• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good activity tracker. Terrible ecosystem - no Sleep, BP, heart rate option

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    I bought one of these from the Apple store because I see a lot of folks walking around with them, and there is a certain "cool" factor about these fitness bands.
    There were also some reviewers who claimed that these now also do a better job of monitoring sleep.

    What I like:
    Easy charging by pugging directly into a USB port.
    Constant-connected bluetooth low energy.
    Firmly connected to your wrist (unlike the product I switched to)

    What I don't like:
    Not nearly the battery life of the product I switched to.
    More expensive than the product I switched to.
    Does not take pulse, like the product I switched to.
    ONLY measures activity, no sleep - like the product I switched to.
    No options to link accounts to other data (like the product I switched to)
    Pulse
    Blood pressure
    Weight
    Calorie intake.

    In short this is a great product to measure your activity. It is terrible, however, at a holistic tracking of all the other health things you may want to keep track of. For $50 less you can get products that do what the fuel band does, track sleep, track heart rate AND integrate to wifi scales, blood pressure monitors etc.

    168 of 191 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to love it, but...

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    As an "original Fueldband" owner, there was a lot to like about this band. The sessions feature was pretty slick, as was the "win the hour" reminders (when I actually saw them). Alas, this seems to be a case of Nike over-promising.

    The most significant issue with the Fuelband SE is that Nike has designed the ambient light sensor so that the watch gets dimmer in direct sunlight, rather than brighter. The result is that the SE was almost impossible to see in direct sunlight. Unlike my original FuelBand, which was easily read, the SE was so dim I almost couldn't tell it was on. Shading it with my hand resulted in the LEDs brightening up a bit, but even then, my original was easily 2-3x brighter. As someone who lives where there are a lot of sunny days, I just can't justify wearing something that gets dimmer the brighter it is.

    Second, the "win the hour" feature, while neat, never really seemed to work. I can count on one hand the number of reminder messages I've seen in the six days since I've had the SE. It's supposed to flash a message across the screen and play an animation, but the problem is that you'll miss it if you don't happen to glance at your watch right that moment. So basically, if you glance at your watch at 10 minutes to the hour (or maybe it's after the hour) each hour, you'll see the message. Of course, if you've remembered to look for the message, you don't exactly need a reminder. The iOS app is supposed to have reminders, but I never saw one (iOS 7, iPhone 5).

    The app itself is something of a disaster. There's a lot to love, but it's plagued with connectivity issues and, as mentioned, doesn't do reminders.

    In short, the things that have been promised prove to be the very things that don't perform as expected. "Win the Hour" is useless to me if I never see the reminders (either on the watch or in the app). Sessions are great, but if I can't even see the display when I'm out running, what good is it if I can only check progress once I get inside? A fancy app is certainly nice, but what goes does it do me if I spend as much trying to get a stable connection as I do actually using it?

    This is kind of a sad day for me, as I've returned my SE. I was extremely excited to get this as an early Christmas gift and really wanted to love it, but Nike's given me a product that's a step backwards in usability (this seems to be a trend with high-end tech companies these days. I'm looking at you, Apple). Basically, I "up"graded to something I couldn't see in the sunlight, that gave me movement reminders so infrequently that I never saw them, and would go for hours upon hours not connecting to the app (usually requiring me to kill the app and restart it). I've gone back to my original FuelBand and am happy to be back to usability, though it's starting to show enough wear that I may have to replace it soon (FitBit perhaps?). I feel like Nike hit a home run with the first band, but in trying to improve with the SE ultimately took a step backwards.

    I would *strongly* advise against upgrading to this version if you're a 1.0 user. I'm willing to bet those who have never had a FuelBand will be perfectly happy with the SE, but those who owned v1 may be sorely disappointed. I know I am.

    152 of 173 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sadly Returned the Fuel Band SE

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    After wearing the original Fuel Band for about a year and a half, I was excited to upgrade to the new band. I had several technical problems, but when I got it working is when I was really disappointed. The upgrades seemed like a step in the wrong direction, and I had some very strange data downloads that coincided with using the app. Neither Verizon nor Nike could confirm that the app is what drove the data usage, but I didn't have it before and I haven't had it since I got rid of the Nike Fuel Band app.

    Not sure if I am going to go back to the older Fuel Band or try something new.

    Buyer beware or at least wait until Nike works the kinks out.

    128 of 143 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely love my fuelband SE

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I'm beyond shocked to see the negative reviews about the fuelband, but to each, their own. I use my band every single day and never leave home without it. I am an avid crossfitter and look forward to looking at my progress tracked by my fuelband after each class. The only thing I don't like is that the calorie burning is very inaccurate, but I don't care to track that part of my workout. I love the app that I pair my band with on my iPhone as well. Both SO easy to use. The light is perfectly lit, there are so many options of how to customize your band and it comes with the option to expand the band, if necessary. I HIGHLY recommend the fuelband SE.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Marketing Scam

    • Written by from Wayne

    I will be returning my nike fuelband SE after a week of use. Nike claims that it measures "all your activity" - that is, if all your activity requires moving your arms in a running motion.

    The fuelband awards few-to-no points for activities like yoga and weightlifting, but will award you half a days worth of fuel if you drive for a couple hours or write furiously.

    The only activity this works well for is walking or running (although it vastly underestimates steps on its pedometer). I will be returning the fuelband for a more inclusive band, like the fitbit or jawbone.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting device!

    • Written by from Garland

    i really like this Fuelband, it really counts every my activities. and everyday, i felt like join a game by earning NikeFuel. Moreover, it is my motivation and i always effort to reach my goal. Actually, i wrote this review after i have been using this Fualband 2 weeks. and i saw how it was useful to me. i have increased my set goal everyday to challenge myself, and i lost 15 pounds after 2 weeks. so excited. Beside that, i love the way its design, looks so stylist, especially the black gold i had. Recommend to who want to have dynamic life. =))

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent fitness tracker

    • Written by from Vancouver

    This product accurately captures my activity and does so for a fair price. It's definitely better than other trackers I've used before.

    14 of 33 people found this useful