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What is Fitbit?

Fitbit makes its own fitness tracker gadgets, but it also makes a great tracker app that works with iPhones and Androids, without any extra hardware. Its primary function is to let you see how many steps you take every day. However, it can also be used to track runs using GPS, log other exercise and even make a note of everything you eat to let you balance calories consumed against calories burned.

What’s good?

Despite offering loads of features under the surface, Fitbit feels nice and simple. Open it up and the initial screen gives you everything most people will ever want to see from it: how many steps you’ve made, how far you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve consumed in total that day.

You can even slim this page down further, to the extent that it can be completely empty. That would make no sense at all, of course, but you have the power.

That Fitbit also makes fitness gadgets is a great thing even if you have no intention of buying one, because you can hook up social network-style with your friends through the app. Then you can see who is more active and even issue challenges, just to yourself or a friend, to up the ante a bit.

What’s bad?

If you’re just going to be tracking using an iPhone rather than one of Fitbit’s cute little tracking devices, you’re going to need to have at least an iPhone 5S or something newer. Older versions don’t have the separate sensor monitoring chip that lets you track your steps all day without a major impact on battery.

However, most of these pedometer apps don’t support older iPhones. Want one that does? Check out Pacer, another great activity tracker.

Another pitfall is that, surprise surprise, the library of foods designed to make inputting your meals easier is very US-centric. If you live in the states, that’s fine. But it’s not so great for the rest of us.
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