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This is a great tool to keep kids active and motivated. I got this for my niece who is very competitive and active.
The Ace 3 has a small wristband that should fit any child. My wrist is 6.5 inches and I still have 5 holes until it’s too tight to wear. The screen is small and fits perfectly on a child’s wrist. It’s very easy to use and for your child to scroll through to see their stats for the day.
You need to download the Fitbit app if you don’t have it already. You are directed to set up a family account. You can set up all the information for your child on there. If you are using a different device than your child you will need to download the app on their device as well.
They recommend pairing the Fitbit on the device your child will be using it on, it may be a family iPad, or their own smart phone. You can set parental controls from your own app. When setting up your child’s profile, the earliest year you can input is 2008. As a parent, guardian, or main owner of the Fitbit account, you can fully control your child’s account
When you are setting it up, the app on your smart device will show you how to easily access of all the features and apps within the Fitbit Ace 3 such as scrolling, selecting an app, seeing a quick update, and so on. It’s very easy and your child will have no problem working the device.
It takes about 5-10 minutes to set up, this is including creating a family account, downloading and updating Fitbit, and the tutorials. You can activate the Fitbit by lightly touching, or pinching the sides. The main display shows the time and number of steps so far that day as well as some fun graphics.
It’s incredibly easy to charge and doesn’t take long to do so. You can leave it in the watch band or take it out and charge it. There are other bands you can buy to fully customize it. The graphics are fun and change and move the more activity that they do.
My niece loves to check and see how many steps she’s done, or how well she slept. When you connect it through Bluetooth, it updates your stats and everything is very easy to see on the app. Kids can earn badges and it shows fun icons when you reach a goal that was set, they can also set challenges with their friends and family members and send cheers and messages in the app. It’s water resistant so if they’re running around in sprinklers, or it’s pouring rain, you don’t need to worry about it. I think this is a great way to get kids interested in health and fitness without it being boring or feeling like it’s forced.
I’ve used a few Fitbit devices in my years and have always been impressed with the quality and ease of use, and this Fitbit Ace 3 for kids is no exception. The reason I’m giving this 4 stars is because of the price, it’s very expensive for what it is. If this was selling for $50 then it would be much better.
I actually have been using an Inspire 2 myself for months now, and while I have some issues with the value proposition of the Inspire 2 compared to some of the smaller brands in terms of what it costs for the features I'm inclined to go a little easier on the Ace 3 in this regard because it costs a good chunk less than the Inspire 2 and really the only thing missing from it is the heart rate monitor and there just isn't any other good solution from the cheap brands that I've seen that cover the family account aspect here that lets you easily* monitor the data from your kids' trackers.
The device itself is just like the Inspire 2, but with a bit of extra rubber detailing surrounding it that appear to make it a bit more rugged and bump proof - something I suppose is important with most kids though my son is more careful about these things than most. The lack of a heart rate monitor isn't a big deal for kids use, it's not like they're actually actively monitoring their heart rate and doing serious workouts or anything. The strap is a good size for the ages it's meant for, it fits fine on my 9 year old's wrist with a lot of room left over for growing into without it having a ridiculous amount of extra strap. The only differences with the actual display/software on the device that I've been able to gather amount to basically that the Ace 3 has a whole bunch of kid themed watch faces available to set to it that you don't get on the Inspire 2 - things like rocket ships and such - really, not a big deal to us really. Given that it's basically an Inspire 2, and I know I've been happy with the accuracy of the step, sleep and activity counters I think it's safe to say that you're going to be happy with the Ace 3 in this regard. Like the Inspire 2, I don't like the charger - you literally have to clip it to the charger and do so in the right orientation. It's just not as convenient as other trackers I've seen/used which connect the charger to the device magnetically and in a way that you can't get it wrong or even have to look at it.
While I appreciate the family account functionality here, and it's something you're just not going to get from the cheap alternatives, it's not perfect. You create a child account and link it to your own, all of your family members appear in the app under the family section. Where things go a little off the rails is that it's just plain kind of inconvenient to check the stats on your kids' accounts. What I mean by that is, there isn't a quick dashboard you can see in the Fitbit app that shows you all of this stuff and what you have to do is basically switch the whole app mode to a "kid view" which transforms the whole app into basically what you see on your kids' device and in order to get back to your own stats you need to exit the kids view, which requires typing in your password again. Is it awful? No... but it's clunky and inconvenient to have to switch modes and then keep entering your password to get out of the kids data.
Honestly, if you're going to get your kid a watch anyway I think this is a good buy as it serves fine as a time piece as well and gives you some feedback about your kids activity level and also gently nudges them towards moving more with movement reminders, goals and such. I'm strongly considering buying a second one for my other, littler kid, even though I'm kind of surprised she isn't fighting her brother for this one... yet.
I have LONG been a FitBit user and upgrade every year or two, so when this device became available for kids I jumped at the opportunity to try it! Not only does it encourage my kids to move (especially during the pandemic, when being at home and sitting all day is the norm) but it is fun being able to compete with my kids for most steps taken in a day. It's also helpful when I'm looking to track how well they've been sleeping or if they are getting the recommended amount of sleep. I spend a lot of time working on my family's general health and I know that movement, nutrition, and sleep are essential!
