated to take that evening stroll than when your little sister/best friend/Weight Watchers leader pulls ahead of you into first place in your Weekend Warrior challenge!

Fitbit and Weight Watchers

Linking your accounts
Setting up your Fitbit and Weight Watchers accounts to sync is an easy process and once you do so, tracking your activity will become effortless. All of your steps will be automatically converted into FitPointsTM and reflected on your My Day tracker.

Here's how to do it:

Under the Settings section of your Weight Watchers account click on the Activity tab.
Select Connect to a device or app.
Click the Fitbit icon. Then click Continue.
Log in to your Fitbit account then click Allow on the next screen to authorize data sharing.

Find a Fitbit
Interested in getting a Fitbit One? You can find them in most electronics stores and you can also purchase them from your local Weight Watchers meeting centre*!

*- subject to availability