Nike+ FuelBand SE: Data & Connectivity

The FuelBand SE improves on the original FuelBand by one point in this category due to the addition of automatic data upload via Bluetooth. The original band required scrolling to the Bluetooth option, holding the button down and then waiting for the syncing to occur. It was reliable, but the SE’s auto-upload is better.

DATA & CONNECTIVITYNike+ FuelBand SEPolar LoopJawbone UP
On-device display?110
Web display?111
iOS App111
Android App001
Automatic Upload (via
bluetooth, wifi, xwave,
etc.)
100
Proprietary Hardware
Connections (antenna,
charging, other?)
0-1-1
Customer data download001
Bluetooth100
Wifi000
NFC000
Z Wave000
Integrate data gathered
with other devices from
the same brand?
000
Integrate with other
brands?
000
Can the device be
calibrated?
001
Battery Life (days
divided by 10; range of
eligible values = .5 to
1.5)
0.50.51
TOTAL5.52.55

As before, Nike avoids a penalty point by using its built in USB connector for charging and computer-based syncing. Standardized charging connections like USB and mini-USB mean you’ll always be able to connect and charge and as long as there’s a compatible port to plug in to.

Aside from this, battery life continues unchanged and with several days of expected usability, this should be good for most folks unless they’re venturing far from electricity. Additionally, you still can’t download your data to a spreadsheet which means you can’t take it with you if you change brands.

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