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Fitbit Force Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

$99.99

  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes
  • Monitor how long and how well you sleep
  • Wake up with a silent, vibrating alarm (that won’t disturb your partner)
  • Get instant access to your stats with a real-time digital OLED display
  • Sync stats automatically to your computer and leading smartphones
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Product Description

 

See your Stats, Push yourself Further with Force

A powerful Force for everyday fitness, this advanced, high-performance wristband is with you all the time, motivating you to be more active. Force has an OLED display that offers you real-time stats right on your wrist. You can track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes and the time throughout the day. Force also monitors your sleep and can wake you with a silent alarm. Wirelessly and automatically sync your stats to smartphones and computers to make it easy to see your trends over time. Set you fitness goals, then beat them with Force.

Sophisticated, Advanced Design

Designed to be easy-to-wear and lightweight. Force is water resistant and can withstand event the sweatiest of workouts. Plus, it has a battery life of 7-10 days, so you can wear it all day and night. Fitbit Force is available in two timeless colors, Black and Slate, and two sizes, Small and Large. Click here to find the perfect size for you.

What’s in the Box

Fitbit Force tracker, Wireless sync dongle, Charging cable, and Free Fitbit.com account.

Find your perfect fit by downloading and printing our Force Wristband Sizing Tool here.

Track it, See it, Beat it

Track all the fitness stats you need to reach your goals. Force measures your daily activity—steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes, and hours slept. See you stats right on your wrist, then monitor your progress and trends on your computer and smartphone.

Real-time Display, On-the-go Motivation

Get instant access to up-to-the-minute stats on the OLED display. With fitness stats right on your wrist, you don’t have to look far for motivation to keep moving. Watch your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and active minutes as they happen in real time.

Sleep well, Wake peacefully

Wear this comfortable wristband at night to track how long and how well you sleep. Then wake peacefully with Silent Wake technology, a vibrating alarm that wakes you at your desired time without disturbing your partner. Sync sleep stats wirelessly to see online graphs and charts that illustrate your sleep patterns over time.

Syncs wirelessly, Automatically to more Devices

Force stats sync wirelessly to leading smartphones, tablets, and computers, so your progress is always up-to-date without plugging in or draining your battery. Force syncs with iPhones (4S and newer) and select Android devices (Samsung Galaxy III and newer, Note II, and more). Android users simply tap the NFC-enabled Force to a compatible phone to launch the Fitbit app.

Online Tools to Track your Progress

Set goals on your personal dashboard and track your progress through easy-to-read graphs and charts. Use the Fitbit app for iPhone and Android to track steps, distance, calories, stairs climbed, active minutes, and sleep. Stay motivated with ongoing goal progress.

Log food, Workouts, and More

Log food consumption, weight, and additional workouts at Fitbit.com or through the Fitbit app. Bring greater fitness and nutrition into your life—seamlessly, socially, 24 hours a day.

2.80 out of 5

5 reviews for Fitbit Force Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

  1. 3 out of 5

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    I’ve been waiting and watching this technology grow over the past couple years and when I had saw all the fantastic reviews for the Force on the internet I thought that the technology had finally arrived for a decent tracking product. I thought that I had found a great Christmas gift for most in my family and even made some recommendations to others for spouses. I purchased the Force from Best Buy on the first day that it launched and as much as I wanted to be impressed, I am not impressed at all.

    The first thing I noticed about the Force was its size. I’m a collector of fine wristwatches (Omega, Tag Heuer, etc..) so I am used to wearing something substantial on my wrist, yet the size of the Force immediately stood out (something that was not apparent from pictures online). I could see that this thing was going to get caught on everything due its texture, size, and sharp angles. I have not been wrong regarding this first observation. The very first thing this morning while sliding my arms (carefully) into my Columbia jacket, the Force came off inside the jacket sleeve. Then again, when I was carefully removing the jacket the same thing happened. I wear a lot of Under Armor products and the Force gets caught on all the ones I have tested so far. Conversely, I am very happy to report that I did not have any problems sleeping with this unit nor did it come off overnight.

    Driving home from Best Buy yesterday night, the Force logged ~240 steps or about .15 miles during roughly 50 minutes of actual driving. All right, I know that there is going to be some error here but…

    Then this morning, the Force says that I walked .15 miles (260+) steps all in my sleep last night, and all while in SLEEP MODE! Hooray. The Fitbit Force has caught me sleep walking. Or maybe its just a case of poor programming where movement is still calculated as walking while sleeping.

