First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Fitbit Force wireless activity tracker (preview)
Fitbit's latest activity tracker gets an OLED screen and a built-in altimeter
A week after it was revealed by US technology site The Verge, Fitbit has officially announced its Force wireless activity tracker. The wristband features a built-in altimeter, will function as a regular clock, and has an OLED display. Best of all, it's coming to Australia early in 2014.
- Built-in altimeter tracks stairs climbed
- OLED display
- Can show the time
- Call notifications is iOS exclusive
- A little expensive
- Not available until early 2014
Price$ 169.95 (AUD)
The biggest new addition to the Fitbit Force over the company's existing Flex wristband is an OLED display. A button on the side of the device cycles through the display, similar to how the company's One tracker operates. The Fitbit Force will display steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, active minutes and floors climbed. It will also display the time, and users can now set a goal of active minutes per day.
The floors climbed statistic is made possible by a built-in altimeter, a feature that's not available on the current current Fitbit Flex wristband. That product also lacks a display and instead uses five built-in LEDs that light up gradually as you get closer to your daily goal, so the Force immediately looks like a nice upgrade.
The Force's OLED screen will also allow the device to act as a basic smartwatch. Fitbit says a software update will come soon after launch that will allow iOS 7 users (with an iPhone 4S and above) to be notified of incoming calls on the Force's screen. The device will vibrate and display the name or number of the caller.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to answer or reject any incoming calls through the Force, and the feature will be iOS-exclusive at launch, with no word on future Android compatibility. The Force does come with built-in NFC capability, so Fitbit says Android users with an NFC-capable smartphone can simply tap the two devices together to launch the Fitbit app and setup the device.
The Fitbit Force comes with previous Flex features including the ability to monitor and track sleeping patterns, a silent wake alarm that will vibrate when set, and the ability to synchronise wirelessly with compatible Bluetooth 4.0 smartphones.
The Force will sync with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the iPad mini, iPad (3rd Generation), and iPad (4th Generation), the iPod touch (5th Generation), the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). Fitbit says it continually adds new devices over time.
The Fitbit Force will launch in Australia in "early 2014" and will come in two colour variants — black and slate. The device will cost $169.95 and will be available through Apple Stores, Harvey Norman retail outlets and through Fitbit's online store.
The Fitbit Force will become the fifth wireless activity tracker the company has sold in Australia. The Fitbit Ultra made its Australian debut early last year, while the Zip and the One devices were released Down Under in late 2012.
A promotional video of the Fitbit Force can be seen below:
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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