Fitbit Force: Functions

The Force delivers on the basic functions by counting steps and calculating calories and distance traveled. It also tracks changes in elevation combining an altimeter with some algorithms – if you’re moving and the Force detects a change in elevation of 10 feet or so you get credit for climbing one flight of stairs.

FUNCTIONSFitbit ForceJawbone UP24Nike+ FuelBand SEPolar Loop
Calories1111
Activity Status1111
Steps1111
Weight0000
BP0000
Glucose0000
Sleep1101
Sweat0000
Skin Temp0000
HR0000
Elevation1000
Speed/Pace0000
Distance1000
Stress0000
Recovery Time0000
GPS0000
Stopwatch11
Watch1011
Alarm1100
Idle alert0110
TOTAL9755

Sleep is also tracked and like most activity monitors, the Force needs to be switched into “sleep” mode – a simple process. In the morning you can review the periods when you slept, were “restless”, or woke up. The resolution isn’t as fine as either UP band, but if tracking sleep isn’t a high priority, this might not be a concern.

As mentioned, the Force is also a wrist watch, a stopwatch (for tracking specific activities like running, cycling, etc.), and it offers programmable silent alarms. It’s a little odd that with all these functions there’s no idle alert. Presumably that’s a software feature and hopefully it’ll be added in the future.

Let’s see how the Force did in Personalization.