- Colourful Range
- Attractive Price
Could be better
- No altimeter to count floors climbed
- Easy to lose
- No sleep tracking or alarms
Whether it be rocking some fluorescent yellow lycra, or sporting a hot pink water bottle, fitness fanatics have a certain affinity for the bold. But fashion usually comes at a price.
Coming in at only $79.95, the Zip is by far the most generously priced Fitbit wearable on the market.
- Price: $79.95
- Battery: 3V coin battery, lasts 4-6 months
- Weight: 8 grams
The Zip is available in four colours, lime green, magenta blue and charcoal, each packaged with its own colour-matched clip. Like the Fitbit One, the Zip has a detachable face that slides neatly into a clip that can be attached to your pocket or belt. It’s a rather small device weighing in at only 8 grams, so it can fit in even the tightest jean pockets.
The only issue is, given its belt-clip design; the Zip isn’t secured to your body as well as a wrist-worn, so there is always the risk of snagging it mid-workout. And although the Zip comes at a reasonable price, nobody wants to fork out extra cash to replace a clumsily misplaced device. However, the rubber belt clip does do an excellent job of gripping to any surface. And it’s a good thing, because the device itself has a smooth, rounded surface that would be very easy to fumble.
Embedded in that shiny bit of plastic is the quaint LCD screen. It’s reminiscent of a classic pedometer or more suitably, a tamagotchi. The LCD screen is a product of the Zip’s affordability, and due to the lack of a backlight, it’s practically useless at night. But, it still has its benefits. Much like the Fitbit One’s ‘flower’ indicator, the Zip’s screen gives encouragement by displaying a smiley face when you’re doing great, and a cheeky tongue animation when you’re falling behind on your goals.
The touch interface is also very straightforward. You simply touch the display to cycle through steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and the temperamental Fitbit face. Regardless of the screens quality, you still get more on-to-the-go stats than the more expensive wrist-worn, the flex.
As well as its dim display, the Zip also cuts back on a few of the features that make a more expensive device worth its money. Unlike the Fitbit One, the Zip doesn’t track your sleep, awaken you with an alarm, or come packaged with a sleep wristband. It also doesn’t feature an altimeter, so if you’re hoping to count your floors climbed, you’re out of luck with the Zip. But they are just the few omissions the Zip makes to push for a more reasonable price. It still gives the user roundup of basic workout statistics, like counting steps, distance travelled, and calories burned. The tri-axis accelerometer counts steps even when you’re not on the move, handy for exercising at home, but it also leaves it a little sensitive to things like a bumpy car ride.
Like the pricier models it also syncs wirelessly to your computer or smart device, so you still get all the benefits of the Fitbit application. This is probably the biggest improvement the Zip gets in contrast to previous models, completely ridding of a USB mount and cumbersome cable. And so long as you’re within range of your phone, computer or the packaged USB dongle, the Zip will transfer your data every 15 minutes. Super helpful if you’re the forgetful type.
The Fitbit Zip is cheerful little device that will suit the neon-obsessed masses. Though some of the more advanced features of a fitness tracker are absent, the Fitbit Zip has all the essentials one would need to begin their quest for personal fitness. But, if you are looking for something a little more secure, and with a few extra qualities you’re money might be better spent elsewhere.