While I appreciate companies play all sorts of ‘games’ when it comes to reporting their income, these Fitbit results definitely appear to tell a story …
Losing $80 Million of $272 Million of sales. That is 29%.
This does not look like a ‘paper’ loss. It would appear that it costs Fitbit more to develop, manufacture, market, sell & support their products than they can recoup in sales.
If that is the case something is wrong. Fitbit must get their cost under control or stop selling their watches at a discount — just to get market share.
This article held no surprises for I. I knew the Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS was pretty accurate. I had clocked it against a car odometer — albeit in the 3.5-mile range, rather than at the marathon distance.
That the Garmin Vivosmart 4 was inaccurate should not be a earth-shattering. It doesn’t have GPS.
That most of the other watches were quite inaccurate too is more of a concern. I owned a Samsung S3 Frontier. That, at the 2-3 mile range, was pretty accurate.
But, this is sobering.
I tested a low-end Fitbit recently and could not believe how inaccurate it was. It was a joke.
Using Garmin Fenix 5 Plus To Check Accuracy Of The New Fitbit Inspire HR — Wearing Them Side-by-Side.
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I have a hunch (albeit now with some proof) that the Fitbit Inspire HR overcounts steps even by the generous, overoptimistic standards of Fitbit.
Testing against my trusted Garmin Fenix 5 Plus should be the acid test.
I now have a hunch to what is happening with the Inspire HR. It is way light and the accelerometer doesn’t take into account its lightweight. I could be wrong.
I don’t just measure the steps at the end of the day. I keep a log, on an Excel spreadsheet! Yes, I will publish my findings.
Wish me luck.
I knew I was doing around 2,500-steps a day, as of Day #2 post surgery. I, of course, track — and of late even log — my steps. Yes, per Fitbit 2,500 is about 1-mile. Wow. I had NOT thought about it as such.
I have NO IDEA whether this is good, bad or indifferent when it comes to crutches. First time on crutches — ever.
It is still COLD in New Hampshire. Temperature did not go much above 38°F all day. So, not easy to go out and hobble about — though I did do that a couple of days. Getting bundleed up while on crutches is just complicated.
I am happy. I think this is not bad for a 35-year old cripple.
Just for comparison, this was March 2018.
I Really Have Started Wearing TWO Fitbits On My Wrist — A Versa Lite & An Inspire HR — To Study ‘FAKE STEPS’.
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I never thought it would come to this. Having to wear TWO Fitbits — but, I have no choice.
I made a video yesterday just with the Fitbit Inspire HR to show how the step counts goes up even when I am seated at this computer, typing. Per the Inspire HR I walked 1.3 miles, in steps, while all the time being seated at my PC!
So, I decided today. Heck with it. I will wear BOTH Fitbits side-by-side and compare the steps — taking pictures to prove it.
Today, starting at noon — the Inspire HR counted 400 more steps than the more expensive Fitbit Versa Lite.
What can I say other than I was sent both the Fitbit Versa Lite and the Inspire HR, at the same time, for evaluation.
Yes, I am lucky. But, it is not all fun. I do have to test them carefully and write multiple reviews. So, this is work — though it is fun.
Yes, I have been asked to evaluate the Fitbit Versa Lite. It is fun. I get to try out all sorts of new activity trackers. I like it. Yes, it involves work and putting away my trust Garmin Fenix 5 Plus for a few weeks.
So, far, I am impressed.
Very lite. Very cheery. I like it.