Fitbit Charge Review
In late 2014, Fitbit debuted their newest line of activity trackers, and made for immediate sale the Fitbit Charge. The Charge takes over for the discontinued Fitbit Force, and improves greatly on design, functionality and overall effectiveness.
It is a true wearable in that it tracks all-day activities, including the typical Fitbit roundup of steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. These automatically sync up wirelessly to the Fitbit dashboard through computers and smart phones, allowing you to track your progress from day 1 of wearing a Fitbit device. It is sweat, rain and splash proof, though Fitbit explicitly states it is not swim proof, and recommends you take it off while showering.
Fitbit Charge Design
The sleek design of the Charge allows every wearer to showcase their wearable, while at the same time maintaining a bracelet or watch look and feel. It contains a watch to tell the time, but also you can cycle through to see your progress throughout the day on the OLED screen. Synced with your compatible phone, it can also show you caller ID on the screen as well, so you do not have to take out your phone to see who is calling. The battery life lasts 7 to 10 days, and takes approximately 1-2 hours to charge.
Currently there are 4 colors to choose from: Black, Slate, Blue and Burgundy. There are three size bands to choose from as well to best fit your wrist. The small fits wrists 5.5″ – 6.7″, large fits 6.3″ – 7.9″, and the X-large fits 7.6″ – 9.1″. All bands have a width of 0.83″. The bands are made from flexible and durable elastometer materials similar to comparable sports watches and wearables, and has a surgical grade stainless steel clasp.
After downloading the Fitbit App on your smart phone, you can also track your route by using the Track Exercise function. Fitbit will automatically sync your GPS coordinates with your tracked data to determine which route you took for your travel. It will also track stats such as pace, time, distance and splits during runs, walks and hikes. You can listen to music while running, and set it up to let you know certain key stats throughout your workout every mile or more. These exercises will be logged in seconds, and a handy calendar will show you your progress each month.
The Fitbit Charge is not for everyone, and consumers should consider some of the following before purchasing. First, it is not cheap, retailing on Fitbit.com for $129.95. There is typically a discount on Amazon, currently around 10% off, and you can go through to see what is currently offered.
Price aside, there are other features to consider purchasing the Fitbit Charge over another pedometer, even another Fitbit wearable. The Charge is for someone looking to purchase a pedometer bracelet that is an effective activity tracker, but does not have all of the bells and whistles. Some people want to know their heart rate as they are running, and those should check out the Fitbit Charge HR, or the Fitbit Surge. Someone may not need a pedometer watch, and would instead opt for a simple pedometer, where something similar to the Fitbit One is perfect. Lastly, anyone who is training for a triathlon or is an active swimmer should consider a completely water-proof model to keep track of all activities, steps, distance, etc.