I love this device in general. It isn't gimmicky and tracks exactly what it needs to. The device is slim and looks great on my kids. The one complaint that I do have is that the whole thing could be more secure. While I love the fact that this is waterproof and can be worn in the shower or at the beach, the band itself seems like it could be more secure given the fact that this is being worn by kids.
Overall, however, this is a great device and one that I can recommend. I look forward to seeing what else FitBit comes out with!
Most young kids don’t need anything to motivate them to be bundles of chaos and energy so I don’t really think a fitness tracker for a 6 year old is very necessary. The problem is usually getting them For older kids, I can see this being a way to compete with their siblings or friends and to help them be more aware of their physical activity and fitness levels. When kids are glued to screens playing video games or surfing the net, this is a way to encourage activity while incorporating the tech they love. If your child can navigate a tablet or smart phone, this won’t be challenging to them. It’s very user-friendly.
I think parents will find this very useful since you can keep an eye on how well your kid has slept and whether they have chronic sleep issues at an early age.
Like other fitness trackers, this can track: - Steps - Sleeping habits - Minutes of activity
It can be helpful to set timers for your child so they can work on their time management skills. You could set timers for when it’s time to get ready for bed, when they have to take medication, etc.
The tracker is built with durability in mind but the odds are, sooner rather than later, the screen will get scratched. The thick bezel around the watch face helps to protect it quite a bit though. It’s totally waterproof and so you don’t have to take it off when swimming or taking a bath/shower.
The fun thing about these is that the watch band comes in so many different colors to personalize your child’s fitness tracker. I love the look of the Cosmic Blue and Astro Green band and you have the option of selecting the bright Minion Yellow band. The Black and Sport Red version is sleek looking and a good option for older kids who don’t want anything too “loud”.
While it’s well-designed for the frenetic energy of most kids, it lacks a heart rate monitor which is part of what I love about fitness trackers and I think many children would find it fascinating to see a graph of their HR throughout their daily schedules. The other downside is that this tracker relies on a proprietary charger, you can’t use just any ol’ microUSB or USB-C cable. You’ll have to buy a replacement charger if the original ends up misplaced or chewed up by the family pet.
The Ace is pretty kid'proof. It is pretty rubberized where possible and it seems like it would hold up okay to the odd bump and damage short of slamming the watch directly on the screen against a hard surface that isn't stopped by the raised lip. Along with the water resistance, I don't feel like there is much to worry about here.
Cleaning this is easy and it slips out for cleaning without a hitch. In our time with this, we found that cleaning about once a week is more or less sufficient which is about how long the battery lasts as well.
The animated watch faces are cute and really add character which may help younger kids keep this on but for our family, we found that after the novelty wore off, it just wasn't being worn... though I'm not sure how much of that is just because we're all locked at home where it's hard to justify strapping on the watch compared to when we're normally out and about for the majority of the day (though that's a problem we're having with all our fitness trackers / smart watches, not just the Ace)
The Fitbit Ace 3 looks like a smaller version of the Fitbit charge designed for kids. It gives a minimum age of 6 but looking at the features and the functionality I am thinking it would be mostly for 6-7 age group. Kids nowadays are spoilt by color screens – but the Fitbit Ace 3 is greyscale. This would make it less exciting. However, there is a very responsive touchscreen that works well. This tracker comes with a built in bumper like protector giving the small screen ample protection. There are some features specially designed for kids that I like. There are different characters that motivate you to be active. There isn’t a specific mobile app for kids but it is a part of the mainstream Fitbit app. Battery life is about a week, longer depending on use. Setup is easy but kids would needs the parents help. You have to setup a family a/c on the main fitbit app even if you have an existing fitbit account. There are different and unique clockfaces for the Ace 3 but you can only change them using the Fitbit app. The Fitbit Ace 3 is swim proof so kids can splash around with it. Since, this is a kid oriented tracker I was expecting some basic built in games but there isn’t any. Overall, this is a good tracker for those invested in the fitbit line but for those looking to make this their first fitbit I would compare the competition as well. (hint: Garmin Vivofit line)
Put this on my toddler all summer to track how many steps are taken in the park, everyday around the house, to see how many calories my toddler burns all day and other performances. Small size is perfect to not be too noticeable but do a fine job overall. So, it is not a bother to wear all day long. Stays out of working hands and stays in place all day. Because it is water resistant up to 50 meters, kids don't have to take it off while washing hands or doing other everyday water related chores. Any splashes or brief dips in the water won't damage it. My kid wore it during outdoor waterpark visits and it did not get damaged. Works well overall. Battery does last all day.
It is no secret that kids are not the most careful, especially with fragile technology. This FitBit has pieces of rubber around the watch face that will protect it from any accidental bumps, and is definitely more rugged than what I have seen in the past with other FitBits. It works as well as any fitness tracker on the market, and the activity notifications are a helpful push to get up and going.
This Fitbit does require that you pair it with a device for setup, however the app does a few things. Using a family account you can see data from both your Fitbit and your childs Fitbit, ideal for a fitbit family. It isn't the best experience, however most people would probably not even use this feature. In the app you can change a few settings about the watch, but the design for the background is definitely something that kids would be interested in.