Fitbit / Striiv Fitness Devices.. Fight. A Gear Diary Faceoff

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It is time for a health-gadget Faceoff. Let’s meet our contenders.

In this corner… Weighing in at an MSRP of $99.95 we have the veteran. The Fitbit Ultra measures your step, calculates the calories you have burned, the hours you have slept and more. You can track online or on your iPhone. It is proven technology that has seen increasing popularity since its initial release. It is cute. It is simple. It has a splash of purple.

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And in this corner… Weighing in at an MSRP of $99 we have the newcomer. The Striiv seeks to motivate you as it monitors your activities. It has games, challenges and interacts with you through its touchscreen. It will even help you make the world a bit better as your activities and achievements translate into corporate donations for good works. It is white. It is light.

CES opens today and as it does we are off and running. (Actually, walking and walking and walking with a bit of running for sure.) For the next four days we will put both health gadgets to the test. Judie will be wearing the Fitbit. Dan will be wearing the Striiv. Who will take more steps? Who will climb more stairs? Who will burn more calories? Which device will take the prize? Stay tuned because Judie and Dan’s Fitbit/Striiv Faceoff begins now.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.