Nike+ FuelBand

Verge Review

It’s around 8 o’clock in the evening on the Paramount Studios backlot, and I’m standing at the edge of the high-fall tower, eyeing the ground down below. The stunt coordinator to my right tells me to go ahead and jump, and just aim for the “X”. I’m no fan of heights, but against my better judgement I leap anyway. After landing safely in the waiting airbag, I roll out and check the black bracelet strapped around my wrist. I just hit 350 NikeFuel points for the night. The last few years have...

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Basic Specs

Color Black / Silver
Sensors Accelerometer , Ambient light
Quoted use time 4 day

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Color Black / Silver
Sensors Accelerometer , Ambient light

Connectivity

Wireless support Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Port(s) USB plug

Power

Quoted use time 4 day

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8.5

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Verged (Currently owns)

    The Nike+ FuelBand is like your own personal accountability partner. It's always there, sitting on your wrist, waiting to tell you just how much (or how little) you've done today. It does this through the use of a mysterious metric, Nike Fuel.

    Performance - all movement is not equal
    The FuelBand works well. The device seems to know the difference between vigorous activity and not-so vigorous activity. Yesterday, I started the day by making breakfast, doing the dishes, watching a little TV and doing some chores around the apartment. This earned me about 450 Fuel Points for those 5 hours, so about 90 points per hour. Then I went for a 20 minute jog, and that earned me 800 Fuel Points. Big difference!

    "You can't score without a goal"
    In my first week of using the FuelBand, I've discovered it's not so much about how you move it, but how it moves you. The whole purpose of having the FuelBand is to see if you can meet your daily goal. Once you hit that goal, Nike encourages you to start streaking (not that kind of streaking) - 3 days in a row, 5 days, a week. It does this through a mobile app (iOS only) and web app. The apps are the key for me - having a number at the end of the day is nice, but I want data, and the apps provide that. I can see when my "spark" was (my most active hour), when I hit my goal, and a chart tracking my activity through the day. If you have a friend with a FuelBand, you can compare your activity vs. theirs. I'd be lying if I said my competitive streak hasn't kicked in!

    Final Thoughts
    The FuelBand definitely has inspired me to move more. Some of that may be an infatuation with a "new toy," but I think my use of the FuelBand will continue because A) it's something that's easy to wear because it's light and it looks good, and B) the varying degrees of data it provides. There are other personal tracking devices that can do a lot more (such as the Jawbone Up and the Fitbit) but the limitations of the Fuelband actually work to its advantage. The Fuelband and its data work for you, not the other way around.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Michael Shane (Currently owns)

    If you've read my colleague Bryan's review, then you know I'm intimately familiar with the FuelBand. What you probably don't know is that the majesty of our video was in fact a happy accident. I knew Bryan was scheduled to review the FuelBand, but that had nothing to do with my decision to stand in line for two hours outside of Nike on Mercer street. I'm a sucker for the retro LEDs and had been thinking of scratching my biometrics itch, so I decided to buy a FuelBand for myself.

    I'm an active guy – I run 9 to 15 miles per week. I used Nike+ with an iPod nano years ago and enjoyed tracking my stats, but eventually fell off the wagon. It was a hassle to keep track of the pedometer and the receiver, and back in those days, we had to sync everything with wires.

    I've found that if a device has one button, it's generally either phenomenal or a piece of crap. I never felt comfortable with the old Nike+ pedometer. It had one button, but I was never sure it was on. Or off. Trust is important when considering a biometric gadget because using something like the FuelBand is going to necessitate at least a little accommodation in the workflow of your life. Any gadget that asks for dedication must be trustworthy.

    The FuelBand is an easy product to use, and it's reasonably accurate. If you're a serious runner and need to account for every heartbeat, the FuelBand isn't for you. Not yet, anyway. The build quality is first class, which is essential for a device that's going to go with me on runs, ski slopes, and into battles with my weekend LARP troupe. Just kidding.

    When I'm out and about, bluetooth syncing via my iPhone is effortless. The website and iPhone app are both handsome and easy to use. I expect their usefulness to only increase as Nike unifies the Nike+ ecosystem and incorporates NikeFuel into more of its products.

    NikeFuel will make or break this product for you. If you find it a compelling metric for quantifying your activity, then you'll love the FuelBand. If you want to break away from the minutia of worrying about calories, you'll love NikeFuel. You can still see how many steps you take and the calories you burn, but NikeFuel is front and center. It's never been this easy to get a sense of my activity during the day. If you've ever felt the compulsion to just get one more level up, or the desperate need to just get to that next save point, or you've ever just needed five more minutes Mom! ... then NikeFuel will be an effective motivator for you. You may even find yourself jogging a bit farther to hit your goal for the day.

    And that's what matters most.

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