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Before you buy the Nike Fuelband smartwatch …

nike-fuelbandI recently read an article by Rachel Metz on how smart watches are (still) dumb. In the article, Rachel pointed out that smart watches are marginal at best. They are reasonably useful when it comes to tracking your activity or alerting you of missed calls but they aren’t inherently smart at true personalization (aka, sending you the right message at the right time)! After 6+ months with my Nike Fuelband (see my review after two weeks), I am starting to get Rachel’s point, especially as I log more mileage on my device.

For example, I spent this past Sunday morning walking around our house setting back the clocks since it was the end of Daylight Savings Time. As I checked the time on my Fuelband, I realized that my iPhone automatically updated but my smart watch did not. After a quick sync with my phone, my glitch minor annoyance was gone but it also made me wonder if this issue was specific to the Nike Fuelband. It turns out that it is a hit or miss with smart watches — the sophisticated Pebble smartwatch won’t update without a sync but the Fitbit Force will!

I guess that it is time to consider an upgrade!

My first two weeks with the Nike FuelBand

nike_fuelbandMy growing interest obsession of tracking my workout activity recently pushed me to look for wearable exercise gear. I pre-ordered the Fitbit Flex in early February but it had not shipped. When my Ironman watch died a couple of weeks ago, I searched for a device that could display time and I settled on the Nike+ FuelBand.

The Nike FuelBand is simply a fancy pedometer. Like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up, it tracks your movement using an accelerometer. It also dispenses “fuel” points based on your activity using a proprietary algorithm. No — it isn’t about how often you shake your wrist — but the more active you are, the more fuel points you earn! I’ve worn the Nike FuelBand now for two weeks and I’ve rarely taken it off. In comparison, I would take my watch off and lay it on my desk at the beginning of each day alongside my iPhone.

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