Review: Bellabeat Leaf

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Near the end of May 2016, I bought this beautiful fitness tracker, Bellabeat Leaf. The first thing I noticed was the design. Lovely, right? The next thing I noticed (and loved) is that you can wear it different ways. As a bracelet…necklace…or clipped to your shirt.

I wear it clipped to my shirt. Now in the beginning it took me a while to get into the habit of removing it and putting it on my night clothes. But after a little while, I don’t even think about it.

Pros:

  • The app
  • Multiple ways to wear
  • Design
  • Accuracy (more accurate on the shirt)
  • Love that it learns YOU
  • Simple
  • Vibrate alarms so you don’t disturb others

Cons:

  • Manual sync
  • Not water proof/resistant
  • No clock/time
  • No step indicator on the jewelry

So let’s talk about the “cons” for a bit.

Manual Sync: At first I found it annoying because all other trackers I’ve used synced periodically throughout the day. But with time, it’s something you get used to and it doesn’t take long. I sync in the morning and before bed.

Not Water Proof/Resistant: Not a huge deal for me because I don’t plan on showering or swimming with it. Not a deal breaker for me.

No Clock/Time: Still no deal breaker. I like that it’s more like jewelry than a watch. By wearing it on my shirt, I can wear a regular watch. With other wrist bands, it was bulky to wear the tracker and a watch.

No Step Indicator on the Jewelry: Yep, still not a deal breaker. Maybe it would be for some but it takes 2 seconds to open the app and check.

THE BIGGEST THING is that it learns you. It takes time to learn you, so be patient. It took a good 2 months for it to learn me.

Now the sleep tracker I feel is still learning and may never learn my sleep pattern since I have a 10m son. Every night is different and as he grows sleep will always change.

TEST LOG:

I was wearing a wrist tracker to compare during the 2 months. The wrist tracker tracked tons more steps than the Leaf, but as time went on, the Leaf caught up and even though it didn’t track what the wrist one did, I felt it is more accurate.

Let me explain. One night I was at my bed folding laundry. All of a sudden, the wrist tracker vibrated so I checked it out. It said I walked 5,000 steps! Really? I was folding laundry. So it made me seriously doubt anything on the wrist to be accurate.

Another test…I was home one day, just doing normal house cleaning and stuff. At the end of the day the wrist tracker said I had walked about 3 miles. Now come on…are you seriously telling me I walked 3 miles just around my house?? It’s not a huge house!

You can order through their website or if you live on Amazon, they offer it as well. I like speedy delivery so Amazon is my BFF 🙂

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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:

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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!