Is it time to jump-start your New Year’s Resolution to exercise and get fit? Something as simple as adding a fitness monitor to your program can be just the motivation you need to get up and move throughout the day. The Fitbit Zip is small, comes with a secure clip and in a variety of colors to add some fun to your workout.
- Fitbit Zip Tracker: available in Blue, Magenta, White, Charcoal, and Lime.
- Protective silicone cover with a sturdy Clip in a color to match the Zip Tracker you choose.
- A single CR2025 button battery which is easily replaceable and lasts up to 6 months.
- A battery tool for opening the battery compartment to insert or replace the battery.
- USB wireless dongle for syncing the tracker with the Fitbit app on your PC ( Windows XP/Vista/7/8) or Mac (OS X 10.5 and up).
The Zip’s small size was the first thing that attracted my attention but the sturdy clip is far superior to any pedometer I’ve used before. The Zip can be attached to your belt, or discreetly on your bra, or in your pocket. Although the Zip is not waterproof, it is rain, splash and sweat-proof. The LCD panel is large enough to read without my glasses and displays the current Time, Steps, Distance, and Calories burned. A little smiley face will appear on the screen until you tap it with your finger to display the time. Tap again and it shows the steps you’ve taken since midnight, then the distance walked and the calories burned. Each tracker automatically zeros out at midnight and starts tracking for the new day. Although it is recommended to sync your tracker at regular intervals, the tracker will store several days of information at a time until it can be transferred to your Fitbit Dashboard online.
All your fitness data is synced to the Fitbit Dashboard online. Your tracker will sync automatically when it is within range of the Fitbit wireless dongle in your PC or Mac or select smartphones using the Fitbit app or other compatible fitness app. The Dashboard is the area where your personal profile is stored allowing you to track and view your Activity over the course of a day and compare your performance over time as you achieve your fitness goals. A variety of tools are available to help you include a food plan, earn badges, share your success, and compete with friends to keep your fitness program fun.
The Zip clips securely to your clothing and stays put. That’s a good thing but it also makes it a bit harder to view your activity on the LCD without wrestling the tracker free. That’s not a big issue if it’s attached to your belt or pocket but viewing the Zip on your bra might look a bit strange. I really liked the idea of having the Zip discreetly clipped to my bra but that was the least accurate location for me. Sometimes it didn’t register any steps at all. It definitely works better when not encumbered by shirts and sweaters restricting its movement.
The Zip also detected Steps differently than the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Flex wristband trackers. Having been accustomed to using a pedometer that records each step, I couldn’t understand why the Zip was recording far fewer steps. I finally realized that it was only catching the movement of the foot on the side the Zip was clipped. That was half of the activity recorded by the wristband trackers worn at the same time. Once I realized what it was doing, it was simple to just double everything accordingly which made the figures more in keeping with the Charge and Flex trackers. The Zip’s battery will last about 6 months which I like better than the rechargeable bands that only last about a week on a charge.
Syncing the Zip with my computer is automatic but can also be done manually using the Fitbit app. Syncing with my Motorola Droid X and the Leagoo Lead 1 was impossible. The phones could detect the Zip but couldn’t connect because of an invalid pass code. If you want to sync to your phone, make sure the phone is on the list of compatible mobile devices. Just because your device is new with the latest version of Android and Bluetooth does not guarantee your success in syncing with your tracker.
The Fitbit Zip uses a MEMS 3-axis accelerometer that measures your motion patterns to determine your calories burned, distance traveled, and steps taken. Zip is small, 1.4′ X 1.1″, sweat and rain resistant, clips tenaciously to your clothing, displays the time as well as your exercise data, and will definitely motivate you to get moving. The Zip is priced on Amazon between $43 and $53 from a selection of marketplace sellers. Visit Fitbit online to find out more about the Zip and their other innovative fitness trackers.