In all, I'm pretty pleased with it. First the pros:
- It speaks our (Weight Watcher) language as my group leader Lisa says. That's a really big point. I don't need to worry about converting anything or getting stuck in the micro of steps, etc.
- I was most definitely over crediting myself for activity points... Way way over! I think the 7.5 mile run I did last Saturday would have gotten me 20+ points before but it was only 8 for the day in reality. That's a monster difference when you're running to lose weight. Even my shorter weeknight runs were netting me 3 or 4 where now taken into account on the whole day (and my very sedentary desk job), I'm killing it if I get one (yay - a point!)
- Even though it doesn't tell me where I am with points specifically (more on that in the cons), you do get a feel for the lights relative to your point scale -- and they are different. Initially, 6 lights (=150% of target) barely got me a point or two. Now I know I probably have one if I'm at 100% with the next light blinking (i.e., it's somewhere between 100-125% of target). Target is the key here. Where initially my target was lower, the lights meant less over 100%, if that makes sense. Now my target is a little more active and I don't need to get as far over 100% to start scoring.
- The battery is amazingly good. I've left town for 5 days and it's hardly needed recharging when I finally plugged it back in.
- It has made me more aware of my movement but this is kind of a neutral vs good or bad for me -- I know how what I'm doing impacts my day (very good) but it hasn't really inspired me to move more (not as great).
- There is no way to tell on the face of the devise how many points you have actually earned. As I note above, I can tell when I'm positive but when you're on vacation and doing a lot of walking (and a relatively higher amount of eating and need the extra points), you have no idea where you are unless you drag a computer with you (which I haven't done). This is specifically a Disney thing. On my last Wed-Sun family trip, I was completely flying blind on Fri and Sat -- I had definitely eaten more than my allocated points and extras for the week but I was pretty confident that I had them covered with sheer miles walked. (Sunday I knew my points reset so I could just "pay" for that in the following week.) Unfortunately, I wasn't quite as covered as I thought. This is a big point for me since I'm so much less likely to be good and tracking and such when I'm out of my comfortable routine at work and home -- that's when I need good information the most.
- There is no wireless sync -- you can't see your progress on your smartphone. This would take care of #1 above but vastly improve the whole interface. Other similar devices have so it's not new technology.
Hope that helps any of you considering a purchase. What have the rest of you found?