I keep looking at the pretty pink orb on my wrist but it doesn’t tell me the time. Maybe I’m too old school, maybe I miss wearing my watch….I know, most people tell the time with their mobiles now but I like my watch! So, if there was one thing I would change about the Fitbug Orb, it would be to have the time on it!
So if it doesn’t tell the time what does it do?
Well actually, it does quite a lot and I’m already really quite attached to mine.
The Fitbug Orb
The Orb arrives in a little box along with a wristband, a belt clip and a lanyard, a battery and a little booklet.
It’s available in three colours, pink, black and white. Mine is pink.
A Fitbug Orb is a fitness, sleep and activity tracker that you wear about your body and connect to your mobile phone or tablet. You can also connect it to your laptop or computer.
The Orb itself is a a round slightly domed device that works by battery which can be easily replaced. Replacements cost around 95 pence each. The Orb then fits into a holder, either the wristband or the clip. You can then choose where to wear it, either on your wrist, clipped to your belt, attached to your underwear or around your neck. The Orb uses a 3 axis accelerometer to accurately measure your every step and move.
The Fitbug Orb tracks your steps both normal and aerobic. Depending on the information you give it it will give you a target to reach each day. If you don’t make the target it lets you know how you can improve your performance. It also tells you the distance you have walked and how many calories you have burnt.
As well as tracking your steps you can also add any other activities you do such as household tasks or swimming.
The Fitbug Orb tracks everything you tell it you have eaten, it will add up the calories for you and calculate how many calories you’ve consumed to how many you have burnt. Then it will suggest how you can improve your diet and eat more healthily.
By wearing the Orb in bed it will track how long you sleep and how often you are disturbed. It will make suggestions on how much sleep you need and how you can improve your sleep by giving you goals such as going to bed earlier.
You can fill in your goals, for example how much weight you want to lose, or how many inches. The Fitbug will keep track of these for you and encourage you on your way.
A Screenshot of the Dashboard as seen on the PC. It shows different on my mobile phone but the account can be viewed online by logging in. You can also view other pages for nutrition, activity, goals and sleep.
Before buying a Fitbug Orb it is advised that you check it is compatible with your phone or tablet.
You do not view any of the information on the Orb itself, it is all transferred by Bluetooth to your phone or tablet, or you can purchase a dongle and have the information sent straight to your PC or Laptop.
The Fitbug Orb costs just £49.99 which is cheaper than a lot of similar products on the market.You can purchase several accessories from as little as little as £1.95. In fact I think everything is reasonable priced, even a spare wristband only costs £6.99
The Orb is run on battery so there is no charging involved. The battery should last four months and you can buy replacements for just 95p. I think it’s a lot more convenient not worrying about charging the device.
I am familiar with using pedometers or step trackers and at first I believed the Fitbug Orb to be just another step tracker. I am really pleased with all the features that come with it and it’s really useful. I have been using it to improve my activity while I prepare to do the Race for Life, but I will continue to use it afterwards as I would really like to get fitter and lose some weight. Walking is the perfect exercise for me so I intend to increase my steps taken each day and improve on the number of aerobic steps taken. I’ve found that a brisk fifteen minute walk will add to your aerobic step count.
I will also continue adding to the food diary as the more food you add the easier it becomes to fill it in each day.
I have found monitoring my sleep interesting. I knew that I wasn’t getting enough sleep and that I woke a lot in the night. Just having the Orb has made me more conscious of getting to bed earlier and improving my sleep patterns.
My phone is a Sony Xperia SP which is android 4.4 It was 4.3 but I had it upgraded. It is not listed as a phone that will work with the Orb and I think I’m lucky that it does, it’s probably because of the upgrade. It does work though, although sometimes I have to refresh it a few times before the days statistics will show, but I really believe this is a phone issue rather than an issue with the Orb. Once updated I can view everything on my online account. I may consider getting the dongle and have it go straight to the computer until I am able to purchase a new phone.
The wristband is really comfortable to wear. I thought being rubber it may be uncomfortable, particularly as I have sensory issues. I have never been able to wear a watch in bed but I have wore the wristband. The belt clip is my favourite though because I don’t have to take it off to do the washing up or whenever I need to put my hands in water.
Overall I’m really pleased with the Orb and the only thing I would change is as I said in the beginning…I’d have it tell me the time!
You can sponsor me for the Race For Life on my Just Giving Page here or by texting JSBA71 and £5 to 70070
Disclosure: I was sent a Fitbug Orb to help me train for my Race for Life, I offered to write this review, I was not asked. All thoughts and opinions are my own.