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Earlier this year, Fitbit released Flex, a bracelet that pairs with a smartphone to help you monitor your activity and encourage yourself to get on your feet. Now the company has already released an updated version called Force that, thanks to its new features and OLED screen, functions somewhat like a smartwatch.

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It would do the Fitbit Force a disservice to think of it solely as a pedometer with a clock. This wireless activity-tracking wristband can also track distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, and floors climbed. It monitors your sleep and can wake you up with a silent alarm. And since it pairs with your smartphone, it can even notify you of incoming calls. This may not be marketed as a smartwatch, but it sure smells like one. It also really helps that the Fitbit Force has a battery life of 7 - 10 days.

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Since this $129.95 bracelet doubles as a watch, it doesn't become useless the second you stop caring about staying in shape. While it certainly won't go with every wardrobe, it's somewhat stylish in its own way. It's also water resistant - just don't take it into the pool or the shower.

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The companion smartphone app offers badges, leaderboards, and the ability to communicate with and encourage friends who also have the device. It's a nice way to add a social dynamic, but if you're not as in-shape as your Force-wearing peers, it could put a damper on things. Few people want to compete on a leaderboard they have no chance of besting.

Top Fitbit Force features:

  • OLED display screen for instant stats and time: Force accurately measures and shows steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed and the time on an easy-to-view OLED display on the wristband
  • Altimeter takes you to new heights: Force contains a state-of the-art altimeter to track how many floors or how high you climb each day
  • Track active minutes to increase your burn: Along with steps, distance and calories burned, you can set a goal for daily “active minutes,” which are moderate-to-high intensity cardio minutes (Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes/week)
  • Sleep monitoring & silent wake alarm: Track sleep quality, including number of hours slept and how many times you wake or are restless; Force also has a silent wake alarm that gently vibrates to wake you and won’t disturb your partner
  • Bluetooth 4.0 allows wireless, automatic syncing: Force stats sync wirelessly to leading mobile phones and tablets so progress is always up to date without having to plug in; Android users simply tap the NFC-enabled Force to a phone to launch the Fitbit app
  • Receive smart call notifications on your Force: With Apple iOS 7 4S and higher smartphones, you can choose to receive incoming call notifications right on your Force when your phone is nearby
  • Motivational online & mobile tools: Stay motivated with notifications, badges and leaderboards; cheer, taunt and direct message your friends throughout the day – reach your goals faster with a little friendly competition
  • Comfortable to wear 24/7: Designed to be comfortable and stylish, Force is also water resistant and can withstand even the sweatiest workout, so you can wear it day and night; plus, Force has a battery life of 7-10 days
  • Sophisticated, advanced design: Available in two classic colors (Black and Slate), the sleek Force wristband looks good no matter what you’re doing

The Force ships with a charging cable and a USB dongle for pairing with a PC if you rather not use your mobile device. It comes with free 5 - 7 day shipping, but since it just launched, units won't start rolling out for at least three weeks.

Source: Fitbit: [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    "And since it's waterproof, you can wear it 24/7."
    Actually, I heard its Splashproof. (Rain and hand washing, sure just not swimming pools or showers)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yup, you're correct. "Force is water resistant. It shouldn't be worn while swimming. It is, however, rain, splash, and sweat-proof."

      • gierso

        do you think water resistant would be Ok for showers?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'd have to examine it, but my guess is it should be OK. They just don't want you to submerge for extended periods of time. But I really have no idea, and I bet if you ask them, they'll say don't do it.

          • gierso

            in the manual says
            Water Resistant Device is splash proof and should not be submerged more than one meter.

            but they also say no shower.
            so they really dont want it submerged.. i will wait till this ships and someone post a video it withstanding a shower hahahah

            it could be a co-co-co-combobreaker (deal breaker :P) as i want to forget about it until it needs charge

    • Zak Taccardi

      Showers should be fine - shouldn't it?

      • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

        Apparently the manual says "no showers".

        I have a Jawbone Up, which was supposed to be waterproof, so I showered with it. Had it replaced about about 3 weeks after purchase.
        I haven't showered with the new unit and its still functional, 3 months after :P

  • Kenny O

    "With Apple iOS 7 4S and higher smartphones, you can choose to receive incoming call notifications right on your Force when your phone is nearby"

    This leads me to believe the incoming call notifications will not work on Android......

    • Logan B.

      But it says "and higher smartphones..." So that obviously means Android would be included as they are better than an iOS7 iPhone 4S? hhhhhehehe

      • Kenny O

        Your logic is flawless.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

          If it works with Android for notifications it might be a sale, if it doesn't then I'll just wait for another product that will.

  • toliyn

    finally bracelet with smart alarm clock, if he won't break like the jawbone up, it will be a great replacement

    • Kenny O

      Read that part again :-)...It's not a "smart alarm clock" like the Up, which is supposed to wake you up during the correct cycle of sleep.....this one just vibrates as to not disturb a someone next to you - useful, but not quite as cool as Up....sigh, if only Up worked.

      • toliyn

        damn it. i almost was happy.

        • Kenny O

          You and me both. I really wanted an Up for that feature alone, but I'm glad I passed.

  • Logan B.

    I can hardly wake up for my standard, high-pitch alarm as is. How could I possibly wake up from a vibrating wrist?

    • Shawn John

      If you cant wake from the virbations from the wrist band, maybe you need someone to hit you with a mallet in the AM.

  • TheKaz1969

    ha! I have a flex, and my wife has been researching fitness bands lately. Just last night she decided on the Flex, but said, "why couldn't they have fit a time of day feature into this?" Good thing she didn't order one last night!

  • Salazar Slytherin

    That's a small screen lol

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      Thanks you Captain Obvious , what would we do without your wisdom !!!!!

  • Krisz

    Buy the polar braclet... That is water resistant.

  • gierso

    Port: cool temos spam em portugues!
    Eng: cool now we have spam in portuguese!
    Spa: cool tenemos Spam en portugues!

    wooaaaa it disapeared really fast :)
    what does androidpolice uses for blogging?

  • Steve Freeman

    And don't tell me, it doesn't have a heart rate sensor.

  • spydie

    why not the Kryos for $149.... many more features than this. And WATERPROOF

    • Sorian

      Kreyos is only available for pre-order at that price, jumps to $169 after Nov.1

  • Oculoid

    If this is anything like the flex it should be fine in the shower.

  • Alexei Watson

    Does it have it's own internal GPS? I'd like to run without my smartphone.

  • Jase Mase

    I bought a flex back in June. I'm kinda mad at this. i really hate how fast tech evolves sometimes. lol