    When I wake up at night and hit the button on the Force to see the current time, why does it display the amount of time “asleep” as counted by the stopwatch? Who would want to see this info in the middle of the night? I want to glance at the time and then fall back asleep. This added confusion while in my slumber state and caused me to inadvertently stop the sleep mode. For some odd reason, I then awoke another half our later, looked at the time and started the sleep mode again because I was confused as to what time it really was. I now realize that once Sleep State is activated, the default display is Sleep Mode. So, when waking up in the middle of the night to glance at the time, you will be greeted by the amount of time asleep from your Force. I don’t know about you, but when I’m asleep and happen to glance at the time, I want the actual time. To view the actual time while in Sleep Mode, the user must press the button twice.

    Prior to purchasing the Force, one of my concerns was that one had to press the button every night to activate Sleep Mode. I tried to tell myself that this would not be a big deal, but upon using the Force I can tell you that Sleep Mode is feature that was not thought out well. There should be a selection in the settings for the Force that would stop Sleep Mode when the alarm sounds. Also, why can’t I set generic times for sleeping in the settings that would set the Force into Sleep Mode? I realize that this wouldn’t paint an accurate picture of the total amount of time asleep, but I’m mainly concerned with how many times I am waking up at night and at what times.

    The kicker and test of real world performance came this morning. After waking up to having walked .15 miles in my sleep (ha ha), I removed the Force as not to shower with it. Put it back on, made breakfast and I was out the door to school. It is a very short ride to school on my scooter (8 minutes) and then another very short walk up one flight of stairs and down the hall to my class. Rode scooter back home. Walked around inside the house. It is about noon, I havent done anything but get up, drive to school, attend one class, return home, and then write this review and I am at ~3400 steps (about 1.25 miles). Here we are 20 minutes later (I went to the bathroom and have been editing this review). We are now up to 4900 steps and 1.76 miles. Hmm…..

    The Fitbit Force records steps fantastically when tested solely on walking, but my problem is all the erroneous data that is recorded from real world movements/interactions in every day use make this device beyond impractical. After all, this product is made to be worn 24 hours a day minus showers, right? I would think that a device like this would be much more effective when worn around the ankle for the purpose of tracking steps and distance (nor would it get in the way) or when worn specially for walking for running.

    I want an improved version of this product badly, but unfortunately we are just not there yet. I’m rating this product 3 stars due to poor real world functionality, sensationalized hype, incomplete software programming, and the inability fit with clothing items. This technology really needs to improve further for consumption of the masses.

  2. 4 out of 5

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    QUICK SUMMARY – I switched between the Jawbone Up and Fitbit Flex for the past several months, both have had their strengths and shortcomings. Compared to both these devices, the latest Fitbit Force is two steps forward (altimeter, wrist OLED display, call notification, easier sleep button) and one step back (not water resistant). Fitbit has incorporated some excellent new features in the Force though it still lacks a much needed heart rate monitor and is not water resistant. In my opinion, there is no clear winner between these three devices but I hope this review can help you make a more informed decision on whether this is the correct device for you.

    PROs:

    1. Sleek, elegant, light, comfortable to wear on your wrist at all times even when sleeping
    2. Easy set up – download Fitbit app, create an account, register device, you’re all set
    3. Battery life – Advertised battery life is 7-10 days which is plenty for me. Like the Flex, I planned to charge this every weekend. It takes just over an hour to charge fully.
    4. Low profile OLED display on your wrist that instantly shows stats for the day, the display can otherwise be used as a watch. Display is low profile and doesn’t stand out.
    5. Incorporates an altimeter to track stairs climbed. Floors climbed shows up on the app as an added daily metric along with steps, miles, distance, etc.
    6. Tracks duration and quality of sleep
    7. Discrete alarm that gently wakes you with a vibration on your wrist
    8. Wirelessly syncs with smartphone as soon as you open the app (via bluetooth). Syncs with a PC/Mac via included bluetooth adapter.
    9. Smart call notification (I haven’t tried this yet, I believe this feature will soon be available pending a firmware upgrade) – the wristband display shows caller ID data from iPhones

    CONs:
    (for features that the Force should ideally have but doesn’t, I have listed them separately below after Cons)

    1. NOT water resistant – why Fitbit…why? The Flex was water resistant and I loved the fact that I could wear it in the shower and in the pool. According to a Fitbit support representative who I contacted to confirm this – “The Flex is water resistant up to 10 meters. The Force, however, is rain, splash, and sweat proof but cannot be worn in the pool or shower”. Huge disappointment. I prefer the convenience of the Flex in this regard – I didn’t need to remove that at all except to charge once a week. Two reasons why this is a deal breaker for me personally – (i) I swim 3-4 times a week and want the device to include the swimming time in my activity log, and more importantly (ii) if I have to remove the device every day before a shower, I am afraid the wristband will give way pretty soon with the added wear and tear. I have read several reviews of the Flex where the wristband gave way after a few months. At least with the Flex, the wristband was available separately for purchase. With the Force, the wristband IS the device. If the wristband breaks, I will have to buy a whole new device.

