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July 17, 2013 11:37 AM
Hello,

I apologize if this has already been asked but does anyone recommend the Zip over the Flex? I've seen amazon reviews saying that typing on a keyboard can be mistaken as steps by the flex and that worries me as I work on a computer all day.

I have previously tried WW's clip on device that looks a lot like the Fitbit One and I didn't find myself using it regularly so I think I'll skip that one. Actually that's also the reason I at first passed up on the Zip. Oh I'm so confused! Can anyone help?
July 17, 2013 12:10 PM
I work on a computer all day as well and do not have this problem. It's really all depends on what your looking for in a device specifically.
  11948731
July 17, 2013 12:35 PM
I went with the zip because I can throw it in my pocket and I don't have to interact with it at all (much better than the my last 80's pager type pedometer). I also don't like things on my wrist, so I guess it is more personal preference. I have heard that tracking hip movement is slightly more accurate than wrist movement. For me when I push a stroller around the block or a cart at the market, I think the wrist gadget would not be able to count those steps accurately.
  11266479
July 17, 2013 1:02 PM
I've run the gambit with Fitbit. Started with a Zip, then to a One, lost the one @ a father/daughter dance, purchased a new Zip , Ran a half marathon, my zip stayed intact, my wifes fell off about mile 3. So then I went with a Flex when it came out. I have to say my readings are about the same on it as I had on my One/Zip, you just need to set it for "dominant" hand use and it will be less sensitive on what it picks up :) .
  2895219
July 17, 2013 1:11 PM
QUOTE:

I've run the gambit with Fitbit. Started with a Zip, then to a One, lost the one @ a father/daughter dance, purchased a new Zip , Ran a half marathon, my zip stayed intact, my wifes fell off about mile 3. So then I went with a Flex when it came out. I have to say my readings are about the same on it as I had on my One/Zip, you just need to set it for "dominant" hand use and it will be less sensitive on what it picks up :) .


i think you mean non dominant
  11948731
July 17, 2013 7:34 PM
I got the Flex about 2 weeks ago. Not sure exactly how accurate it is, but again, have not bothered to figure out & plug in my stride info. I find wearing the band to be very comfortable, I don't even realize it's on (but again, I wore a POW bracelet for years as a teen). I sleep like crap and the band shows that.

What I like most about it, and would be most likely the same with any Fitbit product, the Jawbone UP, Nike Fuel and other fitness gadgets out there, it MOTIVATES me to do more and for that fact alone, it's worth the price to me. I don't have to remember to put it on, it won't fall off, I won't throw it in the washing machine and it works with my cell (Samsung SG3) and of course here on MFP. I like being able to see the data (syncs in real time on the cell using Bluetooth), you can manually enter sleep if you fall asleep before tapping it to record.

I wish it showed steps and wish it showed the time on the device though. I'm wearing it on my non dominant hand and wearing a watch is a bit problematic but do able. I am on a computer 8 hrs a day for work and then practically from work till bedtime on my laptop. ..I have not seen added steps from typing. You can wear it in the shower but I advise taking it off as water does collect in the thing and I'd rather not have some creeping crud or mold set up camp on my wrist, lol

So yep, I do love it. Got mine at Best Buy as they had them in stock, black only. I just won the slate (band only) in small off ebay so can swap them out. Am sure there are better ones out there but this works for me.
  24197508
July 18, 2013 4:51 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I've run the gambit with Fitbit. Started with a Zip, then to a One, lost the one @ a father/daughter dance, purchased a new Zip , Ran a half marathon, my zip stayed intact, my wifes fell off about mile 3. So then I went with a Flex when it came out. I have to say my readings are about the same on it as I had on my One/Zip, you just need to set it for "dominant" hand use and it will be less sensitive on what it picks up :) .


i think you mean non dominant


No, he meant dominant.
It's more accurate if you set it to Dominant and wear it on your non dominant wrist.
It tells you that right in the FAQ, and it works quite well.

QUOTE:

I got the Flex about 2 weeks ago. Not sure exactly how accurate it is, but again, have not bothered to figure out & plug in my stride info. I find wearing the band to be very comfortable, I don't even realize it's on (but again, I wore a POW bracelet for years as a teen). I sleep like crap and the band shows that.



It won't be accurate until you set it up properly. Stride length is very important.
I don't have any trouble at all with my Flex adding steps when I type.
I don't have any trouble with it while I'm pushing my cart at the grocery.
July 18, 2013 5:18 AM
I got my flex a couple of weeks ago and I love it. I had a clip on pedometer but I gave it up because I kept forgetting to clip it on in the morning, so it was pretty useless. Then I tried to use Accupedo on my phone, but again, I don't walk everywhere with my phone in my pocket.
The flex is easy to use and it doesn't bother me at all. I work at the PC all day long, but I haven't noticed extra steps for typing.
  42528262
July 18, 2013 7:02 AM
I love it on my wrist, no chance of losing it. I'd be afraid of losing the one or washing it in the wash
  43300191
July 18, 2013 8:38 AM
QUOTE:

i think you mean non dominant


No.. there's a "Dominant hand" setting that makes it 'less sensitive'

Wording as follows: If you wear your flex on your DOMINANT hand, choose this setting for better accuracy.
  2895219
July 18, 2013 9:06 AM
Thanks guys! I feel better about it now and I'm looking forward to getting started with my flex!

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