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Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker Review

Quick Take

Looking for a simple and affordable fitness tracker to monitor your basic daily activity? The Fitbit Zip is a solid choice. The simple clip tracks and displays your steps, distance traveled and calories burned. Just clip it onto your pants and tap the display throughout the day to check the time and see your stats. Sweat, rain and splash proof, the Fitbit Zip is a reliable fitness partner that will help you keeps tabs on your daily activity.

Pros

Inexpensive
Automatic wireless data syncing
Very easy to use and discreet

Cons

Does not track sleep or other complex data
Basic display
Periodic issues in synchronizing data

What To Know About the Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit Zip is a simple clip-on tracking device. Just clip it on to your waistband or bra strap (or pop it in your pocket) and you are all set. It wirelessly tracks your steps throughout the day and syncs this data to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can then view your daily stats and monitor your progress on your Fitbit profile. You can view a range of basic stats including time, steps, distance, and calories burned. The Fitbit Zip is discreet, soft and comfortable. In fact, many users have noted that it’s so discreet that they actually stop noticing it throughout the day. It’s a good choice for those that want a tracker that isn’t intrusive.

Other Fitbit Zip Key Features and Specs:

  • Track your steps, distance covered and calories burned daily, weekly and over time
  • Sync your activity stats wirelessly & automatically to PCs and 200+ iOS, Android and Windows devices
  • Comes in different colors with matching clips
  • Comfortable and discreet
  • Replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months

Design

The Fitbit Zip is comprised of a Fitbit Zip tracker and a silicone clip. At just 35.5 mm by 28 mm (and 9.65 mm) the tracker is lightweight and discreet, so it’s a non-intrusive tracker to wear. You will hardly notice having it on. The battery will need to be replaced around every 6 months (3v coin battery). The tracker is made of thermoplastic and the clip is made of silicone and metal. The tracker is sweat, rain and splashproof (although not swim proof). It’s best to keep it clean and dry although you don’t need to sweat if you’re caught out in the rain for a short time.

 

Connectivity

As for sensors and components, the Fitbit Zip features a 3-axis accelerometer and can sync your activity data wirelessly and automatically via Bluetooth (4.0) to computers and over 200 iOS, Android and Windows devices. The package features a wireless sync dongle for anyone who doesn’t have a device with Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, so you can instead sync the data to your PC. You can then view all your stats and track your progress through the FitBit dashboard online.

 

Verdict

In conclusion, the Fitbit Zip is an affordable, easy-to-use tracker that will help you keep on top of your daily activity. It’s not for hardcore athletes, but for those looking for a reliable activity tracker for walking, it can help you keep on top of your daily step count with ease. While the device will not force you to walk up an extra flight of stairs or pack in a few more steps, the activity stats motivate you towards designing better healthier habits and exercise schedule. It’s a great tool for motivating you to increase the amount of physical exercise in your day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can the Fitbit Zip track?
A: The Fitbit Zip can track steps taken, distance covered, and calories burned.
Q: My Fitbit Zip is not responding, how do I reset it?
A: Restart it by removing the battery, give it in 10 seconds before placing it back and your Zip will be reset.
Q: How do I reinstall the Fitbit Zip battery?
A: Unlock the battery door using the battery door tool and turn it counter-clockwise. Remove the battery and the door tool. The reinsert the battery with the positive (+) end facing up and replace the battery door. Insert the battery tool and turn clockwise to lock the battery door. The door should be flush with the rear of the tracker.

Rating: 85%

Specifications

Product Type

Fitness Activity Tracker

Brand/Model Series

Fitbit Zip

Overall Rating

85 %

Phone Control

No

Removable Band

Yes

Fitness Tracker Type

Clip

Type Of Display

LCD

Accelerometer

Yes

Sleep Tracking

No

Steps Tracking

Yes

Calories Tracking

Yes

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Heart Rate Monitor

No

Water Resistance Rating

Sweat, rain and splashproof

Max Battery Life

4380 hrs

What is included in the box?

Tracker, silicone clip, replaceable battery, wireless sync dongle, battery door tool

GPS

No

Product Dimensions

28 mm x 35.5 mm x 9.65 mm

Notifications

No

On-board music storage

No

NFC Touchless Payment

No

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