Nike first evolved as a sporting shoe company, and then added apparel. Over the last few years they have developed more and more accessory type products. I have put together a Nike+ Fuel Band Review to see how it stacks up.
Whether you are an electronics geek or a fitness freak, the first generation Nike+ FuelBand has a lot to hold your interest. Unlike the majority of fitness smartwatches and bands, this device can be worn solely as a fashion statement. Displaying your progress in real-time and tracking important physical fitness metrics, the iconic Nike+ FuelBand deserves a closer review.
What’s Hot About the Nike+ FuelBand First Generation?
Available in multiple colour choices and three popular sizes, the first generation Nike+ FuelBand was designed to “track your day, let you set your goals, connect and go”. The sports-tested accelerometer built into this stylish band converts your movement into NikeFuel, a universal metric of activity used by popular fitness applications and products.
Using the device is quite simple. You set your daily NikeFuel goal and head out on your day. Whether you are playing basketball, running, dancing, walking or performing dozens of everyday activities, each step that you take and calorie that your burn is automatically and efficiently tracked.
It also functions as a great looking watch. And at the end of the day, evaluate your progress to discover when you are most active, and when you are not. Probably one of the most enjoyable features is the ability to wirelessly share your activity and achievements through Twitter, Facebook, and Path.
- Battery guaranteed for one year
- Tracks calories burned and steps were taken
- White Ice, Black Ice, and Black colour choices
- Available in small, medium/large, and extra large
The Nike+ FuelBand Mobile App syncs wirelessly to the most modern smartphones and tablets. That application (included free of charge) also let you compete with yourself and share your results with friends and other fitness-minded individuals.
When you download the free Nike+ Connect software, the fitness band can “talk” to your laptop or desktop computer. This allows you to customise your FuelBand settings, and water resistance means you never have to take this smart fitness tracking wearable off of your arm.
Why It’s Not So Hot
It comes with a huge 3300 mAh battery, hence battery life is pretty awesome. You can use the phone throughout the day, and you will still find enough charge left by the time you reach home. Apart from that, it also comes with the new technology of Type C charging. The charging port here is different from what we see in most other standard Android devices. Like most high end devices, it comes with the Quick Charge feature. Hence, you can charge your phone in no time.
Some purchasers mentioned they had trouble understanding the translation of physical activity to NikeFuel. This frustration can be alleviated by checking out the information on Nike’s web site, or referring to the many videos on YouTube which explain NikeFuel.
And a few buyers mentioned that the non removable battery did not quite last one year. However, Nike covers the Nike+ FuelBand with a full one-year warranty and customers that did have to have their FuelBand replaced mentioned that Nike did so with no complaints.
Who is the Nike+ FuelBand First Generation Perfect For?
There are several groups of people that the Nike+ FuelBand First Generation would make a perfect purchase or gift for. If you absolutely must have arguably the most stylish and compliment-attracting fitness band on the market today, this is the unit for you. And if you like bright LED displays, the Nike+ FuelBand has you covered there as well.
Nike’s integrated metric algorithm helps you to keep track of your progress by earning ‘fuel points’ calculated using two accelerometers on either side of the bracelet. For perspective, 2000 fuel point setting is typical for a quiet day, such as a day of office work. While 5000 fuel point setting is more like a day hiking or in the gym. Fuel points inspire you to set and meet goals throughout your time and incentive to change your behavior to earn fuel points. You might choose to bike to work, take the stairs to the office, take a walk on your lunch break, or hit the gym after you’ve finished business, things of that nature.
Earning points are one way in which Nike tries to tap into the nature of your competitive spirit. Like earning points, there is a whole FuelBand network that lets you compete against others to keep you motivated and inspired. This is a unique aspect of the brand and brilliant utilisation of the large pool of athletes who use their products- and a huge selling point. Even if you’re not into sharing your stats online, you can still use it to only track your performance as well as your progress toward pre-set goals over time.
The FuelBand is the latest accessory from Nike that can potentially transform your fitness routine. Whether your are non-athletic or training hard, the band is full of useful features that are fun to use. Within a day of wearing the bracelet, you will begin to feel like you would be missing something without it. Suddenly you will want to quantify every activity throughout your day, for fun you will want to know how many calories you can burn during everyday activities. Unlike other devices the FuelBand has a screen that with a quick glance thereof, will keep you updated on your activity stats.
Nike’s integrated metric algorithm helps you to keep track of your progress by earning ‘fuel points’ calculated using two accelerometers on either side of the bracelet. For perspective, 2000 fuel point setting is typical for a sedentary day, such as a day of office work. While 5000 fuel point setting is more like a day hiking or in the gym. Fuel points inspire you to set and meet goals throughout your day and incentive to change your behavior in order to earn fuel points. You might choose to bike to work, take the stairs to the office, take a walk on your lunch break, or hit the gym after you’ve finished business, things of that nature.
Earning points is one way in which Nike tries to tap into the nature of your competitive spirit. Like earning points, there is a whole FuelBand network that lets you compete against others to keep you motivated and/or inspired. This is a unique aspect of the brand and brilliant utilisation of the large pool of athletes who use their products- and a huge selling point. Even if you’re not into sharing your stats online, you can still use it to simply track your performance as well as your progress toward pre-set goals over time.
The band comes in two versions of black and white; they are black, black ice, white, and white ice. These colours literally go with everything and surprisingly the band blends in well dress either up or down. Aside from completely fashionable differences, they are the same device functionally. The group is easy and comfortable to wear. For smaller frames it may be just slightly oversized, causing it to catch and move around more than you might appreciate. Still with its lightweight material, it is likely that you will forget you have it on. One of the best features is the fact that it is waterproof, so you can keep it on during aquatic cross trainings or even just when you are in the shower. This is a highly convenient feature combined with it remarkably long battery life makes integrating the band into your routine nearly effortless. The featured tools are intuitive to use and very useful.
As far as tracking your physical fitness efforts and wirelessly communicating them to your smartphone, tablet or computer, the first generation FuelBand does the job efficiently. And with a water resistant housing you never have to remove this fitness tracking wearable device and watch when you shower, if you enjoy running in the rain or if you sweat heavily.
There are other smaller companies in this space offering better versions of the product. Nike has their work cut out to catch these.