    2. For Android devices, wireless sync is possible only for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and Note 2
    3. “Active” minutes are still driven largely by hand movement. If you regularly walk, run, or use an elliptical trainer (you have to move your arms as well on the trainer), this will be fairly accurate. However, if you are a cyclist, do yoga, or do other non-step activities, the active minutes will likely not register (see Tips below to partially address this issue). Heart rate monitor could help resolve this to some extent.
    4. Smart call notification – once this feature is available, it is expected to be compatible only with the iPhone

    LACKING FEATURES:

    1. Heart rate monitor – heart rate monitor is a key feature that can significantly enhance the accuracy, value, and performance of this device in my opinion. With a HRM, it could truly be called a fitness tracker. In its present form, however, it’s really just an activity or movement (hand) tracker.
    2. Doesn’t automatically enter sleep mode.
    3. A feature that would make this the ultimate device (along with heart rate monitor) – GPS and mapping abilities, like what Garmin GPS watches have. The GPS would map the route you do, calculate elevation, speed, and all related stats. Some day!

    TIPS:
    1. Locking in the band – One common complaint I read for the Fitbit Flex is the difficulty of locking in the clasp on the band. The Force has the exact same locking mechanism. It does take some getting used to, but after the first 3-4 times of removing and putting on the band, I found that it became easier. The key is to place a finger below the bottom strap to raise it just a bit, and then insert the clasp into the top band. The openings for the clasp loosen up after the first few days making it easier to put on. That said, I have read several reviews for the Flex where people have complained about the wristband breaking. So clasping and removing the wristband will require due care.

    2. Recording activities that don’t involve hand movement – As I mentioned above as a Con, the Force doesn’t register activities like cycling or elliptical trainers without arm movement. One way to get around this is to attach the wristband on your shoes or ankles. I tried this once with the wristband looped around my ankles. This worked much better, the device added this time to my active minutes and also increased the day’s mileage. However, the data was no where close to being accurate. That said, it is still better than recording nothing at all.

    3. Your Fitbit data can be synced with MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness (MapMyRunRun, MapMyRide, etc). MyFitnessPal allows food barcodes to be scanned, a feature lacking in the Force. MapMyFitness gathers more accurate data regarding your runs or bike rides. Both these combined with your daily Fitbit recordings will likely give a better overview of your activity and food intake level each day.

    While the overall data is not entirely accurate to the tee, it is in the general ballpark to give you an idea of your activity level and sleep quality on an ongoing basis. If nothing else, it keeps you motivated to stay active. Just to give you an idea of its effect – I constantly monitor my activity level using this device. Naturally, I want to keep the activity level high for each day. So when I’m doing regular activities, like say talking on the phone at work, instead of remaining seated, I get up and walk around. This adds anywhere from 100-200 steps, at least I’m burning those few extra calories that I wouldn’t have burnt otherwise. I admit I could do this without the device as well, but the device just provides instant feedback increasing motivation to stay active. Sometimes it’s all psychological but it works.

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    FORCE V/s THE FLEX -

    1. Flex – $99, Force – $129
    2. The Force has some key added features – watch, display unit on the band itself which allows you to toggle through all recorded metrics, and the much needed altimeter.
    3. Triggering sleep mode is MUCH easier on the Force compared to Flex. Simply press the toggle button for a few seconds to start the timer, and press it again when you wake up.
    4. Waterproof – Flex is waterproof up to 10 meters, Force is not water proof
    5. Wearing a watch with Flex is tricky, particularly if you prefer to wear both the Flex and the watch on your non-dominant hand. With the Force, you don’t need a watch any more. If you still prefer wearing a watch, this issue could still remain.
    6. With the Flex, you have to fire up the app on your smartphone and wait till it transfers data from the Flex. This takes only a minute or so. The Force displays all updated information in real time right on the wrist.
    7. Size wise, the Force is slightly wider and marginally heavier than the Flex. But after wearing it for a few hours, you forget about the size difference.
    8. The Flex had a tracker that had to be slipped into the rubber strap after charging. I liked this design but occasionally water would settle in this opening and I had to wipe it dry when charging the tracker. The Force is one unit in itself, so no need to remove any piece.
    9. Flex – you could order different color bands and insert the tracker into any band. Since the Force has the tracker built-in, you’re stuck with one color.

