The Good For $50, the Fitbug Orb counts steps, calories, and syncs data wirelessly to phones. The fitness tracker is also light, comfortable, and stays put on your wrist. You can also wear the Orb on a bundled clip.
The Bad The Fitbug Orb lacks a display, is complicated to set up, and its button is small and hard to press. You can’t use the Orb’s mobile app to log meals, and it has limited Android compatibility. Sleep mode is tricky to engage, and wireless PC syncing costs extra.
The Bottom Line It’s hard to beat the Fitug Orb’s low price, but for $10 more, the Fitbit Zip has more features, is easier to use, and is ultimately a better buy.
Affordable, light, but confusing fitness tracking
On the surface, the Fitbug Orb fitness tracker appears to be a pretty excellent deal. For just $49.95 the gadget promises to let users count their steps, and calculate both calories burned through exercise and consumed in their meals. Additionally the device can push activity data to compatible smartphones over a wireless Bluetooth connection.
Unfortunately, reality is that the Orb's complicated setup, confusing phone software, and messy online tools make it hard to recommend. For just $10 more, thecan tackle almost everything the Orb can, plus it has some key abilities the Orb can't touch. These include having a real screen and being able to enter the food you eat into a mobile app. Also, operating the Zip is a breeze by comparison.
A round, fat disc, the Fitbug Orb is about the width of a quarter and as thick as two bottle caps stacked back-to-back. To me it almost looks like an oversize Mentos candy or a smashed glass marble. Aside from the standard black, the Orb also comes in tasty pink and white colors.