Great design; Calorie counter and Activity tracker in App; Smart multiple user support; Intuitive interface; User-friendly Web portal;
No body type profiles
The Fitbit Aria smart scale has an intuitive app, body analysis capabilities and works well with other Fitbit devices.
The Fitbit Aria is a smart scale that, when paired with the company's clip-on Body Tracker, can help you keep tabs on your overall level of fitness. In addition to your weight, this scale measures percentage body fat and BMI, and automatically uploads data to Fitbit.com. A free iPhone app lets you see all of these stats when you're on the move. But does this $129 scale carry its weight?
The bottom of the scale is made of large half circles that make it look like it's resting on bubbles. The Aria has a round, backlit display, which really adds to its fun design. Like the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale, the Aria comes in black or white, and measuring 12.3 x 12.3 x 1.3 inches, it's almost the same size.
Unlike the Withings scale, we did not have to connect the Aria to a computer via USB to link it to our Wi-Fi network. After downloading the Fitbit setup app--the same one we used for the Fitbit Ultra--we reseated the battery to put the scale in setup mode. Then, the desktop app was able to find the scale and connect to it over our Wi-Fi network.
Like the Withings scale and the iHealth scale, the Aria asked us to either sign into an existing account or set up a new one. The setup process took us about four minutes to complete.
Unlike the Withings scale, we did not have the option to choose different body profiles--so the athlete in the house will be treated in the same way as the casual weight-loss user.
Unlike the iHealth iScale app, the Fitbit app populates predictive search results for activities and food
We love all the beautiful charts and graphs Fitbit creates with fitness data. The brightly colored interface made checking our weight and competition less doom-and-gloom and more fun and competitive. The openness of the Web layout is simple and modern, like the industrial design of the scale itself.
In addition to boasting about weight loss through Twitter and Facebook, there is a third sharing option that will automatically create a daily or weekly average activity post of all of your public stats to Wordpress, great for someone with a diet or exercise blog. The importance of support and social dieting is also not lost on Fitbit. There are location-based groups online that you can join to share tips and get encouragement.
Like the Withings scale, the Aria uploaded the measurements to our Fitbit account instantly via Wi-Fi. Like the other scales, the accuracy is quoted with an over and under rate, and our results were consistently within those brackets.
After weighing in, the scale showed our three-letter initials. If the weight of two users are too close, you can tap your feet on the scale to scroll through to the next user. We are able to use the online portal to change a misassigned weight, and also recognize other users.
The Fitbit Aria offered the best results when we used the device in tandem with the Fitbit Ultra. The amount of data collected made us much more aware of our daily activities and diet.
VerdictWithings scale, the Fitbit Aria is a smart scale done right.
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|Size||12.3 x 12.3 x 1.3 inches|