Orbby Fitbug

  • Orb
  • Orb
  • Orb
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
72%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Orb's biggest selling point is its price. At $50, the Orb is easy on the pocketbook.
  • With a common watch battery for power, there's no need to worry about recharging for six months.
  • It's light, comfortable and can be worn different ways as it includes a wristband, belt clip and lanyard.

CONS

  • It's not waterproof. The occasional splash is OK but you wouldn't want to wear this in the shower.
  • It lacks USB connectivity. Bluetooth is all you get.
  • The device has no status display so you have to use your phone or computer to see how you're doing.
This is definitely a tracker with the budget-conscious fitness buff in mind. Priced at just $50, the Orb costs about half that of its competitors and makes fitness tracking available to pretty much everyone. Although inexpensive, Fitbug has tried its best to pack in features generally found on pricier models. It claims to monitor how much you walk, how many calories you burn, and how well you sleep. It also includes personalized digital training software called KiK designed by nutritionists and sports scientists which calculate weekly goals.
NameOrbCharge HROrbitActiveGear Fit
ManufacturerFitbugFitbitRuntasticiFitSamsung
Techwalla Score
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86%

If you’re new to activity trackers and want to test the water, the Orb offers key functionality at a great price.

If you’re new to activity trackers and want to test the water, the Orb offers key functionality at a great price.

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80%

The Orb's strength is that it shapes your goals, rather than leaving you to define them.

The Orb's strength is that it shapes your goals, rather than leaving you to define them.

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80%

Fitbug's app is bright and friendly. When you first open it, the app shows the number of steps you've taken in big, bold colors at the top.

Fitbug's app is bright and friendly. When you first open it, the app shows the number of steps you've taken in big, bold colors at the top.

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70%

The beauty of the Orb is that it doesn’t need your undivided attention--it takes less than a minute to set up and then pretty much does its …

The beauty of the Orb is that it doesn’t need your undivided attention--it takes less than a minute to set up and then pretty much does its own thing.

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65%

This means you can wear the device on your write, belt, on a lanyard, or clipped to another piece of clothing. For people not wanting to wea…

This means you can wear the device on your write, belt, on a lanyard, or clipped to another piece of clothing. For people not wanting to wear a big white (also available in pink) strap on their wrist with the tracker in, this is perfect!

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65%

I liked that the Orb set my activity goals for me, but if you wanted to set your own goals, you'd be out of luck.

I liked that the Orb set my activity goals for me, but if you wanted to set your own goals, you'd be out of luck.

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60%

In my experience, the Fitbug Orb's setup process wasn't as easy as getting up and running on other platforms.

In my experience, the Fitbug Orb's setup process wasn't as easy as getting up and running on other platforms.

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One thing that works massively in the Orb’s favor is the choice of wearing options--out of the box you get a watch-style wrist-strap, belt c…

One thing that works massively in the Orb’s favor is the choice of wearing options--out of the box you get a watch-style wrist-strap, belt clip, and another wrist-strap which looks like it’s designed to be worn loosely around your, well, wrist.

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My biggest disappointment with the Orb is that it simply doesn’t count your steps accurately, and that’s a pretty major shortcoming in a dev…

My biggest disappointment with the Orb is that it simply doesn’t count your steps accurately, and that’s a pretty major shortcoming in a device that’s essentially a smart pedometer.

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One of the more interesting features of the Orb is that it uses replaceable batteries rather than rechargeable batteries and the battery las…

One of the more interesting features of the Orb is that it uses replaceable batteries rather than rechargeable batteries and the battery lasts for up to six months of use.

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I like instant gratification, so my tracker has to have some easy method to see my progress. The Fitbug Orb fails that requirement for me.

I like instant gratification, so my tracker has to have some easy method to see my progress. The Fitbug Orb fails that requirement for me.

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On the software front you get KiK, a smart trainer created by nutritionists and sports scientists to calculate realistic weekly targets to w…

On the software front you get KiK, a smart trainer created by nutritionists and sports scientists to calculate realistic weekly targets to work towards.

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