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Fitbit Aria

Bought the Fitbit Aria [1] from Amazon [2] during it’s Black Friday week lightning deals. I got it for US$93.99 (S$118) including shipping because the order is qualified for AmazonGlobal Saver [3].

In Singapore, the Fitbit Aria is retailing for S$169 on Apple Online Store [4], so you saved S$51 but you have to forgo the 1 year warranty.

I chose the color white because it matches my iPhone and iPad Air. Previously, I am using the Tanita Glass Digital Bathroom Scale HD-382 [5].

What is Fitbit Aria?

The Fitbit Aria allows you to monitor your body fat and weight over the longer-term using graphs, so you can manage your health more meaningfully. The weighing scales also measure your body’s fat and lean mass, before sending the information through your home wireless network so you can access it using Fitbit’s free app.

Fitbit Aria’s glass surface contains electrodes that send a small, safe signal through your body to measure body impedance, giving you accurate data on your body’s fat and lean mass

Features

Fitbit Aria - Box Front [6]
Fitbit Aria – Box Front

Fitbit Aria - Box Back [7]
Fitbit Aria – Box Back

Fitbit Aria - Box [8]
Fitbit Aria – Box

Setup
There are 2 ways you can setup your Aria [9], the first is downloading the software and installing it on your PC/Mac but that will only work if your PC/Mac is connected to the Internet using Wi-Fi. This option is not really for me because my desktop PC is connected via LAN.

The next way is to use your mobile phone to set it up by visiting fitbit.com/scale/setup/start [10]. Just a FYI, the Fitbit iOS App [11] and Fitbit Android App [12] does not support the setting up of the Aria.

Fitbit Aria - iOS App (Setup New Device) [13]Fitbit Aria - iOS App (Aria Not Supported) [14]
Fitbit Aria – iOS App (Setup New Device)

To get your Aria into setup mode, you need to remove one of the four included AA batteries and wait for 10 seconds before putting it back. I tried this a couple of times before I can get it into setup mode. I wish there is a button to press at the back or something. At first I took out just one battery and waited for 10 seconds, but nothing happens, so I took out all the four batteries and put it back in and only then it went into setup mode.

Fitbit Aria - Setup #1 [15]Fitbit Aria - Setup #2 [16]
Fitbit Aria – Setup

Fitbit Aria - Setup Mode [17]
Fitbit Aria – Setup Mode

Once it is in setup mode, Aria will create it’s own wireless access point (AP) and you need to use your mobile phone to connect to it. Once your phone connects to it, you then will be able to setup your Aria to connect to you wireless network.

Fitbit Aria - Setup #3 [18]Fitbit Aria - Setup #4 [19]
Fitbit Aria – Setup

Fitbit Aria - Setup #4 [20]Fitbit Aria - Setup #5 [21]
Fitbit Aria – Setup

Fitbit Aria - Connecting To Wi-Fi Network [22]
Fitbit Aria – Connecting To Wi-Fi Network

The whole setup process needs to be completed before a certain timing (not too sure what the value is). Because I took photos along the way and it took longer than usual, when I got to the scanning for Wi-Fi network step, the Aria timed out and shutdown by itself and I have to repeat the whole process again!

Fitbit Aria - Setup #6 [23]Fitbit Aria - iOS App (Weight) [24]
Fitbit Aria – Setup #6

The whole setup process is very tedious. I hope Fitbit improved on it in Aria 2.

Supports Up To 8 Users
The Fitbit Aria is capable of supporting up to 8 users [25] based on their weight. If two or more users have similar weight, the scale will recognise this and after showing a user’s weight, the Aria will display initials on the scale. If the initials shown are not correct, tap the scale until the appropriate initials appear. The scale will then assign the measurement to the correct person.

Fitbit Aria - Box Open [26]
Fitbit Aria – Box Open

Fitbit Aria - Box Open [27]
Fitbit Aria – Box Open

Fitbit Aria - Instructions [28]
Fitbit Aria – Instructions

Fitbit Aria [29]
Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria - Back [30]
Fitbit Aria – Back

Fitbit Aria - Batteries Compartment [31]
Fitbit Aria – Batteries Compartment

Fitbit Aria [32]
Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria [33]
Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria - My Weight [34]
Fitbit Aria – My Weight

Fitbit Aria - My Body Fat Percentage [35]
Fitbit Aria – My Body Fat Percentage