Disclosure: I received the fastfox for free for review, no other compensation was received.
When it comes to fitness the latest craze is the fitness band, be it the Fitbit, Jawbone, iSport or now the FastFox. The Fastfox is the one I will be reviewing today and thus far I have to say it has quite a few things going for it. Overall it has similar attributes to the before mentioned brand of fitness band as it logs the number of steps taken and monitors sleep. When you add in the additional information of your weight , height and age the app will happily calculate the number of calories you have burned throughout your daily steps as well as monitor your sleep patterns. The Fastfox overall is basic in the app department although it gives the same information as the other trackers I find that it’s not as flashy in the app department. That being said it’s also very easy to get the information you seek out, without having to fish through all the fluff. My main gripe in the sleep department as it pretty much gives two options light sleep or deep sleep, versus some of the others that give you your REM cycles and such, but in all reality I doubt many people care about the difference.
One key difference between those and the Fastfox is the ability for it to let you know when you have a text message or phone call. For those of us who pretty much hate carrying our phone on us at all times this is ideal. You can leave your phone at your desk while running around the lab for example. Yeah that example may not be perfect for everyone, but hey I’m a nerdy scientist that is where I am most of the time. Or you can leave your phone in your purse while at the gym. You may not be able to see the actual message, but when something is urgent you and I both know your phone gets repeat hits and your wrist will then vibrate multiple times, letting you know quit the treadmill and head back to grab your phone. In the prototype version I have been rocking for the last couple of weeks I can attest it seems to be pretty accurate on the total number of steps as well as pretty easy to forget it’s there.
I currently am sporting two fitness trackers, the one I was gifted for Christmas and the Fastfox I am reviewing and my thus far take home is that the Fastfox is far more comfortable. I like that it’s so light I forget it’s there especially when I am sleeping. The other one I am currently using, is far bulkier and I find it gets in the way and sort of irritates me while I sleep. That being said, if I were to have a trial run and have to pick which one I’d personally prefer I’d go with the Fastfox as of right now. In the future I hope to try out both the Jawbone and Fitbit to see whether or not the Fastfox is still may favorite, but until that day I am a happy Fastfox early adopter.