Some of you may be following the saga of my Fitbit. About a month ago, I featured a review of the Fitbit Ultra that my friend, Dana, wrote for the blog. That day, I broke down and ordered a Fitbit Zip directly from Fitbit. A week later, it had still not shipped. Here I was, all gung ho to get going (and totally sick of charging my iPod Nano every night so I could use it as a pedometer)...and I was forced to wait and wait. Finally, when their customer service dept couldn't give me an idea of how long it would be til it even left the warehouse - I cancelled the order. In the meantime, Hubby and I were talking and thought maybe the Fitbit One was worth waiting for and he decided he wanted one too. We placed a new order, this time with Amazon, to preorder the One. The site said it was due to ship Nov 5 and we thought that wasn't too long to wait.
On Nov 5, I logged into my account and while the order still said it was due to arrive on schedule - the individual listings said they were out of stock! Good grief. I called customer service and she told me that I shouldn't worry - they likely still had them in stock for the preorders but probably sold out after those.
Then, this morning, I woke up to a shipment delay notice!
Yesterday, however, I discovered that the Apple Stores here in Calgary are selling the Zips. I called Chinook and they had them in stock (in pink, green and white) - so the decision was easy. I could wait until Dec 17, when Amazon anticipated being able to ship...or I could go in for some instant gratification.
Guess what I chose?
First impressions? Holy hannah - it's small. The people at the Apple Store either didn't realize it came in more colours or they got a new shipment today, because all of the colours were in stock. I picked up the blue one I had originally ordered. $60 later, I was on my way back to the office and excited to open it up and get moving!
There wasn't a single one in stock that had a seal still in place - but that is likely because they shifted in transit and the plastic "box" popped the sticker open.
Once you have the box open, the Fitbit itself is inside a secure plastic "cage" to keep it from moving around and to protect it somewhat from the back.
At the bottom is a little flap that you lift to find the manual and accessories.
Included in the box are:
- Fitbit zip
- Silicone and metal clip
- Fob for your computer
- battery door tool
The manual is almost useless - just a series of illustrations about how to put the battery in - which is pretty self explanatory. The battery door tool is just an add-on because you could easily sub in a screwdriver.
Once the battery is in place - the zip will begin cycling through the screens. To change between screens, you just need to tap it. The screens are clock, distance, calories burned, steps taken and then a little smiley face that apparently changes as your activity level goes up throughout the day.
It is fairly easy to slip this little guy into the clip - just ignore the photo below and insert the top first then pull the rest of the opening around the zip.
And that clip is SECURE! I couldn't believe how tight it is. I have fought my iPod Nano for over a month to keep it on a waistband. I don't think I will have that problem with this. I even had my coworker tug on it to see how strongly it held. The bulk of the clip case is silicone, but the clip itself is silicone coated metal. I clipped it to my hip, since I cannot see anyway to clip it to a bra without it showing through my shirt. I will need to experiment some more.
Syncing it to my Fitbit account was a snap. Because I was at work - I went into my Fitbit iPhone app and connected a new device. Bluetooth found it and in just a few second synced them to each other and I was off and running. I did an 11 step test and it registered 11 steps. Now we just need to see how it goes for a day.
I'm impressed with the quality of it so far. It seems responsive and unobtrusive. I am looking forward to giving it a week or two and then weighing in again to let you all know my thoughts!