Fitness Tracker Showdown: FitBit vs Apple Watch

As you all know, I love my FitBit. I’ve had one for 5 years now and have loved every minute of it. I should have tried to be an ambassador for them with the amount of people I have convinced to purchase one. Since I’ve started working at a local children’s hospital they have a program called Vitality. With this vitality program you can get an Apple watch for free just by working out. Being that I’m an Apple lover, it was an easy yes for me to join.

The Apple Watch

Features I Love

The Apple watch is full of fun features that I love. For starters, I love how it syncs to my phone with all the notifications I want to receive. You can choose to receive all or none of the notifications that you receive on your phone. I like that you have daily goals which are rings that you aim to complete. The watch even sends you little reminders for when you need to stand up or breathe to meet your goals. You can also set a calorie burn goal as high or low as you’d like to reach. The Apple watch also tracks your heart rate and has many options to select for workouts. Once you’ve completed a certain type of workout it offers a quick start option so you can press and go. My favorite feature of the Apple watch is the waterproof option. You can hop right in the pool and get in your laps without skipping a beat.

Features Missing

The biggest feature that is missing for me when it comes to the Apple watch is the community FitBit offers. I miss having the camaraderie of my FitBit fam. The workweek hustle, weekend warrior, and daily showdown challenges were my life. I loved having a challenge to push me each day. If Apple would add the ability to sync my info to the FitBit app, I would absolutely love it 100x more than I do currently.

The FitBit

Features I Love

The FitBit though it states its not waterproof, has always been waterproof for me. I’ve own a flex and charge hr so I had the option to check my heart rate while I work out. I’m not sure how accurate it is but there were many claims stating that the Charge didn’t read your heart rate correctly. I checked mine a couple of times against machine readings and there were almost always spot on. Regardless, my heart rate isn’t a huge concern for me as long as my steps are being tracked correctly. Another option I like on the FitBit is the fact that I can track my dietary needs, weight, floors climbed, and sleep patterns. Seeing how great or terribly I slept is really an eye opener for me. Last but not least, I absolutely love the FitBit app. It let’s you add many friends and challenge each other as often as you’d like. This is a huge push for me to stay active.

Features Missing

Though FitBit offers newer devices that can send you your text messages and other notifications, it doesn’t not offer these devices with a waterproof option. Adding a waterproof ability to their devices like the FitBit flex would be amazing. Honestly, I would probably switch give my Apple watch to my husband if they had a similar option available.

Final Showdown: FitBit vs Apple Watch

fitness trackerBoth devices has many features that I love. Though the Apple watch has its own little community, many people can’t afford an Apple watch like they can a FitBit so the camaraderie just isn’t the same. The FitBit is super durable but not having the advance features of an Apple Watch is disappointing. The ability to swim with an Apple Watch is a huge advantage over the FitBit. In the end, I will sadly miss my FitBit and FitBit community but the Apple Watch just has so much more to offer. If FitBit were to ever reach out to me to change my mind, I’d definitely be open to it but until then, I’m Apple all the way.

 

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20 Comments

  1. April 18, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Thanks for the comparison; I’ve had 3 FitBits, all Charges, and only 3 because they kept failing on me within the warranty period. So I’ve given up and am saving for an Apple Watch since it can do so much more.

    • April 18, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Oh no! That’s a bummer! I’ve never had any issues with mine.

  2. Robin Rue
    April 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I love my Fitbit and it was interesting to hear how it compared to an Apple Watch. I would love to get an Apple watch someday.

  3. April 18, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Nice Review. I too am a FitBit Junkie. I have to see it light up green for my goals. The water ability may make me cave in and purchase an apple watch. I would like my dancing in the shower steps to count too HAHA

    • April 18, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Haha, right?! Definitely a benefit to tracking all those steps! lol

  4. April 18, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    I have a fiibit and love it. I chose a non bracelet kind. I actually made a wire cage and wear it as a pendant on a necklace….great conversation piece lol. Yeah the challenges and interaction with FB is great.

  5. jenjen
    April 19, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I’ve overheard someone Fitbit is better. Haven’t tried any but definitely not an apple fan *wink

  6. Blair villanueva
    April 19, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    No matter how much i want it, it doesn’t suits me. I accidentally smashed mine two months ago because i forgot am wearing it.. Am too clumsy 🙂

  7. April 19, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I think I would prefer the Fitbit although like you said it is all a matter of personal taste. Shame the fitbit is not waterproof though x

  8. April 19, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Thanks. I’ve been contemplating getting one or the other. I have a lot of friends with fit bit and they are constantly challenging one another.

  9. Megan
    April 19, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I love Apple products, but the watch was too expensive. I’ve had two fitbits and love them.

  10. April 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Both obviously have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. I would say to just pick the one that works best for the kind of lifestyle that you have.

  11. April 19, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Thanks for this post. I don’t have a Fitbit or an Apple watch, but if I do decide to get one, I know now what to expect. I guess I better start tracking my activity too.

  12. April 20, 2017 / 2:16 am

    That’s the one thing with most apple products. There is just a limitation on the community that they offer. There just aren’t as many people to connect to, even if their following is super loyal

  13. Angela Milnes
    April 20, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I love Apple products but I cannot afford too expensive but I’m thinking and love to get one to track my activity. Glad you share this good review

  14. April 21, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Just got my Fit Bit HR but have not really used it yet. I like apple and want an apple watch but later when its more financially sensible to do so.

  15. April 21, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Fitbit for the win! I think it is less weight on my wrist than the apple watch.

  16. April 21, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I love the Apple Watch even more, it’s full of features that I truly need when it comes to working out. But FitBit offers a more intuitive and simplistic experience. Both have their own pros and cons and I’m quite torn which one to choose. Right now, I am still weighing my votes to the Apple Watch 🙂

  17. April 21, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Thank you for the review. I have just started working out and now I have some great info. I was thinking about fit bit vs apple watch. I am an apple guy, but my wife has a fitbit. This article has helped me see which is right fo me. Thank you

  18. April 21, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I remember that my husband (David) and I are talking about his FitBit the other day for his camp transformation. Never used an Apple Watch but this is a great post to compare the two. And after reading this, I might say yes to Apple Watch as well.

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