    Bottom line – If you already own a Flex and are not really particular about the added benefits of the Force, it might be worthwhile to stick with the Flex and wait for the next product release from Fitbit. I would think a similar device with a HRM should be in the works already, and it would be a matter of time before we see the next iteration. If you are contemplating between the Flex and the Force, I personally prefer the Flex (I need a water resistant band) but I hope I have given a good enough comparison to help you decide between the two.

    TIP – If you recently bought a Flex and want to swap it out for the Force, Fitbit allows returns within 45 days if bought directly from them. You can return the Flex, get your money back, and order the Force.

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    FORCE V/s JAWBONE UP -

    1. Both priced at $129
    2. Jawbone Up is a little more stylish in my opinion, Force is more bland. However, Force’s material makes it far more comfortable and low-profile to wear.
    3. Jawbone Up needs to be physically connected to your phone to transfer data. Only then is the daily activity visible on your phone. With the Force, it’s all available on the wrist with a simple toggle switch allowing you to view the various metrics like steps, miles, calories, active minutes, etc. The Force also wirelessly syncs with your phone as soon as you open the Fitbit app.
    5. Force requires a physical wall outlet to charge, Jawbone Up can be charged on the go with your phone or computer
    6. Jawbone’s app/software is what makes it excel in my opinion. The data breakdown and accompanying graphs are a dream come true for any stats junkie. The graphs are in-depth and give a quick screenshot of anything you may wish to view about your activity levels. Also, the graphs show your lifestyle trends over time, say a week or month. The Fitbit app shows mostly basic information about activity levels, and is not as intuitive to use. Jawbone really is brilliant in this respect.
    7. Jawbone has three nice features that the Force doesn’t – Power Nap (wakes you up at a pre-determined interval after you fall asleep), Idle Alert (vibrates if you’ve been inactive for a certain period of time), and food intake (you can scan or manually enter the food intake, and it automatically calculates calorie information). With the Force, you need to manually enter the foods and it will calculate calories as well, but it’s not as user-friendly as the Up. Or you can also use MyFitnessPal to scan food barcodes, and sync that account with the Fitbit app.
    8. Force is not water resistant, Jawbone Up is said to be good for showers, but not for swimming.
    9. In my personal experience, the defect rate with the Up has been high. I had to exchange two defective units in a matter of 4 months. The most recent one I have has been working fine for 6 months now. With the Force, it’s too early to tell, but the Flex has worked fine for the 5 months that I used it.

    Bottom line – I think the biggest advantage Jawbone has over the Force is its software and the additional features like water resistance, power nap and idle alert. However, given that it lacks the ability to display immediate feedback, and can’t sync wirelessly, it falls short of the Force in its present form. Based on these parameters, I would recommend the Force over the Up. However, if you already have the Up, the added benefits offered by the Force may or may not be sufficient to switch, you may wish to wait for the new iteration from either company.

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    OVERALL thoughts on the Fitbit Force – Even though this device is far from perfect, I think it is still a great device in terms of comfort, features, functionality, ease of use, and feedback. It is a step in the right direction as far as data accuracy (incorporated altimeter), features (OLED display, call notification), and user friendliness (easier to trigger sleep mode) are concerned. In my humble opinion, this could help you decide if this is the device for you:

    Go for the Force if, aside from wanting to simply track your activity, you

    (i) climb a lot of stairs as part of your daily routine and want it logged in daily stats,
    (ii) don’t mind removing the wristband every day before getting in the shower,
    (iii) prefer the convenience of having instant access to all your stats 24/7,
    (iv) must have the watch feature, or
    (v) see a definite need for the call notification feature.

    If you want an activity tracker but don’t necessarily fall in the above camp, the Flex is the device of choice (and $30 cheaper).

    If you already have a similar device like the Flex or Jawbone Up and don’t really care for the above features, you are probably better off staying with your current device till either company releases the next iteration.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    This is my 3rd FitBit product to date and by far my favorite. I started with the FitBit One and truly enjoyed it. However, I was always worried that I would fall on it and break it while playing football or soccer. So when the FitBit Flex was announced, I jumped at the prospect of being able to wear a device on my wrist instead of my belt. The Flex was great. A bit frustrating having to use 5 LED lights as reference points for progress and no more altimeter to track flights of stairs, but the pros outweighed the cons. The Flex syncs with my iPhone quickly, so it was never a big issue. But then they announced the Force.

