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The FitBit Ultra is a small little electronic pedometer that you attach to your belt or just stick in your pocket and it keeps track of how many steps you’ve taken during the day and calories burned, among other things. The FitBit wirelessly updates your stats online so you can keep track and compete against friends.

 “Every step you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.”

To quote the old Police song, “Every step you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.”. It is actually what the FitBit does. The Fitbit Ultra uses a MEMS 3D motion sensor to track every step. It also has an altimeter feature to measure when you are walking up and down stairs. The motion sensor also senses when you are not moving around, and is used as a sleep tracker as well.

Does the FitBit accurately measure how far you walk?

Some Fitbit Ultra users say that they do not feel that the device accurately measures how far they have walked. This problem is easy to resolve, you just have to measure how many steps the Fitbit counts on a known distance, and then use the online Fitbit website to calibrate your Fitbit.

The sleep tracker

Do not expect too much of the sleep tracker. It doesn’t really track how well you sleep; instead it is measuring how much you toss and turn, so if you lay very still in bed even when you are awake, the Fitbit dashboard will show a high sleep efficiency score even if you had actually had a relatively sleepless night. But you can use it to see  at what time you you usually go to bed, and get out of the bed. It also registers if you get up and go to the bathroom.

A very small design

The Fitbit Ultra is a tiny device about the size of a flash drive, weighing just .4 ounces and shaped like a small clip. It measures 2.1 inches tall by 0.8 inch wide and 0.6 inch thick. Shaped like a clip, the Ultra slides neatly into the included belt holster. The Fitbit and the holster are sin fact so small that you will forget that you are wearing them when they were on your belt. The device has just one button, and uses a bright OLED display that is invisible when it’s not in use. The bright blue display is enabled by either picking up the device when it’s sitting on a surface or by pushing the button. On the dispaly an activity score (similar to Nike Fuel) is represented by a growing flower. The flower’s height changes with the amount of activity it senses. If you are sedentary for a while, the flower will shrink. It is a very helpful reminder of how long you have been sitting at your desk.

Pressing the button repeatedly shows the number of steps taken so far in the day, how far you’ve walked, and the number of calories burned.

Wireless sync of your data

The Fitbit comes with a USB base for charging and wireless sync of your data when you are within 15 feet of the base. The docking station that is used to charge the Fitbit Ultra’s battery and receive the updates wirelessly is plugged into a USB port. The battery lasts from 5 to 7 days, and the device charges in about an hour.

The Fitbit can also be used for running

The Fitbit is great for running because it has a stopwatch feature. Once the timer begins it tracks all of your activity until you end the stopwatch. This activity data is added to the website.

Fitbit dashboard page

The FitBit website displays a dashboard full of information. The website is very well done. The data is displayed and organized nicely and the wireless sync from the device to the base is fantastic. You can see exactly how many steps you’ve taken, and set a goal of how many you your target is to atke per day. It also shows how many floors you’ve climbed stairs, how far you’ve walked, and the number of the calories burned. It calculates an “active score”  which shows how active you have been.

There is also mobile app available for Android and iOS devices.

Some of the data that can be displayed on the Fitbit dashboard page can come from other sources or be sent out to your favorite exercise tracking or social networking service. At the present time, the Fitbit site will accept weight and fat mass from the Withings Connected Scale .

Online weight-loss plan

When you are online you can set up a diet goal and weight-loss plan. The hard part is to remember to type in the meals and snacks online or on the mobile device. If you are someone who regularly tracks your diet anyway, this tool makes tracking very easy.

Cons 

The display cannot be read in the sunlight and it probably has to do with the blue OLED display. If you are out on a sunny day and want to check the display you have to hold your hand over the display to read the data. Indoors there is no problem.
The Fitbit Ultra needs to be within 15 feet to sync with its USB-connected base station.
 

Pros

The Fitbit is small and lightweight, you wil hardly notice that it is there.  The Fitbit does a nice job of tracking calories and steps. Being able to view your information with the very nice OLED display throughout the day helps you to kepp you motivated and you will also like that you can see all the data from day to day compiled on the FitBit website. 
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