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A Fitbit Durability Test

This afternoon, while out and about, I discovered that my Fitbit Ultra was missing.  I usually have it clipped to the side of my pants pocket, and when I reached in to grab a pen, it wasn’t there.

I posted a FB status update stating as such,  and a fellow Fitbit fan replied that they always “lose” theirs getting in and out of the car.  And then it dawned on me that I heard something hit the ground when I got out of the car as I was returning home from work last night.  It was dark and I couldn’t see anything, so I shrugged it off and went inside.  Was too cold out to worry about it anyway.  And then I remembered that I had to move the car again, so April could get out this morning.

Long story short, I ran over the Fitbit and it ended up under my car tire for the night.  I found it lying in the snowy tire tracks when I moved the car this afternoon.

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There was some visible damage to the little thing.  The device itself was cracked open, and the hard-plastic holder was cracked as well.

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Surprisingly, it still appeared to work after being ran over and trapped in the cold, wet snow under my car tire for several hours.

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I was happy to see it on and working, but I knew that wouldn’t mean much if it had been damaged enough that it wouldn’t sync with the Fitbit website.  So, I fired up the computer, placed the Fitbit on the docking station, and attempted to sync with the site.  And, it worked!

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On one hand, I think I just got really lucky.  And time will tell if this thing is really functioning properly.  I’ve been thinking about upgrading to the Fitbit One model anyway, so I’ll probably go ahead and do that now.

On the other hand, though, it says something about how well the device is made if it can withstand the hell I accidentally put it through.  So, kudos to Fitbit for making such a durable product.

Mike

Living with a Confusing Pancreas and a Broken Heart at age 36 #Diabetes #LADA #CongestiveHeartFailure. #MakeDiabetesVisible Creator, #ALittleHeartCanDoBigThings Creator, Advocate, Blogger, Nature Photographer.

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    kerri

    Their customer service is as solid as their product. I lost one, and they replaced it for free once. Glad it’s still working, but understandable that you’d want an upgrade–the One looks sweet, but I’m waiting till I kill/lose my Ultra before upgrading :].

    • Mike

      Mike

      That’s what I’ve heard, Kerri. I’m glad it’s still working, too. It’s damaged though, so the upgrade will happen sooner than I was planning. Maybe they’ll do that for me. 😉

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    Lynn

    I did something similar! Knocked it off my waistband in the parking lot and it was run over before I realized it was missing. A little surface damage bit it’s still working, months later. I am thinking about upgrading too, though… The new one is more waterproof…