    This is the mix of everything I want. All of the features and display associated with the One, and the wearability of the Flex. It is a bit bulkier, but it isn’t enough to be bothersome. I still forget I’m wearing it during the day. I really appreciate the fact that this device tells the time because I wouldn’t want to wear a watch and an activity tracker at the same time.

    The main disagreement I have with some of the other people’s reviews is with the sleep tracking. They all start the timer at night and then turn it back off in the morning. I’m much too forgetful for that. I know that I would get up and go about my business and it’d be two hours into work before I realized I was still in sleep mode. I always enter my sleep manually in the morning when I wake up. Go into the app (or onto the dashboard) and log your sleep that way. You tell it what time you went to bed and what time you woke up and boom, it shows you a graph of your sleep patterns. That means you’ll have to keep up with what time you go to sleep, but that’s easier to me than remembering to turn off the alarm each morning.

    I have never used any of the other devices: Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up, or Withins Pulse. So I can’t discuss a comparison point. But as someone using their 3rd FitBit product: I can certainly say that it’s been an improvement each time.

  4. 1 out of 5

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    I was thrilled to receive this thoughtful gift! I wasn’t familiar with the brand but setup was easy, plug in to the computer, go online and within minutes the Force is viable + you can see your workout data online in real time (well, within 15 minutes) to plan and improve your results.

    The first 22 hours were great – I rocked this gizmo, got my first badge at 5000 steps and was all about improving my workout. Then I went outside and the grip of the spacers (that hold the band on) was compromised, diminished. In short, the Force is no longer with me; I lost it at hour 23. I didn’t even get a full day from a $130 gift.

    Don’t beat yourself up if you lost the Force – it’s not user error in fastening the band. According to Fitbit the band is made of Elastomer which is comprised of various polymers having the elastic properties of natural rubber. Rubber, like Elastomer, contracts and expands. Depending on your temperature/outside temperature the band could expand or contract a wee bit making this expensive poorly gripped, no real buckle/clasp or safety band easy to lose.

    Final Thoughts: The band design needs to be improved with a ‘real’ watchband buckle not toy store clasp. The buckle needs to be made of material (think hard plastic/metal) not found in the band then secured with a safety clasp designed for active sports, varying climates + outdoor and user temperature fluctuation. Also, the addition of a tracking device or sound/light to go off on impact is needed to alert the user that the Force fell off.

    You know, I expected better quality given the features and technology involved in this device. Mine didn’t last one uneventful run.

    Sorry, cannot recommend Fitbit Force until the band closure is redesigned.

  5. 1 out of 5

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    This could be the best Fitbit out there if it had been tested properly. I’ve had my Flex since July 2013 and have had nothing but good things to say about it. Sure, the steps recorded can be slightly off, but the main factor is motivation when it comes down to these devices.

    When I heard the Force was coming out, I was very excited. The addition of a screen and the altimeter are what the Flex should have been. The promise of call notifications is really what made me buy this device. After wearing it for more than a day, you will come to realize that the Flex is a better product.

    The main issues I have with this over the Flex is that while the Force added two big features, they took away what made the Flex great.

    1. The Fitbit Force is only splash-proof which means exactly that. It’s not to be submerged and it’s not to be worn in the shower.

    2. Interchangeable wristbands are no longer possible. Not only are you are stuck with the size and color that your band came in, you are stuck with that exact band. If it breaks, gets dirty, or scuffed up then you would have to replace the product.

    3. The clasp…

    The clasp for the Flex works well because it’s small, lightweight and you don’t really mess with it once it’s on. The Force uses the same two-pronged clasp for a larger, heavier wristband.

    First off: Yes, I watched the video, I know to listen for the faint click, and I checked to make sure it was secure each time I put it on. I’ve had my Flex for over six months so I’d consider myself familiar with the way the clasps work.

    The second day I owned this, I found it on the floor of the living room. The third day is when it was gone. Yes, my brand new Fitbit Force now belongs to nature and or someone else. The clasp failed on me and it’s now missing.

    What they should do to make this product 5 stars:
    1. Use a watch band or other form of fastening.
    2. Move the charging port to the top of the unit and allow it to be slipped into the band like the Flex.
    3. I think #2 takes care of this, but make it submersible.

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