608 of 619 people found the following review helpful
Great Product, Minor Improvement Needed,
This review is from: BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System - Discontinued (Health and Beauty)I have had my new BodyMedia BW for several days now. Unfortunately, I tried to pre-order it on Amazon but was one of many who were told it would take 1-3 weeks to ship on the release date. Bummer. I ended up ordering it directly from BodyMedia instead. I am a Mac user and initially needed to download one driver for the unit from the BM site and then Java to get the Activity Manager to work from Safari. None of these items will work with Firefox, but not a big deal. Overall, a very easy set-up that only took 10 minutes even with the downloads.
I find that wearing the unit is very comfortable so far for the entire day and while sleeping. I remove it to sync and shower. It is also comfortable under clothes.
Syncing with my iPhone is relatively easy. Just one push on the unit while the app is open and my phone and the most recent calorie/step count/activity data will be displayed within the app. One minus though, once your phone times out to conserve... Read more
127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
I upgraded from this one to the Core because it's smaller, but they both measure the same: Comparison to Fitbit & Jawbone,
This review is from: BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System - Discontinued (Health and Beauty)I find the marketing for the Bodymedia or "Bodybugg" to be pretty horrible because they don't really tell you the difference. I was a fitness and weight loss coach a few years ago when I first got one though and was well aware of the difference.
I just recently updated my device to the Bodymedia Core (check their site too because they have specials like a free display sometimes) and I see the marketing still doesn't explain the difference so I thought I would.
Having recently gotten my new Bodymedia I thought I'd first touch on the difference between the Core (the new Bodymedia) and their old bands--way smaller, shaped better to fit the arm, now in grey rather than black, lighter.
Okay so then what's the difference between that one and the fitbit or jawbone?
The Bodymedia armband is the most accurate way to measure calories burned outside of a hyperbolic chamber. A Fitbit and Jawbone are basically a pedometer and guesstimate. This is why... Read more
213 of 221 people found the following review helpful
Accurate but has its flaws,
This review is from: BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System - Discontinued (Health and Beauty)I ordered the armband back in March and after 5 months of usage, I wanted to share my feedback. First, I think this unit delivers on its promise of accurate measurements of calorie expenditure and step counts. My wife has a Fitbit flex and I've spoken with users of other devices and they are toys compared with this.
I do workouts on a treadmill and will do identical routines for a period of time so it's easy to compare step counts and calories burned. My step counts only vary between .5 and 1% on a 9000+ step workout, which is pretty amazing. I also recently saw a video review where the author did a similar test to Bodymedia, comparing the Fit to a hospital O2 machine. The result: bodymedia was 95% accurate to the 40k device.
Now to the downsides. First, I disagree with users that say the device is comfortable. I realize this is a very personal thing, but I definitely know I'm wearing it on certain days. It also catches on clothes when taking off a shirt,... Read more