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Moov Vs. Fitbit: Fitness Faceoff

Wearable fitness devices take on personal trainers to track your workouts and improve them. Here's how Moov compares to early leader Fitbit.
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FormerMTman
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3/28/2014 | 1:16:54 AM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Hi Alison - No, the color of my force is black, which is fine for me. The primary reason is the fitness coach that the mood offers, and the 9 axis movement sensor. I would highly recommend a fitness tracker if you have never used one.
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3/5/2014 | 5:14:24 PM
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I received my FitBit Ultra as a gift in September of 2012 and I can say I've used it consistently since receiving it. I'm considering making the "Moov" to a wrist version of a pedometer but I think Moov offers much more than I need. Walking is the way I exercise, and I don't want a digital coach for that. I received a Fitbit Flex for Christmas and returned it so I could get the FitBit Force, but so many people complained they lost it because the wrist band didn't clasp properly... and like someone else mentioned, FitBit recently pulled it off the shelves due to a wrist irritation.
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3/5/2014 | 11:18:20 AM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Kristin - The sleep monitor has to be set manually on the FitBit, so you have complete control over that.  What you do (on the Force) is press and hold the button for about two seconds (a stopwatch starts showing you that you are starting sleep mode) and when you wake up, you press and hold the button for about two seconds to turn sleep mode off.  My problem with this is that I have forgotton to turn it back on in the morning.
Kristin Burnham
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3/4/2014 | 8:50:21 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Your observation about cell phones and fitness gadgets is spot on. People debate the value of these devices all the time, but if they've helped you increase and monitor your activity, why not invest in one?
Kristin Burnham
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3/4/2014 | 8:45:47 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I'm skeptical about the sleep monitors. I tried an app once that basically tracked your movement during the night and based on that, reported your sleep cycle. It also claimed to wake you up at the most opportune time in your sleep cycle to minimize grogginess, though I never found any of it particularly helpful.
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3/4/2014 | 2:31:12 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Sorry @anon0631711623, my bad, I meant to say that I purchased the Fitbit Force (top end model) not the Fitbit Flex (the mid market offering).  Yes the flex does offer more color choices that the Force, but I liked the wireless sych of the Force (and you will too as the bank on either is a little hard to put on or take off).
FormerMTman
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3/4/2014 | 2:27:03 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Features I would like to see:  Blood pressure, heart rate, glucose monitoring would be very nice and could be incorporated easily.  
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3/4/2014 | 2:24:39 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I would go for it!  Try it out and you'll see if you are moving as much as you think you are.  I had thought I was doing fine, could have improved but was still getting some exercise.   Man was I wrong!

 
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3/4/2014 | 2:21:53 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I wouldn't say that I am a pro with these things, for me I purchased to FitBit because I wanted to know how much I was actually moving as my job is mostly sedentary.  Turns out that it is no mystery how I got fatter over the past year, I was only walking about a mile a day, sometimes a little more, but not more than 2 miles.  Using the monitoring functions, I am up to 4+ miles a day walking and 2 miles a day running.

My primary reason for upgrading to the Moov is that it incorporates 9 axis sensors (as opposed to Fitbit Force's 3 axis sensors), that allows the tracker to analyze your total body movement and compare it to different form models.  This comparison allows for real-time "coaching" in order to improve form and increase efficiency, thus making you better at what you are doing and reducing the risk of injury.  I really like the look of the Fitbit Force (and yes the FORCE model only comes in the two colors mentioned in my original post - I verified it, and only the Flex has more colors), and I can't say that I love the design or the color of the Moov, but the coaching is too good to resist INHO.

By the way, Fitbit has pulled sales of the Force right now due to complaints of skin irritation with the band, I haven't experienced any issues with my Force and have suffered no irritations.  I thought the trackers were kind of a novelty as well at first, but heck cell phones were a novelty at their introduction point.  I don't NEED to have a tracker, but once you get one (and use it) it provides some valuable data that will help you meet your goals. 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/3/2014 | 8:32:06 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
You seem to know your fitness gadgets. Is there any feature either of these models don't have that you'd like to see?
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