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.
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.
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.
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
Both 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.