A year ago we (my son and I) reviewed the Fitbit Ace and this year the fitness tracker has been spruced up and gotten some much-appreciated updates.
To summarise, the Fitbit Ace 2 is a wearable device tracker that also acts as a watch, and is designed for kids aged six and up. Together with a free app for a phone or tablet, kids can see their step count, the amount of sleep they’ve been getting, and how much exercise they’ve done too.
As much as my Fitbit is an incentive for me to reach 10 000 steps a day, so too is the Ace 2 motivation for my son to get moving, in a non-pressurising, healthy and fun way.
The Ace 2 is waterproof up to 50 metres (the Ace is only water resistant), and this is my son’s favourite feature – he never has to take it off unless it needs charging.
The Ace 2 comes in two colours: Night Sky + Neon Yellow Clasp, and Watermelon + Teal Clasp. The band doubles as a protective bumper to shield from scratches on the display screen, and it’s stain resistant too, so it’s easy to wipe down any dirt.
There are 19 clock faces for kids to choose, many of which change as your child’s step count increases.
Here are other fab features:
- Kids earn virtual badges and fun on-screen celebrations when they reach their goals.
- It has up to five days of battery life
- You can set bedtime reminders and silent alarms
- You can set Reminders to Move – gentle nudges that encourage kids to get active
- Fitbit Ace 2 has a comfortable, durable band with an adjustable clasp.
- It’s simple to navigate – it has one button and an easy-to-use touchscreen.
- Kids can get on-screen call notifications when their phones are nearby.
- It connects easily with wireless syncing to leading iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.
- You can set up a family account and create your child’s accounts accordingly. In Parent View, you can easily see your child’s activity and approve their connections.
- Through the secure Kid View, kids can only see limited data like their stats, badges and clock face options.
The Ace 2 costs R1 399 from Takealot. Much like almost every Fitbit I’ve tried, or bought, this one is hard-working, reliable and functional, with an app to match. If you believe in the merits of fitness trackers, and know your child could derive physical benefits, then it’s a great buy.
The steps counter aside, it is also a useful watch and silent alarm clock, and generally a great all-rounder for a child six and up.