Say Hello to the New Fitbit Line: Charge, Charge HR and Surge
On Monday, October 27th, Fitbit finally announced their first new pedometer since recalling the Fitbit Force earlier this year, and they have gone above and beyond bringing these smart pedometers onto the market.
Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge
The three newest products have the same three main functions as before, acting as a pedometer, activity tracker, and sleep monitor all in one. These functions continue the mission of Fitbit to inspire healthier and more active lives, and also pair up well with newer technology available on the market.
Available now on Fitbit’s website and Amazon.com is their newest model, the Fitbit Charge. Designed to wear all day, it continuously monitors steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and also flights of stairs climbed. Monitor all of these real-time stats and also tell the time through the bright and new OLED display.
Don’t mess with adding your sleep time to your Fitbit Dashboard, as the automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality and motion analysis to reveal how well you are resting. Wake up peacefully to the included silent, vibrating alarm that you can set to go off at any time.
Adding to the smart capabilities of many activity trackers coming onto the market, the Charge also syncs with certain phones, allowing it to vibrate and display incoming calls. It will light up and show either the name or phone number of the incoming call when your smartphone is nearby.
This high quality pedometer watch is water resistant, comfortable and includes an improved clasp to adjust to better fit your wrist. The battery lasts up to 7 days before needing to be recharged. Currently comes in black and slate, and in XL, large and small bands. It has debuted at $129.95.
Fitbit Charge HR
The Fitbit Charge HR will be available in early 2015, but more information is already available on Fitbit.com. In addition to all of the features above on the regular Charge, this pedometer watch includes continuous 24/7 wrist based heart rate monitoring. It allows users to take their activity levels and push them to the next limits, while maintaining a healthy heart rate conducive to weight loss, cardio- or muscle-building.
This added function does decrease battery life, reducing to roughly 5 days of life before needing recharged. Like the One, the Charge HR comes in both black and plum, and in all three sizes as the charge: small, large and XL.
The Fitbit Charge HR will be available for $149.95
Last to be introduced is the Fitbit Surge, their most advanced activity tracker and pedometer watch on the market, deeming it “a sleek Fitness Super Watch.” It builds upon the Charge HR, combining the all around tracking with a built-in GPS to sync with the dashboard and provide even more information. Included additional stats are pace, distance, elevation, split times, route history and workout summaries.
After falling behind with other activity trackers, the Surge will now record multi-sport activities, allowing you to track time in the gym, as well as on the field, and out in the streets as you train your way to peak performance. These allow users to view tailored metrics, including intensity and calories burned based upon their activity.
Improved Smartwatch features include not only the caller ID, but text message alerts and mobile music control to stay focused while being able to control everything from your wrist. These improved functions include a bigger and better battery, bringing the battery life back up to 7 days before being recharged.
The Fitbit Surge will be available for $249.95 in early 2015, starting only in black wristband, but will soon after have blue and tangerine colors to choose from.
It has taken almost a year for Fitbit to bring their next wave of pedometers to the market, but these are so much more than simple pedometer watches. These include functions seen in similar activity trackers, and add the functionality of a heart rate monitor in the two to arrive in 2015. They also incorporate more functionality with smart phones, by added caller ID in both Charge versions, and more control from the Surge. Overall, I’m impressed with the products on a site/read only basis, but can’t wait to see these in action soon.
You can also check out the whole Fitbit Family on Amazon.com to see if another model meets your needs, while saving a little more room on your budget. You can also review other pedometers to see if another make/model fits your needs better with the comparison guide.