Choosing the Right Fitness Companion: The Nike+ Fuelband or the Fitbit One?

Over the years, people have become more and more concerned about their health. Healthy living, diet, and exercise have become all the rage these days, and various companies have introduced innovative devices to help people achieve their goal. Among the favorites are activity monitors, gadgets that measure a person’s activity in terms of such things as steps taken (when walking or running) and the corresponding amount of calories burned. In the market today, there are similar gadgets available. Among the most popular are the Nike+ Fuelband and the Fitbit One. But which of the two is a better choice? Let’s find out.

Nike Fuelband Features and Data Access

This is the most important for many people. And when it comes to number of features, Fitbit One has an edge. Both gadgets can measure the number of steps you have taken during a given period of time, as well as number of calories burned. But while that’s pretty much what the Fuelband shows, Fitbit can also measure data when you climb stairs, show the distance you have traveled, and track your sleeping activity and movement. It also allows you to track your weight and input your food consumption; it can work with apps such as MyFitnessPal—all you have to do is link the two.

But while some people find the comprehensive data offered by Fitbit helpful, others find it complex and annoying and prefer the simplicity of the Nike+ Fuelband. The data that the Fuelband presents are basic, and it allows you to set your own goal (in terms of ‘fuel’). You can do the same with Fitbit, although it has a default of 10,000 steps daily.

When it comes to data access, both have a Bluetooth

syncing capability with iOS devices. The Fitbit can also sync with Android, but not wireless. But although both are designed to be compatible with devices other than computer, you may encounter an access problem with Fitbit in devices such as iPad. It uses a lot of Flash, and this may be a problem when viewing in the said devices.

Fitbit One

Ease of Use

Both devices are easy to use, although they are of different designs. The Fuelband is designed like a wristwatch (three different sizes are available), and it can also work as a watch since it also displays time. Plus, it can serve as an accessory (like some sort of a bracelet) when not in use; when you need the display, just press the button. Meanwhile, the Fitbit comes with a belt clip (rubber) and a wrist band with a pocket to accommodate it. When running or doing other daytime activities, the device is clipped unto your belt. When sleeping, you just place it into the pocket of your wrist band.


We know most users will agree that the Nike+ Fuelband is a lot more durable than Fitbit. It is waterproof and can withstand too much sweat and even a shower. Don’t wear it when swimming, though. Meanwhile, the Fitbit doesn’t takes stress all too well, and there’ve been many cases when its plastic body starts to crack after a while. Of course, the way you use the device is a factor that should be considered.

Our Final Say:

Different tests show that both the Nike+ Fuelband and the Fitbit are accurate in measuring data, and the results when they’re used side by side are very close. Features-wise, you’ll get a lot more from Fitbit, though the complex data may overwhelm you and drive you crazy. If you need just the basics and you want something that will last through various forms of abuse, you may want to stick with Fuelband. But, if you love more data in your hands, and you have no problem with complexities, then go ahead and get the Fitbit One (it’s cheaper than the Fuelband, too, which is an added bonus). Once you’ve decided which to get, you can check out Geekie Store to see more Nike+ Fuelband and Fitbit One choices.

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