Devices & Gadgets

Nike FuelBand vs. Fitbit: A Fair Comparison

11 Aug , 2013  

Nike-Fuelband-vs-Fitbit-OneLifeloggers have witnessed a dramatic spike in their particular market in recent years. Not only have cameras and other monitoring devices become more streamlined and even affordable, but big-name brands have enthusiastically jumped into the market. We can see this on display with merchandise that helps you track daily activities, like with the FuelBand from Nike and Fitbit, as well as other great additions like RunKeeper and Jawbone UP.

Fitness gadgets aimed at active lifestyles are really taking off. Not only can you find more items on the store shelves, but with a slew of reality TV series, a nationwide fitness campaign spearheaded by the First Lady of the United States, and more emphasis placed on healthier food choices, you can expect to see more and more fitness equipment emerging as time goes by.

Let’s focus on two of the most popular fitness trackers here, Nike’s Fuelband and the underdog Fitbit. What are the main differences in the two?

Nike FuelBand

First and foremost, you have to remember that we’re talking about Nike here. So not only does the name resonate with more people right away, but you can be sure of a high-quality item that offers plenty of features. The FuelBand is also pricier than the Fitbit, unfortunately, and a lot of that definitely has to do with the name behind it.

Of the two devices, Nike’s is probably a lot simpler. You can just clip it around you wrist and go on about your day. Though it’s small and has an adjustable fit, it’s also a bit on the bulky side and may take some getting used to. One of the FuelBand’s best features is that it’s waterproof, so swimming or showering won’t hurt it.

The device can be easily accessed by a simple button that allows you to cycle through the functions: calorie and step counters, time, and other features. It also has LED lights that build up throughout the day in order to alert you of reaching a goal you have programmed. It also has a built-in Bluetooth sync.


The Fitbit isn’t much of anything like Nike’s release whatsoever. With the Fitbit, you’re looking at a fitness device that is much, much smaller. It’s barely the size of a USB flash drive, and it doesn’t weigh nearly as much. That aside, though, it actually offers more features than the FuelBand.

The OLED display counts steps, calories, distance, time, and even how many floors you’ve climbed. Instead of little bulbs that build up to a goal, the Fitbit has a flower that grows and lets you know of your progress. Fitbit, like the FuelBand, also has a Bluetooth sync feature.

Which Should You Choose?

When you break them both down by features, Fitbit wins out by offering more features for an active lifestyle. It’s also a lot lighter and smaller than the FuelBand. Of course, Nike has its name and reputation backing it up. And like it or not, people do prefer to purchase trendy items in society, even if they cost more and offer less.

The device you choose should be based on your particular needs and budget. Realistically, both accomplish the same goals, with the Fitbit giving you a few additional features, but the Fitbit (all versions) is cheaper to scale than different versions of the FuelBand.

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