i don't understand why the subscription is a deal breaker, since it is made very clear when you buy it that you need a subscription.
also, you don't have to plug in and upload every day if you don't want to. the device is able to store data up to 14 days.
in general: i agree that after a few months it probably won't be that interesting anymore to check data daily. unless you're losing a lot of weight and need to check the new calorie balance. but i love the device for the information it's been giving me. same here re the amount of calories i burn on a busy day compared to exercising on a not so busy day. it is basically the same for me. and shows that being active overall (walking instead of driving, a quick walk during lunch,...) already helps a lot to balance everything out.
"Fitness to me isn't about a crunch or a push up, it's about taking your power back." Jillian Michaels