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October 11, 2013

Fitbit Launch Force Wristband with Improvements


Although this might not be my cup-of-tea, the fitness fanatics  among you might be interested in the new Fitbit Force wristband. As AllThingsD reports, it includes all the features from last year’s popular Fitbit Flex, while adding actual watch functionality, a larger screen, an altimeter for measuring how many stairs you’ve climbed, and an system for measuring how long you’ve really been exercising.

According to the marketing materials,

“Fitbit Force is the first and only in its category to be able to capture and display all of these stats on your wrist, as well as wirelessly and automatically sync them to leading Apple & Android smartphones and your computer, helping you push further to achieve your fitness goals.”


In addition to the Altimeter, there’s also an upcoming option to notify you of incoming phone calls via the band as long as you have iOS 7 installed on an iPhone 4S or later models. Unfortunately, there’s no real word on when we’ll see this in an update, as Fitbit merely lists the feature as coming “soon.”

Beyond that, the Force tracks your sleep patterns much like the Flex, and also features silent wake ups. Considering that the battery apparently lasts around 7-10 days, that all sounds like a nice little package for $129.95. The device is only available in black or slate, and you’ll be able to find it at select UK retailers in the coming weeks.At present it’s not showing on Fitbit website which is disappointing but you can check the resellers as to when it will be available.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini