Fuelband gets fit­ter

nike’s well­ness tracker’s un­der­gone a new year trans­for­ma­tion. Now it’s back, smarter than ever…

Australian T3 - - RATED -

The Fuelband SE – it stands for “sec­ond edi­tion” – looks and feels al­most iden­ti­cal to the orig­i­nal. There’s no added bulk, but Nike’s been work­ing on in­ner strength. With im­proved track­ing it’s now harder to fool and, with added Blue­tooth, eas­ier to sync.

Set­ting up the Fuelband SE is sim­ple. You’ll need to cre­ate a Nike+ ac­count – alas, the app is still iOS only – but then it takes no time to be­gin clock­ing up Fuel­points. It used to be easy to cheat the sys­tem, hit­ting your Fuel tar­get by shak­ing your arm around vig­or­ously, but the new Fuelband al­go­rithm has been ad­justed to put a stop to un­fair gam­ing.

This is largely thanks to the new Ses­sions func­tion, which al­lows you to tell Nike+ what ac­tiv­ity you’ve been do­ing and the level of in­ten­sity. While this im­proves ac­cu­racy, it does rely on you up­dat­ing it, and a heart-rate mon­i­tor would have been eas­ier and more ac­cu­rate. Blue­tooth 4.0 con­nec­tiv­ity has been added, but water­proof­ing hasn’t; the Fuelband SE is wa­ter-re­sis­tant but not up for a swim.

The im­proved work­out bracelet’s low en­ergy con­sump­tion Blue­tooth makes for a hand­ily ex­tended bat­tery life – now up to four days of use – and au­to­matic sync­ing of data with the Nike+ app. Yet de­spite these up­dates, the Fuelband still isn’t the most ac­cu­rate or fea­ture-packed fit­ness tracker on the mar­ket. How­ever, it is the most sim­ple to mas­ter, mak­ing it ideal for non-pros. $199, ko­gan.com/au

Love Sim­ple LED dis­play. Im­proved bat­tery life and ac­cu­racy. Blue­tooth sync­ing Hate No heart rate. No An­droid app. Not wa­ter­proof T3 Says Nike's im­proved Fuelband SE is fit­ter than ever, but it's still not reached its peak

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