Works with: The whole family of Fitbit devices. Tim and I each have the Fitbit One.
- Name: Fitbit or Fitbit Tracker
- Cost: $Free$
- Runs on: Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2
Fitbit App Review: Overview and Features
The Fitbit is a family of fitness trackers that help you to stay active and reach your activity goals. The devices are purchased directly from Fitbit and then Fitbit software allows you to view your activity results. Fitbit App is available via the Windows Store. It lets you sync and track your progress. It tracks things like number of steps, calories burned, distance traveled, number of very active minutes, floors you’ve climbed, and your weight.
You might say: “so, what? I can see most of the same stuff right on the Fitbit device”
That is true, however, the application also allows you to see both daily and historical data. This means that you can track your progress over time and compare against your own goals. I find this helpful. It will even allow you to track your nightly sleep patterns (if you have the Fitbit One device like me). It also has a social component, so you can share data with your friends or family members and see how you measure up against them – personally I don’t use this option but others may like it.
Fitbit App Review: Pros
- Easy to install
- Easy to use
- Fast app
- Accurate and quick sync
- Works Offline in Airplane Mode
- Live tile cycles through your stats – this could also be a con if you don’t want one of them displayed (like weight, for example). But the live feature can be turned on and off.
Fitbit App Review: Cons
- It allows data sync via wireless USB dongle only.
- You can essentially do the same thing via the web Fitbit Dashboard if you have WiFi connected.
- Cannot do your initial setup of your Fitbit device on Surface RT family of tablets, it requires a Fitbit Connect app installed and there isn’t one available in the Windows Store*
Fitbit App Review: Conclusion and Rating
Overall, I like the Fitbit App. I think the Pros outweigh the Cons and the price can’t be beat. However, I do wish that I could configure and update my Fitbit device via my Surface RT*. What I had to do instead, is to initially install the USB Wireless Dongle and necessary software on my desktop computer; but now I can review and sync my info via the Surface RT. Because I did have to go through that intermediate step, I am giving it 4 out of 5 smilies.
*Note: in order to configure, update, and troubleshoot your Fitbit device, you need Fitbit Connect software that can be installed on the Surface Pro line of tablets but not on the Surface RT/2 line.