Fitbit – See just how active you are!

fitbit_forceFor Christmas I bought my mom (and myself) a Fitbit Force. This device is worn like a bracelet and tracks how many steps you walk, floors you climb, calories burned, and active minutes each day. It also displays the time so it can replace your watch. It’s comfortable to wear and you pretty much wear it all the time. I take it off when I get in the shower as it’s not waterproof.

One of the coolest features is the Track Sleep. When you are ready to go to sleep, press and hold the button on the side of the band to activate the timer. Then when you wake up, do the same thing to turn it off. At first I thought this was just tedious, however it really isn’t. And don’t worry, if you forget to start or stop it, you can manually adjust the times. Pressing the button is mainly to places markers at the beginning and end of your sleep. One night I forgot to start the timer. I opened the phone app and added the time I went to sleep and when I woke up. It then showed me when I woke up, when I was restless and how many times. It’s pretty cool!

About 2-3 weeks ago, I noticed a red circle area on my skin that was irritated. I know my puppy scratched me so at first I thought it was from her. It kept getting worse. I would apply Neosporin and itch cream to it every day and cover it with a band-aid. Then I could put the Fitbit over it. It wasn’t getting any better.

The second bad thing about this, is wearing band-aids for extended periods of time, also gives me a rash. I’m either allergic to the adhesive stuff or the band-aid itself. Either way I was a mess.

I began to think that maybe I was allergic to something in the band. It was weird that it wasn’t everywhere the band touched my skin, only in this one spot. So to do a test, I switched it to my right wrist. After about 10 days, I noticed the same type of rash developing in the same identical place. I took it off.

I was bummed because I really like the Fitbit and thought I was out the money since it’s probably past the time I can return it. I went online to check out their forums for some advice or help. At some point it asked me to login, which I did, and at the top of the page was a statement that read:


I clicked on the HERE link and found out I’m not the only one with this issue. They have you fill out a form and gave you the option for a refund or a partial refund + another Fitbit item. Since I love the Fitbit so much, I didn’t want a refund, so I went with the partial refund + I requested the Flex in pink.

Apparently they don’t have any skin irritants in the Flex – let’s hope!

What great customer service too. I filled out the form on a Friday. Received an auto-email saying they’d respond within 48 hours. They responded in less than two hours. And by the end of Friday, I received an email stating it was shipped. Awesome!

Samsung Galaxy S4

bgr-samsung-galaxy-s4-review-2My last blog explained that my cell phone was stolen and I had to get another one. The one I was eye-balling was the Samsung Galaxy S4, but I thought I had time since I wasn’t eligible for an upgrade until the end of the year. While I was in the store though, I was playing with the S3 model and couldn’t decide. The sales rep mentioned the very cool features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 but she said it wasn’t available yet. I asked her when it was going to be released and she said the following Thursday, and I was on a Saturday. Hmmm, I thought, “Could I survive a few days?”

Of course I can!

So I pre-ordered the phone and it arrived that Tuesday – I got it before it was released! Yay me!

This phone is AWESOME! By far the best phone I’ve ever had (my last was the Motorola Razr Maxx). I’m not going to give a full review since there are many reviews already out there, but I would like to highlight some things that I love so far.

Battery life – I tested this out and I was able to go two full days, playing games, downloading all my apps and more, checking all email accounts, etc. I will confess that I have Phone Schedule installed that may help with the battery life.

Screen – So crystal clear and vibrant that I could just stare at the screen lock screen all day – but I don’t because that would be weird. 🙂 I also love the 5″ screen.

Case – So many people have complained about it being made of plastic, but I don’t see the big deal. It’s lightweight and thicker than the S3. At first I was concerned that there was only one button on the front. It took me a bit of time to discover that the back and menu button magically appear beneath the surface of the case. Once you know they are there, you don’t need to always see them so I love that they hide them, so to speak.

Touch Sensitivity- The phone is very sensitive to touch. The lock screen can sense your finger before it even touches the screen to unlock the phone. Very cool!

NOTE: I haven’t tested out the swipe and the eye-ball features yet but will in the coming weeks. I’ll update this blog once I learn more about the phone.

If you have any questions on what this phone can do or can’t do please leave me a comment, and I will do my best to find an answer for you.